Dean of the Center for University Advising
About Hofstra University:
Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is an internationally ranked and recognized institution with ten schools and colleges offering 145 undergraduate and 160 graduate program options. Located in Hempstead, N.Y., our leafy 240-acre campus is a certified arboretum just a quick train ride from New York City, and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, along with the resources, technology and facilities of a world-class university, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the School of Education, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Health Professions and Human Services, as well as the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hofstra has hosted three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012, 2016), and is one of only three in the New York metropolitan area to have schools of medicine, law and engineering. With more than 11,000 students and 128,000 alumni from around the world, Hofstra University is a dynamic community dedicated to academic excellence, civic engagement and global innovation. The Career Center is fully integrated in Hofstra University’s Division of Student Affairs, which has been named the last two years in a row as one of 18 of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Center for Higher Education Enterprise, ACPA, and Diverse Magazine.
The Dean of the Center for University Advising provides innovative and strategic leadership, program development, and administration of a comprehensive general advising center serving 7,000 undergraduate and pre-professional students. The Dean will work closely with other areas in the Student Success Collaborative, which includes the Career Center, Student Access Services, International Student Affairs, the Center for Academic Excellence, and Information Systems. The Dean will be an integral member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team that is committed to supporting student success and actively advancing innovative and best practices with regards to increasing student retention and persistence, enhancing academic preparation, assessing learning outcomes, and cultivating among students the self-reflection, competencies, and connections with others that will lead to personally and academically satisfying experiences.
The Dean will lead a team of 19 full-time staff members engaged in academic advising, educational programming, faculty connections and substantive liaison partnerships with campus colleagues, including academic colleges and schools and academic affairs. Facilitating operational excellence and leading change to ensure the Center remains responsive to student development and confidence; collaborating with campus partners—including faculty, student affairs, enrollment management, development, institutional research & assessment, and parent & family programs; implementing effective data collection, analysis, and reporting systems; leading in all aspects of advising programs, including New Student Orientation and registration, transfer student transitions, at-risk student outreach, pre-professional advising, athletic advising, and general career/academic planning; and enhancing the Center for University Advising brand, visibility, and value to internal and external constituents are key responsibilities of the Dean. The Dean will develop and monitor the department’s long-range strategic plan, provide supervision and development of staff, manage an operational budget, and serve as a champion, advocate, role model, and mentor for Hofstra students.
A master’s degree is required. A minimum of 7 years experience in higher education required. A record of at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience focused on student success and facilitating relationships to support and sustain academic excellence is required. The successful candidate must: be forward-looking (embracing best practices and creating next practices), equipped to identify and implement solutions to address evolving advising and educational trends impacting, students, faculty, and campus partners; possess strategic change management skills coupled with strong fiscal planning and budget management abilities; demonstrate leadership and supervisory capabilities; thrive in a learning environment that welcomes and celebrates human diversity and difference; and bring a goal-oriented, data-informed approach to generating measurable outcomes. Collaboration with faculty; utilization and competence of current technologies; commitment to customer service; strong communication, program development, and public relations skills; and ability to multi-task will also be important considerations in the selection of the Dean.
Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by March 1 will be given priority. Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume and contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses for 3 to 5 references, including one from a current or former student.
Information should be sent electronically with the subject “Dean of the Center for University Advising” (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments preferred – all in one document if at all possible) to: StudentAffairsJobs@hofstra.edu.
Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.