Plymouth State University — Director of Student Life

Are you driven to transform the lives of students by implementing integrated student engagement opportunities with the goal of creating rich memories they’ll cite as active alumni? Plymouth State University (PSU) invites qualified candidates—with a vision for active engagement through the full student journey—to apply for the leadership role of Director for Student Life.

The successful candidate must see and act in support of the big picture for an integrated engagement program and promote a team approach to Student Life operations. The director leads a team with oversight for student government, student clubs and organizations, campus recreation, student programming and high-impact learning through community involvement. The Director of Student Life will play an important role in ensuring cohesive and robust programs and services that enhance PSU’s social and learning experience, promote safety and wellness and support the successful academic, social and emotional outcomes of our students.

Reporting directly to The Interim VP of Communications, Enrollment & Student Life (CESLife) and to the Office of The Provost, the Director for Student Life is an integral part of the CESL leadership team. Candidates must be energetic, organized, forward-thinking and creative in their approaches to problem-solving to cultivate opportunities for distinctive student engagement and leadership. This position will be essential to creating a campus culture that fosters integrity, awareness, accountability, self-expression, tolerance, service, belonging and helps students find their place in the community. The Director will work closely with academic leaders to create cohesive programming that reflects our cluster-based educational experience and is a key member of the team to increase student retention. Additionally, the Director will collaborate closely with Communications, Enrollment Management, Residential Life and Alumni Relations. Excellent fiscal, communication, advising and interpersonal skills along with a commitment to outstanding student service, a desire to mentor and teamwork are essential.

PSU serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development. With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:
Works directly with Communications, Enrollment Management and Student Life (CESL) and Academic Affairs teams for student retention, persistence and successful completion. Oversee and support Student Engagement teams who partner across the University to promote the development of Student Competencies: Leadership, Service Learning, Cultural Enrichment, Character Building, Sense of Belonging, Sense of Pride, Professional and Career Development. Collaborate with Academic Affairs to bridge academic and non-cognitive learning.

Provide vision and leadership to Student Life personnel to ensure the implementation and ongoing assessment of programs and services that align with and support the Integrated Cluster Model; high impact learning opportunities; expanded options for academic, social and emotional development; and promote student success.
Other duties as assigned.

Acceptable minimum level of education: Bachelor’s

Acceptable minimum years of experience: 5-7 years

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a student development related field
  • Five or more years of full time experience with increasing levels of responsibilities, professional experience and leadership in higher education
  • Successful supervisory, fiscal management and motivational leadership experience of professional and student-staff
  • Demonstrated success in overseeing student co-curricular activities in collaboration with academic affairs to support student success
  • A deep commitment to creating student-centric programs and services
  • Experience with programs and services that support a tolerant and inclusive campus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including superb listening and communication abilities within many different settings
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills in stressful situations that require immediate responses
  • Ability to see and orchestrate the big picture

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a student development related field

Salary Information:
Plymouth State University provides a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefit program.

Grade: 23

EEO Statement:
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Additional Job Information:
Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.

Please provide contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience within the application.

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