Saint Louis University — Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement

Job Summary 

Saint Louis University (SLU), a Catholic, Jesuit institution, is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and student-focused leader to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement (AVP). This senior-level administrator is responsible for inspiring, leading and supervising key functional areas that provide an integrated approach to supporting student life and engagement at SLU. They are charged to lead the development of meaningful co-curricular engagement opportunities that support student success. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including ensuring the programs, services, and practices within our student engagement opportunities and spaces are culturally sensitive and actively anti-racist, is a critical expectation of the individual joining the University in this role. 

The AVP is responsible for strategic planning, operations management, and effective daily supervision of all organizational components of the Busch Student Center, Housing and Residential Life, the Student Involvement Center, and related services on behalf of the Division of Student Development. 

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Development, the AVP serves as a member of the division’s Senior Leadership Team. The AVP is responsible for leading the development of a new residential curriculum to complement and support the institution’s new Core Curriculum, as well as developing a student retention strategic plan for the Division of Student Development.
The leader in this position is charged to oversee the following functions: 11 residential halls and communities; one student center; the Student Involvement Center; manages the bookstore and dining contracts with vendors; facilitating event services for everything from student organization meetings to commencement; planning and developmental processes leading to the construction of new residential facilities and/or renovations of the existing physical spaces; collaborates with appropriate enrollment officials to ensure timely sharing of key information, such as on-campus housing occupancy. 

This leader’s portfolio includes, but is not limited to: three directors; a staff of more than 30 full-time employees, about 15 graduate student workers and more than 250 student workers; and an annual budget of almost $47 million. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Continually reviewing and updating all Housing and Residential Life policies to ensure the safety and positive experience of all students. 
  • Serving as the Vice President’s designee, as needed, in certain meetings and spaces. 
  • Implementing and enforcing appropriate supervisory control throughout the portfolio and exercising consistent and objective employee relations standards and practices to assign, schedule, review, evaluate, motivate and, when necessary, address discipline with staff. 
  • Conducting leadership and management training programs for professional staff and student leaders in partnership with other educational units. 
  • Developing, planning and implementing short- and long-range goals for the Division of Student Development and the units within it. 
  • Developing, planning, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures related to student programs and events and creating methods for ongoing needs assessment for student organization support and services. They will further assist staff and students with development of learning outcomes and appropriate assessment of program offerings. 
  • The AVP is expected to work some non-traditional hours and weekends, and be on-call during campus closure dates. It is imperative that the new AVP be able to competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Familiarity with Jesuit higher education and a willingness to support the mission and vision of the University. 
  • Proven ability to establish effective working relationships with University, community, regulatory, and governmental stakeholders. 
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and policies that govern higher education. 
  • An exceptional student development background coupled with strong organizational management, supervisory skills, and the ability to strategically think and work on a broader scale well beyond the day-to-day functions. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing best practices, technology, and strong policies, systems, and procedures to both increase efficiencies and improve staff and student satisfaction. 
  • Experience leading in a culture of change, with the capacity to motivate staff to accept and embrace change. 
  • A proven record of accessing organizations, revamping policies and procedures, and using technological advances to enhance efficiencies. 
  • A proven ability to deal with conflict, effectively work with staff members at various levels of development and knowledge, and demonstrate authenticity, passion, and care in all endeavors. 
  • An exemplary leadership track record in student affairs where responsibility for a broad spectrum of student development, wellness, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a primary focus. 
  • A demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills and the ability to build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex organization. 
  • A history of embracing innovation and creativity, and willing to try new services and/or approaches to most effectively meet the needs of the students; 
  • A strong team-building approach that continues to foster a positive relationship among the entire staff; capacity to equally hold staff accountable and celebrate accomplishments and positive contributions; 
  • A deep understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusive communities with students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. 
  • Deep knowledge of student and student organization advising, leadership development, and support and management of student programs 
  • Experience with assessment and data-driven decision-making 
  • Understanding of financial stewardship and budget management 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree (required); Doctorate in a relevant discipline preferred 
  • At least 8 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration 
  • The ideal candidate will possess working knowledge of facilities management, dining services including retail, residential, catering, purchasing and event management in a residential university setting.

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Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee’s start date will result in termination of the employment. Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks. 

The University will require all students, faculty and staff to obtain a booster vaccine dose prior to their start date, This applies to:

  • All adults over the age of 18 years who completed their vaccine series with Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago.
  • Those who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago.