Associate Vice President for Student Affairs - Full Time Position

Southern Connecticut State University

City: New Haven
State: Connecticut

Education Level: PhD
Experience Level:
Approximate Salary: $0.00
Postion Type: Full Time


Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) seeks a passionate, innovative, authentic leader to serve as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  SCSU is a student-centered university providing exemplary undergraduate and graduate education to approximately 10,000 students. Founded as New Haven Normal School in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university committed to excellence, social justice, access, and engagement. One of four universities in the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, the University is located in New Haven, a culturally vibrant environment with easy access to New York City and Boston.

Over the past several years, Southern has developed considerable momentum—a new leadership team, new curricular and co-curricular programs, an unwavering commitment to social justice, a remarkable transformation of campus facilities, and a new branding initiative on the horizon.  More recently, with the decline in state funding, Southern has reinforced a laser-focused commitment to the student experience, removing barriers to students’ progress to their degrees and emphasizing students’ preparation for success upon graduation in the workplace and beyond. 

The Associate Vice President (AVP) provides vision and oversight for a comprehensive and integrated approach to the engagement and inclusion of students at SCSU.  The AVP will work with colleagues across campus to develop programs, services, and initiatives that foster student involvement and a sense of belonging; enhance the cultural awareness and competency of staff and students; create a more welcoming, just, and inclusive community; and, deepen student learning and promote student success.  The AVP provides leadership for five departments in the Division of Student Affairs: University Access Programs, Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership Development, the Adanti Student Center, and the Lyman Performing Arts Center. The AVP will also provide strategic leadership for the Division of Student Affairs to define and assess the impact of the co-curricular experience on student learning and development.

The new Associate Vice President will be a visible and accessible campus leader who is highly relational and values establishing and maintaining relationships with students, their families, colleagues, alumni, and community members, to help students thrive academically and holistically.  The successful candidate will have a rich understanding of ways to promote student success at a public, comprehensive, student-centered university.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with the changing demographics and learning needs of current and future students; have creative ideas about how to promote student connectedness and Southern spirit on a predominately commuter campus; demonstrate a commitment to creating a campus culture that exemplifies respect for one another; understand barriers that impede students’ progress to graduation; and possess expert knowledge of underserved and harder-to-engage student populations.  The preferred candidate will communicate a passion for making a difference in the lives of college students; possess strong written and verbal communication skills; have significant experience with supervision and building teams; value diversity of thought, experience, and background; and be a conscientious steward of human and fiscal resources.  Additionally, the successful candidate will embrace the power of collaboration and shared leadership; demonstrate creativity, positivity and tenacity; and be an effective decision maker.

Experience Level:

A doctorate in higher education administration, college student personnel administration, counseling, or related field and a minimum of ten years in full-time, progressively responsible, leadership roles in higher education, preferably in student affairs are required. Additionally, the Associate Vice President must have deep knowledge of student development and learning theories, and currency in best practices and trends in higher education; demonstrated commitment to creating a just and inclusive community, intercultural competency, and enthusiasm for working in an institution committed to social justice; experience as an effective supervisor; experience with budget development and management; ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies; strong written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills; and, ability to thrive in a complex, dynamic environment.

How to apply:

For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Nancy Chucta at Review of applications will begin on March 23, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.  For a full job description and more information, please visit


Southern Connecticut State University in an Affirmative Action/

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

For more information on this Full Time position, contact: Nancy Chucta

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