Department: Student Life Reports to: President Status: Exempt Time commitment: Full-Time
Reporting to the University President, the Vice President of Student Life provides leadership and direction for the Student Life Division, student development programs, and coordination of co-curricular education. The Student Life Division works in partnership with faculty and staff to create an environment which inspires personal development of students through the integration of faith and learning in all areas of life. As a university office, the Student Life Division provides services for students across the university working with the Dean of Spiritual Formation and Diversity, and the Athletics Director to create an environment conducive to cognitive, physical and spiritual development.
Provide oversight and direction for all departments within the Student Life Division, including budgetary responsibilities for multiple department accounts. Directs appropriation of the student life funds. Leads a Coordinating Council that includes leaders from Athletics and Spiritual Formation which manages all aspects of student life on the main and regional campuses. Works in collaboration with the University Provost to integrate service learning in curricular and co-curricular activities.
As the chief student development officer of the university, the Vice President is expected to perform under minimal supervision. Duties include supervision of professional staff, administrative support staff and student staff, who provide programming and services in the areas of: First Year Programs, Commuter Services, Career Services, Health Center, Counseling Center, Leadership Development, Student Government, Restorative Discipline, Intramurals, Student Activities, International Programs and Services, and Residence Life. In collaboration with the Vice President of Finance, provide direction for the Book Store and Dining Services.
Must balance the needs of the institution with those of students. Advocate for promoting the integration of faith and learning inside and outside the classroom. Work closely with the President’s Cabinet, the Academic Cabinet and the FPU Board of Trustees to continuously improve student development and the quality of campus life.
Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
Embrace the mission, vision and values of Fresno Pacific University.
Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students and guests.
Provide vision, strategic planning and assessment leadership for the Student Life Division.
Provide budgetary management and planning for the Student Life Division.
The Vice President of Student Life, or his/her designee, serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator.
Meet regularly with the Student Body President in an advisory/liaison capacity.
Supervise, train and evaluate Student Life personnel.
Advise staff members on issues relating to policy, programs and administration.
Counsel individuals and groups on personal and policy issues.
Evaluate programs and work with department heads on revisions and improvements.
Oversee annual publication and revision of the university’s various Student Handbooks.
Collaborate with various university constituencies on programs and services to strengthen students’ learning and development.
Provide reports for various publications and meetings, e.g., FPU Board of Trustees reports, annual reports, parent and student newsletters, websites, etc.
Serve as a member of President’s Cabinet, Academic Cabinet, Campus Master Planning Committee, WASC Accreditation steering committee, University Assessment Committee, College Hour Committee, Student Life Committee, Faculty Session, the Undergraduate Academic Committee, and other committees as assigned. Delegate representation on committees where appropriate.
Recruit, hire, and train Freshmen Mentors.
Represent Student Life at FPU Board of Trustees meetings.
Effectively advocate for the Division of Student Life, students and the university.
In collaboration with the Regional Campuses, identify and support student service functions and activities for students who attend the Regional Campuses.
Master’s Degree in Student Development or related field (Doctorate preferred).
A minimum of five years of administrative leadership and management experience in Student Development or related area.
Experience in hiring, supervising, developing and evaluating professional and support staff.
Demonstrated experience in working with diverse and complex student populations.
Experience in managing multiple budgets.
Ability to determine direction and implement strategic plans for a division of seven departments.
Ability to represent Student Life issues and interests to faculty, administration and trustees.
Ability to build and manage a Student Life team that works together to serve students.
Provide spiritual leadership to help Student Life departments develop a comprehensive Christ-centered co-curriculum that integrates their disciplines and faith.
Ability to develop effective relationships and partnerships with students, faculty, staff and administration.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve divisional and university goals.
Ability to collect information and remain informed about student issues at the university.
Excellent organizational, management problem-solving, and conflict management skills.
Ability to work under pressure, deal with interruptions and handle crisis situations in a fluid environment.
Conversant with current theory and practice in the student development field.
Ability to analyze and process complex systems and issues.
Role model Christian values and practices servant leadership.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality as necessary.
Appreciation for the role of biblical/theological education and the integration of faith and learning.
Evidence of involvement in a local church
Progress toward, or completion of an earned doctoral degree.
Evidence of scholarly contributions in an academic or student service field.
Knowledge/experience with diverse student populations and student support delivery systems.
Experience with assessment and accreditation.
Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least ninety percent (90%) of the time.
Frequent computer use at workstation, up to eight hours per day.
Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
Proficient at multitasking.
Public contact position requiring business-like apparel.
Indoor work environment.
Perform the following, with or without reasonable accommodation: stand, sit, kneel, stoop, reach, lift, grasp, finger, see (near and far) for reading and data analysis on a computer screen, hear and talk for ordinary conversation and telephone calls.
Perform analytical and cognitive thinking and decision making.
Approximately 90% of this position’s duties require use of a computer
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
Attendance and punctuality.
Travel alone between campuses.
Based on the main campus of Fresno Pacific University.
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Fresno is the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the nation's leading agricultural area. But the city — fifth largest in California and largest in the Valley — also enjoys a burgeoning tech scene, music, theater, museums and cultural venues and Triple-A baseball's Fresno Grizzlies, 2015 champions of the Pacific Coast League. Continuing urban renovation promises more benefits, including a hub for California's high-speed rail, bringing the Bay Area and Los Angeles, now just hours away, even closer. Also in easy driving distance are three national parks, including the iconic Yosemite, as well as beautiful beaches and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
Always a multicultural center, the region's rich mix of 80 nationalities make this metropolitan community of 930,517 people a true cultural mosaic.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.
Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.
The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.
About Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.