ADVANCEMENT PLANNING:
Primer for Student Affairs
Professionals
Valerie Szymkowicz
Senior Associate
SJG—The Spelman & Johns...
Leadership Demands
--Student Affairs
 Academic Credentials & Institutional Fit
 Critical Skills
 Leadership/ visionary ...
Other Critical Skills
 Oral communication & professional writing skills
 Program planning & implementation
 Assessment ...
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The program provides an overview of the leadership demands of today's student affairs senior staff member along with strategies for moving up and maximizing options in an evolving higher education environment. The presentation outlines the concepts of intentionality and helps participants develop a road map for advancement, as well as offering concrete, tactical advice on how to professionally navigate the recruitment process, assess offers, and negotiate with success.

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  • PANELISTS:
    Other comments about academic credentials and/or institutional fit?
    What about the ability to link student life initiatives with academic programs/priorities?


    Consider addressing this from this angle: what would your current boss say is most important in terms of skill set & experience if your position had to be replaced by a new leader in the next 12 months?

  • PANELISTS:
    Additional skills you would add here?
    Rae: Tolerance for ambiguity/flexibility
    Barbara: Ability to take control & make decisions
    Lead with conviction
  • Advancement Planning: Primer for Student Affairs Professionals

    1. 1. ADVANCEMENT PLANNING: Primer for Student Affairs Professionals Valerie Szymkowicz Senior Associate SJG—The Spelman & Johnson Group © 2010 SJG —The Spelman and Johnson Group
    2. 2. Leadership Demands --Student Affairs  Academic Credentials & Institutional Fit  Critical Skills  Leadership/ visionary orientation/innovation  Strategic planning & change management  Student conduct/legal issues/crisis management  Staff development/supervision  Budget planning/management/fundraising  Knowledge of best practices  Demonstrated commitment to diversity  Also: political savvy & ability to engage wide range of stakeholders
    3. 3. Other Critical Skills  Oral communication & professional writing skills  Program planning & implementation  Assessment evaluation  Ability to relate to multiple constituencies  Ability to build cross-cultural understanding & cross- organizational bridges  Ability to effectively negotiate between competing demands  Creative problem-solving & entrepreneurial thinking  Understanding the brand identity of the institution

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