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’s 85-acre campus Indianola campus is a beautiful space and where the majority of classes are offered to their students. Located in south-central Iowa, just 12 miles south of Des Moines, Simpson’s main location gives students the best of both worlds: the friendly atmosphere of a college town with the benefit of living near an exciting metropolitan area. Indianola is host to many nationally known events, including the Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic, which features hot air balloons competition and family entertainment. Simpson’s second campus is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, which is a part of the Greater Des Moines metro area, and serves adult and graduate students. The West Des Moines campus is easy to access, has efficient classrooms, and an environment devoted to learning for students who likely are balancing work and family life as they return to school. Classes offered at the West Des Moines campus are targeted towards Simpson’s continuing and graduate students who are looking to take classes at night or closer to home.