Neumann University (www.Neumann.edu), a private, Catholic, co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition, is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA). Reporting to the new President, Dr. Chris Domes, the VPSA provides executive level leadership and management on all matters affecting student affairs and its offices; Deans of Students, Student Conduct, and Housing and Residence Life. The position is responsible for the strategic direction, planning, assessment and leadership of the Student Affairs Unit.
The Vice President for Student Affairs will
administer a comprehensive range of services, policies, and procedures related to student affairs programming, planning, and strategically-related functions;
serve as a member of the Executive Team, the President’s Cabinet, and the University Management Team;
provide support of the mission and goals of the University; and
serve as the Unit’s Compliance Officer.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Demonstrate an appreciation for and an understanding of the Catholic Franciscan tradition and the values of Neumann University.
Proactively assess, analyze, and quantify risks to establish priorities, an acceptable level of risk tolerance, and/or risk avoidance from an Institutional and programmatic/departmental perspective.
Foster the University’s commitment to its Catholic Franciscan identity and to student success by encouraging an environment of inclusiveness and support for the University’s diverse student body, enriching student learning, building and maintaining a strong sense of community, and promoting growth through engagement in the life of the University.
Advocate for a student-centered culture.
Ensure the delivery of quality and responsive services to students through effective leadership and assessment of outcomes of student affairs programs in keeping with the institutional effectiveness assessment plan and schedule.
Ensure effective integration of services and programs for the combined residential, commuting, day, evening, and weekend students.
Provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and programs that are consistent with the University’s Catholic Franciscan identity and mission.
Collaborate with the Vice President of Mission and Ministry in the implementation of student programming and activities.
Serve as the Unit’s Compliance Officer; affirm and maintain compliance with federal, state, local, accrediting, and other required entities.
Collaborate with Vice President of Finance and Administration to provide efficient and effective services to students (food service, technology, and facilities).
Collaborate with Academic Affairs to create and maintain a university-wide focus on recruitment and retention with a commitment to academic quality, access, affordability, and student success.
Oversee/Manage the budget for the unit and lead a team responsible for a broad portfolio of student services and related programs, which currently include:
incoming student programming
commuter and residential life
student health and counseling
student recreation and fitness
Work closely with the Director of Athletics & Recreation and the President to integrate athletics in student life with a focus on the growth and development of each student athlete.
Collaborate with the Director of the Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development to support student athletes.
Sustain a student judicial system integrating formative justice principles that enhance student learning and development and that recognizes and appreciates a student’s desire to change/succeed.
Oversee the implementation of the principles of good practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.
Participate in professional and community organizations locally, regionally, and nationally and internationally.
Develop and implement programs that support and enhance student success and retention.
Develop and supervise plans to improve facilities and operational efficiency within the Student Affairs division.
Recommend and implement plans and policies to facilitate and improve operations.
Oversee the development and administration of operating budgets and staff for assigned functional areas.
Actively engage in University-wide initiatives and meetings.
Serve as the appeal authority for the Student Code of Conduct and judicial process.
Ensure compliance to all state and federal agencies, including Title IX compliance.
Oversee the University’s relationship with local, state and federal agencies for the University’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Serve as the Executive Team liaison to the Board of Trustees Committee for Student Affairs.
Promote and support a diverse, multicultural community.
Lead initiatives that help to create a welcoming and supportive culture where all students feel valued.
Work collaboratively with the President and campus administrators in leading the University and ensuring the overall health, recreation, social needs, and success of the student body while championing the success of the strategic plan.
Provide an executive leadership and analytical thought process to decision-making and have successful interpersonal skills to facilitate collaboration, operational improvements and the implementation of administrative best practices.
Possess considerable knowledge of modern principles of student leadership, management and supervisory methods, practices, and techniques.
Adhere to the governing documents, policies and procedures established by the University.
Express timely and accurate communication with administration, faculty, students, and community members.
Establish and maintain effective communication & working relationships with internal and external constituents.
Act as a visible agent of the University; the highest standards of conduct, attitude, confidentiality, and appearance are expected in all aspects of performance.
Understand and adhere to all applicable safety policies and procedures including safety education, accident prevention and safe work environment.
Other duties as assigned by the President.
Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field or discipline; doctorate/terminal degree is preferred.
Five years of progressively responsible and successful senior leadership in student affairs.
Record of success in creating and implementing a vision for a student affairs unit in a comprehensive university whose primary mission is teaching.
Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and a broad range of trends and best practices in student affairs that include collaboration/integration with Academic Affairs to ensure learning across the entire student experience.
Ability to integrate mission and values in utilizing data-driven strategies at the institutional, unit and departmental levels for assessment of programs and services, focusing on continuous improvement.
Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of uniquely personal service, and collaboration with all campus constituencies.
Experience in providing response and assistance to students in crisis and the ability to create a climate responsive to student concerns.
Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively listen to all points of view, build consensus on initiatives and issues, and inform others of decisions, policies, and plans.
Ability to handle highly confidential material to maintain integrity and confidentiality of data, and exercise and apply sound judgment and decision-making skills.
Engagement in appropriate/related professional organizations is preferred.
Completion of a background check prior to assuming the position.
Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Neumann is a private, Catholic, co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition. The University boasts an enrollment of 2,715 men and women – 1,462 full-time and 623 part-time undergraduates and 630 graduate students. Neumann University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Located in Aston in the Delaware Valley, the University is within 30 minutes of Philadelphia and less than 10 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. The New Jersey and Delaware beaches are within a two-hour drive. (Visit: https://www.neumann.edu/about/fast_facts.asp)
Neumann University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell. Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Neumann@hyatt-fennell.com. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to April 8, 2018 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.