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Vice President & Dean of Student Life

Westminster College seeks applicants or nominations for the critical position of Vice President and Dean of Student Life. The Vice-President and Dean reports directly to the President and serves as a member of both the President’s Cabinet and the Deans’ Council. He/she is administratively responsible for the following areas: the Wellness Center (Physical and Mental Health), Spiritual Life, Residential & Greek Life, Student Involvement, the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service, and the Diversity Center. The position requires a leader to continue to build the positive momentum in our student programs and services. The new Vice-President and Dean will join a successful college with an enrollment of approximately 850 degree-seeking full-time students in Fall 2016, programs that integrate the curricular and co-curricular, and that is developing new initiatives to educate students for global leadership as only an institution with Westminster’s history can. The new Vice-President and Dean will be a key administrator, important faculty/staff colleague, and a mentor to students.

Key attributes of the successful candidate will include a history of successful leadership in student affairs, knowledge of retention theory and practice, the proven application of student development theory and assessment methods, a commitment to diversity, a proven history of success working with social Greek organizations, knowledge of and experience with working with student conduct policies and procedures, experience working with significant populations of international and minority students, knowledge of Title IX requirements, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to build relationships with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, Trustees, and alumni. A doctoral degree in student personnel, higher education, or educational leadership is preferred, while candidates with a master’s degree in relevant fields and a history of distinguished service will also be considered. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Westminster College actively pursues the goal of inclusive excellence.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three references to:

Dr. David Jones, Associate Vice-President/Associate Dean of Faculty
Chair, Vice-President and Dean of Student Life Search Committee
Westminster College
501 Westminster Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251
David.Jones@westminster-mo.edu

Electronic submissions are preferred. Although applications may be considered until the position is filled, our initial deadline for application is June 15, 2017. Desired start date is August, 2017 but could be negotiated. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s approval.

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JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION:                              Vice President & Dean of Student Life

DEPARTMENT:                         Student Life/Professional Academic Staff

FLSA:                                     Exempt

REPORTS TO:                          President

POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the general direction of the President, the Vice President & Dean of Student Life will provide leadership and management of the areas of responsibility that are a part of Student Life. These areas include Residential & Greek Life, Career Development, the Wellness Center, Spiritual Life, Dining Services, the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service, and other student services programs. The Dean has overall responsibility for student development of approximately 850 students, the great majority of whom are in residence, and is a major contributing member of a significant and ongoing campus student retention effort. The Dean works very closely with administrative leaders in academic affairs and enrollment services (Deans’ Council) to design and implement an educational experience that attracts students, retains students, and develops students holistically in keeping with the Westminster mission. The Dean is also an active participant in curricular and co-curricular pedagogical design and content delivery and has faculty rank as a member of the Professional Academic Staff. The Dean will lead a Student Life program that is integrated with the academic experience, intentionally designed and linked to student development theories and outcomes, and built with assessment feedback loops for constant improvement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Provide leadership and direction to the areas reporting to Student Life by strategic planning, supervision of staff, developing business plans, setting goals, communicating institutional values & goals to staff, monitoring student life services, and carrying out the directions provided by the President.

2. Provide stewardship of College resources by developing annual operating budgets, appropriately allocating resources entrusted to Student Life to the areas within the department, and reviewing expenditures of Student Life Programs.

3. Represent the College to alumni, students, parents, prospective students, Board of Trustee members, and other constituents by communications, attendance at functions, and promotion of the College Mission & Vision Statements.

4. Design and implement an educational environment that is integrative, intentional, and assessed.

5. Provide advice & information to the President by informing the president of important information & events, being an advocate for student needs, and gathering information or research as requested.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

• Education: Master’s degree in student services, psychology or other related field or equivalent experience required. Doctorate preferred.

• Experience: Five-seven years working in Student Life. Experience in supervision of employees, budget development & allocation, coordination of initiatives across organizational boundaries, and in student development is necessary. Experience with and knowledge of Greek life and with student conduct policy and procedures is also necessary.

• Skills: Must have excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to relate to diverse constituencies, problem solving skills, and conflict resolution skills. Knowledge of retention theory and practice. Knowledge of Title IX requirements. Experience with assessment methods and with international student legal requirements highly desired.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Directly supervises and evaluates Student Life Directors who in turn supervise full-time staff.

EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:

Must be able to use the computer network system that includes Microsoft Office and other software packages, including Jenzabar. Must be able to operate typical office equipment such as copy machine, telephone, and fax machine.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machine, calculators, the telephone, and office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision. At times, the job requires the Dean to work evenings and weekends in additional to a normal work schedule.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Climate controlled building with private office at most times. This person will also be outside, in other buildings, and a variety of work situations. Travel is sometimes required which takes the Dean off the campus and into a variety of environments.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three references to:

Dr. David Jones, Associate Vice-President/Associate Dean of Faculty Chair, Vice-President and Dean of Student Life Search Committee
Westminster College
501 Westminster Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251
David.Jones@westminster-mo.edu

Electronic submissions are preferred.  The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017. Note that applications will be considered until the position is filled. Desired start date is August, 2017 but could be negotiated. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s approval.

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Position Profile

Vice President & Dean of Student Life

Westminster College

Fulton, Missouri

May 2017

The Opportunity

Westminster College is seeking a strategic leader to become its next Vice President & Dean of Student Life. Reporting directly to the President, and serving as a principal member of his Cabinet, the Dean oversees a full-time staff of 13 and a budget in excess of $2 million. The successful candidate will also be a member of the Deans’ Council. The Vice-President and Dean is responsible for the following administrative units: the Wellness Center, Spiritual Life, the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service, Residential & Greek Life, and Dining Services (through a vendor contract). Additional key responsibilities include student retention, student discipline, substance abuse prevention, risk management, and student advocate. The Dean will have regular interaction with all important constituent groups across the close-knit Westminster community, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, staff, and fellow Cabinet members.

The Role of the Vice President and Dean of Student Life

The Vice President & Dean of Student Life serves as the senior student affairs officer for the College and is responsible for all matters related to student programs outside of the academic sphere. Acting as Dean, he/she plays a key role in the education of students; therefore, the Dean is the primary student disciplinarian, student advocate, and symbolic representative of the administration to students. In the role of Vice President, he/she assumes wide administrative responsibilities, including supervising student life offices and activities, acting as a key advisor to the president, assisting with campus-wide strategic planning and decision-making, and serving as a high-level campus leader. The position is also responsible for maintaining and improving the College’s retention of students.

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

It is imperative that the Vice President & Dean of Student Life be a person of character and highest integrity to earn the respect and trust of the campus-wide community and to serve effectively as the College’s senior Student Life officer in support of its mission, vision, and strategic objectives. The new VP/Dean will enjoy working in partnership with the President in a strongly team-oriented and collegial environment while helping best position the institution to advance its agenda for the future. Clearly, this is a unique opportunity for a Student Life professional who desires to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to an institution that is engaged in innovative practices in academics and student development. An innovative and entrepreneurial spirit will be needed as the VP/Dean prepares to address the following key challenges:

• Develop and refine the retention systems and processes of the College

• Implement a holistic model for student development

• Align the Greek experience with educational programs

• Maintain a safe, healthy, and enriching learning environment for all students

• Enhance and support a dynamic set of evening and weekend activities

• Integrate student life and academic programs

• Assist in recruitment, retention, and student success, with direct responsibility for career development and placement

• Build a strong assessment program for co-curricular learning, linked to learning outcomes and objectives.

In addressing these tasks, the Vice President and Dean will provide exceptional leadership for the Student Life team and will be responsible for building, mentoring, managing, and evaluating all Student Life staff, holding the team to the highest standards of excellence in student development.

Qualities and Qualifications

The next VP/Dean will be a creative, energetic, enthusiastic self-starter, committed to transparent, team-based management, and with a clear vision for the future. He/she will be an exceptional leader with knowledge of retention theory and practice, superior planning, communication, and interpersonal skills, a broad portfolio of accomplishments in student affairs, proven application of student development theory and assessment methods, a commitment to diversity, a proven history of success working with Greek organizations, experience working with significant populations of international and domestic minority students, knowledge of Title IX requirements, and the ability to build relationships with multiple constituencies. A doctoral degree in student personnel, higher education, or educational leadership is preferred, while candidates with a master’s degree in relevant fields and a history of distinguished service will be considered.

INFORMATION ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of Westminster College to educate and inspire all its students through a distinctive liberal arts curriculum and a dynamic developmental experience; to challenge them to be critically aware, life-long learners and leaders of character, committed to the values of integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility; and to prepare them for lives of success, significance, and service.

The Columns Concept and Concept for Student Development

Westminster College excels at developing young men and women to be leaders in a global community. This concise statement of our institutional identity, which we refer to as the Columns Concept, captures the transformation that takes place for Westminster students between the Columns – from freshmen convocation to senior commencement, when the students symbolically enter and depart the College through the historic columns. It is a deep, internal, collective understanding of what Westminster does best. The Columns Concept expresses succinctly what Westminster stands for, its enduring sense of mission, vision, goals and values, and it gives focus and direction to everything they do at Westminster College. The Concept for Student Development guides Student Life and Academic programming. Westminster targets five domains of student growth: intellectual, ethical, professional, social, and wellness. Together, these domains allow us to structure and integrate developmental programs and activities.

Institutional History

Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college with a curriculum based on the liberal arts with an emphasis on a total developmental experience. Founded as an institution for young men, the first coeducational class was admitted in 1979. The College is dedicated to teaching excellence and an education centered on key values (integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility) that prepare our graduates to become leaders of character. The fall student enrollment in 2016-2017 was approximately 850, and the student/faculty ratio is approximately 14:1. Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech on the Westminster campus in 1946, and, in recent years, speakers such as Ralph Nader, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., James Baker, Sir Bob Geldof, and former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson have all participated in the college's international lecture series. Prominent on campus are the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library and the monumental sculpture "Breakthrough," created from sections of the Berlin Wall.

Westminster today is a vibrant, growing institution that is clearly on the move with new programs for non-traditional students and partnerships with other institutions, both locally and internationally, and a new President’s fresh, bold vision for the College. With a focus on building its distinctive academic, global, and leadership programs, the College is poised to move to the next level of excellence. Situated on a beautiful 86-acre campus that includes historical buildings nestled within a picturesque, small-town setting, Westminster is home to the National Churchill Museum and Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th-century Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, relocated from London to the Westminster campus to house the memorial and museum. Over the past ten years, Westminster has invested $40 million in capital expenditures to enhance facilities. Westminster completed an $80 million fund-raising campaign in 2005 and is now embarking on a campaign to add additional endowment capital and resources.

The College has recently been widely recognized for its achievements. It has been rated in the top 20 “hidden gems” among American colleges by the Washington Post and is consistently ranked among the top 200 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Westminster has been named in the top 5 school in Missouri for graduation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard; for starting salaries for college graduates, according to SmartAsset.com; and for, among other things, high student satisfaction and a high retention rate, according to Niche.com. Westminster also ranks high on annual NSSE results, regularly ranking in the top 10% of schools in the nation on a variety of factors related to student engagement.

The Student Body

Approximately 56% of the Westminster students are male and 44% female. Domestic minorities, principally African-American students, represent approximately 20% of the student body. The Westminster community continues to expand with students from 26 states and over 50 countries, although the majority of students originate from Missouri. The Westminster campus is truly global, with over 15% international student enrollment.

The Executive Team

Dr. Benjamin Akande was appointed as the 21st President of Westminster College in July 2015. Dr. Akande previously was tenured Professor of Economics and Dean, George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University. Dr. Akande also served as Webster University’s Chief of Office of Corporate Partnerships, charged with forging partnerships with organizations and businesses around the world on behalf of Webster University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and has completed post-doctoral studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Saïd School of Business at Oxford University. Dr. Akande’s interests are diverse but connected: excellence, community, teaching and learning, empowerment, and growth. He is a results-oriented leader with strategic vision, proven experience in corporate and nonprofit sectors, and is widely-known and respected for his versatility in assuming challenging and demanding responsibilities and leading multiple projects simultaneously. He has an outstanding record of meeting and exceeding organizational goals. An excellent communicator, Dr. Akande has demonstrated the ability to establish rapport and connect with diverse constituencies at all levels, as well as in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is renowned for his expertise in the areas of global strategy, marketing, higher education, and leadership.

There are ten senior officers in the President’s Cabinet: the Senior Vice President of the College & Dean of Faculty, the Vice President for Business and CFO, the Vice President & Dean of Student Life, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Vice President & Dean of Enrollment Services, the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs/Associate Dean of Faculty, the Vice President for Campus Operations, the Associate Vice President and Chief HR Officer, the Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, and the Chief of Staff. The President reports to the Board of Trustees, chaired by Mr. John Panettiere. The Board is comprised of 33 active board members and includes various committees, including one on student life.

STUDENT LIFE AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Westminster’s student life programs are becoming increasingly integrated with the academic programs of the College. Westminster alumni have always spoken of the powerful learning that occurs inside and outside the formal classroom. The Concept for Student development enjoys wide theoretical support among faculty and staff, but considerable work remains in putting the model into practice, particularly as we develop student life programs.

Many of the student life staff members are classified as Professional Academic Staff, which grants appropriate academic rank, full rights of the faculty, and opportunities for promotion and developmental leave. Westminster is one of few colleges that recognizes the teaching that occurs outside the classroom and appreciates the role of Student Life staff in contributing to the teaching mission of the College.

The mission of Student Life is to complement and enhance Westminster’s mission through a dynamic student development experience. This mission includes creating a safe, healthy, and dynamic global living-learning community, involving students in a variety of environments and providing opportunities that foster experiential learning, character development, career development, a sense of service, and spiritual growth. Westminster supports an active student life to complement the liberal arts education. As a residential community with more than 90% of students living on campus, co-curricular student life is a vital part of the campus culture. The campus boasts approximately 70 clubs and organizations, including three national sororities and five national fraternities. Nearly 50% of the student population is involved in Greek life. Westminster competes in NCAA Division III athletics and participates in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference; approximately 38% of Westminster students participate in varsity athletics.

PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY

To apply, candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three references.                                                         Electronic submissions are preferred.

Dr. David Jones, Associate Vice-President/Associate Dean of Faculty
Westminster College
501 Westminster Avenue
Fulton, MO 65251
David.Jones@westminster-mo.edu 

Note that applications will be considered until the position is filled. Desired start date is August 2017. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s approval.

Westminster College is an inclusive institution. Westminster does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities based on an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other proscribed category set forth in federal or state regulation.

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 Admissions Counselor

DEPARTMENT:       Admissions

FLSA:                     Exempt

REPORTS TO:          Director of Recruitment

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position reports to the Director of Recruitment and is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the College’s marketing and recruitment plan to achieve its enrollment goals. Moreover, this position requires an energetic, hardworking person with good interpersonal and communication skills to implement the enrollment marketing activities of the College. This person will work closely with prospective students, their families, counselors, alumni and colleagues to develop and sustain relationships that will help the college achieve its recruitment goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1) Meet the enrollment goals for a designated recruitment area by preparing and executing an annual plan that will promote the College and attract prospective students. The plan will include fall and spring travel activities, special events, college fairs high school and personal visits within a well defined market area to ensure College visibility and territory coverage.

2) Maintain regular contact and/or communication with prospective students, their families, and the high school counselors throughout the recruitment process and provide accurate and appropriate information about the College to all constituents.

3) Ensure that the academic quality and personal character of student recruits meet Westminster standards for those recommended for review and admittance to the College, by personally reviewing student academic credentials, references and recommendations necessary for assessment prior to review by the Admissions Committee.

4) Provide consultation and expert advice to management team for the designated region by maintaining accurate records of all recruitment activities for program evaluation and historical preservation.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Experience: One to three years’ experience in college admissions, sales or a related position.

Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills and marketing skills required; must be enthusiastic, self-motivated and self-disciplined, organized, flexible and creative; attentive to details; must be computer proficient and possess exceptional telemarketing skills.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Offer direction to student interns and/or student aids that may be assisting with designated projects.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Must be able to assist with selected Campus Visit Programs Provide counsel and support for inquiries and/or applicants from other states (not primary markets of responsibility): Support other duties as assigned.

EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:

Must be able to operate standard office equipment and computer software for admissions programs. Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and provide own vehicle.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Requires standing and sitting for extended periods of time, as well as normal bending and reaching. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Requires a normal range of hearing and vision. Requires lifting a travel case or materials up to 25 lbs. May also require driving long distances and the ability to navigate city traffic.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Typical office environment with considerable amount of time dedicated to territory travel. Access to Internet connection, personal computer and fax, business line and cell telephones.

How to apply:

Send a cover letter and resume which respond to the experience and abilities you have to meet the minimum and desirable qualifications.  Also, please send three references.

Please submit to Kevin Schaefer at kevin.schaefer@westminster-mo.edu

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