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Associate Vice President for Student Engagement
Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 09/21/2019
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


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Prior to applying for a position with Lackawanna College, please familiarize yourself with the mission of the College. If our mission inspires you, and you are willing to go the extra mile to help our students succeed, please feel free to apply for this or future employment opportunities for which you meet the minimum qualifications. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups including women and minorities. Please know that only the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications can be considered, and only those selected for interviews will be contacted by a college representative. No phone calls, please. 



The Associate Vice President for Student Engagement (“AVP”) provides senior-level leadership and vision related to the holistic student experience. He/She is responsible for fostering a commitment to student success and a culture of engagement by actively developing and assessing dynamic, student-focused programs and services that enrich the student experience. The AVP is charged with leading an innovative, strategic, and systemic student engagement team with the purpose of advancing the College’s retention efforts, promoting student achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals, and collaborating with departments across the College to best serve the College’s mission.




1. Serve as the lead administrator for the student engagement team of the College by providing guidance and oversight to the offices and functions of Student Conduct, Residence Life, Student Life, Student Wellness, Athletics, and Public Safety.

2. Provide leadership in the development of a College culture that demonstrably facilitates students’ personal, intellectual, and social growth, leadership development, and social responsibility. 

3. Lead a cohesive, systemic range of student support services that identify and respond to the risk factors that threaten students’ goal achievement.

4. Use qualitative and quantitative data to measure and impact progress on student engagement as a whole, as well as for specific subgroups of students identified as high risk. 

5. Remain current in recent trends and innovative developments in the field of higher education and, specifically, student engagement. 

6. Lead the departmental or unit level planning process in alignment with the Institutional Strategic Plan, being sure to meaningfully engage staff members in each step of the process, and facilitate the assignment of ownership for each activity related to the departmental plans and ensure that tasks are carried out as expected.

7. Collaborate with other departmental heads to ensure that all departments of the College have a role in enriching the student experience and that overlapping or related initiatives are coordinated.

8. Participate in the Institutional Strategic Planning process.

9. Assess achievement of departmental plans annually, formally report results to supervisor, and participate in the college wide review of departmental plans as requested.

10. Responsible for annual budget proposal and management for all student engagement areas.

11. Formulate, initiate, and interpret College policy as it relates to student life and campus affairs.

12. Additional responsibilities as assigned.




1. A strategic visionary leader with strong organizational and communication skills, who possesses a “big picture” perspective; 

2. Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.

3. Ability to work effectively with diverse staff, faculty, students, community, and student organizations; 

4. Knowledge of the role of student engagement programs and services in the enrollment and retention of students.

5. Knowledge and understanding of legal issues in higher education.

6. Ability to collaborate with academic affairs and enrollment management in programming focused on retention of students.

7. Demonstrated skill in and understanding of strategic planning.

8. Ability to translate ideas into action.

9. Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to develop and motivate staff and students alike.

10. Demonstrated report writing and program analysis skill.




 Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field required.



 Progressive professional responsibility in higher education administration, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of student development theory and current trends in the field. 

 Experienced in data collection and analysis.

 Experienced in budget development and management.

 Demonstrated leadership and program development skills.


Applications will only be accepted via online method OR email. If selecting the email option, interested candidates can email resumes to jobs@lackawanna.edu. Deadline for applications, Friday May 31st, 2019. No phone calls, please.


In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Lackawanna College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.

Lackawanna College is an accredited, private, non-profit educational institution providing opportunities for career and personal development within selected associates degree, certificate and continuing education program.


Contact: Lackawanna College

Email Address: jobs@lackawanna.edu

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