Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion, and Residential Services

Winchester, VA
Aug 20, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Staff Full-timeWinchester, VAPosted 2 months agoShenandoah UniversityShenandoah UniversityShenandoah University

The Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion, and Residential Services (ADS) is a full-time position in the Division of Student Affairs and provides senior leadership and supervision to student housing, commuter services, student conduct, the Mosaic Center, and prevention programming. The ADS will report to the Dean of Students and Wellbeing.

The ADS will be responsible for implementing diversity initiatives that enhance retention and persistence to graduation as well as life skill development of underrepresented students. This position will focus attention on the needs of underrepresented student populations, developing and supporting university mentor programs for underrepresented groups. ADS will work with university partners to develop ways to measure the campus climate on diversity matters.

The ADS is involved in developing and cultivating a collaborative vision of diversity on campus. The ADS will guide efforts to help the campus community conceptualize, define, evaluate, cultivate, celebrate and educate diversity as an institutional resource more specifically the Mosaic Center. The ADS will create opportunities to make diversity initiatives a resource that can be utilized to enhance the learning of all students and is fundamental to transformative learning.

The ADS works with senior leadership and campus partners in Physical Plant, Hornet Central, Public Safety, Auxiliary Services, and Admissions to support high quality, customer service focused housing operations. The ADS will provide leadership to annual housing facility renovations and new construction projects. The ADS provides crisis management and leadership to staff managing after hours support services for students.

The ADS focuses on coordinating university-wide programming, training and workshops on conflict transformation, skill building and restorative practices along with PRIDE. ADS coordinates conflict transformation services, community circles, victim/offender conferences and other restorative practices, primarily for the residential population and student conduct sanctioning.

The ADS develops programming on awareness, prevention and responses to bias incidents. ADS will serve as a reporting officer for bias incidents that are referred to student conduct or human resource investigations. ADS works with university partners by serving on committees that expand university services and resources.

To meet the needs of the position, the ADS must be knowledgeable about diversity affairs, residential services, student conduct, university policies and procedures, crisis management, leadership development, and student development theories and best practices. ADS will work with and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students for their growth and development. ADS has the unique opportunity to deepen the university’s existing culture of diversity and inclusion with faculty, staff and administration through focusing on student learning in and out of the classroom.


The successful applicant must have:

    A master’s degree in higher education, counseling or related field,Professional experience in higher education with a focus on student affairs,Ability to work with a diverse student population,Should possess a deep understanding of different culturesExperience working with residential lifeExperience encouraging students’ transformative developmentAbility to develop and cultivate a collaborative vision of diversity Strong organizational skills, Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines required for reporting and submitting paperwork,An understanding of and an appreciation for university policies, procedures and skills to serve as an advocate for underrepresented groups,Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills,The desire to be a role model for other students and staff members,Ability to foster connections and work in collaboration with university partners,Technology competence with proficiency in Datatel, Word, Excel and PowerPoint,A motivated, enthusiastic and outgoing personality,Excellent problem-solving skills,Experience facilitating restorative practices,Experience working with and mentoring students, andPrior crisis management and or student life experience (strongly preferred).

How to Apply:

The complete application will include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

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**Note: A pre-employment background check and drug screen will be required as a condition of hire. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will be required as well.

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