Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Job Description


Vice President for Student Life and Dean of StudentsLewis Clark College is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and engaging leader to serve as the next Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (VPSL). This is an exciting opportunity to provide vision and leadership for a dedicated team within a broad portfolio while also being a visible and accessible student advocate and support. The VPSL must have a deep commitment to fostering and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment for the diverse student body, an understanding of a residential liberal arts college environment, and a passion for working directly and regularly with students. The current VPSL, Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan, will become the President of the College in July 2022. The new VPSL will report to the President and serve as a member of the Executive Council. The Lewis Clark Student Life Division empowers students to learn, lead, and engage the traditions of the liberal arts in the 21st century. As holistic educators, Student Life partners with students through their development in academic and experiential learning, civic leadership and career development, diversity and inclusion, and wellness, while creating an enduring community of belonging in which all students can take pride and realize their potential.About Lewis Clark CollegeLewis Clark is a national leader in higher education that prepares students for lives and professions that demonstrate our values of innovative thinking, international perspectives, and the constant pursuit of knowledge and service. Established in 1867 and located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis Clark is a private institution with a public conscience and international reach, enrolling approximately 2,000 undergraduate students in our College of Arts and Sciences. Our Law School and Graduate School of Education and Counseling together enroll 1,200 students in graduate professional programs, preparing and training future lawyers, counselors, teachers, and educational administrators. Each day our community lives our motto:Explorare, Discere, Sociare, meaning to explore, to learn, to work together. For more information, OverviewThe VPSL leads the division of Student Life and its staff of 95 employees and is responsible for fostering the College's commitment to student retention and success by actively developing, implementing, and maintaining programs that enrich student learning, build and maintain a strong sense of community, and promote growth through engagement in College life. As both the Vice President for Student Life and the Dean of Students, the VPSL balances institutional and divisional leadership responsibilities with the daily engagement with students who are celebrating their successes, seeking guidance for their challenges, and needing support during their most challenging times. Student Life at Lewis Clark includes the following departments and programs: Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, Campus Living, Templeton Campus Center operations, Health and Counseling Services, Office of Student Accessibility, Health Promotion and Wellness Programs, Office of Student Engagement, The Career Center, Student Rights and Responsibilities, New Student Orientation, College Outdoors, Office of the First Year Experience, Food Services, the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement, Spiritual Life, Physical Education and Athletics, Campus Safety, Emergency Management, and Commencement. Responsibilities• Provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the Student Life Division's departments and programs;• Serves as a member of the President's Executive Council and is an active participant in all aspects of institution-wide strategic planning, decision-making, and policy development;• Works with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to create a holistic environment that supports the success of all students, develops programs and services that increase student retention and belonging;• Is responsible for short and long-range budget planning, administration, management, and evaluation of the Division's programs, services, personnel, policies, procedures, development, and facilities in a manner congruent with the College's mission and goals;• Administers College policies regarding student affairs and conduct, reviews and updates such policies in consultation with campus constituents as necessary, and works with other members of the President's Executive Council on other institutional policies;• Oversees divisional assessment planning and strategies, including learning outcomes;• Coordinates and supports student involvement and leadership opportunities, including the Associated Students Body (ASB), 130 student organizations, and student media;• Represents undergraduate student life on a variety of College and Board of Trustee committees; works with ASB leaders, student life, and faculty colleagues to articulate and live the values of the College community;• Oversees the on-call response system, the Welfare Intervention Network, and collaborates with Campus Safety and others in emergency and/or crisis response; and supervises the emergency management operation of the College;• Serves on the leadership of the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Team and administers initiatives and programs as needed to support the institution's recruitment and retention goals; and• Supports the development of student affairs professionals and staff.Qualities and Qualifications• The successful candidate is required to have an advanced degree; earned doctorate preferred.• At least five years of progressive leadership and administrative experience in a student-facing function.• Experience supervising and managing people.• Demonstrated budgetary and financial acumen.• Understanding of and commitment to undergraduate, residential, liberal arts education.• Demonstrated expertise in creating and overseeing student success initiatives, programs, and services.• Demonstrated commitment to collaborative teamwork with a talented staff and engaged students, and using equity-driven leadership approaches.• Demonstrated success in community building with an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse student body.• Proven partnerships with faculty and academic affairs colleagues.• Demonstrated collaborative approaches in partnering with units outside of student affairs.• Demonstrated ability to effectively assess programs and services.• Excellent communication skills, including effective writing and public speaking.• Ability to exercise discretion and respond to changing priorities and crisis situations.Application ProcessLewis Clark College has partnered with Keeling Associates in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to with the Subject line reading "Lewis Clark VPSL." Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling Associates, at In order to ensure finalists are able to visit while students are available prior to the end of classes, we encourage candidates to submit materials as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately, and those received by March 25, 2022, will receive full consideration. Lewis Clark College adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators. ( AccommodationFederal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.Background CheckLewis Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.Eligibility to WorkIn order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.Lewis Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex or age. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or OCR.Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-dc95b4fc803c99488171e689148ecdda

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