Responsibilities of the Position
Reporting to the provost and serving on the provost division’s senior leadership team and president’s cabinet, the dean of students provides senior-level leadership, vision, and administrative oversight for the office of student affairs, which includes international student services, student disability services, student conduct, center for career and community engagement, and the wellness center. The dean serves as an advocate for students and leads student affairs staff, student groups, faculty, and other members of the university community to develop co-curricular programming, ensuring integration with the academic life of the institution, supporting learning and development of students outside the classroom, and encouraging student personal growth and development; assists in creating an inclusive and culturally competent campus community; and conveys a passion for student development and innovative thinking that enhances opportunities for students in a primarily graduate-level university setting. The dean of students provides leadership for a staff of six and oversees a $1.3 million budget.
Additional responsibilities and duties include:
- Provide direction and supervision of the units and directors within the office of student affairs: international student services, student disability services, student conduct, center for career and community engagement, and the wellness center.
- Work closely with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to establish a student culture where diversity and inclusion are encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
- Recruit, hire, supervise, train, and evaluate all student affairs staff, ensuring high levels of accountability. Provide information and opportunities for professional development and ongoing training.
- Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus and community leaders to enhance the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives, promote a positive campus culture, and create opportunities for student engagement and leadership development.
- Center diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of student life, with the commitment that these ideals are critical to engendering a sense of trust and belonging.
- Provide leadership and guidance in analyzing, reviewing, creating, and interpreting student policies and procedures.
- Lead the collection and reporting of area crime statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.
- Work with the director of student conduct for administrative oversight of Title IX regulations and student code of conduct, including internal disciplinary procedures.
- Lead university response in student crisis situations, working with appropriate departments and staff members as needed.
- Serve as a resource and advisor to other campus offices and departments on student conduct and behavior matters.
- Administer the university response upon student initiation of the student complaint procedure.
- Develop and implement student affairs strategic goals and objectives using assessment data, research, and best practices to inform this work.
- Work with institutional research on data collection and analysis addressing student services’ effectiveness.
- Oversee the fall and spring new student orientations.
- Develop, manage, and monitor budgets related to student activities, wellness center, or related areas.
- Lead the coordination of the publication of the annual student handbook and other student affairs print and electronic materials in association with the appropriate staff.
- Participate in committees, meetings, and other initiatives as needed and contribute to the overall leadership and administration of the university.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the college administration and contribute to the university’s overall strategic goals and mission through effective leadership, innovation, and collaboration in student affairs.