Dean of Students
Yale-NUS is a 4-year residential liberal arts college in Singapore co-founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore with a rigorous academic program, extensive experiential learning, vibrant community life, active sports teams, and a diverse Singaporean and international student body of 1,000 students.
We seek an accomplished leader, eager to embrace a vibrant and growing student life programme and capable of providing a diverse, earnest student body with constructive and supportive guidance.
The Dean of Students (DoS) will be part of the College’s leadership team and will report directly to the Executive Vice-President (Academic Affairs), who functions as the Provost. The Dean will be a champion of and for students, and will oversee the staff for Campus Life, Athletics & Outdoor Exploration, Counselling and Student Services.
In addition, the Dean of Students will supervise Assistant Deans who are resident in each of our three residential colleges, and work to conceptualise and implement policies, programmes and services across those colleges to offer individual personal and academic support to all students. The Dean will be part of a Residential College Committee, chaired by the EVP (AA) that comprises the Rectors (the lead faculty member resident in each college), Assistant Deans and Senior Associate Director of Campus Life of the DoS Office.
The Dean will foster an environment fertile for the ideas and aspirations of our students, but will also be supportive of students’ concerns and vulnerabilities.
The Dean will
- Foster open and supportive relationships with students, whether individually or as a student body, and proactively and regularly communicate with them
- Collaborate with and support key student organisations. (In particular, student government, campus newspaper, peer counsellors, etc.)
- Prioritize student welfare and support counselling services in catering to the growing student body
- Implement programs in residential education, and collaborate with staff within and without the DoS office, including the Rectors in the residential colleges
- Support professional development of DoS staff
- Engage in community building with all stakeholders – students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders outside the college
- Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis situations (e.g. coordinating services and resources in the case of health or mental health crises; sexual misconduct/assault; administering the student code of conduct; mediating and resolving conflicts among students and between students and other members of the community)
- Develop a medium-term strategy/direction (3-5 years) for the Yale-NUS student life program, consistent with institutional ethos
- Maintain an active and positive presence on campus, regularly interacting with students to support their growth and engagement
- Oversee the Dean of Students Office operating budget including budget forecasting and planning, disbursement of funds and regular budget reconciliation
- Supervise Student Services, working closely with Admissions and Registry, on student information management, student pass processing, and billing
The Dean will have deep knowledge of current thinking in student affairs and a strong track record in creating and delivering outstanding student services and residential student experience. The College needs a Dean who is at once collaborative and also comfortable in exerting leadership in these early years of the institution. An entrepreneurial and open attitude is needed as the Dean of Students Office will be supporting students as they further develop their own organisations and the College’s traditions and culture. The Dean will live on campus and be an active part of entwining our living and learning environments.
Other requirements include:
- Deeply committed to residential education and be excited to collaborate with faculty, staff and students
- 10 years’ experience in student affairs, an advanced degree (preferred), and experience working with a very diverse group of students, including international students. Exposure to liberal arts residential college settings is a decided plus. Experience working in Asia or outside North America would also be preferred
- Demonstrated experience in the supervision, empowerment and development of staff and student associates
- Proven experience leading collaborative efforts between multiple stakeholders including faculty, staff, students and members of the community
- Experience responding to and dealing with student crises and managing interventions, displaying adeptness at understanding and defusing sensitive situations
- Excellent management, budgeting and organizational skills
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
The College values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity across ethnic, cultural, gender and disability aspects of society.
Shortlisting of candidates will begin from August 2018.