Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Affairs
40 hours/12 months
July 01, 2019


The position of Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) serves as the chief student affairs officer for the University. This is an exciting opportunity to define a new role and provide executive-level leadership and vision for a range of programs and services aimed at developing students within the framework of CIU’s motto “To know Him and to make Him known.” The position reports directly to the president.

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPSA participates in all institution-wide planning, embraces the University’s mission, and supports its goals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population and create an environment focused on student growth and development.

The primary role is planning and directing all student affairs programs: first-year orientation programming, residential life, student conduct and discipline, health and wellness services, counseling services, career services, athletics, chapel, student activities and leadership development.

The VPSA also cultivates and fosters communication with students, parents, faculty, community agencies and the public through participation in community organizations, student organizations, and other entities which address student concerns and encourage overall institutional growth.


  • Executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all student affairs departments including programming, policy development, personnel, facilities and financial management
  • Leadership and guidance implementing innovative high-quality and student-centered approaches to student development in co-curricular experiences. Examples are: athletics (intercollegiate and intramural), residential life, student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, student government, first-year orientation programming, chapel, student conduct, counseling, career and skill counseling, placement services, and retention-focused activities
  • Advance and enhance activities increasing first- and second-year student retention at or above the strategic planning goals
  • Verify that the student affairs program is effective, innovative, proactive, anticipatory and responsive to student and community requirements with periodic program, service, procedures and policies evaluations
  • Utilize analytics and data to design, develop and implement inventive, effective student engagement and development programs and services
  • Ensure institutional policies and practices assure fair and equitable student treatment
  • Confirm all student affairs programs and services follow state and federal laws and University policies
  • Attend and participate in student programming and other campus and leadership activities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Be able to lead innovative, high-quality and student-centered approaches to student affairs in co-curricular experiences
  • Embrace executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of student affairs
  • Possess knowledge of institutional Title IX programming, investigations and Title IX policies and procedures maintenance
  • Be able to communicate effectively with student leaders to promote positive student relations
  • Be a strong advocate of meeting students’ non-academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular needs
  • Have a commitment to the spiritual formation of students
  • Be comfortable with assessing and using data to drive decisions
  • Be a change-maker and adept at leading through change
  • Have a vision for student discipline that is restorative and developmental, not punitive
  • Understand the needs of first-generation students
  • Have current knowledge of higher education research and best practices
  • Be people-centered with a sense of humor
  • Be skilled at long‐range program planning and creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Possess conflict-resolution skills
  • Demonstrated positive leadership in developing collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
  • Have polished oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Have effective team-building and team-management skills
  • Reflect strong intercultural competencies demonstrated through development and/or support of programs supporting a campus environment inclusive of all ethnicities.
  • Be highly self-directed, well-organized, detail-oriented and focused on results
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet occasional seasonal demands of workload
  • Experience in long‐range program planning, including successfully developing and implementing new initiatives
  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline
  • Doctorate preferred
  • Five (5) years of successful higher education student affairs experience with a pattern of increased responsibilities
  • Senior administrator experience in student affairs preferred