Dean of Students

Bloomington, MN
Sep 30, 2020
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Position Information:

The Dean of Students reports to the Vice President of Academic & Student Programs and is responsible for both the strategic leadership and day-to-day management of Student Affairs and its goals to enhance student success and engagement through diverse programming that also includes Offices of Career Development, Counseling, and Disability Services. The Dean of Students is a working leader who must have the ability to build and maintain strong collegial relationships with faculty, students, and other campus constituents. Responsibilities include providing leadership in developing and implementing programs and policies that enhance student life; collaborating with other leaders to architect a superior end to end student experience strategy; advancing a student-centered culture throughout the University; collaborating with Admissions and Academic Affairs to support enrollment and retention efforts;  ensuring a climate supportive of students coming from diverse backgrounds; serving as educational partner of the college's leadership and faculty; collaborating with other leaders in developing, communicating and implementing the NWHSU strategic plan; and developing and implementing initiatives, programs and events that enhance student engagement. 

Founded in 1941, Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) is a progressive institution educating the next generation of health care professionals in what have been traditionally described as fields in complementary and alternative medicine.  As the demand for graduates in chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and allied health professions continues to grow, NWHSU is uniquely positioned to offer training in a range of patient care options that are natural, evidence-based, non-invasive and integrated with traditional medicine.  The University enrolls approximately 1,100 students in associates through doctoral programs and is on a multi-year enrollment growth path.  Approximately 35% of students receive grant assistance from the University. While 95% of students receive federal and state financial aid, NWHSU has a consistently low federal student loan default rate. Its 25-acre, non-residential campus in Bloomington, Minnesota is eight miles from MSP Airport and ten miles from downtown Minneapolis.

Position Qualifications: 

Candidates should have a record of at least seven years of increasing professional experience and leadership within student affairs, including at least five years in a managerial role.  This position also requires an understanding and commitment to supporting institutional diversity and experience planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of trends and implementation of effective practices in student affairs.  An affinity for small, tuition-driven institutions is essential.  A graduate, professional or terminal degree in a relevant discipline is required.

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Northwestern Health Sciences University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status