Associate Vice President for Student Life Experience @ Northern Arizona University


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Associate Vice President for Student Life Experience @ Northern Arizona University

Location: Student Affairs
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606373
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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Job Description

Occupying an important and influential position on our Student Affairs leadership team and on campus, the Associate Vice President for Student Life Experience will focus on Inclusive Student Mentoring, Programming, and Success. The AVP provides energetic, informed, and focused leadership aligned with the University’s vision to provide equitable postsecondary value and support access and success for all students. The Associate Vice President reports directly to the Vice President of Student Affairs and leads, inspires, and supervises a dynamic set of Student Affairs professionals, who have oversight for co-curricular programs and services that support development, engagement, inclusion, and success of our diverse student population. The Associate Vice President’s portfolio includes:

  • First-Generation Programs
  • Office of Inclusion and Multicultural and LGBTQIA Student Services
  • Office of Indigenous Student Success
  • Peer Jacks Peer Mentoring
  • Transfer and Online Connections

The Associate Vice President is a central part of the Student Affairs divisional leadership team, which is responsible for the design and implementation of co-curricular activities that align with the University’s vision for demonstrating equitable post-secondary value to all our students by promoting student wellness, helping develop and refine students’ academic and career purpose, and foster belonging at NAU.

The Associate Vice President is responsible for creating and maintaining opportunities, practices, services including peer and staff mentoring, and programs that promote inclusive experiences and foster success for all students through collaboration across Student Affairs and more broadly with University divisions, offices, and roles such as Enrollment Management, Office of Equity and Access, Capital Planning and Campus Operations, Hispanic-Serving Institution faculty advisors, Human Resources, Chief Diversity Fellow/Chief Diversity Officer, Native American Initiatives, and Academic Affairs.

The Associate Vice President brings innovative ideas and sound decision-making skills to the role to advocate for and ensure the development, engagement, persistence, and inclusion of our student populations, including new/first time students, transfer students, online students, Arizona residents, out of state students, ethnically/racially diverse students, first generation, LGBTQIA+ students, etc. The Associate Vice President is a motivational mentor, an adept listener, and intentional practitioner, who possesses exceptionally high levels of integrity, credibility, and accountability.

To achieve success in this position, the Associate Vice President must:

  • Be a self-starter and a clear and effective communicator;
  • Lead teams to develop and achieve unit goals that align with Elevate Excellence 2025;
  • Ground promising and/or evidence-based practices for educating and supporting the whole student in student development theory;
  • Be deeply committed to continuing the University’s focus on diverse and inclusive student communities characterized by a culture of open and respectful discourse;


  • Promote positive staff morale and healthy environments;
  • Manage budgets and make data-informed resource decisions;
  • Effectively communicate and explain resource, structural, and mission-based decisions; and
  • Authentically engage and genuinely enjoy working with students and Student Affairs teams.

Essential Duties

Leadership & Strategic Planning – 40%


  • Provides high-level leadership of and oversight for: Office of Indigenous Student Success, Office of Inclusion and Multicultural and LGBTQIA+ Student Services; Transfer and Online Connections; Peer Jacks Peer Mentoring, and First-Generation Programs.
  • Provides insight and recommendations for improvements across direct report areas; guides direct reports in identifying and implementing improvements.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – 30%

  • Serves as divisional lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work and primary liaison with the University’s Chief Diversity Fellow/Chief Diversity Officer; integrates key concepts of belonging, inclusion, equity, justice, and diversity into SA programs, services, policies, practices, and professional development/trainings. Leads the development of division-wide practices to improve diversity of internal and external employee applicant pools.


  • Identifies a multi-unit framework for implementing co-curricular diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, activities, and initiatives designed to foster a climate of respect, encourage collaboration, support identity development, and raise levels of cultural awareness and support.
  • Assesses university and student culture and recommends initiatives/training/practices that increase understanding, student involvement, and inter-office/cross-campus collaboration.

Programming – 25%

  • Collaborates with Enrollment Management and Student Affairs units (e.g., First Year Experience, Health Promotion, and direct report units) to offer extended orientation program for new populations of students through various delivery modes.
  • Provides vision for coordinated, yet tailored student mentoring and programming across direct report areas and collaborates with entire Student Affairs and other key university areas (e.g., Advising, Academic Colleges, Campus Operations) to create awareness of and engagement in offerings.

Other – 5%

  • Actively serves on university committees, task forces, commissions, or steering groups that relate to the student experience, as appointed.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities in support of Northern Arizona University’s academic and Student Affairs mission, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (e.g., Master’s, PhD) or the highest directly applicable professional certification.
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in higher education.
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience full time employees.
  • 4+ years in Student Affairs or supporting student success initiatives in higher education.
  • Experience overseeing programs that support historically minoritized populations.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree.
  • Experience leading multiple departments across Student Affairs.
  • Experience at more than one institution of higher education and behaviors that support diversity, equity, and inclusion for students and employee.
  • Familiarity with multi-unit collaborations leveraging technology (such as PeopleSoft, Salesforce, predictive analytic platforms) to support student success.


  • Advanced competency in Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI) from the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators as outlined by ACPA and NASPA.
  • Advanced competency in Student Learning and Development (SLD) from the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators as outlined by ACPA and NASPA.
  • Advanced competency in any other competency from the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators as outlined by ACPA and NASPA.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of student development theory and programs and an understanding of the current issues and trends in student affairs, student development, and student learning.
  • Expert skills in strategic planning.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Ability to strategically respond to emerging trends and issues in higher education while continually promoting student interests.


  • Ability to provide clear and consistent direction for a large and complex mix of student support programs, services, and activities.
  • Ability to lead and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on a college campus, including culture building, staff training and development, and student programming and services.
  • Strategic thinking, self-motivation, and excellent problem solving and project management skills.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders within the institution.


  • Strong leadership practices with the ability to maintain integrity and trust among leadership and staff.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, collaborative, and team-building skills.
  • Ability to work successfully with highly diverse students, colleagues, partners, community advocates, and the general public.
  • Significant experience working directly cross-functional team to support student crises with great care, thoughtfulness, and compassion.
  • Excellent written, and public presentation skills, including the ability to produce thoughtful and effective public statements or event remarks under pressure or little advanced notice.


  • Strong computer skills, including competence using Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience using data to evaluate the effectiveness of efforts and track engagement to inform decision-making.
  • A personal commitment to the pursuit of excellence in one’s professional life and activities and Associate Vice President work product, and a willingness and the ability to hold all team members to the same high standard.
  • Budget development and fiscal management skills.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $110,180. Annual salary commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and related experience.


This is an Administrator (ADM) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each year according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative Service. These terms can be found on the Arizona Board of Regents website.
Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply” button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the ‘Faculty and Administrator Openings’ link, locate vacancy 606373, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) statement (one page maximum) that highlights
your past experience with, and/or potential contributions to, diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice, and how those will advance NAU’s commitment to inclusive excellence; (4) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD – 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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