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Vice President for Student Development

Simpson College
50125, Indianola
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

Job Details

Simpson College, a private liberal arts college in Indianola, Iowa, invites applications for its next Vice President for Student Development.

The Vice President for Student Development provides strategic direction and oversight for non-academic student services and programs. Serve as member of President’s Cabinet and college leadership, contributing student-centered focus to institutional decision-making.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Provide direct supervision to directors of primary programs and services within the division, including residence life, health and counseling, career development, TRIO programs, and new student orientation; direct supervision of lead administrative assistant.

Specific job duties and responsibilities may include but not be limited to the following:

  • Oversee direction and management of Division programs and services; provide direct supervision to the divisional leadership team.
  • Serve as a student advocate and resource for students, student organizations, and activities. Advise student leadership honor society.
  • Provide oversight and direction for divisional budgets; oversee divisional planning and assessment.
  • Collaborate in the development and monitoring of college-wide student engagement and retention efforts.
  •  Monitor and provide oversight for student conduct and appellate processes.
  • Oversee institutional emergency preparedness and response. 

Simpson College is a vibrant four-year private college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in Indianola, Iowa. Simpson’s full residential community houses around 90 percent of the college’s full-time population of approximately 1100 students.  Indianola has a population of around 16,000 and is just 12 miles south of Des Moines. 

Education and Experience: Advanced degree in higher education administration/student affairs or related degree. Minimum 8-10 years prior experience with functions related to student affairs. 

Required Skills/Abilities: Ability to form effective and interculturally appropriate interpersonal relationships; outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Ability to gather, analyze, and use data for effective planning and decision-making. Ability to prioritize competing demands and flexibly respond to evolving circumstances.

Preferred Experience: Prior experience at a small to mid-sized college or university is preferred.


Simpson College

Simpson College is a private liberal arts college in Indianola, Iowa

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