Assistant Dean of StudentsRetention, Equity and Inclusion

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Assistant Dean of Students Retention, Equity and Inclusion

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top masters universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Reports To: Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life
Supervises: Student Success Coordinator, season/temp staff and student employees

Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life, the Assistant Dean of Students provides leadership and vision for the following areas within the Division of Student Life: first year and transfer bridge programs, conflict resolution and Restorative Justice Initiatives, and campus wide equity, inclusion, and recognitions efforts with a particular focus on programs and that increase retention and engagement of our diverse student community. This position serves as a central resource to address issues of inclusion and equity and contributes to a more equitable campus climate through policy consultation and capacity building for students, and secondarily for faculty and staff. The Assistant Dean leads the divisional partnerships with students, faculty, and staff in the development and implementation of student leadership initiatives, efforts focused on social justice & equity co-curricular activities and educational opportunities. This position serves to infuse principals of excellence to enhance our work with all Mills students acknowledging the particular experiences of our limited income, first generation, and historically marginalized populations. In particular, the Assistant Dean collaborates with Academic Affairs in the design, implementation and assessment of the bridge programs and faculty partnerships including the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) for first-generation, limited income first year students, the Oakland Leadership Academy, and collaboration with the Hellman Program.

Essential Job Functions:

• Serve as the lead Division of Student Life representative in the partnerships with academic departments and administrative offices in order to develop and deliver co-curricular programs and services that support the engagement, retention and graduation of students.
• Develop and implement policies, programming and educational opportunities that build capacity around student engagement, leadership, inclusion, equity and social justice and enhance student retention and sense of belonging.
• Serve as a resource or consultant for information and knowledge concerning student engagement, and equity for students, faculty and staff within the Division of Student Life and the larger campus community.
• Manage administrative and budgetary matters related to the duties of the position for the Division of Student Life efforts in programmatic responsibility areas.
• Meet with the Dean to provide information or obtain advice, consultation or support as needed; represent the Dean at meetings and other activities as requested by the Dean.
• Design and provide resources that enhance students personal, academic, and social identity development with a comprehensive lens to the diverse student experience including but not limited to limited income, first generation, and historically marginalized populations.
• As a member of the Division of Student Life, provide event support for campus-wide programs and attending events on behalf of the division and as a representative of the Dean of Students.
• As a member of the Division Leadership Team, participate in department and division meetings for project planning, policy development and direction setting.
• Serve on Divisional and campus-wide committees as required.
• Maintain safe work conditions and comply with established safety policies, practices, procedures, and requirements.
• Represent Mills College and the Division of Student Life in a variety of forums on- and off-campus; attend, conduct or participate in a variety of meetings as assigned.
• Promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
• The incumbent is expected to establish and maintain an effective customer service orientation. This includes maintaining and protecting confidentiality of information.
• Establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships, while working in a diverse and multicultural environment.
• Promote and sustain the ability of staff members to effectively deliver quality customer service within the context of all aspects of job performance.
• Promote a safe work practices within each area of responsibility, enforce safety rules and assure employee compliance with all safety rules and guidelines.
• Take appropriate steps to be compliant with state and federal laws and campus policies.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge Of:

• Student development theory
• Social justice training and diversity education
• Budgeting
• Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
• Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of college students
• Advanced computer skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word processing, web based interactive communications, social media and/or other applications utilizing software applicable to function.
• Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
• Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain the ability of staff members to effectively deliver quality customer service within the context of all aspects of job performance.
• Compliance for federal and state law and policies.
• Safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.


• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to listen and lead within an activist campus community.
• Strong budgetary skills.
• Commitment to womens education.
• Interpersonal skills
• Public speaking capabilities.
• Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
• Ability to understand the needs of a diverse population, including students of color and resuming students.
• Ability to engage and work in collaboration
• Operate a computer and other office equipment as necessary
• Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

Education and Training:

• Masters degree in higher education, counseling, student development or related field
• 5-7 years of progressive experience in higher education

Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands:

• Work involves week-end and evening availability.
• At times, the incumbent will be sitting for long hours and using computers.
• Hearing and speaking are required for communication.
• Work can be both inside and outside, sometimes in inclement weather.
• Work often requires flexibility in terms of time, and physical demands.
• Work occasionally requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds.
• Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis.
• There are a number of deadlines and multiple requirements associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.

This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicants background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

• Employee Application
• Resume
• Cover Letter and
• Contact Information for 3 References

Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Job No:
Posted: 1/22/2020
Application Due: 1/22/2032
Work Type: Full Time