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Vice President for Student Life

Apply now Job no: 492759
Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Executive

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Vice President for Student Life
Posting Location Abilene
Department Student Life
Employee Class Exempt Full-Time
Basic Responsibilities A. Provide vision and leadership for the Student Life team.
B. Provide vision and leadership with regard to policies and procedures within Student Life.
C. Design, develop and maintain appropriate standards and operating procedures with regard to student disciplinary issues, in partnership with the Dean of Students.
D. Provide vision and leadership with regard to Student Development
Essential Duties

A. Provide vision and leadership for the Student Life team.
1. Cast vision and mission for the Student Life team that supports ACU’s mission.
2. In conjunction with Deans/Directors in Student Life, lead staff responsible for the following areas: Spiritual Formation, Residence Life Education and Housing, Student Dining, Student Organizations, Judicial Affairs, Career Services, Student Retention, Multicultural Enrichment, Medical Care and Counseling Center, Student Productions, the Student Rec and Wellness Center, Intramural Sports, Title IX and Wildcat Week.
3. Meet regularly with the Student Life team and work with them in a collaborative manner to accomplish the mission of Student Life.

B. Provide vision and leadership with regard to policies and procedures within Student Life.
1. In conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team, create and maintain the Student Guide.
2. In conjunction with the Director of Residence Life Education and Housing, create and maintain the Residence Life Guide.
3. Oversee Student Life compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and all other applicable rules and regulations.

C. Design, develop and maintain appropriate standards and operating procedures with regard to student disciplinary issues, in partnership with the Dean of Students.
1. Ensure that investigations of university policy violations/student guide violations are conducted in an appropriate manner, in keeping with the mission of the university and the Student Life division.
2. In partnership with the Dean of Students, make decisions with reference to student disciplinary suspensions or expulsions.
3. Ensure that the student disciplinary appeals process is conducted in a manner consistent with the mission of the university and the Student Life division.

D. Provide vision and leadership with regard to Student Development
1. Design, develop and maintain effective partnerships with Academic Affairs units to connect curriculum and co-curriculum in order to enhance student development.
2. Design, develop and maintain learning environments initiated by Student Life areas that are intentionally designed to enhance the intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional development of the student.
3. Research, design and develop effective assessments for evaluating the effectiveness of Student Life co-curriculum.
4. Represent Student Life at major university events, such as New Student Orientation, Wildcat Week, Homecoming, etc.
5. Interact with the Board of Trustees, including dialogue on significant issues, presentations, etc.

Professional Development Requirements

A. Skills
1. Excellent communication skills
2. Ability to make effective, clear presentations in order to present Student Life projects and research to the broader university community as well as external constituents.
3. Organizational skills
4. Time management
5. Budget management
6. Problem solving
7. Strong decision making
8. Team building
9. Conflict resolution
10. Computer skills

B. Training Modules Required
1. Online budget training in the Banner computer system and other pertinent computer systems within Student Life
2. Continued professional development through conference attendance

Qualifications

A. Professional
1. Prefer Master’s degree with at least 2 years verifiable work experience in related field
2. Persuasive writing and communication strengths
3. Track record of success in high teamwork environment
4. Proven ability to work independently and lead multiple tasks efficiently and effectively
5. Possess high level of interpersonal and communication skills
6. Excellent command of professional presentation skills and comfortable presenting to groups both large and small
7. Self-motivated with proven ability to work and lead effectively in a team environment

B. Personal
1. Detail oriented and highly organized
2. Willingness to put in necessary time to meet deadlines
3. Collaborative nature and positive attitude
4. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
5. Goal driven, high initiative with desire for meaningful work and mission orientation
6. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills for achieving goals

Physical Demands A. Work is performed in an office environment; must have the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
B. Work extended hours at certain times of the year
C. Ability to handle stress well (high volume and high speed demands)
D. Travel will be required – locations will vary and overnight travel will be necessary
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

 

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