Dean of Students

Job description

Marian University is seeking a Dean of Students. The Dean of Students serves as the primary advocate for students, reporting to the Vice President for Student Success and Engagement (VPSSE).  The Dean serves as principal advisor to VPSSE in all matters concerning support of the Catholic Franciscan mission of the university; student life, campus vibrancy, student welfare, student services, and retention.  This person serves as the direct supervisor of staff members in Housing and Residence Life, Student Activities, International Student services, and Dining Services.  This individual will also work collaboratively with Athletics and Intramural Sports, Campus Ministry, all SSE departments and Campus Safety and Police Services.


The Dean of Students supervises and directs:

  • Director of Housing and Residence Life
  • Director of Student Activities
  • Director of Dining Services
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Advocacy
  • International Student Services

Furthermore, the Dean of Students:

  • Leads the development and effective coordination of Student Life offices, programs, services, and personnel;
  • Develops annual student engagement plans coordinating with other student services offices;
  • Consults with the VP SSE (Student Success & Engagement), and Provost on all major policies, problems, and issues that affect students;
  • Leads the interpretation and communication of the developmental needs of students to the VP SSE, the Marian University community, and the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees;
  • Serves as a catalyst in initiating new programs and services to meet the developmental needs of Marian University students;
  • Consults with members of the staff in the annual preparation of the budget; submits budget recommendations to the VP SSE of the University and seeks the necessary funding to provide support for Student Life programs and objectives;
  • Conducts meetings with the Student Life offices, communicating information, providing a forum for new ideas, and facilitating decision making;
  • Initiates, on a regular basis, the evaluation of Student Life staff functions, objectives and performance, making recommendations to the VP SSE on promotion and salary for professional staff;
  • Provides and recommends appropriate in-service training for Student Life professional staff, paraprofessional staff, and student leaders;
  • Develops and periodically reviews all office procedures, forms, brochures, and materials used by Student Life; including the annual review and revision Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Coordinates the recruitment, selection, and training of professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff for Student Life;
  • Makes recommendations to the VP SSE for the proper maintenance and improvement of student housing facilities, recreational areas, health and wellness facilities, campus dining facilities, and campus safety equipment and facilities;
  • Coordinates the student conduct system, including selecting and training individuals who serve on Marian University conduct panels and boards, as well as overseeing the appeals process;
  • Provides support for programs and research in student engagement and retention, and develops effective strategies and programs that foster student persistence in college;
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to professional growth by participating in professional development programs offered by the University, attending professional conferences and events, and being involved in local, state, and national organizations (NASPA, ACPA, ISAA, etc.);
  • Investigates sources and submits proposals for external funding support of Student Life projects, programs, and services;
  • Collaborates with Title IX colleagues as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, or related field required.
  • Terminal degree preferred.
  • This position requires a minimum of (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience, in full time college administration, preferably in Catholic higher education administration and related to some aspect of Student Affairs Administration or Student Engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse student populations and developing engaged, multicultural communities.  
  • This position requires demonstrated understanding of thriving universities and integration of best practices in student retention, student success, and legal issues in higher education.

University Expectations:

  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Adheres to Marian University’s policy and procedures
  • Shows courtesy and respect in interactions with fellow employees, students subordinates, and     supervisors
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor about Department issues
  • Meets department productivity standards
  • Participates in developing department goals, objective, and systems
  • Assists to establish department measurements that align and support the accomplishment of the University’s strategic goals
  • Adheres to the department budget

Located within 10 minutes of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is one of the nation’s preeminent Catholic institutions of higher learning, and ranks as one of US News & World Report’s top universities in the Midwest Region. Marian University was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, and the Franciscan Values that the Sisters ingrained into the university’s culture are still prevalent today. The university has experienced tremendous growth in the past 15 years under the leadership of President Daniel J. Elsener, including the opening of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 – the state’s first new medical school in 110 years.  Marian University’s football team has captured the NAIA national championship in 2012 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the women’s basketball team won back-to-back NAIA national championships. Marian University is also home to the most successful collegiate cycling program in the nation, which currently holds 42 national titles.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Required materials include: Resume, Cover letter, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Only complete applicant packets submitted to [email protected] will be considered.  Marian University is committed to diversity and encourages persons from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.  



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Posted: 4/4/2019
Application Due: 6/3/2019
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