Position Information

Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success
Academic Affairs comprises multiple academic programs that advance the academic mission of the University by providing enhanced academic programs that have the potential to reach every student. Our Student Success work is defined by our goal to develop a data literate, research-informed, culture of student success that prioritizes holistic student development through our collaborative communication across faculty and staff groups. Student success at DU hinges on our ability to promote relationship-building as a means to support students’ holistic wellbeing and academic success.

As an educational and research community, DU values curiosity, intellectual freedom, and open communication. DU respects individual differences and embraces civil discourse. DU promotes caring and close individual attention. DU is a community distinguished by inclusiveness, collaboration, responsiveness, and accountability. As such, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Position Summary

This position is charged with advancing a data informed, research-centered culture of student success by way of collaboration and coalition-building across academic affairs, graduate education, student affairs, information technology, admission and financial aid through to alumni relations. This position provides strategic counsel and advice on areas related to measuring and enhancing access, retention, thriving, graduation and post-graduation outcomes of all of DU’s various student populations. The position is responsible for leading the implementation of strategic initiatives related to student success outcomes and is responsible for understanding the undergraduate and graduate experience from pre-matriculation through degree completion. This position prioritizes complex and competing projects and employs excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with and collaborate with a diverse population of staff, faculty, administrators and other members of the University community.

Essential Functions

Strategic Collaboration
  • Advises the Vice Provost on strategy, tactics and operations related to student success initiatives.
  • Facilitates campus interactions with faculty and programs, identifies opportunities, and develops tactics to achieve student success strategy.
  • Leads the University Council on Student Success and the Academic Standards Committee.
  • Collaborates with campus stakeholders to develop, sustain, and evaluate student success programs, initiatives, and outreach to at risk students.

Undergraduate Academic Advising and Student Support
  • Supports the Office of Academic Advising in the development and assessment of their key priorities.
  • Oversees the Faculty Director of Undergraduate Advising and collaborates on faculty development.
  • Oversees the continued roll out and adoption of the student advising platform, Inspire.
  • Oversees outreach to unregistered students and at-risk students.

Research & Data Quality
  • Works with senior administrators to establish university-wide and department specific goals and metrics for student success, including retention, credential completion, thriving measures, and post-graduation employment outcomes.
  • Initiates, develops, manages, evaluates, and promotes research-informed and strategic activities and programs for student success at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Provides data, analysis, and support to senior leadership for professional presentations on student success.

Program Implementation, Design, and Evaluation
  • Sets and aligns program priorities, including data tracking and assessment, in cooperation with other administrators and staff.
  • Ensures that appropriate assessment and analytics relative to retention support the University's strategic goals.
  • Provides overall project management for strategic, tactical and operational academic initiatives, including serving as a senior advisor on strategy, tactics, and action steps to achieve successful outcomes, tracking and monitoring progress, assessing gaps from desired outcomes and remedying to achieve success.

Budget and Administration
  • Oversees the unit budgetary priorities and makes appropriate and timely budget requests and recommendations that align with strategic directions.
  • Supervises, leads, and develops a strong team of professionals within the Office of Student Success.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge and skills related to data processing and presenting data to a diverse audience.
  • Familiarity with surveys measuring student experiences in higher education, thriving/belonging, retention, and graduation.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor.
  • Strong executive and internal communications, issues management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to meet schedules and objectives.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by June 1, 2021.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Jennifer Karas, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Jennifer.Karas@du.edu.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

To apply for this position, visit: https://jobs.du.edu/cw/en-us/job/493784
Position: Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success
Organization: University of Denver
Location: Denver,  CO 
United States
Salary: $120,000 - $140,000
Posting Start Date: 5/11/2021
Date Posted: 5/11/2021
Requirements Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in area of social science research, higher education research, quantitative research methods, or related field.
  • 1-3 years of experience working with large datasets.
  • 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge needed to support institutional diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives and to engage effectively with members of diverse and historically underrepresented communities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five or more years of, including overseeing, training, and developing employees.
  • Three or more years of professional experience working with educational technology tools, especially those involving predictive analytics and communication management.
  • Five or more years of demonstrated record of successful leadership in student academic achievement, including successful retention program initiatives.
  • Experience with Civitas Learning platforms.
  • Experience in Banner, Microsoft Office, Canvas.
  • Experience working with first generation and at-risk student populations, developing and implementing retention strategies, as well as involvement with mentoring programs.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/10/2021
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Organization Information
University of Denver

Denver,  CO 80210
United States
(303) 871-7770
Jennifer Karas, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

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