Dean of Students

Job description

Grinnell College, a highly selective residential liberal arts college, is seeking a driven and dynamic Dean of Students. The Dean of Students is a student-centered, collaborative, and intentional educator responsible for creating and sustaining a community of learners that reside in a self-governing environment.

A leader in the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), the Dean of Students leads staff and comprehensive programs for Grinnell College students, including student assistance, residence life, new student orientation, wellness and prevention, student conduct, and emergency response and preparedness efforts.

This position reports directly to the senior student affairs officer, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, and works closely with other Student Affairs leaders, as well as campus staff, administrators, alumni, faculty, and students on an intellectually rigorous campus.

Position Description:
•Provides overall leadership of staff and programs including student assistance, residence life, new student orientation, wellness and prevention, student conduct, and emergency response and preparedness efforts
•Participate actively in Divisional and College activities and leadership; serve the College through collaborative engagement and campus-wide committees; serve on the Deans & Directors leadership team within the Division of Student Affairs
•Coordinate a comprehensive, fair, and ethical student conduct process, including informal resolution, formal hearings by a student Judicial Council or College Hearing Board, and Administrative Hearings. Adjudicate and preside over cases with outcomes that support the educational development of students
•Select, train, supervise, and evaluate four professional staff directly, and seven more indirectly
•Set program mission, priorities, and performance assurance; manage budgets; evaluate practices and engineer improvement strategies
•Advise students and student groups; attend campus events; support Student Affairs and College initiatives
•Serve as a “Dean On Call” on a rotating weekly basis, responding to student crises as needed; facilitate student crisis preparation and response, including coordination of DSA on-call program
•Perform risk management functions; consult regarding legal, ethical, and risk management issues; collaborate with staff in Campus Safety to respond to behavioral concerns; oversee the student conduct process and hearing boards
•Serve as a custodian of confidential College and student records; edit Student Handbook and related policies; complete all dean’s clearance forms for transfer and graduate applications; publish the Family Resource Guide
•Remain professionally current with knowledge and practice; remain professionally active and current; affiliate with appropriate professional organizations; attend and present at regional and national professional conferences
•Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

•Master’s degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling or other area relevant to student affairs
•Seven years or more of increasingly responsible experience; preferably with knowledge of and/or experience with selective, residential liberal arts campuses
•Administration of staff and programs; providing positive leadership and staff supervision; effective written and oral communication (interpersonal and public speaking); organizing and prioritizing; effective outreach programming; outcomes assessment; working effectively in a diverse environment; responding to crisis and emergency situations; handling and protecting sensitive and confidential information and records; understanding of and appreciation for college student development issues and the student affairs field
•Demonstrate commitment to undergraduate, liberal arts education; to an environment of diversity and inclusion; and to the mission, values and vision of the Division of Student Affairs

Preferred Qualifications:

•Knowledge of and appreciation of the Grinnell College tradition of self-governance

Application Process:  

Visit to submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references with contact information (including one undergraduate student or former student).  Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check prior to first day of employment.




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Posted: 4/16/2018
Application Due: 6/15/2018
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