Dean of Students

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Job CategoryProfessional/AdministrativePosition TitleDean of StudentsFull Time/Part TimeFull TimeDivisionDean of the CollegeDepartmentDean of the CollegeDepartment Statement

Colgate University, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Dean of Students to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of the College (VP), the Dean of Students (dean) takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced mature adults. The dean oversees a robust portfolio and has direct responsibility for several key functional areas within the division, including wellness; diversity and multicultural affairs; student leadership and development; religious and spiritual life; LGBTQ+ initiatives; and fraternity and sorority advising. Beyond these core areas, the successful candidate will be a key partner for the VP, serving as a senior leader in the division.


This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is a time of exciting transformation as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institutions profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even higher levels of achievement. Under the leadership of the VP and Dean of the College, Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been an enhanced commitment to enriching the student experience. The energy on campus is palpable as four Residential Commons living/learning communities have been developed over the last five years, and long term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through the development of an upper-level residential system, career services, and integrated wellness. The next dean will provide leadership for a number of direct and indirect reports and serve as a collaborative partner to the VP and Dean of the College; ensure that issues are addressed and resolved across campus; further develop students’ ability to be resilient; and add to Colgate’s ongoing efforts to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.

Behavioral Competencies

NamePersonal Accountability for ResultsDescription

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Behavioral Competencies

NameEffective CommunicationDescription

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Behavioral Competencies

NameProblem Solving and Decision MakingDescription

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies

NameChange ManagementDescription

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

Behavioral Competencies

NameLeadership and TeamworkDescription

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Behavioral Competencies

NameCreativity and InnovationDescription

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies

NameDiversity and InclusionDescription

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Behavioral Competencies


Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.


Professional Experience/ Qualifications

Having just completed its bicentennial year and forging into its third century, Colgate has distinguished itself as one of the finest residential universities and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning. The next dean will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing support and opportunities for Colgate’s students; an authentic appreciation for Colgate’s history and traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; a deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; and a firm but fair approach to the resolution of conflict.

Preferred QualificationsEducation

A Master’s degree in higher education or a related field.

CertificationsPhysical RequirementsOther Information

A search committee composed of students, staff, and faculty has been assembled to identify a new dean.

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number2019S107PTemporaryNoWork ScheduleJob Open Date08/30/2019Job Close DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions Summary

Colgate University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as directed below.

Pam Pezzoli, Partner
Sherlene Parsons, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Phone: (202) 682-1504

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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        Posted: 9/4/2019
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