Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative, and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325-acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three-hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

The Position

Reporting to the vice president for student life, the assistant vice president for student life (AVP) will help build a division grounded in teamwork, professional development, and data-informed decision-making to promote creativity, synergy, and shared purpose in the delivery of a student experience responsive to the needs of students at a small, residential university. The AVP will provide strategic planning, operations management, data analysis, and effective daily supervision of all organizational components of student CARE (Concern, Assessment, Response, and Evaluation), Community Standards and Student Conduct, Residence Life, the Hawk Hub (as a centralized space of supporting student success), and sexual and gender-based violence-related education and prevention programs. The new AVP will serve as the chief coordinator of student conduct, student case management, student crisis response and emergency protocol execution, CARE Team oversight and intervention development, and coordinate division-wide assessment and data analysis toward improving retention and persistence initiatives.

The AVP will bring an evidence-based commitment to supporting a diverse student community; mentor and inspire the professional development of staff; have in-depth experience with student crisis management, foster communities of care on a residential campus, and integrate the values of community standards into the living-learning experience; and detailed understanding of residence life and housing operations on a fully residential campus. The AVP will supervise the Director of Residence Life, the Director of Violence Prevention, the Hawk Hub Supervisor, and the Student Affairs Data Analyst. The AVP oversees operating, grant, emergency, and revenue budgets of approximately $10.5 million. Finally, the AVP serves in the place of the vice president for student life when needed and assists in the overall team and professional development initiatives in the Division. This position may live on campus in a house provided by the University.


A master’s degree, a minimum of seven years of progressive senior-level leadership in higher education administration, and a commitment to residential liberal arts education are required. A doctoral or terminal degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess an excellent track record of leadership and accountability in student affairs work, including in-depth familiarity in one or more areas within the student life portfolio, an understanding of restorative justice practices, and knowledge for working on a residential campus with a diverse student population. Experience with change management; superior communication and relationship-building skills; proven experience with staff supervision and team development, assessment and data-driven strategic planning, operations related to residential life and student crisis, and demonstrated respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of campus life will be important considerations in the selection of the next assistant vice president for student life.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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