Associate vice president, strategic initiatives and project management
About the position
Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success (SEMSS) invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the Associate vice president for strategic initiatives and project management. Regarded as a vibrant place to work, where discovery and creativity goes hand in hand, and differences are celebrated and embraced, the university and SEMSS play an integral role in the vitality of its home city of Richmond, Virginia. VCU and SEMSS are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us different.
This role serves as the division’s primary advocate for the effective use of enrollment research and evaluation and project and change management in support of VCU SEMSS strategic priorities. The AVP will lead the deployment of research, evaluation, assessment, project and change management principles and practices in a way that fosters the division’s capacity for innovation, collaboration, communication, continuous improvement planning and goal attainment.
The AVP builds strategic relationships and collaborates with leaders across the organization to ensure the effective implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of strategic priorities of Virginia Commonwealth University. Other areas of responsibility for this position include process evaluation and improvement of university services, assistance with division strategic planning and service as a key partner in institution-wide initiatives targeting student recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation.
How to apply
VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials prior to April 25, 2021. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below:
VCU eJobs portal: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/104493.
Please ensure that references submitted with your application materials include a prior or current supervisor, peer, and current or former direct report. A candidate questionnaire may be sent to you for completion separately to obtain additional, detailed information regarding your work experience.
Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Carol Ann Lawson. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.
Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:
Carol Ann Lawson email@example.com
Celia O'Hallahan firstname.lastname@example.org
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Seth Sykes, associate vice provost of strategic enrollment management
- William Nelson, executive director of academic finance and administration
- Katherine Drumm, director of strategic initiatives
- Alex Henson, chief information officer, vcu technology services
- Connie Peyton, director, institutional research
- Daphne Rankin, associate vice president for summer studies and special programs