Dean of Students

Jul 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) prepares students to become leaders in the field of social work. SSA offers graduate work leading to both the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees. The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is dedicated to working toward a more just and humane society through research, teaching, and service to the community. As one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate schools of social work, SSA prepares working professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by developing new knowledge, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

Unit Job Summary: The Dean of Students directs the Office of the Dean of Students which includes the Office of Admissions, Career Services, and Academic Advising. He or she is a member of the Dean's Senior Leadership Team and provides leadership and management in recruitment and enrollment planning, funding and admission to the master's and doctoral programs, and student affairs for the School's 540 students. The Dean of Students is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan for student services and the Office of the Dean of Students, tracking of master's and doctoral student progress, managing a budget of 20 million for tuition revenue and aid, collection and analysis of data on recruitment, admissions, enrollment, student progress, and financial aid. Serves as a primary unit liaison to the Registrar, Bursar, Student Loan Administration, Student Health Service, Student Counseling Service, Coordinator for Student Disabilities, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of International Affairs, Campus and Student Life, U Chicago grad, and other central student offices. The Dean of Students supervises the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services, and support staff. The Dean of Students collaborates with faculty and the Office of Field Education to set student policies and is responsible for student discipline and crisis response in the School; maintains a regular schedule of student appointments and advises on a wide range of topics including university and school policies, academic concerns, registration requirements, financial aid, degree options, disability accommodations, harassment, leaves of absence and personal issues. The DOS works closely with SSA's Deputy Dean for Curriculum, Chair of the Doctoral Program and field education staff to ensure the highest quality educational standards and experience at SSA. The Dean of Students serves as a catalyst for ideas and programs to enhance student involvement in SSA and the University and the quality of student life. Collaborates with student government and manages and supports student activities; works closely with other senior administrators and faculty to overall execute a professionally demanding and high quality educational experience for Masters and Ph.D. students in all facets of their education.

Unit Education: Master's degree or higher in social work, higher education, or related field required. Ph.D preferred.

Unit Experience: At least five years of relevant experience in student affairs or a closely related area required. Progressively responsible managerial, budgetary, and supervisory experience in a college or university, preferably in a research institution, required. At least one year of experience working in a higher education research institution preferred. Demonstrated experience at conducting goal setting process for unit preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of admissions and aid procedures required. Ability to effectively communicate with faculty and administrators at all levels within the University required. Excellent organizational, interpersonal skills, and a collaborative leadership style required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Strong interest and capacity for working with students in providing academic counseling and support required Excellent written and verbal skills required. Ability to collect, analyze and use data for planning required. Ability to prioritize tasks and make decisions required. Experience in developing enrollment plans, creating and managing tuition revenue and financial aid budgets required. First-hand experience in a graduate program preferred. Knowledge of database management and network software preferred. Demonstrated expertise in program development and management preferred.

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