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Dean of Students

Wells College
Aurora, NY, US

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the position of Dean of Students.  The Dean of Students provides leadership to oversee the broad array of programs and services that support the educational, social, and cultural needs of the student body.  The Dean of Students is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of Student Affairs and provides leadership and supervision to its staff members. 

The Dean of Students will:


  1. Serve as a member of the Vice President’s core leadership team.
  2. Provide leadership and support for completion of the Vice President’s goals and the Student Affairs responsibilities within the College’s Strategic Plan.  Current priorities for Student Affairs include advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and increasing retention and first-year and transfer enrollment. 
  3. Contribute to Middle States monitoring reports and other institutional assessment requirements.
  4. Oversee recruitment, hiring, training and development of all Student Affairs personnel.
  5. Oversee the TRIO Student Support Services grant to ensure achievement of program objectives and compliance with Department of Education requirements.
  6. Attend all important functions of the Wells College Community (Convocation, Commencement, etc.).


Campus Service

  1. Serve as co-advisor to the Collegiate Cabinet (Student Government) and as advisor to Community Court and Conduct Review Board.
  2. Serve on the Enrollment Management Team and academic and student affairs committees including Academic Standing and Advising, Student Faculty Administration, and Admissions and Financial Aid. Attend Faculty meetings.
  3. Serve as liaison to the Trustee Student Affairs Committee
  4. Provide administrative and organizational oversite for the COVID-19 Response Team and the plans for reopening and operating the campus during the pandemic.
  5. In coordination with the Office of Off-Campus Study, provide on-call crisis management for students travelling abroad on Wells flagship and affiliated programs.
  6. Seek out and write grant applications to fund strategic initiatives within Student Affairs areas of responsibility.


Student Affairs Administration

  1. Provide administrative oversight for the Offices of Student Activities and Leadership; Residence Life and Student Conduct; Accessibility Services and Learning Support; Student Outreach and Support; TRIO Student Support Services; Title IX Coordinator/College Compliance Officer; and Campus Safety and Security. Liaison for Student Affairs with Campus Medical Center and Wells Dining Services (Hallmark).
  2. Plan, develop, and implement new student orientation programs.
  3. Plan, develop and implement Student Affairs programming that will improve student life and facilitate the student educational experience. 
  4. Plan, develop, and implement programs of inclusive excellence that create an environment that enhances the retention and success of all students. 
  5. Advise and counsel students. 
  6. Develop and nurture strong positive relationship with academic programs in order to enhance the resources that support students.
  7. Serve as a liaison between students and College departments and work closely with the departments to ensure students’ needs and concerns are addressed. 
  8. Administer the Student Conduct Code and its associated policies and serve as a Judicial Appeals Officer. 
  9. Provide support for on-call crisis management to the residential community.
  10. Develop training programs for staff and students as appropriate.
  11. Oversee the operating budgets within Student Affairs.
  12. Recommend to the Vice President long-range modifications and improvements for all aspects of Student Affairs.
  13. Keep abreast of trends and issues in Student Affairs through professional associations and professional development activities.


Qualifications for position:

Required:     Master’s degree in higher education administration, student personnel services or a related field. Minimum five years of experience and demonstrated effectiveness in Student Affairs administration, including supervisory responsibilities.  Experience with program assessment and evaluation.  Commitment to a campus culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.   Experience with budget management. Excellent oral and written communication skills; computer skills; ability to handle extremely sensitive and confidential matters professionally; ability to work independently with little supervision.

Preferred:     Doctoral degree; broad knowledge of student development theory, issues, and trends in the field; a working knowledge of best practices in student affairs; and familiarity with and demonstrated commitment to the mission and environment of a small, residential liberal arts college.  


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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