Title: Vice President, Access, Success, & Equity
Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Level: Vice President
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as received with preference given to applications received by October 26, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities, is seeking a Vice President for Access, Success, & Equity (ASE) to elevate the profiles, contributions, and roles of APLU member institutions serving historically underrepresented populations (including particular focus on the 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs). Along with the specific institution focus, the Vice President is also responsible for APLU’s work in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) broadly across APLU’s initiatives and its work with its members.
Strong candidates will have a deep understanding of and commitment to advancing the mission of 1890 land-grants and other HBCUs, HSIs, Native American land-grants and other MSIs, an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities those institutions face, and experience with a variety of issues and research related to college access, academic achievement, research, engagement, and educational policy. They will have served in a senior position working in support of HBCUs, HSIs, Native American land-grants and/or other MSIs and have a solid understanding of issues surrounding the broadening and deepening of inclusion and belonging at institutions of higher education. They will have experience supporting DEI initiatives in public higher education and ideally will have experience integrating DEI perspectives into program design and/or promoting the successful engagement of minoritized students. The vice president is also expected to pursue and implement grant funding for issues that help advance the mission of the office. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC. (Employees are working remotely from locations within DC, MD, VA at least through the early part of 2022 due to COVID-19.) For more information about APLU, please consult www.aplu.org.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research.
APLU’s Council of 1890 Universities, comprised of presidents and chancellors of the nineteen 1890 Land-grant institutions and associated universities, primarily advocates for and addresses matters pertaining to strengthening teaching, research, and extension programs at these historic institutions. APLU’s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE), seeks to develop a comprehensive agenda to broaden access and opportunity, improve the quality of the undergraduate experience, and enhance diversity within student and faculty populations at public universities. The Commission is comprised of representatives from a cross-section of APLU member institutions, including presidents and chancellors, chief diversity officers, vice presidents, deans, and other campus leaders.
- Elevate the profiles, contributions, and roles of the 1890 land-grant universities and all APLU member 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs.
- Raise awareness of the excellent contributions made by 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs.
- In coordination with APLU’s Office of Governmental Affairs and Office of Public Affairs, work with APLU and university leadership to develop and implement advocacy positions, policies, and initiatives in support of APLU-member institutions (broadly defined as above).
- Actively promote MSI member engagement and interests in APLU councils, commissions, and other initiatives.
- Conduct and disseminate research and analysis (possibly in collaboration with or in support of other APLU offices) on issues and topics related to college access and completion particularly for minoritized students for APLU members and others as appropriate.
- Under the direction of APLU’s President, lead initiatives to support the Council of 1890 Universities, supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive agenda, primarily to help secure appropriate levels of federal support for these institutions to support students as well as strengthen their teaching, research, and extension programs.
- Work to pursue and implement grants that support and advance the mission of 1890 land-grants, other public HBCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs, Native American land-grants and MSIs, and facilitate the involvement of these MSIs in APLU’s other grant work.
Oversee the Office of Access, Success & Equity
- Provide overall leadership to the Office of Access, Success & Equity, ensuring the office meets internal and external goals and objectives, working closing with other offices and vice presidents. Promote a supportive diverse, inclusive, and effective team environment within the Office, supervising staff, providing coaching, support, training, and development opportunities as needed.
- Responsible for APLU’s DEI work as it relates to APLU’s work with members and programs, including supporting the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE). Supervise APLU’s DEI Officer’s work with programs and initiatives.
- Be an active public advocate for the successful engagement of minoritized students in higher education. Identify and elevate best practices to promote an increased sense of belonging of minoritized students across APLU’s members.
- Serve as an active member of the APLU DEI Leadership Team, advancing APLU’s DEI values.
- Provide advice on issues of strategic importance to the organization, including external communications and ensuring that the values of diversity, equity and inclusion are considered in decision-making processes.
- Lead efforts to seek funding to support the full mission of the Office of Access, Success and Equity. Establish partnerships and collaborative programs with public and private sources designed to implement initiatives and advance the work of the Office. Lead and/or contribution to the implementation of these successful grants as appropriate.
- Advise the Chief Academic Officer to ensure funding proposals promote the engagement of MSIs in the initiatives and incorporate APLU’s DEI values.
- Responsible for effectively managing the office budget, determining staffing allocations, etc.
- Perform other duties as requested.
- Advanced degree in related subject.
- Fifteen years of related experience, with at least five years of experience in one or more senior positions working at or with a university or group of 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs.
- A substantial subject matter expertise in and commitment to advancing the missions of 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs, as well as an understanding of issues and research related to college access, academic achievement, research, engagement and/or educational policy, is essential.
- Successful experience advocating for issues important to 1890 land-grants, other HBCUs, HSIs, 1994 land-grants and other MSIs a plus.
- Commitment to promoting DEI in public higher education. Experience integrating DEI perspectives into program design and/or promoting the successful engagement of minoritized students in higher education a plus.
- Exceptional communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills. An excellent facilitator.
- Exceptional leadership and management skills, with successful experiencing building and maintaining supportive, diverse, inclusive work environments.
- A record of successful grant development and responsibly managing those efforts within funder guidelines and expectations.
- Strong program management and program design skills; experience designing and implementing successful programs, meetings, workshops and conferences that incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion values.
- Excellent analytical skills. Ability to understand and utilize data (both quantitative and qualitative) to accurately diagnose key issues and develop strategies and plans.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build successful and effective relationships with representatives of member institutions and within the office team.
- Ability to create and responsibly manage budgets.
- Ability to travel as needed once the pandemic health situation allows.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: VP Access, Success & Equity. Applications will be reviewed as received with preference given to those received prior to October 26, 2021. APLU provides a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.