University of Central Florida — Senior Vice President for Student Success

Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation—and outer space—ever since. UCF is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Florida’s most innovative university and one of the nation’s top 20 most innovative. Located in Orlando and having secured $212.9 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021, UCF is a dynamic, metropolitan, public research university in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions and holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. UCF fosters a culture of inclusive excellence, innovation and compassion and is committed to the success and well-being of all students. The university excels in U.S., News’ student outcomes measures, is focused on eliminating achievement gaps among student populations, and is focused on continuing to increase graduation rates. UCF is one of 16 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 University.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Senior Vice President for Student Success (SVP) will serve as a key member of the president’s cabinet to develop, implement, and assess initiatives and programs that will provide focus and accountability for student success, well-being, and completion efforts across the institution. The position will be responsible for cultivating an integrated, comprehensive, and intentional student experience by creating an inclusive and student-centered environment that ensures all students who start at UCF can finish at UCF. The SVP will establish and manage the priorities of a new division structure that will be responsible for:

Enrollment Management: Lead the university’s efforts to recruit and retain students and manage resources and services to ensure students have a successful experience. Provide strategic leadership to departments, including University Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, and the University Registrar. Responsible for developing the University’s Strategic Enrollment Plan.

Student Success and Advising: Further enhance the university’s student success initiatives with a focus on student on-boarding, academic advising and coaching. Leverage predictive analytics, mapping and tracking, and advanced technologies to enhance student progression and implement data-informed programs and initiatives to reduce time to degree and increase graduation rates for first-time-in-college, transfer, and non-traditional students. 

Career Readiness and Experiential Learning: Strengthen career readiness programs while creating strong partnerships with industry and coordinating high-impact practices that prepare students for success upon graduation. Provide leadership to departments, including Career Services, Experiential Learning, and Pre-Professional Advising. 

Student Life: Provide leadership to units that foster community, creating a vibrant campus experience for UCF’s diverse student population. Oversight of departments, including Housing and Residence Life, Neighborhood Relations, the Student Union, the Office of Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Government, and the LEAD Scholars Academy are included in the student life portfolio.

Health and Wellbeing: Ensure that UCF is providing services that support the health and well-being of our students, centered around a culture of care. Key departments include Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Care Services, the Recreation and Wellness Center, and Wellness and Health Promotion Services.

The Senior Vice President must partner effectively with the senior leaders across the university and think creatively to identify opportunities that maximize student success initiatives, provide analysis and leadership to strategic initiatives, and initiate and manage the change required to organize our efforts appropriately. The SVP will serve as one of the executive liaisons to the Academic Excellence and Student Success committee of the UCF Board of Trustees and will be responsible for providing transparent and timely information to ensure the Board is able to fulfill their responsibilities. 

A bachelor’s or master’s degree and at least 15 years of relevant experience, with at least seven years of leadership in developing and implementing student success and well-being initiatives and programs in an academic setting, are required. A terminal degree is preferred. The successful candidate will be a recognized national leader with a proven history of developing scalable student success initiatives that are evidence based and student centered. Candidates should also possess demonstrated ability to enhance the university experience for diverse student populations with a focus on eliminating achievement gaps; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with college deans, other vice presidents, the university athletic association, the university police department, and various other university and community support organizations; knowledge of national best practices surrounding student success and student affairs, including the ability to use research and assessment to guide decision-making; success implementing change across an organization that has a diverse set of stakeholders, including institution- and state-level governing boards; and success building effective teams, developing and retaining talented staff and leading a diverse organization.

Review of applications will begin March 23, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Central Florida website at www.ucf.edu 

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

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