Life Pacific College seeks a Director of Student Development to oversee the College’s efforts to form students through co-curricular student development. The Director fosters student development, encourages student success, mobilizes students for campus involvement, and works to maintain positive morale among the student body. The role includes initiating and/or maintaining policies, actions, and programs, creating a campus-wide environment conducive for student success, engagement, character formation, and morale. The Director advocates for the student body. The Director advises student government and supervises paid student government staff, Residence Life, Calling & Vocation, and other offices dedicated to student development and well-being. The position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Devises and implements strategies for the retention and success of students, including leading institutional strategic initiatives for improving student success rates, co-chairing the campus-wide Enrollment, Retention & Student Success (ERSS) committee, and administrating Life Pacific’s retention management software.
Oversees all student development functions and departments, ensuring achievement of departmental goals, meeting of budgets, and leadership development of students and staff.
Maintains the core values for student development at Life Pacific: fostering learning, fostering student success, fostering character development, and fostering student engagement.
Supervises student activities, development opportunities, and events for all students (including commuters) ensuring they align with core values.
Provides pastoral care to students and departmental staff as needed.
Engages in departmental and institutional strategic planning, budgeting, and assessment as it relates to student development.
Maintains Life Pacific standards and codes as published in the catalog and student life handbook, developing policy as needed, and directing disciplinary action for students who are in violation of the Community Life Agreement.
Acts as Title IX Deputy Coordinator for student issues.
Operates as liaison with counseling services provided by Emmaus Road.
Oversees first-year seminar course for incoming students.
Collaborates with Enrollment, Advancement, Academics, and other departments to mobilize student engagement for events.
Participates in conferences/associations relevant for professional development in student affairs.
Serves on the College’s Administrative Council.
Completes other projects and duties as assigned by the VPAA.
The successful candidate will at a minimum meet the following requirements:
A master's degree in a student affairs/development or a related field (a Ph.D. or Ed.D. is a plus).
3 years of experience in a leadership position in student development at an institution of higher education (preferably Christian higher education). A record of increased leadership responsibility in student development is preferred.
Demonstrated inspirational leadership ability and effectiveness in program development.
Demonstrated ability to develop, mentor, and mobilize staff and students.
Commitment to a learner-centered environment leading to student success and retention.
Organizational and administrative ability to oversee the development of budget, manage resource allocation, and use data/research in developing and assessing initiatives for student success.
Committed to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with students, faculty, and staff, and the general constituency of Life Pacific.
Demonstrated culturally competent communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues
Demonstrated Christian faith consistent with Life Pacific’s Pentecostal/Charismatic and Wesleyan Arminian stance (must be able to sign Life Pacific’s Statement of Faith and align with its position on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity).
Must be willing to be licensed in the Foursquare Church (if the candidate already has licensure in another Pentecostal/Charismatic denomination—Assemblies of God, Church of God, Vineyard, etc.—this requirement will be seen as fulfilled)
Additional Salary Information: Life Pacific Offers a generous benefits package.
About Life Pacific College
Recognized as a 2016 Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Life Pacific College is a private, evangelical Christian institution in San Dimas, California, (30 miles east of Los Angeles). Offering undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs including Biblical Studies, Human Development & Psychology, Business Administration, Worship Arts & Media, Communications, and more, LPC is an institution of biblical higher learning existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world.
Life Pacific College is the historic Bible College of the Foursquare Church. The College maintains a Pentecostal/Charismatic and Wesleyan-Arminian theological stance. Successful candidates must affirm the College’s Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the College.
The College complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Further, Life Pacific College initiates and cultivates a community that reflects our broader community in terms of ethnicity, color, culture, and gender. LPC is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Over 50% ...of the student population are students of color and approximately 60% of students are female. As such, women and those from other traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Located in southern California in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, San Dimas sits along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The city of 33,000 offers a blend of community amenities, wonderful parks and open space, as well as great recreational and community facilities. With easy access to the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, and Anaheim, San Dimas keeps true to its western heritage with store fronts and wooden sidewalks. With affordable housing, San Dimas and the surrounding community provides an attractive location for raising families. Additional attractions nearby include the Irwindale Speedway, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the Los Angeles Zoo.