Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the First-Year Experience

Job description

First-Year Arrival, Orientation, and Programming

  • Provide a leadership role in the planning, scheduling and implementation of orientation and social programming during the Language & Thinking Program.
  • Hire, train and supervise 1-2 summer graduate student Interns in coordination with the Student Activities office.
  • Coordinate all materials, logistics, and communication associated with arrival day.
  • Collaborate with Admissions to coordinate summer mailings and communication with incoming first-year students.
  • Design and implement a dynamic and interactive orientation program. This includes connecting with and training professional and para-professional staffs and working closely with the Wellness Coordinator, Dean for Inclusive Excellence, residence life staff, deans of academic and student affairs, and other student affairs staff members.
  • Develop and implement programs for first-year students throughout the academic year. This includes academic, educational, and social residential and campus-wide events.
  • Work with the Citizen Science Program and the Center for Civic Engagement in the planning and implementation of programming for first-year students during Citizen Science.

Student Support and Monitoring            

  • Collaborate with Assistant Dean of Studies for first-year students to manage first-year student caseload and to support first-year students.
  • Act as a primary contact for faculty, staff, parents, and students for first-year students; address personal/social/academic concerns or questions; manage individual student cases to provide support and advocacy for students with offices and campus resources.
  • Actively seek out first-year students who have difficulty engaging with the academic or social life of the college or who are experiencing personal difficulties; provide on-going support and work with them to develop strategies for success.
  • Participate in midterm and final grade review and meet with students to create academic support plans. Meet with first-year students on academic probation to offer support and resources.
  • Follow-up, as necessary, with students to discuss campus policies and regulations, explain available options, and make referrals to appropriate offices or resources. 
  • Participate in campus judicial processes and develop and implement sanctions that reflect the College’s progressive educational philosophy.
  • Provide case management for students in psychological or medical distress. Coordinate on- and off-campus resources and work with students’ families to arrange and implement support plans and, when necessary, leaves of absence.
  • Work closely with the Bard Educational Opportunities Program (BEOP) to support BEOP and POSSE scholars in their orientation and continued participation in the Bard community.

Dean of Student Affairs Office (DOSA)

  • Represent DOSA at public events, meetings and student gatherings; participate in the planning and implementation of residence hall opening and closing, family weekend, open house, commencement and other college-wide events and celebrations.
  • Participate in the on-duty rotation by supporting the primary on-duty staff. Be available for consultation and come to campus for emergencies as needed; participate in/lead the follow-up response.
  • Participate in yearly trainings and summer retreats with the DOSA staff.
  • Support the Office of Housing and Residence Life in Peer Counselor training.

Masters degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, or related field is required. Commitment to student advocacy and support and an interest in daily interaction with a variety of creative and independent students is a must. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years progressive experience working in Higher Education with strong and dedicated students.  Experience in academic advising, crisis response and on-duty strongly desired. Must have the ability to work non-traditional hours. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three references through at:

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Posted: 4/3/2018
Application Due: 6/2/2018
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