Vice President, Student Affairs

Job Description Summary
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) provides leadership, vision and direction in the administration of a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures related to student affairs programming and planning in a manner consistent with our mission, vision, and values. He/she must have the ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a widely distributed and complex organization with a student body diverse in age, location, and ethnicity. He/she must be passionate about student development, well organized, able to use technology creatively in the delivery of services and community building, a strong communicator, successful at facilitating cross functional activities, effective in engaging faculty, and committed to team building and teamwork.
The overall priority is to develop a highly productive division led by student development leaders at every level who will enhance our student services and strengthen our student success initiatives. This key priority will be to work collaborative with academic affairs and other departments to improve student retention, graduation rates, and student satisfaction. This position reports to the University Senior Vice President and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet. As such, the VPSA participates in institution-wide planning in support of the University's goals including meeting the needs of a diverse student population and creating a learning environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed.
In addition to resume, please submit the following documents for consideration:
1. Cover Letter
2. Leadership Philosophy Statement
NOTE: Additional application documents may be added during the application process in the Resume/CV section (listed below Language).
Job Description
Duties and Tasks:
Provide leadership and oversight of all units within the division of student affairs including programming, policy development, human resources and fiscal resource management.
Work collaboratively with staff and faculty across the University to develop and communicate a student development model and plan consistent with the mission, vision, and values and the institutional strategic plan.
Promote effective working relationships with all student-facing departments creating a seamless student experience between admissions, academics, athletics and student affairs.
Foster an understanding, support, and advocacy for student affairs and services among faculty and staff at the University.
Responsible for student services across all delivery formats and locations. This includes residential housing and residential life, dining services, student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, Greek life, student government, student conduct, personal counseling, health education and health care, accessibility services, career and skill counseling, placement services, military affairs, mail service, print shop and bookstore operations.
Lead the development and implementation of an integrated university-wide model to promote student development, success and satisfaction by unifying and integrating academic support services, athletic administrative support services, University ministry, extra- and co-curricular activities and student development services into a seamless program.
Build and maintain a strong and stable staff of professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in student development, passionate about working with students, and committed to Saint Leo University's mission, vision, and values.
Promote positive student relations including active and productive student involvement in student and university governance.
Facilitate student relations as appropriate with senior leadership and involve the President of the University effectively in student life.
Develop and implement leadership development programs and promote effective student leadership, volunteerism, self-sufficiency, and responsibility.
Develop and implement effective support systems for international, non-traditional, veteran, first generation, and commuter students.
Develop a strong career services and experiential learning approach in partnership with academic leadership and faculty to best serve our students.
Collaborate and partner on University initiatives to improve retention and graduation rates through improved research, service, programs, and special interventions as required.
Improve residential living and campus life to attract and retain more students to reside on campus.
Develop, promote, and maintain a student-customer-centric culture that is student focused and fosters employee engagement, collaboration, and contribution.
Lead, manage, and operate in a manner consistent with the University core values of community, respect, integrity, excellence, personal development, and responsible stewardship.
Participate in University governance, strategic planning, and budgeting, serving as an effective contributor to the President's Cabinet.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
An earned doctorate in a student affairs relevant field of higher education
Relevant experience as a leader in student developoment or student affairs including progressive management responsibility
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative programs and services at a comprehensive university including traditional and non-traditional student populations
Record of success in student affairs and academic affairs successful collaboration
Experience providing responsive assistance to students in crisis situations
Proven ability to create a culture responsive to student concerns
Knowledge of higher education as well as trends in student affairs specifically
Strong supervisory and organizational skills in student affairs
Excellent communication skills including the ability to listen effectively, build consensus, and keep constituents informed of policy, plans, and vision
Project management skills including the ability to prioritize multiple critical initiatives effectively
Proven record of developing and mentoring employees
Ability to balance many tasks and responsibilities simultaneously
Ability to manage time and stress for self and others
Ability to excel in a customer-centric culture
Ability to represent the division of student affairs to University leadership.
The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various type of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success.

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