Assistant Dean of Students

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Job Title:

Assistant Dean of Students




Campus Activities

Posting Date:


Until Filled:



$80,000 - $85,000


A master’s degree in sports and recreation management, hospitality management or similar field.

Over 15 years of experience in the field of recreation, student wellness, employee wellness, or corporate wellness, at least 10 years of which must be experience in student affairs/student activities at institutions of higher education. Strong leader, mentor, a relationship builder, a reliable colleague with the ability to manage details of the student experiences while maintaining a clear sense of the broader institutional context.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse individuals in both indoor and outdoor settings; strong organizational and administrative skills including experience with multi-tasking, prioritizing, budgeting, and supervision. Prior involvement in and with university committees, causes, or drives.

Eight hour work day, forty hours per week with some early or late hours weekly depending on workload. Attendance at various university and community activities. Exempt from overtime provisions. Position is Security Sensitive. Weekend meetings as needed, regular attendance at University activities at night and on weekends.

Any qualifications to be considered in lieu of stated minimums require the prior approval of the Human Resources Director.


Proven track record of increases in responsibility/leadership; bilingual in English and Spanish.

Primary Responsibilities:

Assistant Dean of Students will have primary responsibility for developing, organizing and implementing student activities on the Alpine campus of Sul Ross State University; will also assist and advise the student activities office serving the campuses in Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass.

Overall responsibility for providing leadership, management, and supervision for student activities on campus, including wellness programs and recreational sports, club sports, other extracurricular student activities but excluding academic honor societies; charged with improving the quality of the “college experience” and collaborating/coordinating with others in relevant departments (including recruitment, new student, and retention programs as well as relevant academic departments) to develop extracurricular programming that broadens and enhances the undergraduate and graduate student experience at Sul Ross; assists in developing leadership and other skills among the student population; works to increase participation of faculty and staff in wellness and other extracurricular university activities and collaborates/coordinates with others in relevant departments (including Human Resources and other relevant administrative or academic departments); supervises the maintenance and coordination of university facilities for student and community activities and special events; maintains excellent relationships with the general public, user groups, and students and develops activities that include community participation and involvement; assists and advises the campus activities office at the Rio Grande College; ensures appropriate risk management compliance for areas of responsibility; responsible for preparing and maintaining a budget and complying with all university fiscal rules and regulations. Attend various meetings as representative of Sul Ross State University

The Assistant Dean of Students will be charged with improving the “college experience” of students at Sul Ross State University in Alpine and assisting in this same issue on the Rio Grande College campuses. The development and enhancement of the college experience, including student clubs and activities, will improve student success and is a critical piece of recruiting and retaining students on all four Sul Ross State University campuses, which are each located in fairly rural or isolated communities and away from more metropolitan areas in Texas.

Providing similar opportunities to university faculty and staff – as well as encouraging assistance of and participation by university employees – will also serve to improve employee retention rates and employee morale.

Other Information:

Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.

It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

About SRSU:

Sul Ross State University is a public, comprehensive, Master’s degree granting, multi-campus university, providing on-site and distance education in the Big Bend area and the Middle Rio Grande/Winter Garden region of Texas. Reflecting the vast area of Texas that is served by a single university, in 2018 Sul Ross adopted new measures to bring four campuses closer together under a “One University – Four Campuses” concept. The university is now branded according to its four individual campuses:

Sul Ross State University – Alpine
Sul Ross State University – Del Rio
Sul Ross State University – Eagle Pass
and Sul Ross State University – Uvalde

The University invites applications from higher education leaders for the position of Assistant Dean of Students. This individual will play a key role in student life on campus by organizing and expanding extracurricular activities, developing and supporting organizations and club sports of interest to university students, supporting game day operations for university athletics, and serving as the first contact for students on campus seeking to expand, develop or create additional campus activities.

The Sul Ross campus in Alpine is unique in that it is located in the Big Bend region of Texas and is located not far from an international border, three state parks and two national parks as well as several wildlife areas. The landscape of Far West Texas provides for multiple unique opportunities for recreation and learning in a region far different from most other universities.

The three Rio Grande College campuses are also located along or near an international border, near four additional state parks and a national recreational area. This landscape as well provides for unique opportunities for distinctive recreation and learning unlike those found at most other universities.

The university is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with approximately 75% of its students of Hispanic origin. The university’s communities are proud of their bi-national and bi-cultural environment and of the access and affordability they provide to underrepresented populations and first-generation students of all ages. The university enrolls approximately 3,000 students; 2,000 at the Alpine campus and 1,000 at the Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses. The Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses are currently organized collectively as the Rio Grande College (RGC).

The Assistant Dean of Students would report directly to the Dean of Students and be responsible for establishing the strategic vision for campus-wide extracurricular programs, wellness programs, and recreational activities, the development, expansion, and execution of new programs and recreational activities, the assessment of current extracurricular campus programs, the assessment of student participation, retention and student success, and the establishment of policies and procedures for extracurricular activities.

A successful candidate must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in sports and recreation, hospitality management, or a related field and over 15 years of experience in the field of recreation, student wellness, employee wellness, or corporate wellness, at least 10 years of which must be experience in student affairs/student activities at institutions of higher education. The university seeks candidates with experiences at a university that is student-centered and committed to serving a distinctive and diverse population of students.

The university especially welcomes candidates who are bilingual (English and Spanish), women, persons of color, and educators who will fit well with the bi-national culture and heritage of the university’s multiple service areas.

The geographic distance (up to 275 miles) between the Alpine and Rio Grande campuses necessitates the assistant dean have the energy and capacity to drive occasionally between campuses, and the ability to advise and assist the Rio Grande College’s campus activities office.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/2/2021
Application Due: 6/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time