Assistant Vice President, Student Life – Pacific County, WA

Assistant Vice President, Student Life

University of the Pacific

Pacific County, WA


Job description

Primary Purpose:
Reporting to the Vice President, Student Life (VPSL), the Assistant Vice President, Student Life is directly responsible for leadership, supervision, managerial, and budgeting oversight for areas within Residential Life, Housing Operations, Dining Services, Orientation, First Year Experience, Residential Space Management, and serves in the Dean on Call rotation to respond in real time to critical student incidents and campus emergencies. Consistently utilizes organizational behavior and leadership principles to build a cohesive, highly functioning team that supports the University and Division of Student Life’s priorities, goals, and student success. Works collaboratively with students, faculty, administrators, parents and alumni to create a vital and engaged campus community and provide essential services that integrates student learning, growth, and development.

Assistant Vice President directly manages critical projects connected to the University’s strategic priorities – main focus is to generate revenue via housing and dining program. Responsible for meeting University Housing targets by overseeing the strategy and marketing campaign. Directly negotiates the annual terms of agreement with Bon Appetit (the University’s largest contract). Charged with building out the residential program and services to engage students in the overall campus experience.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supervises, provides oversight, and direction to the Residential Life and Housing/Dining team on the Stockton and Sacramento campuses in the development and implementation of community building efforts, policies, procedures, budget, and overall efforts to create a vibrant and inclusive on-campus community.
  2. Supervises Residential Life in the implementation of units goals, programming and evaluation of programming outcomes, including Key Performance Indicators on student satisfaction with residential community.
  3. Oversees the Residential Life team in the implementation of the programming model; monitors leaderships scheduling and training of student and professional staff to attain programming and financial metrics.
  4. Responsible for housing occupancy management and developing a strategic vision to grow occupancy on campus based on local, regional, and national markets, and fiscal trends.
  5. Builds and sustains the units collaborative partnerships with campus entities including but not limited to: Facilities Support Services, Capital Planning, Business and Finance, Enrollment Strategy.
  6. Prepares regular and ongoing materials to communicate the value of the on-campus housing experience, including annual reports for University stakeholders within and external to the Unit and Student Life.
  7. Collaborates with Campus Life colleagues and leadership of Fraternity and Sorority Life to meet Greek housing occupancy goals and programming outcomes consistent with Residential Life mission and financial obligations.
  8. Works closely with Capital Planning and Facilities Support Services to implement new construction, renovations, and maintenance plans developed by Residential Life and Housing.
  9. Space management for all indoor and surrounding residential facilities including Elbert Covell, Raymond Lodge and Price House along with the designated outdoor spaces associated with them.
  10. Uses systems to perform essential job functions, including but not limited to RMS/Mercury, StarRez, Maxient, EMS, Cobblestone, FAMIS, Banner and Roompact.
  11. Serves as Contract Administer for Dining Services, working with vendor and campus partners to ensure contract terms of service are being met and excellent food service is provided to residents, guests, and the campus community.
  12. Oversee Student Engagement, Leadership and Development, and Transition programs, including Week of Welcome and Orientation programs with intentional collaboration with academic units and Enrollment Strategy.
  13. Leads strategic planning for orientation and transition programs, and collaborative campus-wide initiatives that include the development and implementation of new student programs that achieve student learning outcomes.
  14. Supervises the Orientation program, professional staff, and supports the hiring and training of student LEADS.
  15. Develop and oversee a First Year Experience Program and Senior Year Experience program. Work to establish traditions that will resonate with the student community.
  16. Uses various data to develop predictive models that inform strategic decision making in consultation with appropriate Division and University partners with a focus on maximizing occupancy in University Housing.
  17. Represents and advocates for the department within the college administrative and governance structure and promotes an environment that is responsive to student needs. Facilitate collaboration, innovation and creativity among students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  18. Participates, leads, and supports University wide and Division committees.
  19. Has excellent written and verbal communication skills necessary to manage daily operations seamlessly and proactive communication with the campus leaders, Cabinet members, critical constituents, including parents and families.
  20. Live-on responsibilities include serving as Dean on Call.
  21. Performs other duties as assigned or requested by the Vice President, Student Life and President.

This position serves as Campus Security Authority (CSA) as outlined by the Clery Act. CSAs have federally mandated responsibilities to report crimes that are reported them.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Student Personnel, Student Development, Educational Administration or closely related field.
  • Ten (10) years of professional working experience in a college or university setting supervising professional staff and managing Residential Life and Housing operations.
  • Professional experience serving in an on-call rotation, providing crisis response for residential students.
  • Working knowledge of orientation and on-boarding programs, and developmental areas of focus for incoming students (1st years and transfer students).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Extensive experience working with and advising college-level students.
  • Excellent writing skills sufficient to draft clear and concise professional reports and correspondence.
  • Strong budget management skills and experience.
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate complex information to large and small groups.
  • Strong organizational skills to work independently and to prioritize workload under the pressure of competing assignments and dynamic deadlines.
  • Promotes teamwork in a collaborative environment.
  • Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment with use of computer and phone. Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Constant verbal and written communication. Occasional standing, walking across campus, climbing stairs, stooping and reaching. May be required to lift up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Work performed during normal business hours, M-F, with additional hours on evenings and weekends to meet University, Division or department needs or deadlines. Some travel required to other campuses or conferences/meetings.

Hiring Range:$91,330.00 – $125,580.00 per year. We consider factors such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the position, candidates qualifications, internal equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

Background Check Statement:
All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.

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