Dean of Student Development

We have the following opening in Student Life:

Position:  Dean of Student Development

Reports to:   Senior Vice President for Student Life

Primary Function:  The Dean of Student Development reports to the Senior Vice President for Student Life and serves the student life mission of providing exceptional, Christ-centered education outside the classroom that equips students to discover their created purpose and to embrace their place in the Kingdom.  The Dean is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the following areas of Student Life: Student Government Association (SGA); student leadership programs, pre-professional student organizations, career development center, campus recreation and intramurals, intercultural development, international student services, and veteran services.  In addition to these supervisory responsibilities the Dean of Student Development has a dotted line relationship with the director of the counseling center and serves as the Student Life liaison to the center.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Intentional interaction with student leaders (SGA, professional clubs) and other members of the student body.  This includes developing and implementing student leadership training programs as well as regular meetings and retreats.
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction for direct reports including: director of career development center, director of campus recreation, director of veteran services, and director of intercultural development.
  • Meet regularly with the student life team and work collaboratively with them to accomplish the mission of student life.
  • Assist in planning, attend and serve at key student life programming events, such as Advance, Quest, and other signature events.
  • Act as Student Life representative at major University events.
  • Build collaborative relationships with academic administration, faculty, and offices across campus to facilitate the student life mission.
  • Assist the SVP of student life as needed to accomplish the mission of the University.

Education:  Master’s degree required; Doctorate degree preferred. 

Experience:  At least five years of experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

Job Related Skills: 

  • A strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education and the mission of Lipscomb University
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High degree of initiative and self-regulation
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Organizational skills handling and directing multiple and complex assignments and projects
  • Visionary leadership
  • Excellent speaking and presentation skills

Availability: Accepting applications immediately

Our aim is to make the application process as convenient as possible for you.  The online application is the preferred way you can apply for employment.  If it better suits your needs, an application can be accessed in PDF format and submitted in person, via U.S. mail or by fax (615-966-7003).



Lipscomb University is associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the institution. Primary consideration is given to staff applicants who are active, faithful members of a congregation of the Church of Christ. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its employment practices.