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Vice President for Student Success and Engagement

Portland, Oregon
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description:  The Vice President for Student Success and Engagement is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the President.  An integral part of the position will be to develop, expand and implement student success programing/services in order to improve student persistence, retention and completion with a special emphasis on programming in the first and second semesters such as orientation, onboarding of new students and holistic development support.  This role will be focused on the creation, direction, implementation and evaluations of student success interventions and projects designed to support and encourage student completion as well as diverse activities that support the university’s mission.  The Vice President will support underserved and diverse students in the traditional and Professional Graduate Studies (PGS) programs by connecting them with campus and community services. 
The position provides strategic leadership and management in campus life to include campus engagement, living and learning engagement, and urban engagement.  As a member of the Executive Cabinet, the Vice President for Student Success and Engagement participates in setting broad organizational goals, objectives, and policies, especially as it relates to the core operations of community life.
Employment and Lifestyle Standards: 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.

 Essential Functions:
  • Serve on the Executive Cabinet.
  • Provide strategic leadership in campus engagement to include Department of Student Affairs (including residence life, service learning, career services, and leadership development); Athletics and Intramurals; Counseling, Health, and Warner Pacific Community Wellness.
  • Provide strategic leadership in living and learning engagement to include Residence Life; Learning Communities and Service Learning (in partnership with academic departments); Office of Multicultural Affairs; Career Services; and Academic Support.
  • Provides leadership for ensuring that the University provides a comprehensive array of student services, student development programs focused on student success, and enrollment management programs, including, but not limited to, admissions, counseling, advising, career planning and placement, recruiting and retention, registration and records, student discipline, student activities, intramural programs, student advocacy, services for students with special needs, cultural activities, grants management, and other student support services and programs;
  • Serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator;
  • Provides oversight as Chief Judicial Affairs Officer and adjudicator of student appeals;
  • Plans, designs, develops and delivers community wide student programs and services that implement the goals of the University; provides leadership for evaluating and ensuring quality in all aspects of the University’s student services, student development and enrollment management programs and staff;
  • Recommends, develops and implements student services policies, procedures and practices which foster and promote student learning and student success, and which support the educational programs of the University; recommends organizational structures, personnel and resources to ensure a student-centered / learner-centered environment at all levels; represents the University to various external entities and with outside agencies in matters relating to the University’s student services;
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the recruitment and retention of students; actively recruits for the University and works to promote retention and student success;
  • Assumes leadership and responsibility for establishing an environment which promotes respect for students, faculty, and staff and recognizes initiative and excellence;
  • Prepares appropriate reports; analyzes and evaluates enrollment and retention data; projects student enrollment and retention data to be used in strategic decision making;
  • Provides leadership in maintaining a student-and learner-centered philosophy and focus for student services initiatives with a clear focus on successful student outcomes including: enrollment, program selection, retention, graduation, placement, and transfer success;
  • Maintains continuous evaluation of the economic feasibility of student services to ensure that only those programs with appropriate priority in terms of need and demand are continued. Participates in and supervises the preparation and recommendation of detailed budgets, with cost estimates, for functions supervised. Establishes and maintains budgetary control of functions supervised;
  • Manage grants as assigned to student services and as appropriate; assist in writing and development of grant proposals;
 General Responsibilities: 
  • Participate in the review, amendment, and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  • Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree
  • Three to five years substantial leadership experience in student success in a university setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication including public speaking
  • Strong leadership, management, and organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in computer programs including Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel 
  • Experience working with diverse populations
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD
  • Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English
Physical Demands – Work Environment: 
The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.

To Apply:
In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please submit your cover letter and CV/Resume to HR@warnerpacific.edu.  Applicants invited to participate in the interview process will be asked to complete WPU’s online employment application at a later time. 
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