The Vice President for Student Life at Gordon College will join
an experienced senior leadership team that serves the largest
Christian community (over 20,000 including students, faculty, staff
and alumni) in the global capital of higher education. The Vice
President for Student Life leads the entire co-curricular dimension
of the Gordon experience for undergraduate students and works
closely with the academic division to integrate with curricular
programs. Recognizing the value in a holistic student experience,
particularly one supported by a strong Christian community, the
Vice President for Student Life provides thoughtful, strategic
leadership for all initiatives that contribute to students’ social,
spiritual and vocational development and formation.
This position provides oversight to Student Life, the First-year
Experience, Chapel Office, the Counseling Center, the Health
Center, Residence Life, the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education
and Leadership, the International Student Organization, the
Multicultural Initiatives Office and the Career and Connection
Institute (which houses several other programs including the Center
for Entrepreneurial Leadership), Campus Events Council, the Bennett
Center, Athletics, and all student programming including student
activities, recreation/intramurals and leadership development. In
engagement, programming and relationships, the Vice President will
demonstrate and equip students to have healthy civic engagement, to
practice listening, respect and interdependence even amid
disagreements. He or she will foster an environment of trust,
hospitality, integrity, collaboration and celebration.
The Vice President for Student Life will focus on three critical
areas of formation and discipleship: intercultural competence
(healthy relationships among the Body of Christ), embodied
discipleship (healthy relationship to God and self), and civic
engagement for the common good (healthy relationships with those
outside the Body)—with the ultimate goal of equipping the next
generation of Christian leaders to engage with the issues of the
day. As Gordon has increased its academic offerings to include more
graduate programs and fully online degrees, specifically for adult
learners, the definition of a student is evolving beyond the
traditional, residential, undergraduate profile. The Vice President
for Student Life will envision and enact care for a new kind of
student body comprised of diverse ages and locations.
The Vice President for Student Life reports to the President and
a key member of the President’s Cabinet. Responsibilities of the
President for Student Life include the following:
- Guides the College on all matters of Student Life.
- Provides leadership and support for diversity and the College’s
commitment to advancing intercultural literacy among students as
outlined in the College’s Shalom Statement.
- Serves as the final arbitrator and decision maker on Title IX
rulings that are appealed.
- Recruits, hires, reviews and leads personnel in Student Life,
including all relevant departments; makes recommendations for
salaries, promotions and terminations.
- Provides leadership and administrative supervision for Student
Life, including the First-year Experience, Chapel Office, the
Counseling Center, the Health Center, Residence Life, the La Vida
Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership, the International
Student Organization, the Multicultural Initiatives Office and the
Career and Connection Institute (which houses several other
programs including the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership),
Campus Events Council, the Bennett Center, Athletics, and all
student programming including student activities,
recreation/intramurals and leadership development.
- Working collaboratively with the Chaplain, provides broad
oversight to the Chapel Office in the development of worship,
ministry and service opportunities to enrich the spiritual growth
- Advises and counsels students.
- Recommends and annual budget for campus life to the President
and Senior Working Group and oversees its implementation.
- Evaluates and identifies student facility needs and makes
recommendations regarding use, renovation or construction.
- Completes other responsibilities as assigned by the
We are looking for an energetic, irenic, thoughtful leader who
feels called to serve the next generation through student
development leadership. We recognize that God has gifted every
person with unique gifts and backgrounds, and while the selected
candidate may not meet every qualification, we believe there are
several things that are important for Gordon’s Vice President for
Student Life, including the following:
- A Christian leader who professes faith in Jesus Chris as Lord;
accepts Gordon’s Statement of Faith; practices Christian values in
daily interactions with students, faculty, staff and the public as
outlined by Gordon’s Life and Conduct Statement; works to advance
Gordon’s mission through this position; and is actively involved in
Christian ministry and local church life.
- A collaborator who reflects godly character, excellent work
ethic, an optimistic outlook, confident humility and impeccable
- An articulate, positive communicator who can collaborate,
motivate and delegate among a team of high energy colleagues.
- A bridge builder who can naturally develop and maintain
relationships at both the individual and institutional levels.
- A firm commitment to the highest ethical standards and the
ideals for Christian living and leadership.
- An inspiring, magnetic leader who can win the trust and
confidence of the College community and develop alignment around
the College’s priorities.
- A wise decision-maker who can both seize opportunities and
thoughtfully manage complex issues.
- A resourceful entrepreneur who can stretch limited resources
for maximum impact.
- A trustworthy diplomat who maintains confidences, exercises
confidentiality when necessary, embodies sound judgment in complex
situations and engenders extraordinary trust.
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