Dean of Students

Community College of Philadelphia
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Position Title:

Dean of Students

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General Description:

Serving as a member of the Academic and Student Success Leadership Team, the Dean of Students reports to the Vice President for Academic and Student Success. This position is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, assessment and management of programs and services that enhance the overall quality of student life and student success, including student development, engagement and retention. The Dean of Students is directly responsible for the oversight and programming for Athletics, Counseling, Single Stop, Discipline and Student Judicial Affairs, grant-funded initiatives, Student Activities, the Student Life Center, Center for Male Engagement, the Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center, Office of Collegiate Recovery as well as student leadership development, orientation and retention programs. The Dean also provides oversight and supervision for direct reports in all the above areas.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Manage and provide strategic direction for all areas of assigned responsibility at the Main Campus and Regional Centers, including student development, engagement and assessment of measurable goals and objectives related to student retention.

• Administer all aspects of personnel management (hiring, evaluating and professional development) and performance reporting for areas of assigned responsibility.

• Create an inclusive, interconnected vision of student services within the Dean’s area supporting the overall educational experience of students at the College and its mission and commitment to students, and advance this vision.

• Develop, administer and review policies and procedures that govern student life; oversee the student judicial and disciplinary process.

• Oversee the process for investigating sensitive and complex student complaints, including those under the purview of Title IX and related laws pertaining to campus safety and sexual misconduct in collaboration with the Diversity Compliance Office/Title IX Coordinator; facilitate related education, training and outreach programming for students.

• Develop and implement systematic ways to assess, improve and renew programs, benchmarking them against best practices and compiling data necessary for informed decision making for increased student engagement and retention.

• Cultivate student relationship-building efforts to aid in first-year experience programs, student mentoring efforts, student ambassador program and faculty-student engagement initiatives, as well as other initiatives in support of student engagement and retention.

• Increase visibility and student awareness of all available College resources, assisting students in taking proactive responsibility for their own educational experiences.

• Work effectively with enrollment management in coordinating student-centered events and services, e.g. orientation, international student services, veterans services, etc., that promote student success and smooth transition through the College’s enrollment, graduation, career and transfer processes.

• Collaborate with campus constituencies to develop, integrate and improve policies, programs and services aimed at supporting student learning, satisfaction and success, including integrating student life with academic programs.

• Maximize the use of technology in delivering and assessing programs, services and activities.

• Prepare, administer and monitor division/departmental budgets.

• Oversee expenditures of student fee funds.

• Ensure compliance with State, Federal and other reporting requirements.

• Serve on a variety of campus committees as assigned by the Vice President.

• Represent Academic and Student Success to internal and external constituencies.

• Foster and model an atmosphere of mutual respect, caring, collective engagement, accountability and personal growth in a community of exceptional talent and diversity.

• Deliver quality customer services to both internal and external constituents in a professional helpful and courteous manner.

• Maintain sensitivity, understanding, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds.

• Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with the mission, goals, and core values of the College.

• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s degree required, preferably in higher education administration, counseling or psychology. Any and all degrees must be from a recognized institutional accreditor.

• Senior level related administrative experience in a higher education setting required.

• Demonstrated experience with direct supervision of staff, including performance management and employee development, as well as management of office functions including budget and policy development, required.

• Strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate purposefully and effectively with faculty, staff, students and other constituencies in positive and inclusive ways required.

• Demonstrated successful record of administration including assessment, strategic planning, goal setting and the ability to manage systemic change required.

• Experience in integrating and using technology in the delivery and assessment of programs, services and activities, as well as using technology as a tool for collecting, analyzing and reporting data required.

• Demonstrated experience in the planning, implementation and assessment of comprehensive programs and services to students leading to improved student engagement, persistence and retention required.

• Demonstrated sensitivity, creativity and effectiveness in responding to challenging student and college community issues.

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of laws, regulations and policies governing student conduct and discipline, student privacy, student health, and plagiarism as well as working knowledge of Title IX, required.

• Extensive knowledge of current issues, trends and research in the areas of student development and persistence as well as leadership development, and experience in the application of conflict resolution and crisis management techniques required.

• Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community along with high standards of integrity, credibility, reliability and confidentiality required.

• Demonstrated excellent organizational, time management, presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal, required.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, both as team leader and participant required.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and the Internet required.

• Knowledge and appreciation of community college mission, commitment to a student success agenda required.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all its forms, including a track record of individual action and institutional leadership required.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Doctorate degree preferred.

• Senior level administrative experience in a community college setting preferred.

• Experience in student life, counseling, college teaching or other comparable non-campus-based experience preferred.

• Familiarity with enterprise-wide software preferred; Banner preferred.

• Experience in, and appreciation for, a collective bargaining environment preferred.

Work Location:

Main Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants:


nterested persons should complete an online application

Cover letter of interest and resume REQUIRED

Names and contact information of 3 professional references OPTIONAL

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Community College of Philadelphia is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Equal Access Employer. The College encourages applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Community College of Philadelphia is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Equal Access Employer. The College encourages applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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Salary Range:

$99,460 - $164,110

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Working at Community College of Philadelphia

Welcome to Community College of Philadelphia, a public, open-admission institution that provides both academic resources and support services to help students achieve their academic goals. As the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, the College has served more than 685,000 of the city's residents since 1965. We serve a diverse population of students, from recent high school graduates starting here on their path to a bachelor's degree, to adults looking to change careers. On our Main Campus or at any of our three Regional Centers within Philadelphia, we offer the convenience our students need to fit classes into their busy schedules.

We seek to empower our community through education, one individual at a time. More than 90 percent of our graduates remain in the area and strengthen our local economy. It is our mission to prepare Philadelphians for a new career or transfer to a four-year college so that they can achieve their educational and career goals.

Community College of Philadelphia is dedicated to promoting a work environment which attracts and retains talented, high caliber faculty and staff, and which challenges each of us to achieve at the highest level while contributing to the mission of the College.

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