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Vice Provost for Student Success

Department: 3670003010 Provost Office
Job no: 507346
Work type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Executive / Director / Management

About This Role:

The newly created Vice Provost for Student Success (“VPSS”) is charged with bringing vision and leadership to coordinate the efforts of units and programs focused on retention and student success, while bridging academic and student service operations and initiatives and improving communication across academic and student affairs at the University. Using national best practices and emerging research, the Vice Provost for Student Success will identify, develop and guide innovative initiatives to improve student retention, persistence, progression and graduation of K-State students.

The Vice Provost will seek to implement best practices and improved use of technology and analytics to enhance academic advising and student support efforts across the University.

The Vice Provost for Student Success will provide vision, leadership and administrative management to a broad range of academic support service offices charged with supporting student success. A detailed list of those programs and services is available here. 

The VPSS will work closely with Student Life and the colleges to bridge academic and student service operations and initiatives and improve communication across the University. The Vice Provost for Student Success will create new opportunities to broaden and deepen academic and student life connections between and among departments and provide infrastructure and support for students to achieve their academic goals. The VPSS will work closely with deans, department heads, and others to resolve academically related student concerns. 

The new Vice Provost for Student Success will assume this role during an exciting time when the campus is ready to engage in new and innovative recruitment and retention efforts and ideas.  The VPSS will work closely with the Provost, Vice President for Student Life, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, and other senior leadership in a new leadership structure to implement retention and student success strategies within the context of the university’s comprehensive multi-year strategic enrollment management plan and enrollment management efforts.

Why Join Us:

This is a remarkable opportunity for a results-driven strategist and change agent to serve in this newly created position as the Vice Provost for Student Success within a public R1, land-grant, university comprised of four campuses and a foundation. The University serves over 22,000 students.

As the Vice Provost for Student Success the chosen candidate will design, develop and lead in this newly created position as the University engages in innovative approaches to enrollment management, university budget model, and data-driven decision-making. The successful candidate is a dedicated, student centric, team leader skilled in retention and advising. The new VPSS brings a proven history of successfully facilitating and leading through change to positively impact student success.

This position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The new office is well supported and a critical role in the University.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize, unite, and oversee the various programs and services under the VPSS’s purview to leverage resources, services, and programming to best meet student needs.  Evaluate the effectiveness of current services, monitor national best practices as it pertains to student success initiatives, and ensure optimal resource utilization.
  • Ensure alignment with the university’s mission, goals and objectives in fostering a culture of best-practice, evidenced-based support and intervention.
  • Establish and monitor goals, objectives, and key performance indicators to determine effectiveness of outreach, opportunities for intervention, and potential improvements to practices.
  • Foster partnerships to develop data-informed retention, persistence, change readiness, graduation, and employability plans for K-State students.
  • Oversee university-wide retention and student success programs, to ensure a strong academic foundation for incoming first-year and continuing students.
  • Lead the Student Success Collaborative to enhance student success. Collaborate with partners across the institution to leverage a coordinated student success network.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree required, PhD or terminal professional degree in a related field preferred 
  • A demonstrated record of excellence appropriate for leadership in an innovative and comprehensive model of academic and student affairs with the shared goal of student success.
  • Proven success as a strategic leader with a record of excellence implementing best practices and developing innovative programs to support retention, progression, and success of a diverse student population.
  • Data savvy with demonstrated experience with utilization of student progress data, curriculum success information and other data to design supports and interventions to assure student degree completion.
  • Proven ability as a leader with the ability to articulate vision and to engage others in implementation.
  • Demonstrated record of success administering and managing a complex unit with responsibility for guiding strategy, managing finances, motivating a diverse staff, and effective coordination of programs and personnel.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to articulate matters of complexity and nuance to multiple and varied groups of stakeholders across campus.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship-builder, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective partnerships and coalitions with students, academic affairs and advising faculty and staff, student affairs, university leaders, and others across a diverse university community to achieve results.
  • Deep knowledge of national student success research, best practices and trends as well as knowledge of and appreciation for innovative uses and integration of technologies to support student retention, progression, and success
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate change, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success in fund development, external fundraising, and financial management
  • Experience overseeing technology development or deploying tools such as the Student Success Collaborative to support student retention and progression

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume

For full consideration, applications should be received by June 19, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV.

Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly at:


Inquiries, referrals and nominations will be treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller at Jennifer@ACESrch.com or call 860-740-2600.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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