Assistant VP for Academic Advising & Student Success

Fresno State University   •  

Fresno, CA

Industry: Education


5 - 7 years

Posted 165 days ago

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Further responsibilities include a wide range of executive and high level academic and operational duties of broad scope and complexity requiring outstanding professional ability, exceptional organizational skills, originality, mature judgment and a thorough knowledge of the academic and organizational structure of the campus. The AVP is a key player in advancing the university’s mission to empower students for success.

Position Summary

 Major Duties of the job include:

  • Coordinate systematic and collaborative linkages between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to design and implement a highly effective academic advising program, freshmen, sophomore, and transfer year experiences. 
  • Work with Academic Affairs colleges and schools and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to increase consistency, uniformity, and intentionality across the decentralized, shared advising model. 
  • Work in collaboration with colleges and schools associate deans to manage college advising centers in order to ensure timely, accurate, and effective advising.
  • Establish and implement an academic strategic plan to develop a common consistent shared academic advising student experience across all centers.
  • Research best practices in advising and make recommendations for improving advising practices, policies, and procedures in support of student success.
  • Provide leadership with the Fifteen-to-Finish campaign and the California Promise program.
  • Develop and implement effective advising tools to assist students in developing clear pathways to graduation and reduce time to degree. 
  • Design and implement a comprehensive advising assessment program and work with Office of Institutional Effectiveness in conducting assessment of campus advising functions and tracking of student success indicators. 
  • Compile reports detailing relevant and useful findings from research, and analysis of data and make recommendation for continuous improvement of advising and student success initiatives.
  • Ensure efficient and effective communication of information related to advising and other student services matters throughout the University. 
  • Create and implement a comprehensive on-going advising training and professional development program for campus advisors.
  • Plan, prepare, and effectively manage budget resources for assigned programs and departments.
  • Directly supervise and evaluate professional advisors.
  • Provide strong, dynamic academic and administrative leadership that fosters a collegial environment.
  • Design a comprehensive intervention program for undeclared students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Secondary Duties of the job include: 

  • Serve on the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Leadership Team and the Executive Student Success Team.
  • Work with Academic Affairs to review, define, and propose policy related to academic advising. 
  • Serve as a resource to faculty advisors on issues related to academic advising.

Specialized Skills:

  • Experience with web-based management systems such as PeopleSoft, u.Achieve, and GradesFirst.
  • Excellent organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and commitment to diversity.
  • Experience with research and preparing analytical and technical reports.



Minimum Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with program development, evaluation, budgeting, fiscal management, and human resource management. 
  • Possess leadership qualities including effective motivation, supervision, delegation, planning, and assessment skills.
  • Sound knowledge of student development theory and sensitivity to issues and needs of students from low-income, diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Knowledge of national trends in academic advising. 
  • Strong leadership and supervision skills with a proven ability to manage and lead a complex academic advising system.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and apply university rules, regulations, and policies. 

Ability to: 

  • Provide leadership in the organization, implementation, and evaluation of programs and activities that support the personal and academic development of college students. 
  • Analyze problem situation, identify feasible solution and present recommendations in a concise, logical, and systematic manner.
  • Exercise good problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Effectively train, mentor and communicate with staff, faculty, students, and others.
  • Make practical, logical, objective decisions and put effective changes into practice. 
  • Use technology to enhance advising and orientation services.
  • Establish and maintain positive and productive working relations with others. 
  • Support the mission of the University, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Have a history of regular attendance and positive performance evaluations.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree required
  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education administration, student service programs, and/or teaching. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree 
  • Experience in a higher education academic advising or similar program and experience with program development, evaluation, fiscal management, and supervision.