Dean of Students #604212

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Job Title: Dean of Students
Location: Student Life
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 604212
Workplace Culture


NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.


Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Job Description

Occupying a highly visible and influential position on campus, the Northern Arizona University Dean of Students will provide energetic and visionary leadership in furtherance of student success and the University’s strategic plan. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, the Dean will lead, inspire, mentor and supervise the dynamic team of fifteen student affairs professionals that comprise the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office’s responsibilities include student leadership and engagement, student judicial affairs (including Title IX), student government, fraternities and sororities, student clubs and organizations, family and parent services, and neighborhood relations. Fundamentally, the Office operates a range of educationally-purposeful programs, events and activities to promote student development, academic success, and inclusive community-building.


As the key administrator responsible for this important work, the Dean of Students will bring energy, vision, diligence, and passion to these efforts. The Dean will be a motivational and inspiring leader, a very good listener, and a skilled change agent. Excellent professional instincts and judgment are crucial. The Dean will function as one of the University’s primary advocates for students and the student experience and will also play a central role in maintaining positive relations with the City of Flagstaff and the broader local community. An unflappable personal disposition and excellent crisis management skills are essential. In sum, the Dean of Students will provide exemplary leadership for holistic student development through determined and persistent advocacy, team empowerment, problem-solving, and accountability.


To achieve success in this demanding position, the Dean of Students must be: a self-starter; an outstanding communicator; able to stick to and implement a cohesive strategic vision; informed by national trends and higher education best practices for the education of the whole student; deeply committed to continuing the University’s fostering of a diverse and inclusive student community characterized by a culture of open, thoughtful, and respectful discourse and debate; able to innovate, inspire and lead a large department; adept at budgetary management; able to make and effectively communicate difficult decisions; and must feel and exhibit genuine joy in working with students.




  • Lead the Office of the Dean of Students by expertly performing all administrative, supervisory, budgetary, personnel, and programmatic duties and responsibilities in support of its full slate of programs, services, and activities.Directly assist or coordinate support for students who encounter personal or academic challenges, including crisis intervention, referrals and follow-up.Lead the Behavioral Intervention Team to proactively confront targeted violence or other troubling behavior through rigorous and timely assessment and mitigation of known, suspected, or anticipated threats or risks against students.Effectively collaborate with all campus units and community actors to plan for and manage emergencies or other challenging situations that impact students and serve on the University’s Emergency Management Team.Be fully knowledgeable of and work to ensure appropriate compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and other external guidance and ensure timely updates and communication of internal policies as needed or advantageous.Advise, mentor, and support Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (student government).Enforce the Student Code of Conduct and other applicable policies, including those involving non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and sexual misconduct, through the well-considered and timely operation of the student judicial process.Develop positive relationships and collaborate effectively with all campus and community Student Affairs partners or colleagues to support students and the student experience, including City of Flagstaff officials, law enforcement, and community leaders.Ensure very high professional standards of quality for all Office of the Dean of Students work product, including correspondence, public statements, web content, memoranda, student conduct investigatory and decisional materials, etc.On behalf of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, represent the Student Affairs perspective when collaborating with faculty, fellow administrators, and all other constituencies or stakeholders.Diligently serve on campus committees, task forces, commissions, or steering groups that relate to the student experience, as appointed.Perform other duties and responsibilities in support of Northern Arizona University’s academic and Student Affairs mission, as assigned.

NAU is currently engaged in an Organizational Growth and Effectiveness Initiative, which focuses on positioning the University for future success of its operational practices. As a result, some aspects of this position may be subject to change, such as, but not limited to: duties, titles, reporting structure, etc.


Minimum Qualifications


  • A Master's degree in higher education or a related discipline. A minimum of five years of experience in multiple areas of student life or student affairs in varied university settings that includes budgetary oversight responsibility.

Preferred Qualifications



  • Doctorate in higher education or related discipline. Ten or more years of progressive supervisory leadership experience with student life or student affairs operations in varied university settings, including budgetary management and substantial experience adjudicating student conduct cases, including Title IX cases. Experience at more than one institution is advantageous. Strong experience maintaining positive town/gown relations. The ideal candidate would perform at the advanced level in the ten Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators as outlined by ACPA and NASPA. Familiarity with the Prosci change management model is also beneficial.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities



  • Significant experience in crisis intervention and conflict resolution involving students, faculty, staff, and parents and families.Advanced knowledge of higher education law and regulations, including the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution as they relate to freedom of expression and due process protections for students at public institutions of higher education, FERPA, Title IX, the Jeanne Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and all other significant laws and regulations that relate to the student experience.Demonstrated ability to strategically respond to emerging trends and issues in higher education while continually promoting student interests.Demonstrated ability to provide clear and consistent direction for a large and complex mix of student support programs, services, and activities.Possess highly developed interpersonal, collaborative, and team-building skills.Demonstrated ability to work successfully with highly diverse students, colleagues, partners, community advocates, and the general public.Significant experience working directly with threat assessment, campus safety, emergency management or similar cross-functional teams to support students.Excellent public speaking and presentation skills, including the ability to produce under time pressure thoughtful and effective public statements or event remarks.Ability to manage highly sensitive student or family crisis situations with great care, thoughtfulness and compassion. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.Strong computer skills, including competence using Microsoft Office programs and knowledge of—or a willingness and ability to learn—effective use of the WordPress web content platform and the Advocate student conduct information management system.An unbendable personal commitment to the tireless pursuit of excellence in one’s professional life and activities and Office of the Dean of Students work product, and a willingness and the ability to hold all team members to the same high standard.

Background Information



This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.


Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website. A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.




Commensurate with experience.


**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status


This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.




This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at


NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found at:

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at:

Learning and Development


Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days ( If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years. In addition to the development classes offered in-person, every NAU employee receives a free subscription to From this site you can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video, home computing, and web design and development.

Application Deadline



Open until further notice.

How to Apply



To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

General Information



About NAU and Flagstaff

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main Flagstaff mountain campus, with the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU is a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.



Situated at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is located 140 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. Flagstaff has a population of approximately 70,000 and is rich in cultural diversity.


Equal Employment Opportunity


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 3/7/2019
Application Due: 4/24/2019
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