The Vice President provides visionary leadership for creating and integrating student and academic support services for all learning modalities. Utilizing the Spring Arbor Concept and the University strategic plan the Vice President guides the development and implementation of policies, programs, and services towards the creation of a thriving student community strengthened by ongoing assessment of the holistic SAU student experience. The Vice President serves as the catalyst in maintaining a Christian community of learners.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES and QUALIFICATIONS include the following: Through the Institutional Effectiveness Planning process, provide oversight, strategic direction and evaluation for each area of Student Development and Success including: New Student Orientation, Residence Life/Housing, Multicultural programs/services, Academic Student Connections, Career Development, Chapel, Counseling, Student Accountability, Health Center, Retention, Online Student Support, Global/Site Student Support, Student Activities, Student Government, Student Leadership, Campus Ministries, Outreach Ministries, Freshman/Sophomore Experience
Provide comprehensive vision and understanding of Christian higher education, student development, national trends impacting students and higher education policies, persistence and student success programs.
Responsible for financial stewardship of departmental and area budgets.
Serves as the primary liaison between Student Development and Success department and all other areas of the SAU community. Examples of this function include membership on the Academic Senate, Student Success Advisory Committee (campus and Global), Welcome Week Steering Committee, Assessment Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Master Planning Committee, Leadership Team, CORE 100 and 200 input, etc.
Knowledge of higher education regulations including Clery Act, Title IX, etc.
Maintains consistent community standards accountability process and procedures. Convenes student accountability appeals committee.
Works with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to address issues of "learner oriented service" and student focused mindset among our faculty and staff.
Assures the priority of an Evangelical Christ centered focus in all Student Development programs, services, and policies.
Ensures the Student Handbook reflects the priorities of the institution in creating an environment most conducive the the growth and development of students.
Works closely with the Director of Institutional Research to track and report student persistence and graduation rates for all programs and modalities.
Builds and maintains strong and collegial relationships with students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees.
Executing other duties as assigned by the President.
Serves as member of the President's Cabinet reporting directly to the University President.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The successful candidate will be passionate about Christian higher education, student life, and student success with strong communication and analytical skills. Proven track record of success and knowledge of student affairs and student success best practices. Experience with understanding and successfully serving underrepresented students. Knowledge of theories, principles and practices associated with higher education. Devotion to counsel, direct and facilitate professional development of employees. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individual will exhibit a life and service that is in full accord with the Spring Arbor University Concept and Community Covenant.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
An advanced degree from accredited University required. Earned doctorate preferred. Eight-Ten years’ experience in student development and success with progressively increasing responsibility. Skilled in University budgeting and planning, and ability to administer programs as well as direct and inspire people. Must be able to balance responsibility for a well organized operation with a sincere concern for effective customer service to employees, students, and the general public.