First Year Class Dean

Bronxville, NY
Jun 10, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Executive Administration Jobs
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title:

First Year Class Dean

Job Description:

Sarah Lawrence College is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of First Year Class Dean. Core responsibilities include the strategic design and implementation of activities and programs to promote the academic success and retention of first-year and new transfer students, and activities and programs designed to improve student persistence. Working within the office of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and reporting to the Dean of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the class dean is responsible for strategic planning, oversight, and implementation of a comprehensive program that brings together important campus partners in creating a cohesive first year experience. Collaborate with faculty, staff, and community members to support equitable, inclusive, and sustainable living and learning environment. The First Year Class Dean is provided on campus housing.

Essential Duties Summary:

•Serve as the key point person working in coordination with the office of Admissions to on board and guide the transition of accepted students as they commit to Sarah Lawrence College, coordinate student services as new students prepare to begin academic studies, and oversight and implementation of key new student programs including Belonging at SLC, new student orientation, Fall Family Weekend, peer mentor program, and communications for new students and their families.
•Oversight of new student orientation staff including orientation leaders and student move in assistants known as the Green Team.
•Collaborate closely with other campus offices, including but not limited to: Counseling Services, Health Services, Residence Life, Dean of Studies, Learning Commons, Financial Services, Athletics and Student Accounts to both inform and enhance resources and services in support of student learning and engagement.
•Serve as a point of contact for parents, families, faculty members, coaching staff, and other campus colleagues with questions or concerns regarding campus processes, policies and resources. Will serve as the primary point of contact for new students and their families.
•Coordinate with campus partners to support first generation college students, transfer students, and other special populations. Coordinate pre-orientation programs for international students as well as application process for the College’s pre-orientation programs.
•Serve on the Dean-on-Call evening and weekend rotation
•Collaborate with Academic dons (advisors), the Dean of Studies office, Provost’s office and other academic resources such as the Library and Learning Commons to enhance individual and programmatic support to ensure student success
•Provide support to students in addressing personal issues that may be a barrier to academic success; refer students to appropriate campus and community resources
•Hire, train, and manage student office workers
•Communicate relevant policies, procedures, and practices to students, faculty, and staff
•Serve as a key member of the College effort in the development and implementation of student retention strategies.
•Keep current on trends and best practices in advising, retention, student development, and student success
•Represent the Dean of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College on various campus and community committees
•Perform additional duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

•Master’s degree required. Doctorate preferred.
•5 years of increasingly responsible experience in student programming, advising, and leading system wide change, preferably working with students in a residential liberal arts setting
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated problem-solving and dispute resolution skills.
•Strong organizational and analytic skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student services.
•Sound judgment, and the ability to handle difficult situations with sensitivity and objectivity
•Must have knowledge of student life issues that affect student success, such as, mental health, disabilities, sexual harassment and assault, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders
•Talent to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, parents, alumni, and other campus colleagues
•Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community

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