National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student-focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more "student ready" so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) and Dean of Students serves as the senior university officer providing leadership and management for co-curricular student life programs, and oversees the Students Experience Office, Residential Life, Student Conduct, Campus Safety, Student Veteran services, First-Year and Commuter Student Programming, New Student Orientation, Leadership Programs, multi-cultural services and support for international students, and Volunteer Programs; Student Activities; Counseling and support services, commencement programming, and Sexual Assault Awareness.
The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students works collaboratively across the institution and within the broader community to cultivate and foster student success and good 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, security, student experience office, office of Student Veterans, Ombudsman services, International student services, office of residential life
Leadership and guidance in implementing innovative, student-centered approaches to student success in curricular and co-curricular experiences. E.g. multicultural activities, student activities and events, student clubs and organizations, first-year transition programming, student conduct, counseling, and retention-focused activities
Advance and enhance activities increasing first- and second-year student retention
Guides assessment of programs and services to verify that student affairs programs are 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 retention 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
Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet and Academic Cabinet
Demonstrate ability to increase first- and second-year student retention
Be able to lead innovative, high-quality and student-centered approaches to student success in curricular and co-curricular experiences
Embrace executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of student affairs departments
Possess knowledge of and be able to lead investigations in areas related to Title IX, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, Higher Education Act, and related federal laws and regulations
Communicate effectively with student leaders to promote positive student relations
Be comfortable with assessing and using data to drive decisions
Be a change-agent and adept at leading through change
Understand the needs of first-generation college students
Possess conflict-resolution skills
Be adept at developing collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
Have effective team-building and team-management skills
Be self-directed, well-organized, detail-oriented and focused on results
* Have the ability to work with and nurture a diverse workforce in a diverse community
Masters required with at least 10 years of experience. Doctorate or terminal degree in higher education, student affairs, educational leadership or a closely related field preferred with record of increasing responsibility and leadership in student affairs.
A proven ability to work well with and nurture relationships with students, faculty and staff, community members, and other stakeholders
Supervisory and administrative skills that include oversight of contracted student support services such as dining and residence life.
A proven leadership record
Experience in varied higher education activities such as accreditation, compliance, and professional organization service.
The capacity to work well with students
An ability to interact effectively with business community and public sector
Highly self-directed, well-organized, and comfortable completing tasks with a minimum of direct supervision
Successful experiences in conflict resolution
Candidates must also possess deep experience and knowledge of current trends in student affairs management and implementation of best practices. The successful candidate should also have a successful history of supervising and mentoring staff, enhancing student life on a primarily commuter campus, and working effectively across the campus community. In addition, the VPSA must have experience providing responsive assistance to students and the university in crisis situations and a proven ability to create and maintain a culture responsive to student concerns. Essential qualities for the VPSA include leadership experience in student development and learning, university-wide strategic planning experience, extensive risk management experience with a working understanding of applicable higher education law, and knowledge of metrics to assess student-learning outcomes. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership, strategic planning, writing, and intercultural skills.