Skip to content

Human Resources

Associate vice president, strategic initiatives and project management

About the position

Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success (SEMSS) invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the Associate vice president for strategic initiatives and project management. Regarded as a vibrant place to work, where discovery and creativity goes hand in hand, and differences are celebrated and embraced, the university and SEMSS play an integral role in the vitality of its home city of Richmond, Virginia. VCU and SEMSS are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us different.

This role serves as the division’s primary advocate for the effective use of enrollment research and evaluation and project and change management in support of VCU SEMSS strategic priorities. The AVP will lead the deployment of research, evaluation, assessment, project and change management principles and practices in a way that fosters the division’s capacity for innovation, collaboration, communication, continuous improvement planning and goal attainment.

The AVP builds strategic relationships and collaborates with leaders across the organization to ensure the effective implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of strategic priorities of Virginia Commonwealth University. Other areas of responsibility for this position include process evaluation and improvement of university services, assistance with division strategic planning and service as a key partner in institution-wide initiatives targeting student recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation.

How to apply

VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For best consideration, please submit application materials prior to April 25, 2021. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU eJobs portal located at the link below:

VCU eJobs portal:

Please ensure that references submitted with your application materials include a prior or current supervisor, peer, and current or former direct report. A candidate questionnaire may be sent to you for completion separately to obtain additional, detailed information regarding your work experience. 

Additionally, confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Carol Ann Lawson. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to: 

Carol Ann Lawson 

Celia O'Hallahan



Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
View graphic versionView graphic version