Assistant Dean, Community Standards

Job description

Open Date:


Classification Title:

Assistant Dean, Community Standards


College of Arts & Sciences


Student Life

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

Assist the Associate Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students in designing, promoting, and implementing programs and services which contribute to student health, safety, welfare, and overall student life outside the classroom. The Director will act in a leadership capacity within Student Life, nurture the development and oversight of a healthy, resilient, and flourishing community, as well as engage in critical incident responses.
The Assistant Dean will oversee the processes and procedures of the Code of Conduct. This position coordinates the adjudication process and monitors the documentation of student violations of the Code of Conduct, including conducting administrative hearings and issuing monthly community reports.
The Assistant Dean works in collaboration with colleagues to develop and implement an integrated, public health effort to reduce alcohol and other drug harms within the undergraduate community and to foster positive culture change; supports the creation of more low-alcohol and no-alcohol social events; provides context-appropriate education to colleagues and undergraduates; trains and supervises students in supports of this work; and assists in revising and implementing relevant University policies.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Exercises primary authority for the Code of Conduct, judicial procedures, and disciplinary actions.
  • Participates in policy planning, articulation, implementation and review of issues relating to student affairs.
  • Selects, trains and advises the College’s student conduct board, in order to promote a fair and consistent disciplinary process.
  • Educates and trains adjudication officers in the disciplinary process and procedures. Ensures the process and supports student learning. Collaborates with student leaders, such as Proctors.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key campus partners to develop programming that highlights the College’s Community of Honor and links these expectations to student conduct.
  • Participate in the process of responding to Title IX violations.
  • Coordinates, updates, and publishes the EQB (Student Conduct) Guide.
  • Serves on call, as a member of the Care Team and responds to university emergencies.
  • Serves as an advocate for students and articulates interests and issues on their behalf in accordance with the mission of the University.
  • Assists the Dean of Students in planning, organizing, and evaluating the mission, goals, programs, and services of the student affairs division.
  • Provide context-appropriate educational programming for students at all stages of their undergraduate career, giving them relevant information and skills for understanding policies and procedures, reducing Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) harms, and building a positive community. Supplement existing required education with more advanced optional components.
  • Partner with students and colleagues to establish a broad range of no- and low-alcohol social activities, including high-energy activities.
  • Assist in the assessment of and response to critical incidents among students that involve alcohol and other substance abuse and related concerns.
  • Work with administrators to develop assessment tools and metrics to determine the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing high-risk AOD behaviors.
  • Work with Institutional Research and other units to collect data on alcohol and substance use patterns among undergraduates, including information to aid in program assessment. Prepares regular reports and communicates that information to various stakeholders within the University.
  • Writes and maintains policy though the management of online resources associated with the communication of conduct to the community.
  • Serves as representative of the Dean of Students Office as needed on various University committees and represents the Dean when necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Judgment Required:

Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Directly prepares budget for program and has full responsibility for planning, forecasting, approval, and balancing budget.


Minimum Master’s Degree in higher education, counseling, or similar field in a traditional academic setting.


Minimum three years of experience working with undergraduate students, either in student life, counseling, or a related activity. Experience with adjudicating student conduct violations required. Experience working with a student conduct board and in developing training programs preferred.
Experience with restorative justice, motivational interviewing, conflict resolution, and/or evidence-based substance misuse prevention practices highly desirable.

Job Related Skills:

- Strong, demonstrated leadership skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, including public speaking.
- Facility with web-based communication and social media.
- Proven ability to design, develop, implement, and assess context-appropriate programs based in current search.

Student Contact:

Daily: activities include curricular, extracurricular, disciplinary, counseling, etc.


Frequent: providing information, participating on committees


Extensive involvement with parents, alumni, governing boards, and other institutions

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:


Positions Indirectly Supervised:


Confidential Information:

Confidential student problems/issues; organizational plans; student records

Working Environment:

Normal office environment, frequent evening & weekend work, 24 hour on-call for crisis situations

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 3/27/2021
Application Due: 6/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time