Dean of Students

Job description

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.

Lafayette College, founded in 1826, is a private liberal arts college that is proudly independent, academically competitive, and diverse in culture and perspective. Lafayette is based in Easton, Pennsylvania which is located in the Lehigh Valley region, about 70 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia. Lafayette offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 37 fields and Bachelor of Science degrees in 14 fields, including five in engineering. Lafayette serves a close-knit population of 2,610 students, drawn from 46 U.S. states and territories, as well as 53 countries.


Reporting to the Vice President for Campus Life, The Dean of Students (DOS) is an advocate for students and a vital member of the Division of Campus Life that oversees several facets of the Division and also actively collaborates with other members of the Division and the College. The Dean of Students partners with administrators, faculty, and students to create rich learning opportunities that integrate academic experiences with life outside the classroom. The Division of Campus Life includes the following functional areas: Athletics, Counseling Center, Health Services, Intercultural Development, Public Safety, Recreation Services, Religious Life, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Involvement and Educational Equity (Title IX). In consultation with the Vice President, the DOS will assume leadership for multiple units of the division and support other offices at the request/in the absence of the Vice President for Campus Life. The DOS is a member of the President’s Senior Staff and engages in many partnerships with other campus leaders. 


The successful candidate must possess a master's degree in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, or related field, and a minimum of nine (9) years’ experience in student affairs with at least four (4) years at the department head or higher level. A terminal degree is preferred.

Candidates for this leadership role must have experience in a predominantly residential liberal arts setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion, the ability to work collaboratively across the campus, and the aptitude to build and maintain strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on dynamic communication and collaboration. They should demonstrate experience with conduct/judicial systems in higher education and leadership for crisis/risk management.  Other preferred qualifications include supervisory and budgetary experience; planning/organizational skills; experience in leading teams as well as advancing assessment and developing learning outcomes; knowledge of student development theory; and demonstrated and strategic visioning skills. 


Review of applications will begin November 30, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or  veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by  Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex);the  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not  discriminate on the basis of disability);Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on  the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not  discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College  policies.




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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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