Vice President of Student Life

Southern Virginia University invites applications for the Vice President of Student Life (VPSL). Reporting to the President, the VPSL is a key administrative position that leads the planning, management, evaluation, and improvement/innovation of the university’s student experience. The VPSL oversees several mission-critical areas of the university, including code of conduct adherence and enforcement, activities and clubs, crisis management and intervention, residence life, student engagement, counseling, and wellness.

The ideal candidate will bring leadership experience within student affairs: a demonstrated ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve the student experience, including fostering and advancing retention efforts; a record of collaborating effectively with campus stakeholders in the service of creating better outcomes for students; capacity to manage organizational change; dedication to student success and fostering a student-centered culture; the ability to engage others in developing and implementing a vision for student affairs; and a demonstrated success with belonging efforts.

Candidates with diverse professional experiences will be considered, although ideal candidates will have many of the following experiences, credentials, and leadership capabilities:

Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration or related field
  • At least five years of leadership experience in enrollment services, student retention, student affairs, student success, or academic advisement

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration or related field
  • Senior-level administrative experience in student affairs and/or higher education

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
  • A track record of effectively leveraging and enhancing resources and/or aligning services to meet students’ evolving needs.
  • A record of partnering with key campus stakeholders to enhance the student experience and support strong student outcomes.
  • The proven ability to lead and manage a team of skilled professionals effectively and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of the President’s senior staff.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal communication, problem-solving, decision-making, leadership, and supervisory skills, including the ability to work effectively with leaders of other teams.
  • Expertise and experience with data-informed decision-making.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in student affairs, student engagement, residential student management, and student wellness.
  • Forward-thinking, with the ability to anticipate potential issues, analyze problems, identify alternate solutions, and project the consequences of proposed actions.
  • Ability to synthesize information and implement recommendations in support of institutional goals.
  • Demonstrating sound judgment and integrity, particularly in crises or decision-making requiring a high degree of diplomacy.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to speak confidently and persuasively to various audiences, including students, parents, faculty, alumni, donors, staff, and trustees.
  • Understanding of the partnership between student affairs professionals and university faculty members and staff, with the ability to earn their trust and respect in furtherance of a shared commitment to student success.

About Southern Virginia University

Established in 1996, Southern Virginia University is a private, self-reliant, four-year residential university aligned with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We aim to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.

Nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains at the southern end of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, our quaint campus is home to more than 1,000 students who live by a Code of Conduct based on the teachings of the Restored Church of Jesus Christ. We welcome all applicants who will sincerely strive to live by and support our standards. Learn more at


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Human Resources at Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Southern Virginia University is an equal-opportunity employer. This document provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and the general nature and level of work associated therewith. It should not be interpreted as describing all duties related to this position or used to limit the nature and extent of assignments given to an employee.