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Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement

Messiah University
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Compensation commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 26, 2022

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Executive, Provosts
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Full Time
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The President’s Office at Messiah University is currently accepting applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement.

The Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement oversees all aspects of the undergraduate co-curricular educational program and is responsible for the University’s student experience strategy. This position directs and motivates the professional and support staff of the Dean of Students Office, Athletics, Campus Ministries, the Agape Center, the Engle Center, the Academic Success Center, the Office of the Director of Student Success, the Office of Experiential Learning, Residential Life and the Office of Career & Professional Development.

Education: Master’s Degree with PhD/Doctorate preferred and 3-8 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education with a focus on student success and engagement.

Direct Reports: Dean of Students; Dean, Experiential Learning & Leadership Development; Student Success & Engagement Budget & Personnel Coordinator; Director, Community Wellness Initiatives & Campus Recreation; Director, Academic Success Center; Director, Student Success, Director, Athletics, Director, Campus Ministries/Teaching Ministries Pastor; Coordinator for Student Success & Engagement/Administrative Assistant

Qualifications:  This position requires significant experience across a broad spectrum of student development and engagement programming.  Responsibilities require comprehensive understanding of the spiritual, educational, and social development of students as well as the ability to model a Christian faith journey and to support and articulate the University’s mission and vision for Christian higher education.  The position also requires the following:

  • Exceptional leadership and management skills, including the ability to positively motivate teams.
  • Ability to determine and communicate ambitious yet appropriate goals.
  • Highly refined relationship management skills.
  • Well-developed strategic planning skills.
  • Superior interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively     across a broad spectrum of community constituencies.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills, with a keen understanding of effective communication practices. 
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to effectively manage competing priorities and multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Expert proficiency in MS Office and the ability to learn new/in-house software quickly

The University: Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of 2,500 undergraduate students including 17.7% under-represented and 3.0% international students from 24 countries and over 700 graduate students including 22.1% of students from under-represented populations.

The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

Diversity: Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee; they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their work.

Location:  Messiah University is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. Quick access to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and New York City.

Starting Date for Position: July 1, 2023

Applications and Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide current resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah University, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” To apply please see:

Nominations for the position may be sent to:

Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.


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