Director for Student Success: Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national higher education organization committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education, seeks a talented, self-motivated, productive, and creative individual for the position of Director for Student Success. The Director will report to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS) and serve as a member of the senior leadership team at AAC&U. The Director will conceptualize and manage funded projects, conduct research, develop resources, and engage with higher education institutions to build institutional capacity to advance student learning and success.  The Director also will represent the Association at outside meetings and through communication with colleges, universities, research centers, and other education organizations.


  • Conceptualize and manage sponsored projects to advance AAC&U’s goals related to student learning and success, with a particular focus on underserved student success
  • Provide high level logistical and implementation support for new and continuing initiatives
  • Conceptualize the content for meetings, institutes, conferences, and other project activities
  • Provide resources and conduct research on issues related to student success
  • Act as a liaison and maintain communication and correspondence with multiple stakeholder communities, including policy, campus, business, and community leaders
  • Communicate and partner with key AAC&U staff regarding projects, publications, and web resources
  • Write and edit materials for dissemination of project, grant, and other reports and/or websites
  • Collaborate with the VP for DESS on the content for AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success and the Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers


  • An earned doctorate
  • 5+ years experience in a leadership role for advancing student learning and success
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to the values of AAC&U
  • Experience with institution-wide and/or multi-institution educational reform efforts
  • Experience with student success initiatives, including, but not limited to, high-impact practices, eliminating equity gaps in student outcomes, faculty development, and assessment of student learning outcomes
  •  Deep understanding of and active involvement in research related to student success, learning, student development, and educational leadership
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong analytical skills
  • Superior communication skills and an ability to articulate a compelling message to multidisciplinary audiences
  • Strong skills in contemporary research tools, including, but not limited to QSR, NVivo, SPSS, Excel or other statistical software
  • Proven record of designing, leading, and managing budgets and programs related diversity, equity and/or student success
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and evaluating professional development opportunities for faculty
  • Experience and success in grant-writing

Salary commensurate with experience; exceptional benefits.  Please submit a letter of interest with salary requirements and CV to: AAC&U, Box SDSS, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 or to Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2019.

AAC&U believes that a broadly diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence as a national higher education association. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.