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Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct

Wells College
Aurora, New York

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the Position of Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct.  The Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct is a central leadership position within the Student Affairs area.  Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean is responsible for development and implementation of a comprehensive residential life program grounded in student development theory that complements the academic goals of the institution and supports the growth of individual students.  The Associate Dean is an integral member of the Student Affairs division, serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and providing operational support for programs and services under a cross-functional team strategy.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Residential Community Development:

  • Develop community standards for all residence halls
  • Oversee programming and activities within the residence halls
  • Implement housing contract and roommate agreement procedures
  • Respond to conflicts that are unresolvable by the designated RD or RA
  • Coordinate room draw/housing selection process
  • Coordinate commencement and summer housing accommodations
  • Coordinate fall and spring opening processes and procedures
  • Coordinate end of year closing
  • Track keys and lockout information
  • Develop new initiatives to enhance the residential living experience

Student Conduct

  • Oversee student judicial procedures
  • Ensure compliance with reporting of statistics and policy enforcement
  • Review and edit conduct polices as needed in conjunction with dean of students
  • Serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, conduct Title IX investigations and serve as a member of the Title IX response team

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and serve in the 24-hour on-call rotation, acting as a first responder when necessary
  • Supervise the Residence Hall Director and Student Support Coordinator as a residence life team for supporting students
  • Supervise the office of Campus Safety and ensure that staff are trained in protocols for handling emergencies, sexual violence allegations, fire safety, customer service practices and for working with diverse populations of students, among other training requirements.
  • Oversee completion of the Annual Security (Clery) Report
  • Coordinate summer and break housing services, including RA coverage
  • Respond to room change requests
  • Coordinate with Facilities Management for repairs to individual rooms or common areas
  • Participate in conduct meetings and subsequent case hearings
  • Attend designated “high-risk” campus events, including student dances and senior week, as assigned
  • Oversee the budget for the office of residence life

Student Affairs Cross-Functional Team Member:

  • Collaborate with Student Affairs staff in the development of student support strategies aimed at increasing student retention.
  • Support the Student Affairs team by carrying out agreed upon assignments
  • Supervise assigned professional staff, student office staff, and student event staff.
  • Serve as the staff supervisor for student events, as assigned.
  • Conduct and/or arrange for workshops on topics supporting student success.
  • Respond to inquiries from students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of the community.

Other Duties and Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an instructor for WLLS 100 student development course sections, when assigned.
  • Develop an assessment plan for the activities sponsored by the office.
  • Review student policies in collaboration with students and Student Affairs staff
  • Serve on College committees and task forces, as assigned
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Knowledge of student development theory and the operation of residential living and learning communities.  Knowledge of Title IX and applicable laws and regulations aimed at preventing and responding to sexual violence.  Familiar with risk management practices.  Ability to coordinate programs with other college departments.  Knowledge of program design and assessment.  Ability to assist in institutional retention efforts and the cultivation of relationships with students and alumni. 


  • Master’s Degree. 
  • Minimum five years’ experience in management of residential living and learning communities. 
  • Experience supervising professional staff.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to working with multicultural populations. 
  • Experience in responding to incidents of sexual violence and compliance with Title IX. 
  • Ability to cultivate positive relationships with students and student organizations.  
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and management. 
  • Ability to teach a student development course designed to help students adjust to campus life.


  • Experience with crisis management and institutional risk management.
  • Ability to coordinate programs with other college departments and to assess program effectiveness. 
  • Experience with design and development of a Resident Advisor training program.
  • Effective communication, computer, and presentation skills.
  • Experience with management of residential living facilities.
  • Willingness to live in the on-campus apartment provided for this position is preferred, but not required. Residency within an approximate 30-minute drive to campus is required.

Wells College is a private four-year Liberal Arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others. Recognizing the role of higher education in supporting students from all backgrounds to meet the challenges of the future, Wells College is seeking to diversify its faculty and staff. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students.

Applications should be submitted online in PDF at and include a cover letter; résumé; and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references (all in PDF).


Working at Wells College 

Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The College is known as an exceptional value, pairing top quality academic programs with affordable tuition. With a full-time enrollment of about 550 students, Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, cross-enrollment with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a wide range of off-campus study options.

The rigorous academic environment emphasizes close faculty/student interaction, undergraduate research, off-campus study, internships, and active community service and involvement. Wells offers 17 majors and 39 minors, in addition to individualized programs. Formerly a women’s college, Wells became coeducational in 2005.

The scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York is an area known for its beauty and high concentration of outstanding colleges and universities. The village of Aurora is centrally located and provides easy access to metropolitan, cultural, and educational centers — 25 minutes from Ithaca; 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse; 2.5 hours from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada; and 5 hours from New York City.

Full-time employees are eligible for a wide range of benefits including health and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability insurance, EAP, course attendance, dependent tuition benefits, 11 paid holidays and vacation, sick and personal time off.

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