Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students
Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.
The College offers a phenomenal benefits program that includes: Health, Dental, Retirement, and Tuition Remission.
Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Students, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students is a key leadership member of the division and responsible for providing effective leadership, direction, and oversight of the Dean of Students Office.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as "second in command" to the Vice President and Dean of Students.
- Help develop and execute divisional goals and initiatives.
- Ability to advance important campus initiatives and divisional goals by extending and enhancing educational experiences; promoting student wellness and resiliency; fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable residential community; and, delivering high-quality student-centered services.
- Provide assistance with co-curricular policy and programs.
- Help strengthen and support the overall student experience, including emphases on the first two years.
- Serve on ARCH (Academic Registration and Creative Horizons) Planning Committee.
- Oversee office strategy for proactive, collaborative, and effective student outreach and support.
- Supervise Associate and Assistant deans.
- Advise and counsel students on a variety of academic, personal, and social matters.
- Advise students seeking readmission and monitor them throughout the process.
- Conduct exit interviews for students who are taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the college.
- Monitor interim reports and conduct student outreach.
- Respond to student issues, concerns, and crises.
- Participate in 24-hour on-call emergency/duty coverage and follow-up with appropriate interventions.
- Serve as a member of the Dean of Students' Incident Review Committee.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in student affairs or related field; at least seven years of full-time, substantial and progressive experience in advising and counseling students, and providing support to families.
- Knowledge of and/or experience with independent higher education and an appreciation for the relationship between the academic and co-curricular programs at a residential liberal arts institution.
- Experience in program development, personal counseling, significant crisis intervention and staff supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop relationships with multiple stakeholders (e.g., students, staff, faculty, alumni).
- Versed in national best practices as it relates to student affairs work and student support.
- Demonstrated success in supporting equitable and excellent experiences for International, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, First-Generation/Low Income, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized communities
For highest consideration please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references which includes name, telephone number and email address.