Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Position Summary: The Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions provides vision and strategic leadership to undergraduate admissions on a systemwide basis for all nine of the undergraduate campuses of the University of California.
The Associate Vice President (AVP) provides guidance on matters related to University undergraduate admissions policy in service of the state, while considering university-wide and campus-specific needs. The successful candidate will devise and implement innovative strategies for the recruitment and admission of California resident and domestic and international non-resident students. The AVP engages in strategic planning to develop, enhance, and implement undergraduate admissions policies and procedures regarding eligibility and selection for the University of California system. The AVP facilities, anticipates and helps develop the University's position on admissions related policy issues arising from various constituent groups. He/she also tracks and analyzes admissions trends of California high school graduates and California community college transfer students to align with policies recommended by the California Master Plan for Higher Education and the Board of Regents. The AVP promotes policy directions relating to new trends in K-12 and community college education, as appropriate.
REPORTING STRUCTURE As a member of the Student Affairs Executive Leadership team, the AVP reports directly to the Vice President - Student Affairs. The Department of Student Affairs is within the Division of Academic Affairs at the UC Office of the President.
The AVP directly supervises activities of three senior professional and one administrative staff person in the areas of undergraduate freshman and transfer admissions policy, course articulation, application processing, evaluation of student records, and the day-to-day administration of these efforts. Direct reports include the Director for Undergraduate Admissions, the Director of Academic Preparation and Relations with Schools and Colleges, a Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives, and an Administrative Analyst. The AVP indirectly supervises approximately twenty five professional and administrative staff.
The AVP will also oversee an operating budget of $12M, including vendor contracts. It is critical that the AVP utilizes budget principles that enhance efficiencies and ensure proper alignment of functions.
Special Conditions of Employment: Overtime Travel Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
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Duty 1: The AVP serves the UC Office of the President senior administrators in fulfilling UC's mission of access. Specifically, the AVP will: - Serve as a key member of the Student Affairs Executive Leadership Team and will advise the Vice President for Student Affairs in all areas of her responsibilities, acting on her behalf as necessary. - Engage in shared strategic decision-making on behalf of UC admissions. - Research, analyze, interpret and develop undergraduate admissions policies and practices for the Regents, the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, Academic Senate and others as appropriate, and report on key issues related to the development and implementation of UC undergraduate admissions policy. - Oversee and ensure successful implementation of new policies and procedures. - Exercise broad discretion in the development and maintenance of processes and structures; develop strategic, innovative, cutting-edge, and cost-efficient programs in response to the emerging access needs of the University. - Enhance, improve, and engage in University undergraduate enrollment planning, utilizing substantial knowledge of state and national trends and likely application and admissions behavior. - Consult with the Office of the General Counsel on matters related to the legal aspects of University admissions and articulation policies. - Provide expertise in legislative hearings on issues related to college readiness and academic preparation, UC freshman and transfer admissions policy, and meet with members of the legislature and provide testimony on issues of concern. (Examples include UC's non-resident enrollment policies, admissions process, eligibility and access issues, and services for prospective students.) - Collaborate with UCOP Institutional Research colleagues to direct research and evaluation in all areas related to undergraduate admissions; oversee and seek to continually improve the University's application, admissions, and new student enrollment outcomes relative to the attainment of the University's access and quality goals. Function:Leadership and Vision Percent: 50
Duty 2: The AVP serves as principal liaison to the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), a systemwide committee of the Academic Senate. He/she will provide the following: plans for new policy directions; historical perspective and significant information on emerging trends and issues; and appropriate research material and statistical analyses on admissions to help the committee formulate policies for the Academic Senate's consideration.
In addition, the AVP will: - Provide expertise to the committee; report on significant changes in state and national educational trends that may impact admissions requirements and academic preparation of students preparing for the University (such as the intersection of UC's academic requirements with state and national trends in K-12 education resulting in the development of academically rigorous Career Technical Education courses; online courses; and the emergence of non-site-based independent study schools). - Develop and present proposals to the Academic Senate on emerging issues requiring the need for new Academic Senate regulations. - Collaborate with the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (California State University, California Community Colleges, and the University of California) to promote student academic preparation and access. Function:2. Strategic Partnerships/Planning and Analysis Percent: 15
Duty 3: The AVP will provide oversight and guidance to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of Academic Preparation and Relations with Schools. The Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions provides leadership, direction and support to the campus Vice Chancellors, Associate/Assistant Vice Chancellors, Admissions Directors and senior staff on the implementation and interpretation of undergraduate admissions policies and University enrollment goals. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of Academic Preparation and Relations with Schools will work with the Associate Vice President to: - Oversee the effectiveness and efficiency of the University's undergraduate application processing system in delivering quality service to applicants and campuses. - Direct the University's Eligibility in the Local Context program and oversee the interface between campus admissions processing and the management of data collected for the University's Corporate Student System. Function:Strategic Leadership and Oversight Percent: 15
Duty 4: The AVP will communicate to schools and colleges the appropriate level of academic preparation students must attain for admission to the University of California. He/she will: - Design and direct the implementation of communication strategies to inform the public of UC's changing admissions requirements and other admissions-related developments. - Serve as spokesperson for UC Admissions. - Interface with the media on University admission policy and application, admission, and enrollment trends. - Provide content expertise to UC State and Federal Government Relations. - Oversee the response to Regental and Presidential correspondence related to undergraduate admissions issues. - Represent the University at conferences, within and outside the University; present on undergraduate admissions policies and procedures, expected student preparation for UC, high school and community college course articulation, and application and admissions trends. Function:4. External Relations and Communication Percent: 4
Duty 5: On behalf of the University of California, the AVP will collaborate, coordinate, and encourage relationships with California schools, colleges and universities, the California Department of Education (CDE) and other educational partners. He/she will consider the best way to enhance these partnerships and will coordinate with campus academic units and external schools and colleges to ensure appropriate interpretation of university-wide and campus policies on articulation and articulation matters. Specifically, the AVP will: - Coordinate with the CDE and other educational entities in the State regarding innovative high school curricular trends and matters of school reform and how they may affect UC admissions policies. - Identify strategies and exercise leadership to best accomplish UC's admissions goals and desired level of student academic preparation. Meet the State goals related to school reform (such as the adoption of the national Common Core standards and the Next Generation Science Standards). - Liaise with external agencies and intersegmental groups such as the Intersegmental Coordinating Committee and the College Board. Function:ntersegmental Relations Percent: 10
Job Requirements A doctoral or master's degree in higher education, public policy, the humanities or social sciences or related field is preferred. The successful candidate should possess a minimum of 10 years of increasing responsibility and successful leadership in policy development, admissions, or enrollment management.
Candidates for the position must have experience with the management and evaluation of comprehensive programs and practices in recruitment, admissions, yield, and enrollment management. He/she must be familiar with promising practices in the field and knowledgeable of statewide and national admissions related issues. He/she must be proficient in the use of research, statistical analysis, and information technologies. Experience with strategic communication/media relations, strong management skills, and demonstrated success in working with diverse constituencies are required.
The successful candidate must be strategic, collaborative, and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to relate effectively with multiple constituencies. He/she must be a team builder, team player, and a visionary leader. A demonstrated record of success in engaging faculty, other administrators, intersegmental and governmental staff and community members in collaborative efforts to maintain access and support student success is critical. Required
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to synthesize information quickly and effectively and to analyze, formulate and advocate effective admissions policies that represent the needs of the University. In addition, the candidate must have: - Experience advising senior administrators, governing boards, and the legislature on complex, and occasionally controversial, University admissions issues. - The ability to proactively analyze complex situations and issues; work creatively, using a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative tools, to inform decision-making; devise strategies for addressing specific admissions and enrollment-related situations. - The ability to see the big picture, recognize new possibilities, challenge established policies and solve complex problems, often without precedent. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations and to represent the University in a professional and authoritative manner on complex and important issues. - An understanding of historical, socio-economic, cultural, racial, and gender disparities in educational opportunity and achievement. - Knowledge of theories and methods for improving access to educationally underserved populations. - Outstanding oral and written communication skills that: demonstrate the ability to effectively present information and complex data; make persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics; influence outcomes and tactfully interface with diverse people, situations, and ideas in order to represent the University accurately. - Demonstrated leadership skills including: diplomacy; listening and negotiation skills; and proven consensus-building skills. - Excellent organizational skills to allow for completion of goals and successful outcomes. - The ability to multi-task, work effectively under extreme pressure of deadlines, and work easily with ambiguity and shifting priorities. - Demonstrated excellence in supervision. Required
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