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Assistant Dean for Academic Support

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and

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The Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) seeks an Assistant Dean for Academic Support. This is a 12-month, full-time administrative and professional position reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Advising/Registrar. The AARC serves students, alumni, faculty, and staff and collaborates with divisions and departments across the institution. With the College and Conservatory deans’ offices and Student Life, the AARC leads the institution in the philosophy of and programming to support developmental advising. The office supports academic advisors and students on issues related to academic success and academic standing and houses the Office of the Registrar. 

Oberlin College offers peer tutoring to students at no additional cost. In partnership with staff and faculty, the assistant dean will provide vision and leadership for Oberlin’s peer tutoring program, manage day-to-day program operations, and support tutors in their development as peer educators. This work will take on elevated importance in the year ahead, given the educational challenges experienced by students during the pandemic. 

Course-based tutoring is one of several opportunities for peer-led academic support. The assistant dean will collaborate with staff who lead programs such as the Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS), Quantitative Skills Drop-In Center, the Writing Center, and the Speaking Center. 

The successful candidate will bring flexibility and creativity, a commitment to enhancing access and equity, and a mindset that proactively identifies opportunities for improvement.

Tutoring Program 

  • Using a developmental framework, recruit, train, hire, and supervise peer tutors 
  • Analyze trends in course performance and work with academic departments to proactively identify tutoring needs 
  • Develop and implement a robust tutor training curriculum 
  • Actively promote tutoring opportunities to students and develop a holistic strategy to ensure that students who need tutoring avail themselves of services early in the semester 
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on tutoring program to current and prospective students, staff, and faculty 
  • Establish metrics to assess the effectiveness of the tutoring program and conduct program evaluations 
  • Conduct ongoing research on best practices to inform planning 

General Academic and Student Support 

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of academic policies and serve as an academic advisor 
  • Assist with outreach to students who have been referred for additional academic support 
  • Support AARC engagement with the Peer Advising Leader (PAL) and Sophomore Opportunities and Resources (SOAR) programs 
  • With the AARC team, develop and implement special projects that advance the AARC’s overall mission of supporting students and ensuring their academic success 
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Advising and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 


  • Master’s Degree 
  • Experience in learning support and/or tutoring and/or in managing tutoring programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; proven ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, and senior administrators 
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel to report on and analyze data 
  • Experience training and supervising student staff 

Ability to:  

  • Plan ongoing work, easily switch between tasks, and follow projects through to completion.
  • Work independently and exercise independent judgment and discretion. 
  • Work collaboratively across organizational units with a diverse faculty/staff team and student body. 
  • Identify problems, implement solutions, and resolve issues with students, administrators, and staff. 
  • Work some evenings and weekends.



Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement.

Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources.

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