Date:  January 13, 2021

Position Available:  Vice President of Student Life

Position Reports to:  President

Department:  Student Life

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., some evenings and weekends and occasional travel, including international, is required


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/vice-president-of-student-life/



The Vice President of Student Life is responsible for fostering and developing a one-of-a-kind student culture where students thrive and are formed, through lives of charity and ongoing conversion, to lead and to evangelize each other and the world.  Serving as the chief student-personnel office, the Vice President of Student Life provides overall direction and leadership of the Student Life programs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, including residence life, evangelization and household life, athletics, wellness center, student activities and programming, dining service, international student services, orientation, and campus events.  Reporting to the Vice President of Student Life are the Dean of Students, Assistant Vice President of Student Life Services and Events, Director of Wellness Center, Director of Athletics, and an Administrative Assistant.



1.     Take specific steps to ensure the University’s mission, vision, and values are highly visible and integrated into all Student Life activities and operations.  Align and prioritize financial and human resources around the University’s mission, vision, values, and strategies.

2.     Provide strategic direction for all Student Life areas, setting and achieving long-term and short-term goals that foster the University’s one-of-a-kind student culture and advance institutional priorities.

3.     Ensure the development, implementation and continual evaluation of structure, culture, staffing, processes, policies, procedures, and management systems within Student Life that facilitate effective operations, planning, and goal achievement.

4.     In close collaboration with the Vice President of Franciscan Life and other pastoral staff, advance efforts to promote ongoing conversion in the lives of all students; serve as Vice Chair of the Spiritual Life Leadership Team; serve as a University resource for issues related to the integration of Catholic moral teaching with general policies and specific applications related to student activities and conduct.

5.     Serve as a member of Administrators Council, Shared Governance Council, Academic Review Board and other shared governance committees, task forces, and other structure. Serve as staff member on the Evangelization/Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees. Advocate for student welfare in these settings, balancing the needs and desires of students with the overall values and priorities of the institution. Represent the University as Chief Student Affairs Officer in relevant events and settings.

6.     Serve as the University’s Chief Student Judicial Officer; enforce and continually evaluate the University’s Code of Student Conduct in the context of Catholic teaching and relevant laws including FERPA, Title IX, VAWA, and the Clery Act; serve as the University resource for legal issues and best practices related to student conduct.

7.     Serve as an advisor, resource, and liaison for students, fostering positive relations between students and the University; maintain regular and direct communication with students and student leaders; serves as advisor for Student Government; continually assess student interests, needs, and opinions through various methods such as student satisfaction surveys, focus groups, and student government engagement.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.




Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience


·         5 years of experience in student affairs administration, preferably at a Catholic college or university, with demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices in student affairs administration.

·         5 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in higher education, preferably within student affairs.

·         5 years of supervisory experience.

·         Demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget.

·         Demonstrated ability to develop and implement policies consistent with institutional values and applicable law.

·         Demonstrated ability to manage crisis and conflict situations.

·         Knowledge of, or ability to gain knowledge of, legal requirements related to student affairs in higher education including FERPA, Title IX, VAWA, and the Clery Act.




·         Mission Leadership:  Must understand, embrace, and live out the University’s mission as well as Catholic theology and teaching, particularly as it relates to the human person and morality.  Must possess the ability and willingness to articulate these principles and translate them into general policies and particular decisions.  Must take specific steps to visibly witness and champion the University’s values and inspire the expression of these values amongst the student body and within all Student Life activities and operations.


·         Leading Self and Others: Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing conversion and growth. Uses feedback and self-awareness to continually grow and sharpen one’s own leadership skills. Creates and seizes opportunities to motivate and support the performance and growth of others including training, teaching and mentoring them, delegating and empowering others to act, and providing on-going coaching. Appropriately recognizes progress and achievement, provides effective feedback, and deals forthrightly with performance issues.


·         Strategic Leadership: Examines relevant trends and projections and seeks the insights of multiple stakeholders to anticipate change and address future implications for the division. Develops an inspiring and realistic, longer term vision of Student Life and a clear, actionable plan for getting there.


·         Business Acumen & Drive for Results:  Demonstrates understanding and application of key indicators and the fiscal management principles needed for sound business decisions. Ensures effective use and stewardship of University resources.  Ensures the pursuit and achievement of results by setting and communicating clear short-term priorities and expectations for both self and one’s leadership team. Tenaciously pursues priorities with passion and energy, holding self and others to the highest standards of achievement and accountability.  Establishes and uses effective reporting and feedback processes to monitor progress, anticipate problems, remove obstacles, and make course corrections as needed.


·         Decision Quality: Effectively blends analysis, experience, and intuition in the decision-making process. Has a knack for getting to the most critical or essential point in a situation or problem.


·         Interpersonal Skills: Finds common ground and gains cooperation with minimal disruption and fallout. Relates well to all people above, below, at a peer level, inside and outside of the organization. Uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse high-tension situations.


·         Written and Verbal Communication: Clearly and comfortably expresses one’s views and thoughts to different listeners/audiences. Knows how to get and keep audience attention; and effectively handles questions and side bars. Presents effectively in multiple settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, peers, staff, and managers. Effectively identifies and organizes the key points needed for an effective written communication. Knows when to use written communications instead of verbal communications.


·         Teamwork: Appreciates and leverages individual differences in perspective, style, and skills. Shares information openly to ensure everyone has what they need to perform effectively. Is effective at gaining cooperation both within and outside of one’s own department or area.




·         Masters degree in student affairs administration or a relevant field; doctorate preferred.


Technical Skills


·         Proficiency in standard desktop software applications (e-mail, MS Office, etc.).

·         CRM software experience/familiarity.


Workplace Factors


·         Frequent evenings and weekends required.

·         Occasional travel required.


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/vice-president-of-student-life/


For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.