Position mission: Direct, lead, and steward department and personnel resources in a strategic fashion that is collaborative and accountable; and that effectively supports and fosters growth among the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students in both residential and online modalities.
Direct and Lead the Student Life Department
Objective: Provide leadership and vision for the following functional areas of the Student Life department: Residence Life, Commuter Life, Housing Operations, Student Success Center, Disability Services, Student Health Insurance, Student Conduct, Career Services, New Student Orientation, Student Government Association Clubs and Student Leadership Development.
Plan and implement programs within the Student Life Department that promote community engagement and academic success, provide support for students in crisis and life transitions, and contribute to the development of the whole student.
Collaborate with departments and university community to assess changing student needs in all areas of Student Life and align personnel and resources to meet needs.
Develop a culturally responsive Student Life team which is acutely aware of trends and current issues in student life.
Serve as the primary Student Life Officer for the university providing guidance and consultation to staff and faculty when appropriate.
Provide leadership in the area of risk management regarding student life on a regular basis.
Manage the upkeep of Title IX programming and documentation, and, in consultation with the President’s Council, collaborate with legal counsel to maintain compliance with federal regulations.
Maintain budget authority and delegate responsibility, where necessary, for all budgets related to the Student Life Department.
Project personnel needs, program costs, and budget expenses for current and future years.
Initiate, approve and monitor budget expenditures within department.
Responsible for annual revision of Student Handbook
Leadership of the Student Life Department Personnel
Objective: Provide direct leadership and supervision of the following Student Life staff members: Associate Dean of Residence Life and Leadership, Associate Dean of Student Success, Career Services Coordinator and Office Assistant. Also provide feedback and direction within their areas.
Conduct regular staff meetings with the employees for purposes of planning, updates, support and feedback. Foster environment of life-long learning and team development.
Meet regularly with each direct report to hear concerns, feedback and updates while, providing direction and support.
Conduct annual performance reviews of professional staff and student staff within the department annually.
Assess and forecast appropriate staffing levels for all areas of Student Life, managing the staff hiring and employment processes in concert with the Human Resources Office.
Facilitate and provide annually, professional development and spiritual formation opportunities, information-sharing and team development.
Support of Students
Objective: Build positive relationships between the Student Life Department and the student body
Engage and develop positive relationships to appropriately challenge and support students both spiritually and academically.
Collaborate on and provide guidance for programming efforts that will support and develop students in a holistic fashion.
Be available to meet individually with students to hear concerns, answer questions, develop rapport and provide guidance.
Support and promote equity for all students.
Attend department and university events to build positive relationships with students.
Objective: Represent the Student Life Department on University Committees
Chair the Student Affairs Committee in its consideration of student academic, non-academic, and devotional activity petitions ensuring they are acted upon in a timely and consistent manner.
Represent Student Life on the following university committees:Enrollment Management, Admissions, Spiritual Life and Scholarship and Awards, Emergency Preparedness committees.
Advocate for student needs to the VP of Enrollment Management/President’s Council, as needed.
Accept and serve on committees as requested by the President or Vice President of Enrollment Management.
Objective: Serve as an active member of the university faculty
Participate regularly in faculty meetings to promote the goals and objectives of Student Life.
Represent students and the Student Life Department to the faculty.
Collaborate with faculty as they have student concerns.
Keep faculty informed of current issues and philosophical shifts in Student Life programming.
New Student Orientation Program
Objective: Provide oversight and direction to the planning and coordination of university new student orientation programs each semester Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and student leaders to coordinate new undergraduate student orientation programs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters that familiarizes students to the institution, develops a sense of belonging to the university, and fosters relationship development between them.
Collaborate with the appropriate faculty and staff to carry out thoughtful new student orientation programs for graduate and seminary students at the beginning of each new academic term.
Objective: Serve as Final Judicial Offer for all student discipline issues
Ensure that the judicial process is consistent with process outlined in the Student Handbook.
Ensure that students’ contractual/legal rights are protected.
Ensure that student discipline process is redemptive in nature, consistent with the mission and values of the Student Life Department, and appropriate for the offense.
Knowledge of and commitment to the ministry and mission of Multnomah University.
Ability to provide Christ-centered wisdom to students.
Experience in planning and implementing a budget.
Knowledge of and familiarity with federal and state laws relating to legal issues in higher education, Title IX and confidentiality, etc.
Master’s Degree in student development, counseling, or related field.
4-6 years overall in supervision and leadership experience.
5 years post-masters, full-time experience in a college or university setting.
Possess knowledge and clear understanding of current challenges facing higher education.
Possess understanding of different student populations and trends.
Strong Christian testimony.
Possess conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated ability to promote unity.
Team building experience.
Possess strong communication skills orally and written.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to teach selected college courses.
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University was originally established in 1936 in Portland Oregon to provide education to Christian students.
Multnomah University’s mission is to equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world.