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Associate Vice Provost of Advising and Career Services

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Advising and Career Services


Portland State University

Date Posted:

Mar 30 2021 2:21PM

Close Date:

May 30 2021

Position Description

Portland State University seeks an Associate Vice Provost of Advising and Career Services Click here to view position profile:
Location: Portland, Oregon
The Position: Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Vice Provost of Advising and Career Services (AVP-ACS) provides leadership and support to university initiatives and policies that contribute to the academic success of students. The AVP-ACS advances strategies in the areas of academic and career advising, community college partnerships, and student support services that enhance degree completion and student success. The higher education landscape is changing rapidly and disruptively. The AVP-ACS provides leadership and support for PSU initiatives that respond to these rapid changes, including deployment and use of data analytics, process reengineering, cross-institutional partnerships, and a deep focus on understanding and improving student experience. This position, therefore, requires strong interest in innovation in higher education, positive forward-looking attitude, high level of creativity and problem-solving ability, and the capacity to engage and support academic and career advisors, faculty and staff through change. The AVP-ACS is responsible for consistent achievement of objectives as assigned by the Provost. The AVP-ACS, in collaboration with the advising and career leaders for each branch, will provide leadership to assist in an institutional transformation that will position PSU as a national leader in academic and career advising. The AVP-ACS will provide collaborative leadership and work with AVPs and Directors in other student service units to sustain campus-wide initiatives in support of improved and integrated student service practices.


Duties and Responsibilities: Student Success Successfully implement services, programs, and platforms to achieve objectives established by the Provost, focused on Student First initiatives and metrics. Assure that PSU has a long-range advising and career service strategy. Implement a work plan that assures continuous review and improvement in academic advising and career services. Ensure that the analytics platform is consistently used to support academic advising and partnerships across the University. Ensure that degree maps are updated and made available in a format that is useful to students. Work proactively with administrative leadership across the institution to improve persistence and graduation rates. Assist in the management of the portfolio of student success initiatives in order to ensure efficient and effective execution of the tasks. Conduct research and write grants to support various projects in the portfolio of student success initiatives as assigned by the Provost. Organizational Alignment Lead the refinement and use of common advising and career practices, including an advising handbook. Build a leadership community where best practices are shared across the campus. Deploy a professional development plan for academic and career advisors. Create an onboarding process for new professional advisors and faculty mentors joining the advising community. Ensure that regular performance evaluations are held for employees in the Division, including annual review of position descriptions and that sound human resource practices are in place. Communication Highlight and publicize advising and career services-related activities at PSU. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with academic leadership and faculty. Represent the services, programs and point of view of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) to academic schools, colleges, departments, and relevant national venues. Keep the Provost informed on the condition and critical issues and issues having an impact on student success. Assure that communication within the Division provides timely, relevant information to employees and engages employees in providing feedback and input in decision making. Community College Partnerships Lead development and enhancement of community college partnerships with PSU. Work collaboratively with community college leadership to implement strategies for improving the experience of students transferring from the community college to PSU. Provide leadership, planning, and oversight for increasing strategic articulation agreements with community colleges. Work with the Director of the Transfer and Returning Student Resource Center to deploy best practices in developing articulation agreements across the schools/colleges and departments at PSU, including development of transfer articulation degree maps. Other Functions/Duties Keep current, and serve as a resource, on emerging and state-of-the-art technologies, research, and trends in student success to enhance PSU’s capacity. Serve on committees related to student success and stay abreast of developments in the field by attending and participating in conferences and symposia related to student success.

Cultural Competence
• Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences, aligned with the ACS Anti-Racism Statement and values.
• Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
• Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adhere to all PSU policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct, which can be found at:

Application Process

To Apply: Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications can be submitted immediately and will be reviewed as they come in. Those received by May 3, 2021 will be given first consideration. To apply, go to: Please submit your CV and a letter of interest that demonstrates your interest, expertise, and skills concerning the responsibilities of the position.

Institution Information

Portland State University is Oregon’s largest urban university. PSU enrolls over 26,000 students and offers programs for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. PSU is an internationally recognized university known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement and is committed to providing access and excellent education to students from all backgrounds. PSU is a national College of Distinction, a mark of excellence earned for its pioneering University Studies program, a four-year pathway to undergraduate success. Additionally, the U.S. News & World Report ranks PSU as the No. 1 school in Oregon for social mobility due to the institution graduating the highest number of economically-disadvantaged students.

Additional Information

Contact Information

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:

Stephanie Rivas-Fowler
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(530) 677-9945

Arasi Adkins
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(336) 693-7612
Portland State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and a campus climate that supports equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Required Qualifications


• Master’s degree, preferably in higher education or related field.
• Five (5) years or more experience in an advising leadership role.
• Advanced knowledge of undergraduate advising, career development, and retention strategies.
• Demonstrated ability to provide campus-wide leadership for student success and retention efforts.
• Supervision of professional-level positions.
• Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competency and initiatives to advance the success of underrepresented groups.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Terminal degree in a related disciplinary field.
• Experience at an urban university.
• Demonstrated ability to engage in change management and engage stakeholders collaboratively in the process.
• Understanding of community college programs and collaboration with off-campus partners.
• Knowledge of ADA requirements.
• Demonstrated excellent communication, presentation, and teaching skills.
• Demonstrated excellent decision-making skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to professional development and life-long learning.
• Interest in participating in external fund development in support of the University Career Center.
• Bi-lingual (preferably Spanish) or experience working in a bilingual environment.
• Knowledge of collective bargaining environments.