In today’s higher education environment, the associate/assistant vice president for student affairs (AVP) position is garnering heightened attention as student affairs is called upon to respond to a growing number of complex challenges. The AVP role has become increasingly common in student affairs organizations and affords an opportunity to influence both the division and the greater institution in profound ways.
AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs provides a wealth of leadership and management strategies for new and veteran AVPs, as well as midlevel managers considering a transition to an AVP position. Recognizing that AVP responsibilities can vary widely based on institution type, the book begins with a set of core competencies relevant across all types of AVP roles and structures. The authors present an integrative picture of several fundamental proficiencies that are critical to an AVP’s success in the first year and beyond, including:
- Preparing for and negotiating during the interview process
- Navigating the first 90 days
- Managing up, down, and across the organization
- Balancing responsibilities with strategic objectives
- Redefining professional development
- Building relationships and navigating politics
- Managing human and fiscal resources
- Developing work–life integration
This informative text also offers specific guidance for AVPs who have served in the role for a number of years. Chapters examine ways to maximize the position, opportunities and challenges inherent in both single- and multiple-AVP structures, and how to take the journey from an AVP position to a vice presidency. Worksheets and assessments are included to help readers in their professional journeys.
The AVP position is one of the most significant and challenging roles in student affairs. To be optimally effective, AVPs must understand the nuances of the job and commit to the pursuit of excellence within the role. AVP is an essential resource that provides senior-level student affairs leaders with a strong foundation of strategies and information to build on for sustained success.