The Position

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the vice president for the well-being and student engagement areas of the Division of Student Success and Well-Being, the inaugural assistant vice president for housing, rec and childcare (AVP) leads, directs, and manages all aspects of a comprehensive and collaborative department of housing and residence life with over 7,500 beds (including residence life, occupancy management, rent collection, and finance), with strategic oversight and supervision of the departments of recreation and wellness (including indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, intramural and club sports, and wellness and health promotion) and the Creative School for Children (NAEYC accredited program for children 6 weeks – 5 years of age). The AVP provides oversight of strategic planning and goals; data-driven decision-making based on ongoing assessment and evaluation of programs and services; and support for the vision, mission, and strategic priorities of UCF’s Unleashing Potential strategic plan with the focused intent of improving student success and well-being. The AVP serves as a member of the vice president’s leadership team and oversees auxiliary and student fee funds generating approximately $67 million in revenue with over 140 full-time and 700 part-time staff.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A master’s degree and at least eight years of relevant experience or a terminal degree and at least five years of relevant experience, including at least five years of leadership experience, are required. Experience in student affairs management at a four-year institution of higher education and at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience and success in student affairs in higher education with specific experience in housing and residence life, recreation, childcare, or related auxiliary services are preferred. The ideal candidate will be focused on intentionally shaping environments, policies, and practices in order to positively impact the overall student experience; committed to engaging in this work from a justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and forward-thinking, collaborative, and adept at empowering others to envision the future.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE

UCF’s newly formed division of Student Success and Well-Being is in the process of development at UCF. The offices and departments that will comprise the new organization are primarily housed within two current divisions: Student Development and Enrollment Services and Student Learning and Academic Success. Dr. Paul Dosal began his tenure as the senior vice president for student success in July 2022 and will develop the structure for this new division to unite a wide range of student success and well-being functions from across the university. The vice president who serves as the direct supervisor to the AVP, serves as a member of the President’s cabinet and reports to Senior Vice President Dosal. The structure of the division of student success and well-being will be finalized during fall 2022 and will not impact the leadership or reporting structure of the AVP role.

UCF is a large, complex institution. The AVP role requires the ability to nimbly navigate the university, develop strong relationships, and earn the respect of peers and senior leadership across campus. An ability to “read the landscape” and be an effective advocate for student services will be critical for success.

While it will be important for candidates to have experience with the management of student auxiliary enterprises, the candidate’s combined skills in relationship building, political savvy, and intuition will play a critical role in their success at UCF. The successful candidate will have the ability to sift through significant amounts of information and focus on the critical issues. The AVP needs the head of a businessperson with the heart of a student affairs professional.

The deferred maintenance needs of the departments that report to the AVP are significant. The recent political climate in Florida has precluded fee increases for most state institutions. The recreation and wellness center is largely funded through the university’s activity and service fee. The age of the facility (20 years) has led to a projected $15 million in deferred maintenance.

The AVP will need to work with stakeholders to assess the need for additional beds on campus and the type of facilities that would be most desirable. Current occupancy is strong, with a wait list that began in May. The residential focus is heavily on FTIC students but there is also significant demand from returning students. The market will change somewhat as 2,000-3,000 additional beds are expected to come online in close proximity to the campus within the next few years.

In addition, stakeholders identified the following challenges and opportunities for the next AVP. The incumbent should:

  • Have the ability and flexibility to change course based on shifting institutional priorities.
  • Appropriately amplify the successes of the departments to keep them front-of-mind to senior leadership across campus.
  • Analyze large amounts of information and make timely decisions.
  • Earn the respect of senior leadership to serve as an advocate for student projects and programs.
  • Think across boundaries and develop innovative collaborations.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining UCF the following items will initially define success for the new assistant vice president:

  • The AVP has established strong working relationships and partnerships with the vice president, direct reports, division colleagues, senior management staff, and student leaders.
  • An unwavering commitment to excellence and high quality of service, product, program, and delivery is evident in all areas of oversight.
  • Effective leadership and support are in evidence for current and future capital projects.
  • A culture of shared responsibility and accountability among all departments is supported.
  • Positive collaborations established with other key executive areas of the university, including human resources, finance, public safety, capital projects, and facilities operations, are evident.
  • The new AVP has a high profile on campus and is engaged in dialogue and public relations with a broad group of constituents to build awareness and support for the ongoing work of housing, recreation and wellness, and the Creative School and their role in enhancing student success.
  • Staff reporting to the AVP feel supported, valued, and defined as a strong, highly functioning, well-regarded, and resilient team that collaborates and provides shared service.
  • The new AVP has demonstrated the ability to assess the impact of programs and services and utilize data-driven decisions to improve processes and operations.

Institution & Location

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Mission

The mission of the department of housing and residence life is to provide residents with safe, inclusive housing communities that foster student success through innovative living and learning opportunities.

Vision

The department of housing and residence life will be the premier experience for residents to live, learn, and become tomorrow’s global citizens.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusiveness

“The department of housing and residence life values the diverse community of the University of Central Florida. We strive to engage students, staff, and campus partners in fostering an experiential learning community that is focused on diversity, inclusion, and social justice education. DHRL will achieve this by supporting a culture that encourages the exploration of social identities, articulates the value of inclusive communities, and practices effective cross-cultural engagement. The department of housing and residence life will continue to uphold our commitment to cultural competence through our residential priority of global citizenship.”

RECREATION AND WELLNESS

The 150,000-square-foot UCF recreation and wellness center, which opened in 2002 and was expanded in 2010, comprises many programs, such as intramural sports, sports clubs, outdoor adventure, fitness, and aquatics.

Recreation and Wellness Center Vision and Mission

Diversity Statement

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) aspires to create an environment which celebrate the differences shared across the spectrum of human diversity. Diversity is vital to an individual’s holistic development and the social fabric of the university. UCF Recreation and Wellness Center are committed to creating an inclusive environment through hiring and developing culturally competent staff members, outreaching to underserved populations, and providing facilities and programs that support all members of the UCF community. The expectation of the RWC community is to embrace an open-minded and respectful attitude toward individual differences.

THE CREATIVE SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN

The UCF Creative School for Children serves approximately 70 children of faculty, staff, and students in a comprehensive on-campus facility. They believe that all children have the basic right to be educated in a safe and nurturing environment. All children should be provided with time, space, and opportunities needed to discover, accept, and develop themselves to their highest potential.

OVERVIEW OF THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS AND WELL-BEING

The division of Student Success and Well-Being is dedicated to making the UCF experience the best it can be. From enrollment through graduation, and even as Knights make their way into the global workforce, students have access to diverse academic supports, high impact practices, co-curricular and well-being programs and services that have received a range of accolades.

The division includes over 690 committed staff and more than 2,200 student employees, who guide students every step of the way. They bring a strong network to empower students for success and are backed by partnerships on campus, in the Central Florida community, and within the state of Florida.

Guided by the values of the pillars of well-being curriculum (purpose, resilience, engagement, harm reduction and financial literacy) grounded in a culturally conscious approach, the division, and its affiliated departments, are focused on helping students emerge from UCF as well beings, well persons prepared to face the challenges of the word as culturally conscious, engaged citizens who act with purpose, demonstrate resilience, incorporate harm reducing strategies, and practice financial literacy.

The Division of Student Success and Well-Being includes the following departments: Academic Support for Student Athletes, Activity and Service Fee Business Office, Academic Advancement Programs, Career Services, Center for Higher Education Innovation, Counseling and Psychological Services, Creative School for Children, Downtown Student Services, First-Year Experience, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Residence Life, LEAD Scholars Academy, Neighborhood Relations, Office of Student Involvement, Student Care Services, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Recreation and Wellness Center, Student Financial Assistance, Student Legal Services, Student Union, Undergraduate Admissions, Undergraduate Advising, Experiential Learning and High Impact Practices, UCF Connect, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Transfer Student Success, Undergraduate Research, Student Academic Resource Center, University Registrar, Florida Consortium for Metropolitan Research Institutions, and the division-based finance and human resource business centers.

Dr. Paul Dosal – Senior Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Paul Dosal is UCF’s new senior vice president for student success, starting in this role on July 1, 2022. In this position, Dr. Dosal reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and serves as a member of the president’s cabinet to develop, implement, and assess initiatives and programs that provide focus and accountability for student success, well-being, and completion efforts across the institution. He is also responsible for cultivating an integrated, comprehensive, and intentional student experience by creating an inclusive and student-centered environment that ensures all students who start here can finish here.

LEADERSHIP OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND ENROLLMENT SERVICES

Dr. Adrienne Frame – Vice President 

Dr. Adrienne Frame currently serves as the interim vice president for SDES. Through a division focused on student well-being, learning, inclusion, dynamic programming and service, and a comprehensive continuum of care and support, Dr. Frame provides leadership to 25 departments, over 600 full-time staff members, and over 1,300 student employees.

Prior to being named interim vice president for SDES, Dr. Frame served as the associate vice president and dean of students at UCF with oversight and supervision of career services, student accessibility services, inclusive education services, first-year experience, neighborhood relations, counseling and psychological services, academic support for student-athletes, and the office of student rights and responsibilities.

Originally from Boston, Dr. Frame holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a master of education in counseling from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, and a doctorate of education in higher education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW

The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university built to make a better future for its students and society. UCF solves tomorrow’s greatest challenges through a commitment to academic, operational, and inclusive excellence. Leveraging innovative learning, discovery, and partnerships, the university fosters social mobility while developing the skilled talent needed to advance vitality for the region, state, and beyond.

Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has flourished, now ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Florida’s most innovative university and in the top 15 nationwide. As a major metropolitan public research university, UCF secured $212.5 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 and holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and research activity (R1). As a testament to its commitment to diversity and serving diverse populations, UCF is one of only 16 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution and an R1 university.

With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers 238 degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 12 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, PhDs, certificates, and more. UCF is ranked no. 7 in the country for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News.

UCF confers almost 17,000 degrees each year and benefits from diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and are dedicated to creating opportunities for its student body of approximately 70,000 — nearly half of whom identify as students of color — to grow, learn, and succeed. The university has an annual budget of $2.19 billion and is served by over 12,000 faculty and staff.

UCF is an academic, partnership, and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business, public administration, education, hospitality management, healthcare, and video game design. In addition to being recognized as one of the best national universities in 2020 by Washington Monthly, many UCF programs consistently appear in U.S. News and World Report’s best college rankings. Some additional highlights include:

  • No. 1 graduate game design program in North America in 2020, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer
  • No. 2 emergency and crisis management graduate program in the nation in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 1 nationally and no. 2 globally for hospitality schools in the world, according to the Shanghai Rankings
  • No. 5 nonprofit management graduate program in the nation in 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked among the top 30 cybersecurity programs in the nation, according to cyberdegreesedu.org

In April 2020, UCF welcomed its sixth president, Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright, who is committed to leading UCF in pursuit of excellence to become a new kind of research university—one that is seamlessly integrated into its community and driven by the pursuit of inclusive excellence and innovation in higher education.

Mission Statement

THE UCF CREED

Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide the conduct, performance, and decisions at UCF. These values comprise the guiding principles that direct the actions of the university, its students, and its employees.

  • Integrity – “I will practice and defend academic and personal honesty”.
  • Scholarship – “I will cherish and honor learning as a fundamental purpose of my membership in the UCF community”.
  • Community – “I will promote an open and supportive campus environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual”.
  • Creativity – “I will use my talents to enrich the human experience”.
  • Excellence – “I will strive toward the highest standards of performance in any endeavor I undertake”.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Unleashing Potential

Following a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning process, the university’s new five-year strategic plan, Unleashing Potential, was adopted in 2022.

“Amplifying the power of knowledge and discovery, the University of Central Florida unleashes the potential of our students, faculty, staff, and community. As a next-generation public research institute, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems.”

INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright – President

Dr. Alexander Cartwright was selected as UCF’s sixth president by the UCF Board of Trustees on March 20, 2020, following a nationwide search. He was confirmed by the Florida Board of Governors the following week.

Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Cartwright served as the chancellor of the University of Missouri with an appointment as a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at the MU College of Engineering.

While at MU, Dr. Cartwright led the university through strategic enrollment and research growth, as well as the successful completion of the university’s $1.3 billion fundraising campaign. He continuously advocated for student success initiatives, pushed for a more equitable and diverse environment where every voice is heard, and increased efforts to improve engagement with Missourians and beyond.

As a first-generation college student whose journey to higher education was not traditional, Dr. Cartwright understands and prioritizes the need to build successful outcomes for students from all backgrounds. Among his proudest accomplishments from his time at MU is the launch of the Missouri Land Grant program, a commitment to helping students who are Pell Grant eligible by covering their tuition and fees. He has since overseen the launch of programs designed to improve retention and graduation rates as well as post‐graduation outcomes.

Dr. Cartwright came to MU from the State University of New York (SUNY) where he served as provost and executive vice chancellor from September 2014 to July 2017. At SUNY, Dr. Cartwright oversaw a broad portfolio, including academic policy, enrollment management, and more.

An internationally recognized researcher and scholar in the area of optical sensors, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, SPIE, and the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Cartwright is a prior winner of both the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. In addition, he earned the 2002 SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching.

A native of the Bahamas, Dr. Cartwright holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Melinda have two children, Alyssa and Andrew.

Organizational Chart for the President’s Cabinet

Dr. Michael D. Johnson – Provost

Michael D. Johnson, PhD, serves as UCF’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

As the chief academic officer, he leads UCF’s academic programs and initiatives across 13 colleges, which serve 70,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty. His responsibilities also include multiple campuses, research centers, and institutes. In addition, he manages UCF’s academic operating budget in collaboration with the president’s office, vice presidents, deans, and other academic leaders.

Dr. Johnson joined UCF in 1990 and in 2011 became dean of the College of Sciences, where he is also a professor in the department of physics. The college spans natural and mathematical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and communication. As dean, Dr. Johnson oversaw all the college’s education, research, and service activities.

His other roles at UCF have included serving on the University Budget Committee, Budget Realignment Committee, and the IT Governance Committee. He has also been engaged in overseeing global academic programs, chairing dean and provost searches, serving as associate dean and interim chair, and assisting the provost’s office with faculty collective bargaining agreement negotiations, grievances, and discipline. As a scholar, his research is in theoretical condensed matter physics, including nonequilibrium high-current transport in nanodevices, quantum statistical mechanics of integrable systems, fractional statistics, and pattern formation in complex fluids.

He earned his PhD in physics from the University of Virginia.

THE STUDENT BODY

UCF students by the numbers:

60,075 undergraduate students
9,847 graduate students
484 medical students

Students are from:

67 Florida counties
50 states
150 countries

Student diversity:

White 45.5%
Hispanic/Latino 27.8%
Black 10.2%
Asian 6.7%
International 4.5%
Multiracial 4.1%
Not Specified 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.1%
Male 44%
Female 56%

Benefits Overview

BENEFITS OVERVIEW

UCF is committed to the well-being and growth of employees. Offering a competitive benefits package with many options, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement options, paid leave, employee assistance program, and tuition waiver.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position and details about the status of this search may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

Visit the University of Central Florida website at www.ucf.edu

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.