Dean of Students

Claremont, California
Jan 30, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Overview:

The Dean of Students provides leadership, vision and direction for activities and services that enhance students' experiences, engagement, and retention, internship and graduation employment outcomes. This position is responsible for creating and supporting an environment that promotes the growth and development of students and facilitates open communication and information sharing between students and the administration.

This is a top leadership role within a growing and dynamic graduate school.  Located in beautiful Claremont, California, Keck Graduate Institute is a member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services, which provides shared institutional support services. We seek to build an inclusive administration that can engage the interests of a diverse student population.  Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Education and Experience:

Master's degree in a related field with a minimum of seven years’ experience of progressively responsible leadership and related administrative responsibilities in Student Affairs on a college or university campus.  Strong operational and business management skills are essential; must have the ability to develop and implement key performance metrics and foster a climate of data driven decision making from knowledge of best practices in Student Affairs.  An earned doctorate in higher education or a related area is preferred. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions may be performed, with or without, reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Student Affairs

  • Responsible for the overall vision, direction, leadership, and the continued development of a student-centered team and program within the Institute, offering programs focused on student success.
  • Oversees and manages strategic planning for the division of Student Affairs in a manner that improves accountability, sustainability and effectiveness of student services.
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of data pertaining to co-curricular assessment.
  • Serves as the central source of research and information on student issues, utilizing research methodologies, retention, to assess current student values and assess major programmatic needs.
  • Builds community through empowering the expression and consideration of diverse voices on campus, developing robust co-curricular experiences for students, and cultivating the identification of shared and unifying values.
  • Oversee the coordination and provide support for students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and assist those students in accessing accommodations and services to successfully complete their studies. 
  • Plans, or assists in planning, events such as Orientation, Commencement, White Coat Ceremony, and student social events.
  • Serve as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
  • Adjudicate student appeals and grievances and enforce the student Code of Conduct in student discipline issues. Investigates and oversees the student appeals process related to student complaints of the areas/employees supervised.
  • Attend Board of Trustee quarterly meetings, Serve as a liaison for 7C Committees and Groups such as the Student Dean’s Committee (SDC), and work collaboratively on 7C resource hiring committees as a representative and advocate for KGI.

Residential Life

  • Oversee all Housing and Residential Life Programs and in particular collaborates with key campus partners to ensure appropriate oversight and supervision of program spaces and policies.

Career Services

  • Oversees the department and provides direction in the areas of Career Services in partnership with the Director of Career Services.
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Career Services and AVP of Corporate Partnerships to develop industry partners and implement career assessment opportunities for students.
  • Assists in disseminating information to students regarding job placement opportunities and resources. This may include communication with national companies and organizations to help match them with students looking for information regarding possible employment opportunities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong operational and business management skills are essential; must have the ability to develop and implement key performance metrics and foster a climate of data driven decision making from knowledge of best practices in Student Affairs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate a strong leadership vision to a broad group of campus and community constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and present complex issues to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Experience working with a diverse campus community and possess a commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; possess the ability to listen to all points of view, build consensus, and inform others of policies and decisions.
  • Experience in program planning, implementation, and administration, including management of budgets and personnel.
  • Working Knowledge of relevant laws and policies (FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, and ongoing legislation).
  • Experience in, and commitment to: advancing retention, graduation initiatives and employment outcomes.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record (as maintained by the DMV) that is acceptable to the Institute’s insurance carrier.
  • Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the Institute or division.

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