Vice President for Student Affairs

Valparaiso, Indiana
Feb 08, 2019
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University (“Valpo”) is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in the vibrant city of Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. Serving 3,800 students, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth. Consistently achieving national recognition for best teaching and value and as one of the best universities in the Midwest, Valpo prepares students for lives of leadership and service in a global society. Together, we seek truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.


Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) serves as the senior university officer providing leadership and management for co-curricular student life programs, including the Career Center; Dean of Students Office (Residential Life, Student Conduct, Fraternity/Sorority Life, First-Year and Commuter Student Programming, New Student Orientation, Leadership Programs, and Volunteer Programs); Harre Union and Student Activities; Office of Multicultural Programs; Student Counseling Services (Counseling Center, Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education Office); and Student Health Center. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to strategically review the current organizational structure, staff functions, and staffing levels for efficiency and effectiveness. The VPSA will advance and enhance a robust student life experience with programs, services, activities, and facilities to maximize student engagement, participation, community development, and leadership opportunities. Serving as an advocate for students, the VPSA collaborates across departments and divisions to promote a fully-integrated student experience as outlined by the holistic education initiatives contained in the current University Strategic Plan and University Student Learning Outcomes; provides visionary student affairs leadership; promotes, supports, and strengthens the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts; and engages with current students. In addition, the VPSA will contribute to sustaining successful university retention and graduation rates through use of data, research, programs, and special interventions. As a strategic leader, the VPSA serves as an active and valued member of the University’s leadership team, with appointments on both President’s Council and Provost’s Council. The VPSA will manage an operating budget of $5.5 million.


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate with substantive, progressively responsible leadership experience in student affairs. Proven effectiveness at a Dean or Assistant/Associate Vice President level in student affairs or student success areas is desirable. Candidates must also possess deep experience and knowledge of current trends in student affairs management and implementation of best practices. The successful candidate should also have a successful history of supervising and mentoring staff, enhancing student life on a residential campus, and working effectively across the campus community. In addition, the VPSA must have experience providing responsive assistance to students and the university in crisis situations and a proven ability to create and maintain a culture responsive to student concerns. Essential qualities for the VPSA include leadership experience in student development and learning, university-wide strategic planning experience, extensive risk management experience with a working understanding of applicable higher education law, and knowledge of metrics to assess student-learning outcomes. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, writing, and intercultural skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate openness to and support of the Lutheran identity of the university, and be sensitive to issues of spiritual formation among students.


Review of applications will begin March 13, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


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Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community.

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