Dean of Students

Aug 14, 2019
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Dean of Students

About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:
Campus Title: Dean of Students
State Job Title: Dean
Department: Student Affairs
Job Code: HA7000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100
Bargaining Unit: NUP
Job Type: Full-Time
Timeframe: 52 Weeks
Shift: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Supervision Received: The Dean of Students receives direct supervision from the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Supervision Exercised: The Dean of Students exercises supervision over the Directors of Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Residential Engagement, Student Conduct, and the Administrative Assistant to the Dean.

Salary: $115,000-$125,000

General Statement of Duties:

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Dean of Students (DoS) is a strategic partner for the Division of Student Affairs with a focus on enhancing the student experience and increasing student success. The DoS will promote opportunities for students to raise awareness, understanding of differences, collaboration of cross-culture groups, and foster a sense of communal relationship among all students. The DoS is responsible for the supervision of Residence Life, Career Services, Student Conduct, Counseling Services and Health Services. This position serves as the senior crisis administrator available to administrators-on-call responding to student life emergencies. The DoS will assist the Vice President in providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction to ensure the delivery of effective and quality service to students. The DoS will provide executive presence in the leadership of the division across functions in the absence of, and as assigned by, the VPSA.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:


  1. Unites the distinctive functions under the DoS's purview to leverage resources, services, and programming.
  2. Evaluates and measures success of the departments of Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Residential Engagement and Student Conduct.
  3. Manages the departmental leaders, holding them accountable for results of: individual and shared goals; coordination and collaboration within Student Affairs and community stakeholders; and commitment to excellence.
  4. Serves as a co-chair for the Westfield State Experience, working closely with Academic Affairs and other Divisions on planning, implementation and assessment of this signature program.
  5. Provides senior line contact and problem resolution for parents, students and others to assist in optimizing the student's educational experience.
  6. Serves as the Senior Conduct Officer, overseeing the management of the student conduct system.
  7. Chairs the University's STAT (Student Threat Assessment Team) designated to assess individual students who are at risk or threat to the campus; chairs the divisional case management team designed to assist and follow through with students displaying at-risk behaviors.
  8. Serves as a resource for other members of the University community in regard to student life issues; serves as a resource for faculty regarding classroom student concerns.
  9. Acts as the primary liaison for Student Affairs with the Student Government Association (SGA).
  10. Acts as the senior crisis administrator available to administrators-on-call and coordinate response to student life emergencies.
  11. Assists the Vice President with division publications including division newsletter and annual report.
  12. Assists the Vice President in managing personnel issues within the division.
  13. Assists the Vice President in budget development and budget management within the division.
  14. Maintains various confidential student records and acts as a campus resource relative to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)/student record keeping practices.
  15. Works in partnership with the Vice President in leading the division in assessment efforts and assists the Vice President in strategic planning and evaluation of departments within the division.
  16. Fills various Title IX roles, which may include serving as a Deputy Coordinator and/or Investigator, as needed.
  17. Represents the Student Affairs division on the University Academic Appeals Committee.


  1. Acts as the division liaison with University legal counsel relative to student life matters and inquiries.
  2. Represents the Student Affairs division on campus-wide committees which may include the Institutional Assessment Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee, and other committees as assigned.
  3. Administers the student Presidential Awards for Excellence in Leadership and the Dining Services Scholarship Program.
  4. Other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Student Affairs.


  1. Master's degree required. Doctorate preferred.
  2. Minimum of seven years of progressive experience in Student Affairs / Student Conduct at the Associate Director / Director level or above.
  3. Strong leadership skills that promote dedication, creativity, innovation and growth.
  4. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with various university and other constituencies.
  5. Proven crisis management experience.
  6. Ability to effectively manage and oversee multiple areas/assignments.
  7. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally.
  8. Knowledge of student development theories and practices.
  9. Skill in employee development and performance management.
  10. Extensive knowledge of due process procedures.

Additional Information:
Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:
An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references *
  • Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree

* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.

Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected. .

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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