Assistant Dean of Student Life

Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Description of Position:

The Assistant Dean is a front-line professional who works with students, families, and faculty/staff to assist and support students with problems and help them be successful at K-State. This position requires an in-depth understanding of university policies and procedures, including policies related to federal compliance and accessibility.

The Assistant Dean consults with academic deans when determining cause for a student's withdrawal from and/or reinstatement to the university. An in depth understanding of crisis response techniques and de-escalation skills as well as concise communications with all constituents is required. The position requires the ability to respond to complex, ambiguous crisis situations and make appropriate decisions. On-call response for crisis situations that happen after office hours is a requirement as the primary responder one week a month and the additional responder at critical times.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:

The Assistant Dean provides support to students responding to and managing problems including medical, mental health, harassment issues and personal/family emergency situations and makes appropriate referrals to campus and community resources. This individual will be working in partnership with students and campus constituents to problem-solve, to provide support, and to advocate for students. They will also work closely with the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE office), the LGBT Resource Center, Non-Traditional and Veteran's Student Service, Student Conduct and Student Access Center and may provide supervision of one or more of these areas.

This position is responsible for responding to potential violations of the university's Threat Management (PPM 3015) policy, Anti-discrimination (PPM 3010), Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) process, and other student life policies. The Assistant Dean must engage in complex problem solving in order to identify solutions and appropriate responses for the university when community members (ie. students, faculty, staff, visitors, etc.) are involved in seriously disruptive or threatening situations. As such this position requires the ability to make appropriate and timely decisions in response to multifaceted and often ambiguous crisis situations. The Assistant Dean serves as the primary on-call responder for crisis situations that happen outside of office hours one week per month for the entire calendar year.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree with experience in higher education student affairs, counseling or related field

  • 2-3yrs of experience working in higher education providing assistance and support to students

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5-7 yrs. of experience working in higher education providing assistance and support to students

  • Supervision experience

Other Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience in crisis management, emergency response and advocacy

  • Experience in maintaining collaborative working relationships

  • Ability to promote the developmental needs of students

  • Commitment to working with diverse students, faculty and staff and the K-State Principles of Community

  • Excellent problem solving, interpersonal and presentation skills

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please complete an on-line application and upload a detailed letter of interest describing specifically how the candidate's qualifications match the search committee's desired qualifications, resume, and complete contact information including email addresses for three professional references citing professional relationship with each reference listed. Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins March 15, 2017, and will continue until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $50,000-$60,000 Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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