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Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Kennesaw State University
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Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Job ID: 228549
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Oversees all Student Life functions, units, and programs and is responsible for the department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI). Participates in the development and administering of policies related to crisis management and problem resolution, supports students, families and other individuals of concern within the university community.

1. Administration, supervision, budget management, and daily oversight of all Student Life units, which include Student Activities, Student Organizations, Student Media, Student Center Operations, and Fraternity and Sorority Life

2. Oversees and supervises the department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

3. Coordinates accommodations for students involved in cases, including, but not limited to Title IX related concerns

4. Oversees planning for university-wide theme week programming, such as Homecoming and Week of Welcome, working collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners

5. Participates in the activities of the Behavioral Response Team (BRT)

6. Oversees related protocols and processes, such as Administrative Emergency Withdrawals and Admission Reviews, supervises the efforts of the staff who support these processes

7. Directs program calendar coordination, including integration of data management systems and marketing/promotional efforts related to Student Life units

8. Provides strategic planning and on-going assessment initiatives related to Student Life units

9. Develops, implements, maintains, and supports professional development and training for department staff

10. Oversees outreach activities with various on and off campus partners, including serving on various committees representing Student Life and/or the Office of the Dean of Students

11. Represents Kennesaw State University on the University System of Georgia Regents Advisory Council for Student Life (RACSL)

12. Produces reports and conducts periodic assessment of policies, protocols and other related functions

13. Advises the Student Government Association, and assists SGA with coordination of related duties, such as appointments to SABAC and other university committees

14. Supports broader functions of the Office of the Dean of Students as needed, including assisting in case investigation and/or adjudication particularly related to organizational misconduct and/or appeals

15. Maintains contact with Counseling and Psychological Services, University Police and Public Safety, Title IX, Office of Victim Services, Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Provost's office, Student Advocacy, Health Services, Disability Services, Legal Affairs, and external resources

16. Contacts and consults with Human Resources when cases arise involving employees

17. Supervises the daily functions and assigned staff

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Higher Education or related field

Required Experience
Five (5) years of related full-time work experience in higher education/student affairs

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Educational Qualifications
Terminal degree (PhD or EdD) in Higher Education or related field

Preferred Experience
Seven (7) years of demonstrated experience in related field
Direct experience of problem resolution in a higher education setting and understanding of student development theories
Direct experience with creation of student life policy/procedure and oversight for student life functions within a public institution of higher education

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of university resources and support systems, along with relevant legal/policy issues to assess, refer, evaluate, and interpret complex circumstances

  • Demonstrated success in planning, coordinating, and completing large scale, detail-oriented projects, programs, and initiatives, including policy and procedure review/development

  • Able to strategically and sensitively convey difficult information and determine outcome options, with an eye toward maximizing educational opportunities consistent with university philosophy

  • Able to multitask and be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced work environment

  • Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one-time meeting assigned deadlines

  • Strong supervision, strategic planning, and follow up skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management, and presentation skills

  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)

  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills

  • Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national, origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

    Other Information
    This is a supervisory position.
    This position has financial responsibilities.
    No, this position will not be required to drive.
    This role is considered a position of trust.
    This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
    This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

    Background Check
    • Standard Enhanced + Education

    Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

    All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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  • Organization

    Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

    KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

    Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

    Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

    kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

    The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

    As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


    In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

    Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

    Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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