Vice President for Student Engagement

Job description

Reports to:     The University President       

Position Summary/Purpose:

Serve as the designated Chief Student Development Officer providing vision, executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of all student development departments including programming, policy development, support and empowerment to a dynamic, productive and accountable team which include the following four pillar areas:

  • Christian Life (University Ministries includes the faith development of students, campus chapel and outreach)  
  • Diversity and Intercultural Life (including International and Global Education)
  • Student Life (residence life, health and counseling support services, student enrichment services and support, student activities, student care, parent and family relations, and student engagement and wellness)
  • Student Success (advising, disability services, first year experience, career development and internships)

The vice president is responsible for the primary aspects of co-curricular learning for traditional age undergraduates, and adult undergraduates, encompassing both residential and commuter students. The vice president is a member of the university’s senior administrative leadership team and leads efforts across divisions to promote the retention of students, meeting or exceeding goals for retention at all levels.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • This position works directly with the President in support of student distinctives, expressed through productive leadership and direction in the following areas of North Park’s identity in the student experience:  Christian, City-centered and Intercultural student life on campus. The work of these pillars is summarized in these four areas:
  • fostering positive student development within a Christian community;
  • assuring that the university attempts to meet students’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs;
  • leading various efforts across departments and divisions in both setting and realizing goals for student retention by a variety of means;
  • maintaining student discipline through the development and implementation of clear, reasonable, and just disciplinary policies and procedures;
  • fostering a positive and enriching campus community for a diverse intercultural student population.
  • This role will be filled by a dynamic individual with proven leadership skills to guide campus efforts to provide students with a transformative, inclusive and supportive living and learning experience.
  • Lead a collaborative vision and planning effort to define clear direction and strategic goals for the division.
  • Experienced higher education administrator with vision, energy, and interpersonal and leadership skills able to engage the University in achieving ambitious goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Experience in creating, implementing and evaluating successful student development and support initiatives that promote student engagement and learning for all student populations.
  • Understanding of equity, access and inclusion concepts, issues, and best practices in higher education;
  • Executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all student development departments including programming, policy development, personnel, student experience, student veterans, ombudsman services, International student services, residential life.
  • Leadership and guidance in implementing innovative, student-centered approaches to student success in curricular and co-curricular experiences. E.g. multicultural activities, student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, first-year experience and transition programming, student conduct, counseling, and retention-focused activities.
  • Cultivate an integrated student life experience that contributes to the recruitment and retention of students by creating a welcoming, student centered, diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Work collaboratively with the offices of: Enrollment and Marketing, Provost, Administration and Finance on matters related to student recruitment, persistence and retention.
  • Display exemplary leadership skills with demonstrated ability to communicate well, build consensus and collaborate, solve problems, manage complex systems, and make decisions in a team environment
  • Provide the general leadership and vision for a collaborative team of professionals and paraprofessionals through the hiring, training and direct supervision of key administrators.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources as it relates to hiring, employee relations, personnel policies and protocols and accountability within those protocols.
  • Work closely with the President, Board of Trustees, and other senior leaders to provide appropriate support on student engagement and retention matters.
  • Oversee a healthy annual budget, provide a culture of accountability and closely supervise budget managers to direct and monitor spending within the established University policies.

Essential Qualifications:      

  • Committed to and an articulate supporter of the university’s mission, identity, and Christian faith commitment.
  • Desire to and proven ability to meet, relate to and work with a diverse student population
  • Master’s degree required; Doctorate preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of higher education administrative experience
  • Successful evidence of campus leadership capacity
  • Experience in leadership roles demonstrating progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in the areas mentioned above.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and a broad range of trends and best practices nationally in student development programs and services.

Effective date:         2019

NOTE:  Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time




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Posted: 3/28/2019
Application Due: 5/27/2019
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