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Vice President of Student Life
Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee
 
 
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Date Posted 05/17/2021
Category
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The Vice President of Student Life is the chief student-personnel officer of the University and advises the President and Executive Leadership Team on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life. The vice president serves as the officer responsible for providing leadership for and encouraging best practices, innovation and engagement of the team leaders managing the major units in the Student Life division: Community Life, University Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life, Campus Safety, Student Wellbeing, and Vocation & Spiritual Formation.

Job Related Skills
  • Commitment to the Christian mission of Lipscomb University.
  • An empowering and service-oriented leader with a strong sense of vision for the future of student life at Lipscomb.
  • The ability to project a strong positive image of the University through public speaking, personal interaction with faculty, staff, students, parents, community leaders and others.
  • The ability to successfully solve problems commonly found within the higher education environment.
  • Proficiency in organizing and managing complex functions and the ability to gain the trust and confidence of Lipscomb students, parents, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and the broader community.
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse environment.
Education
Master’s Degree
Experience
7+ years
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled
No
Additional Comments & Information

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A Master’s degree is required; doctoral degree preferred.

Experience: Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education in significant positions, preferably in student affairs/student development or a related area or discipline.

Church Relationship: This position requires the employee to be a professing Christian and be an active, faithful member of a congregation of the Churches of Christ.

About Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy

Lipscomb University is a Christian institution committed to creating students whose academic excellence, faith and practice, and community service reflect our ideals of global citizenship. Our mission is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence, not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community. It is a place that sees the city as our campus and the world as our classroom. This is what grounds us, and it is also what has grown us.


The institution includes both Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy. The University enrolls more than 4,600 students, has a 10-year growth rate from 2007-2017 of almost 70 percent and offers students an intellectually challenging academic program of study that includes eight bachelor’s degrees with over 100 majors spanning the liberal arts to programs of study in pre-professional and professional disciplines, 24 master’s degrees in 70 fields of study, four education specialist degrees and three doctoral degrees. Each year, Lipscomb students contribute an average of 60,000 hours of service to nonprofits and organizations. Classified as a national university by U.S. News & World Report, Lipscomb University is classified as a doctoral university by the Carnegie Foundation, placing it among 7 percent of schools nationwide.


Lipscomb Academy is a leader in PreK-12th schools in the Nashville area and enrolls over 1,200 students in academic programs from 2-year-olds to 12th grade where students are equipped to love to learn, learn to love, and live to serve. Lipscomb Academy’s mission as a Christ-centered PreK-12th grade institution has been greater than shaping the minds of children; we guide children to discover their God-given gifts and passions, to develop as a whole person and to become a positive influence in their local and the greater global community. Throughout its existence, the Academy has benefitted from its unique association with Lipscomb University through access to its college-level professors, equipment and resources while delivering rigorous academic opportunities and offering compelling and competitive athletic programs all wrapped in an environment grounded in spiritual formation.


In addition to Lipscomb’s residential campuses in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee, there are two satellite locations and numerous online programs. At the heart of Lipscomb University are more than 860 full-time faculty and staff at the University and 160 full-time faculty and staff at the Academy who are committed to creating a lasting impact beyond the campus, serving the good of humanity to the glory of God. As you learn more about Lipscomb, we hope you find it to be a place that is joyfully and energetically committed to God and a place where you truly want to share and invest your talents and skills.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, programs and activities.

Hiring Statement
Lipscomb is a private, Christian university associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the Church of Christ. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who are members of the Church of Christ.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Tasks Performed

Ensures divisional compliance with the institutional mission by reviewing and approving unit plans, goals and objectives, and service activities.

Description of Tasks Performed

Develops and maintains a properly coordinated delivery of essential student services by organizing the various units and sub-units in a logical, non-duplicative, and effective manner to best meet the work requirements of the division and the needs of the student body.

Description of Tasks Performed

Assures the prompt and effective delivery of student services by monitoring workloads throughout the division and prioritizing staffing needs accordingly.

Description of Tasks Performed

Enables division employees to perform their assigned tasks by coordinating the annual budget and making budget adjustments within the division to achieve division goals within the assigned budget.

Description of Tasks Performed

Serves as a key member of the behavioral intervention team.

Description of Tasks Performed

Encourages high morale and quality student service through a leadership style which causes employees to strive for the achievement of annually established goals and objectives.

Description of Tasks Performed

Manages the achievement of division goals by developing effective controls to guide work effort toward expected outcomes.

Description of Tasks Performed

Promotes positive student relations by maintaining effective lines of communication with student leaders and serving as a strong advocate for the non-academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular needs of students.

Description of Tasks Performed

Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to the Office of Student Life are completed in the best interests of the university by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are delegated by the university president.

Description of Tasks Performed

Supports positive relations for the university by communicating and interacting with community leaders in matters related to the Lipscomb student experience.

Description of Tasks Performed

Supports the overall success of Lipscomb students by participating in appropriate fundraising activities coordinated with the Office of Advancement and serving on university committees as appropriate.

Description of Tasks Performed

Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with and support those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Description of Tasks Performed

Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

Description of Tasks Performed

Supports and assists the Lipscomb president by providing regular reports, developing resolutions for approval of the president and action by the Lipscomb Board of Trustees, and completing other tasks and duties as assigned.

Description of Tasks Performed

Works collaboratively with other divisions and senior leadership team members across campus.

Description of Tasks Performed

Is a member of the university’s senior leadership team.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
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