Department Description: In the Catholic tradition, the Student Affairs Division strives to create an inclusive, educational environment which motivates and supports student learning and personal development, serves the University community, and inspires students to make a positive contribution to society. Our philosophy and approach is to collaboratively work with Academic Affairs and all areas of the University to create an integrated learning environment.
The Student Affairs Division is a dynamic, student centered and learning organization. We are poised to create a vibrant and active co-curricular learning experience for all students. Our emphasis on leadership development and social change allows us to work on developing future ethical leaders to serve in a complex, global and changing world. We are committed to fostering a sense of belonging and continuously building toward a just, welcoming and caring community for all.
University Description: The University of San Diego, which began as separate colleges for men and women, celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019. The university was founded under the leadership of Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego.
With more than 9,000 students from 85 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD's small class sizes, compassionate culture, unique learning opportunities, study-abroad opportunities and state-of-the-art resources ensure that graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs succeed after graduation and throughout their lives.
The University is set at the edge of an international gateway on a campus that's consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful. Our focus on academic excellence - inspired by faith, infused with contemporary Catholic values and nurtured in a warm, community environment - empowers innovative, confident, original thinkers to make positive contributions by confronting humanity's urgent challenges in places near and far.
Detailed Description: Assistant Vice President for Student Life The University of San Diego invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the AVP is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Council and serves as a principal advisor to the VPSA regarding practice and policy development. Central to the work of the entire Student Affairs Division is a focus on the quality of the student learning experience as embodied in the Thriving Student Model, which seeks to facilitate a leading edge co-curricular experience grounded in inclusion, diversity and equity.
In support of this focus, the AVP works closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, the Assistant Vice President for Wellness, the Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services and with members of the Academic Affairs division in implementing institutional and divisional goals, programs, and learning outcomes that reflect an integrated approach to student learning and help create a seamless learning environment where all students can thrive and experience a sense of belonging.
The Assistant Vice President for Student Life is key to the success of the Student Affairs Divison and has major responsibility for the overall direction and management of the programs and services under their leadership. This work is grounded in the Thriving Student Model and the University's Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes. Through comprehensive professional development and performance evaluation programs, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs maximizes the strengths and quality of performance of all staff - professional and students - to create a vibrant and engaging community in which students experience a strong sense of belonging, and personal development in support of the co-curricular learning outcomes.
In support of the Thriving Student Model, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs ensures that the programs and services are fully aligned with the mission and values of the institution and are managed in ways that reflect the highest standards of quality. The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for maintaining a regularly occurring assessment of student needs and interests, programs, services, and facilities, and using the results to inform decisions related to policy formation, process improvement, and program effectiveness.
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs has general supervision of the areas of Student Activities and Involvement (to include the Associated Student Government, and student organizations), Fraternity and Sorority Life, Graduate Student Life, the United Front Multicultural Commons, Women's Commons, Black Student Resource Commons, LGBTQ+ Allies Commons, Divisional Technology and Communications, and the Military and Veterans Program. This position also directs the Torero Renaissance Scholars Program, and oversees the USD Food Pantry and Torero Closet.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
As a member of the Vice President of Student Affairs Council, assists the Vice President for Student Affairs in preparing and designing staff retreats, in-service programs and staff meetings. Prepares and submits reports as required.
Represents Student Affairs on selected University committees and boards.
Represents the Student Life functional area to the outside community.
Serves as a Student Affairs liaison on behalf of the Student Life functional area, particularly regarding student issues.
Conducts regular assessments, including systematic assessment of student interests and needs, to determine Student Life programmatic strengths and weaknesses, and initiates and implements new or revised programs as appropriate.
Participates in and, when appropriate, represents Student Affairs at major University events such as Homecoming/Family Weekend, New Student Orientation, and others as designated.
Creates and maintains close, collaborative partnerships with other departments within and external to Student Affairs as well as with faculty and academic administrators in order to enhance student learning and development and create an integrated experience for USD students.
With the VPSA and other Assistant Vice Presidents, initiates and conducts strategic planning processes and has responsibility for initiating and achieving results towards the SASP plan on an annual basis.
Keeps abreast of current trends, directions and developments in student affairs and student development areas through reading and conference attendance, and consultation with staff and faculty within the region. Forwards significant and relevant information to the VPSA and other Assistant Vice Presidents.
Works in collaboration with Athletics, Alumni Relations and others to enhance school spirit, Torero Pride, and increase alumni participation.
Collaborates with University Relations in an effort to strategize regarding increasing undergraduate student rates of giving to the university as well as cultivate donations for programs under their purview.
Involved in the direction and leadership of the Student Affairs Division.
Policy Management, Interpretation and Development
Serves as a student contact for Associated Student Government and student organizations on matters related to student organization programs and policies.
Coordinates all Critical Issue Review Team (CIRT) Meetings related to sexual or relationship violence. Co-chairs the University's Sexual Violence Education and Response Steering Committee and works closely with Department of Public Safety, Title IX administrators, the C.A.R.E. Program and others to address education, prevention and response related to these issues.
Serves as a member of the University's Emergency Response Team.
Manages student and other sensitive, timely matters in the absence of the Dean of Students.
Facilitates the University Assembly Request Policy for all student assemblies on behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Interprets and implements federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes and other legal requirements involving the operation of all Student Life units as relevant.
Ensures the Thriving Student Model, including students' sense of belonging and the University's Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes are at the core of the work completed by the respective units.
Works with staff on the review and revision of the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization Handbooks, Fraternity and Sorority Life Handbook, and other related policy and protocol resources and documents.
Ensures units implement and achieve annual goals and objectives.
Periodically, this position may be asked to lead or contribute to either ad hoc or ongoing division/campus projects outside the scope of their day-to-day activities.
Staff Recruitment, Selection, Evaluation and Professional Development
Prepares and revises staffing plans designed to meet the current and future needs of the Student Life areas and student organizations.
Holds regular meetings both with direct reports as well as the entire team of the Student Life Area.
Designs and implements professional development and evaluation plans for all professional employees. Annually updates job descriptions.
Has overall responsibility for the recruitment and selection, hiring, supervision, in-service education, and evaluation of all Student Life staff. Meets required expectations set by HR for performance evaluation and job description revisions.
Oversees and upholds personnel policies for Student Life and Associated Student Government are in compliance with USD policies.
Student Basic Needs Support
Directs the Torero Renaissance Scholars Program, providing recruitment, training, guidance and support for volunteer coaches. Also supervises the graduate assistant for the program.
Provides oversight to the USD Food Pantry and Torero Closet, ensuring expectations are met, and positive relations are maintained, and monthly reports submitted to the San Diego Food Bank and other related organizations.
Manage the Students in Need Fund in collaboration with Associated Student Government, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and the Torero Store.
Prepares the budget, and operates within annual budget allocations of all related units.
Initiates and coordinates any activities related to fundraising and the process of research, writing and submission of grant proposals to secure alternative sources of funding functional areas.
Actively seek innovative technologies in support of program development and implementation.
Oversee the development and administration of unit budgets, ensuring that expenses are consistent with the priorities reflected in the Division's strategic initiatives.
Minimum of 10 years professional experience in higher education (preferably in academic and student affairs)
Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse population, both within and outside the University
Ability to effectively mentor, supervise and support staff
Demonstrated conflict management and dispute resolution competencies
Understanding and appreciation of a Catholic liberal arts education
Experience with change management
Experience, knowledge and demonstrated practice of cultural competency and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Superb writing and oral communication skills
Ability to communicate effectively across a broad range of diverse constituencies
Advanced analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
Competence in developing and managing budgets, including maintenance of appropriate departmental correspondence and reports
Ability to identify and analyze a variety of issues and problems, making recommendations for policy change and/or taking action to resolve
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions, and effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or Board of Trustees
Strong skills in areas of prioritizing, strategic planning, working in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines in spite of frequent interruptions and change of focus
Competence in managing complex administrative processes effectively and efficiently
Demonstrated skill in ensuring that unit and divisional project goals and objectives are met
General knowledge of multiple areas within the positions portfolio.
Understanding of trauma informed care approaches, the foster care system, and needs of vulnerable student populations.
Thorough understanding of Title IX regulations and federal and state guidelines.
General understanding of the military connected populations needs, benefits and certification processes.
Willingness to support the Catholic mission and vision of the University.
Demonstrated practice of centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in ones work including an ongoing commitment to personal learning and development in this area
Strong organizational skills with ability to handle several major projects simultaneously.
Posting Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits
The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits
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Additional Details: Hours: 40 hours per week
Closing date: Open until filled, priority review will begin on July 25th
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