Director, Student Affairs (Permanent, Full-time)

Benefits: Extended health, dental, life insurance, sick leave, LTD, pension, tuition benefit, vacation

Work Location: On campus, with opportunity for occasional remote work

Department: Office of Student Affairs  





Reporting to the Vice President Academic and Dean, the Director, Student Affairs provides overall leadership for the development and delivery of strategic activities that enhance student experience and the well-being of students academically co-registered at St. Jerome’s University and/or living in residence. The Director, Student Affairs oversees a dynamic student affairs team that is responsible for mission-aligned activities that include academic advising; residence life; student development advising; student mental health and wellbeing initiatives focusing on “whole person” wellness; local, national, and international service learning programs; and student leadership development. Through the planning and execution of Student Affairs priorities, the Director realizes the student-centred mandate of “Educating the Whole Person.”



Why St. Jerome’s University?


At. St. Jerome’s University, we embrace and celebrate the philosophy of educating the whole person – intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our commitment to academic excellence and to the integration of knowledge, research, and experiential learning allows us to inspire learning and discovery not only in our students but also in those with whom we interact. The University’s mission focuses on preparing leaders who are conscious of the diversity, complexity and richness of the human experience and are formed here to contribute thoughtfully, creatively and positively to the common good of society. We foster a respectful, inclusive community that is centered on the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty, and the promotion of the common good, consistent with the ideals of the contemporary Roman Catholic Church.



How will you contribute as the Director, Student Affairs?


People Management and Strategic Leadership

  • Provides leadership and vision for the creation and implementation of strategic plans for the Office of Student Affairs that are nested within the University Strategic Plan and the Vice President Academic and Dean’s Office Academic Plan
  • Manages the supervision, professional development, and performance evaluations of all student affairs staff
  • Participates in the recruitment and onboarding of student affairs staff
  • Serves as a mentor to student affairs staff
  • Serves on university committees, both at St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo, as necessary
  • Reviews, maintains, and evaluates the budget for student affairs and directs funds and expenditures relating to services and programs
  • Assesses the effectiveness of student affairs programming and ensures that the institution understands and adapts best practices in the sector
  • Explores and integrates strategies that reduce barriers and inequities for students to access student resources, services, and support, especially those in equity deserving groups
  • Leads with a wellness lens
  • Adheres to all university policies with regard to financial management


Student Services

  • Provides leadership in the creation, execution, and evaluation of all student experience, co-curricular programs, outreach, and service learning programs
  • Develops and maintains international contacts with program partners
  • Strategically aligns the work of various student leader, student staff, and student government groups with the overall direction of the student experience
  • Develops the program outcomes for student affairs, monitors assessment of those outcomes, and develops plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of those outcomes
  • Develops, implements, monitors, and revises policies and procedures relating to student affairs, working with the Vice President Academic and Dean
  • Leads and manages all aspects of student engagement and success, in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office and Campus Ministry
  • Works with students, staff and other stakeholders to resolve student issues as they pertain to student programs and services


As a successful Director, Student Affairs, you have:


  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline required; a doctoral degree or coursework towards a doctoral degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in at least one of the functional areas of student services represented in Student Affairs at St. Jerome’s (i.e. Residential Life, Service Learning, Academic Advising, Student Wellness, Student Leadership Development) is required; experience in more than one area preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in higher education administration displaying progressive leadership experience
  • Experience managing and supervising a team of professional staff, with preference for supervision of a multi-unit department
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with students, supporters, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Experience in project management, program development, and managing multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated competence in strategic planning and collaborating on strategic initiatives with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated budgetary and financial understanding
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, tact, and confidentiality
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to an inclusive campus environment
  • Equity, diversity and inclusivity training and experience an asset
  • Ability to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check



The Way We Work & Live


Employees have opportunities to participate in our community, work within cross-organizational teams, demonstrate their commitment to learning and development, and contribute to the University’s mission. As a federated university with the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University employees, just like our students, enjoy the advantages of a small community while have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the greater community.


St. Jerome’s University is located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our University is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. We give thanks for the privilege to work and live on this land, and we are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to enhance our knowledge, and learn how we can have an active role in reconciliation.



To Apply: Please send your application to by Sunday, April 23, 2023, Attention: Carol Ann MacGregor, Vice President Academic and Dean


The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged. St. Jerome’s welcomes employees of all faith backgrounds with an openness to working at an institution with a mission rooted in its Roman Catholic identity.

Last Submission Date: 
Sunday, 23 Apr, 2023