Dean of Student Development, Engagement & Inclusion

Job description

Reporting to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of Student Development, Engagement, and Inclusion (DSDI) supports student development in a nurturing, holistic, inclusive, and student-centered environment to promote health and wellness, engagement, relationships, equity, and justice. The dean is responsible for creating and supporting a transformational experience using and innovated and collaborative approaches in the areas of athletics, clubs, health compliance, mental health, wellness, conduct, rights and responsibilities, and careers.

Holyoke Community College (HCC) seeks candidates that:

Possess a deep understanding of the current higher education landscape, especially the paths to student success at community colleges and Hispanic serving institutions. A leader with a demonstrated history of successful equity initiatives is preferred.Possess a passionate commitment to the education, development, and empowerment of community college students; Demonstrated ability to develop and assess co-curricular student learning outcomes; Demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion including experience in measurable achievement in addressing the challenges and supporting the strengths of a diverse student body. Readiness and willingness to explore innovative approaches to integrating the functions of Student Development with those of the academic programs in the combined Academic and Student Affairs Division.

Oversees all programs related to student engagement and wellbeing, including: athletics, activities and clubs; student government; mental health and wellness; health compliance; conduct, rights and responsibilities; the Thrive (basic needs) center and food pantry; career and community engagement; and equity and diversity initiatives, including the potential creation of a student multicultural center.Advances the mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals of the college’s Strategic Plan, in coordination with the VPASA and AVP Student Affairs.Develops student learning outcomes for co-curricular activities and student developmental milestones; oversees outcomes assessment and analysis, and communicates results to the campus community.Recruits, hires, trains, retains, inspires, and holds accountable a robust staff dedicated to ensuring the success of students from all backgrounds, including adult and non-traditional learners.Establishes and assesses strategic goals, objectives, programs, services, and activities consistent with the mission of the college and the development process of students.Maintains, updates, and distributes the student handbook, and keeps the campus informed of policies related to community norms, such as academic integrity.Provides strategic oversight of student conduct policies, procedures, and hearings.Collaborates with the AVP Student Affairs/Dean of enrollment management on enrollment and retention strategies.Collaborates across the academic and student affairs team, which in addition to academic programs includes admissions and onboarding, advising, and academic support, to develop co-curricular opportunities and experiences for students.Serves as an internal resource to the college on matters related to student engagement, development, and retention.Efficiently manages and allocates human, financial, and facilities resources in accordance with the college’s strategic vision and objectives.Qualifications


  • An advanced degree in a relevant discipline in Education, Higher Education or Student Affairs, a Social Science discipline or related area;
  • A progressive record of achievement, working within student development and/or student affairs;
  • Five years of similar administrative and supervisory experience;
  • Significant leadership and management experience in complex higher education environments, including strong financial and budget management skills;
  • Working knowledge of activities that focus on the assessment of student learning and development;
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations in higher education;
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an environment of diversity and inclusion;
  • Experience working in a unionized setting, especially in higher education; Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning activities;
  • Demonstrated experience in program development; Experience in multiple areas of student development;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing student confidentiality and other student-related issues.
    • Bilingual: Spanish/English

    Non-Unit Professional Position

    Hours: 37.5 hrs.

    Funding Source: State

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is committed to excellence and opportunity through diversity in education and employment. Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.




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    Job No:
    Posted: 1/16/2021
    Application Due: 2/12/2021
    Work Type: Full Time