Dean of Students

Job description

Bowdoin College seeks a Dean of Students to direct the day-to-day operations of the Dean of Students Office. This individual leads the Associate and Assistant Deans of Students and the Advisor to the Judicial Board as well as the Directors of the Counseling Service, Health Services, and Title IX as an interconnected team that is focused on supporting and challenging students so they can reach their full academic, personal, and professional potential at Bowdoin and beyond. (Associated programs include, among others, New Student Orientation, Pre-Major Academic Advising, Title IX, Student Accessibility, and student health and wellness initiatives.) The Dean also leads the team in the management of student crises as they arise. The Dean of Students adjudicates the Judicial Board and the Student Sexual Misconduct Board and the associated sanctioning and serves on a number of College committees. S/he is responsible for the oversight of the departmental budget, and oversees the Dean's on-call rotation. Regular evening and weekend work is also required when the College is in session to manage workload and attend meetings and College functions. The Dean of Students also serves as the leader of the Division of Student Affairs when the Dean for Student Affairs is unavailable to do so.The position will remain open until filled. Review of candidates will begin on May 5th, 2019.

Direct the day-to-day operations of the Dean of Students Office; establish and implement departmental policies, protocols, and procedures; support staff as they respond to student challenges and concerns; respond to requests and problems from students, faculty, staff and parents; and ensure positive student, faculty, staff, and parent relations.

Supervise the Dean of Students Office professional staff including: 1. Dean of First-Year Students (whose shared responsibilities with the Assistant Dean of First-Year Students and Director of Student Accessibility include the first-year class and oversight of Orientation, pre-major academic advising, and services and accommodations for students with disabilities); 2-3. two Assistant/Associate Deans of Students who serve as the deans for upperclass students; 4. the Assistant Dean for Community Standards/Advisor to the Judicial Board 5. Two administrative coordinators. Also supervise 6. The Director of Title IX and Compliance; and 7.. The Director of the Counseling Service and 8.. The Director of Health Services. Provide counsel and invest in the on-going training and professional development of associated staff.

Job Requirements:

A Master's degree or equivalent is required; knowledge of or experience with a diverse residential, liberal arts college is preferred. The successful candidate will be a hard worker who enjoys a fast-paced, unpredictable work environment centered on students where needs and priorities shift from moment to moment. Must possess excellent judgment; demonstrated sensitivity, imagination, and effectiveness in responding to challenging student, personnel and college community issues; proven leadership ability, including the ability to recruit and develop an outstanding and diverse staff and lead a team in a demanding office environment; the ability to work independently and as part of a team and to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni; excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; the ability to be collaborative and solution-oriented; and the ability to maintain an appreciation for the diverse needs of all members of the campus community. Must be unflappable – not easily rattled, offended, or upset, exceptionally well-organized, and possess superb management and administrative skills. A sense of humor is required!

A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience working with a diverse student population in an educational setting is required. Experience in supervision of administrative staff, budget management, and team building is also required.


Generally M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, but regular evening and weekend work required for workload management, meetings, College functions and to serve as part of the backup Dean's on-call rotation. This position is a year-round position (.92 FTE) working eleven months each year with vacation and not scheduled to work time being taken during summer, winter, and spring breaks. This is an exempt position requiring the time commitment necessary to successfully complete job requirements.




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Posted: 4/22/2019
Application Due: 6/21/2019
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