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Vice President of Student Development

Reports To:  The Provost
Classification:  Officer of Administration 
Status: Full-time exempt 12 mo.

Job Description: The Vice President of Student Development will provide exceptional, innovative leadership that demonstrates strong understanding of the priorities for student success, notably, student engagement, student leadership, parental involvement, community partnerships, diversity and inclusion, short and long range planning concerning student development, and intentional extracurricular experiences and activities.  The Vice President of Student Development will oversee a staff of professionals in areas that include Student Life, Residence Life, Retention, and Counseling and Medical Services.


  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Leadership experience in a richly diverse environment
  • Track record of individual action and institutional leadership
  • Strength in overseeing student conduct and student advocacy concerns
  • Demonstrated competence in administration, student development, budget planning, and management
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships and manage teams effectively
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in working with a wide range of professional staff, faculty, parents and guardians, senior administrators, other campus constituents, and external organizations.
  • Ability to maintain good relations with families and the greater community.

Proficiency with Microsoft word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint; excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and experience interacting successfully with a wide variety of constituencies (faculty, staff, students, public); proven attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness; excellent organizational and follow-up/follow-through skills to ensure timely completion of responsibilities; ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines; ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

A Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Education, Counseling, Higher Education Administration or related field and substantial experience in student development administration is required.  Ph.D. or Ed.D., preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Vice President of Student Development is responsible for providing leadership in all aspects of student life programs including, but not limited to:

  • Serving as primary contact and resource for students, particularly in a time of need;
  • Hiring, training, and evaluating student development division staff;
  • Overseeing all student life budgets and Institutional Effectiveness reports including integrating data into sound practice, management and decision-making;
  • Advising Student Government Association executive officers
  • Serving as Chief Judicial Officer administering disciplinary activities;
  • Developing and implementing campus-wide programming that complete the student experience, enhance their adjustment to and participation in college life to support the increase of student retention, persistence, and graduation rates;
  • Approving the annual revision of the student life information for handbooks
  • Coordinating the Parents Council activities
  • Coordinating ongoing assessment, program evaluation and planning processes for the Office of Student Development
  • Participating in campus-wide activities and events that promote students success
  • Providing input in campus strategic and master planning
  • Other duties that may be assigned

To apply, submit a letter naming the position, your resume and three letters of reference via email to: 


Mars Hill University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.

To file a complaint with Mars Hill University, contact:
Jennie Matthews
Office of Human Resources
Box 6664
Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC 28754
828 689-1197
828 689-1256 Fax
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410
Washington DC 20250-9410
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