Seton Hall University is seeking an experienced and service-minded leader with a commitment to the Catholic mission of the University who has the knowledge, skills and talents to serve as Vice President for Student Services. The Vice President will provide strategic leadership and vision to a strong and complex division committed to the success of students, working in close partnership with the President’s Cabinet. This individual will develop services aimed at fostering comprehensive student engagement through enriching programing and community development initiatives that ensure social and personal growth, servant leadership, student satisfaction, and, most importantly, support strong student retention and degree completion outcomes.
ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
Seton Hall University is a major Catholic university. In a diverse and collaborative environment, it focuses on academic and ethical development. Seton Hall students are prepared to be leaders in their professional and community lives in a global society and are challenged by outstanding faculty, an evolving technologically advanced setting and values-centered curricula.
From its founding in 1856 as Seton Hall College to the present day, Seton Hall has been dedicated to supporting the vision of its founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley: providing “a home for the mind, the heart, and the spirit.” Its Catholic identity has made the University a home that is open to people of all faiths, creeds and ethnic backgrounds. The seeds of diversity at Seton Hall were planted during its first twelve years, when it enrolled more than 500 freshmen from 17 states and 6 foreign countries. The University continues to reflect the growing ethnic scope of its students and the increasing diversity of the Church and the society it serves.
Seton Hall University’s 58-acre main campus lies 14 miles from Manhattan in South Orange, New Jersey, a charming, culturally active community, which is just 35 minutes from New York Penn Station by train. The University is west of Newark, a city experiencing a burgeoning renaissance under dynamic political leadership.
Seton Hall enrolled 1,524 freshmen for the academic year 2018-2019 (the largest freshmen class in University history); the total undergraduate enrollment is more than 6,600 students and the total number of graduate students is approximately 3,800. Seton Hall celebrates the diversity of its student body, with approximately 40 percent of students coming from underrepresented minority groups. The student body is increasingly geographically diverse, with almost 35 percent of undergraduates coming from out of state. Seton Hall also has students from over 70 countries. In addition to high-quality academic programs, students and families are attracted to Seton Hall because of its strong ethical values and its commitment to social justice and responsible citizenship.
Student Life at Seton Hall is enriched by the opportunities and essential services offered by the many departments within the Division of Student Services. The mission of the Division is to enhance and support the holistic development of students by providing them with a dynamic educational environment, informed by the best professional practices, the latest technological advances, and the values of the Catholic tradition. The student life program is designed to foster excellence in academics, as well as spiritual and personal growth, so all are empowered to reach their full potential as servant leaders.
Student Life is a critical component in the learning agenda of the institution. Students share their experience with others by taking on leadership roles as peer advisors, resident assistants, and executive board members of student organizations; by becoming student employees; by participating in interest groups and student governance; and by engaging in the numerous activities offered on the campus. From the initial contact during Pirate Adventure orientation in June, new members of the Seton Hall community are informed about the importance of diversity and social justice. Approximately 80 percent of freshmen live on campus and take advantage of the programming and convenience of residence life. The University also has a large and engaged commuter population that is supported by the Commuter Council. Early in September, more than 100 culturally and ethnically diverse clubs and organizations participate in the Involvement Fair, where students meet members of many active student groups.
Seton Hall Athletics has played a prominent role on the national scene for more than a century. Today, Seton Hall sponsors 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I programs, which participate in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, the BIG EAST, a league Seton Hall helped found as a charter member in 1979.
The Vice President for Student Services will be responsible for strategic direction, data-driven analysis and decision making, and developing policies and practices to meet the needs of a diverse student body as well as effective supervision of staff, facilities and budgets. Embracing a commitment to enhancing a sense of belonging for students from all backgrounds, the Vice President will work collaboratively across campus, and especially with faculty and academic affairs to help foster a culture of engagement and a student-centered service culture. This individual will also play a key role in our efforts to enhance and educate the campus community on inclusivity and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to foster opportunities that align with the mission and values of the institution. This individual must work effectively with a community that is ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse.
The Vice President will be responsible for leading cross-functional retention and student success efforts such as advising, orientation and first-year programming, sophomore outreach center, transfer advising center, First-generation programing, tutoring and academic support services.
The Vice President for Student Services will demonstrate a commitment to Seton Hall’s Catholic mission in all endeavors. The candidate must have a deep and broad understanding of Catholicism which can be articulated, must foster and embrace Catholic traditions as well as a commitment to enlivening student affairs with spiritual and Catholic values and teaching.
The Vice President for Student Services (VPSS) supervises a division which includes the following areas: Student Affairs, Freshman Studies, the Educational Opportunity Program, ROTC, Academic Support for Student Athletes, and the federal TRIO program, The Academic resource center. In addition, the VPSS oversees the departments of Student Life and Community Development, Housing and Residential Life, Counseling and Health Services, the Career Center, Disability Support Services, Public Safety and Security, Parking Services and the Campus ID office.
The VPSS also serves on the president’s cabinet and will provide advice and guidance on the full range of issues affecting students at the University. This individual should also advise on legislative and environmental considerations in strategic planning and is also responsible for compliance with federal and state regulations as it relates to relevant areas.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION
- At least 10 years of administrative leadership demonstrating increasing responsibility in higher education with specific experience in student life programs and services.
- An advanced degree in an appropriate field is required. Doctoral degree preferred.
- An understanding of, appreciation of, respect for, and ability to articulate the University’s Catholic mission and identity.
- A proven record of achievement as a leader and manager in higher education, especially with an understanding of retention efforts.
- The ability to collaborate and build support and consensus across all areas of the University community and work with a diverse population.
- An understanding of the best practices and current issues impacting university students throughout the United States.
- Ability to provide advocacy for students across campus and within the President’s Cabinet.
- Commitment to support and encourage an inclusive campus community that responds to the diversity of the student population.
- Knowledge of key financial issues for the portfolio and the ability to work closely with the Chief Financial Officer in the coordination of student financial issues and budgetary issues.
- Candidates of all backgrounds who can demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic identity and traditions of the University are welcome to apply; Clergy are welcome to apply as are Catholic individuals and those of other backgrounds who have formally studied and embrace Catholic teachings.
Seton Hall University has engaged Keeling & Associates, LLC to support this search. Application materials should include a resume and a letter of interest and must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read “SHU VPSS.” For full consideration, please submit application materials by June 10, 2019. The search will continue until an appointment is made.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.
Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex.