Associate Dean of Students - Division of Student Life

Knoxville, TN
Jun 08, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Announcement

Associate Dean of Students


The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Students. This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.

The University: As the state’s public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.

The Division: The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens. Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community rich with diverse experiences. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students. We believe Vol is a Verb and seek candidates who have the ability to provide expertise, energy, and strategy as the division seeks to build an inclusive excellence infrastructure.

The Department: The Office of the Dean of Students centers the student experience using three tenets: compassionate care, leadership and service and mattering and belonging. Committed to caring for the whole student, the office collaborates across campus to cultivate an environment where students can thrive. The Office of the Dean of Students includes the Jones Center for Leadership and Service, Center for Student Engagement, Multicultural Student Life, the Pride Center, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, the Student Government Association, and Student Media.

The Position: Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students, the Associate Dean is responsible for leading care and support initiatives for students. The role includes fostering a community of compassionate care through initiatives related to distressed student protocol, crisis communication, and student basic needs, including the Big Orange Pantry. In addition, this position also leads the Care Team, 974HELP outreach, the Student Emergency Fund committee, and assessment and evaluation initiatives for the department. The Associate Dean serves as a key member of the Dean of Students and Vice Chancellor for Student Life leadership teams.

Responsibilities: The Associate Dean works with the Dean of Students leadership team to define the strategic direction of the office, assess and evaluate departmental initiatives, advocates for students and staff, and plays a significant role in increasing support and outreach interventions through the Office of the Dean of Students. This position serves as a member of various committees related to supporting and advocating for students and also coordinates the Dean of Students after hours on-call crisis management rotation system.

Required Qualifications:

Education: This position requires a master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel, counseling or related field.

Experience: The following experiences are required: 

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in a college environment;
  • Substantial experience advocating and supporting students in higher education;
  • Experience advocating and supporting staff; and,
  • Experience with traditional student affairs/life functional units. 
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 

  • Knowledge and experience with crisis management; 
  • Significant knowledge, awareness and skills related to multicultural competency as a process with the ability to build inclusive and respectful communities;
  • Knowledge and experience with outreach to students and families;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; 
  • Proven ability to promote collaboration, teamwork, and involve stakeholders in the decision-making process; 
  • Demonstrated evidence of effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and external constituencies; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong oral, written, and listening communication capabilities; 
  • Ability to utilize higher education assessment models, especially those applicable to student development/services; and 
  • Ability to serve as a representative for the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students within the University and in the community at large. 
Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Terminal degree in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling or related field; 
  • Experience within a mental health context;
  • Administrative experience supervising team members from the Associate/Assistant Director level or above within a university environment; 
  • Experience in strategic planning, data analysis and evaluation strategies; and,
  • Superior leadership and management skills, including interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills.
Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and other qualifications and is accompanied by a standard university benefits package.

Application Process: A review of all applications will begin in June of 2021 and will continue until position is filled. Please note, the priority deadline is June 21. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin this role on August 1, 2021. Questions or nominations may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lamar Bryant. For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of five references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found at

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Dean Of Students
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 7, 2021, 7:48:33 AM