Vice President for Student Life

Iowa City, Iowa
Mar 13, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Iowa seeks a dynamic leader to fill the position of Vice President for Student Life. The Vice President provides creative vision and leadership for all student life programs and activities, including University Housing and DiningWomen's Resource and Action CenterUniversity Counseling ServiceRape Victim Advocacy ProgramOffice of the Sexual Misconduct Response CoordinatorStudent Disability ServicesOffice of the Dean of StudentsIowa Memorial UnionStudent Health and Wellness, and Recreational Services. The Vice President works closely with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to advocate for students, forge partnerships that advance university goals, and ensure student learning, personal development, and well-being. As a member of the President’s cabinet, the VP advises the President and other senior administrators on policies and practices related to the university’s diverse student body.


The mission of the University of Iowa Division of Student Life is to foster student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.

The Division employs over 2700 staff and students and oversees 11 residence halls and 348 university apartments15 food service outlets10 Recreational Facilities including Macbride Nature Recreation Area4 Cultural and Resource Centers, the Women’s Resource and Action Center, the Iowa Memorial Union, and the Iowa House Hotel.

The Division has three strategic priorities: (1) Health and safety, (2) student leadership development, and (3) multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion. Each priority is a division-wide, or campus-wide, collaborative initiative guided by assessment to measure outcomes and progress.


In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University of Iowa seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences. The university is home to one of the nation's largest and most highly acclaimed academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop, the brand new Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Music Building, and more than 200 different academic areas of study for students to explore. Iowa students host an annual Dance Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and their families; since its founding, the event has raised over $21 million dollars. Students learn valuable skills coordinating numerous concerts, movies, lectures, and events, meaning there is always something entertaining and educational to do.

Iowa Hawkeyes come from everywhere and all walks of life. They bring their passions and their perspectives with them, enriching our community and the world. Our more than 33,000 students come from 114 countries and all 50 states.


Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. by everyone from Outside Magazine to the American Institute for Economic Research–and with good reason. It’s a community that takes pride in openness, diversity, and safety. It’s a place where everyone is welcome.

But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S, establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. In addition to academic year events coordinated by the university and numerous local theaters and cinemas, summer festivals include the Iowa City Arts and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. Throughout the year energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

To review posting and apply, see For best consideration, submit applications or nominations by March 31st. For inquiries and questions regarding this position contact Ken Brown, Professor and Associate Dean, Tippie College of Business, at (319) 335-0924 or

The University of Iowa values diversity among students, faculty, and staff and believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the quality of the educational experience at the University of Iowa. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Appropriate background checks (e.g. criminal background and credential checks) will be conducted.