Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serving as a member of the Provost’s Council, the Dean of Students provides leadership and guidance on the overall student experience and enhances the University mission by engaging students in programs and services that help develop responsible, contributing members of a global society. The Dean of Students Office (DOSO) functions as a central point of contact, advocacy and resources for students and collaborates closely with faculty and staff in a holistic approach to supporting student success. The Dean of Students provides leadership and supervision to the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Center, and University Health Center. The Dean of Students has institutional responsibilities that include judicial affairs, Code of Student Behavior and Student Handbook, compliance/policy development, Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), FERPA, Title IX, risk management and student threat assessment, prevention, and education. The Dean of Students chairs the University CARE Team, works with the Provost’s Office to maintain academic integrity records, and is the primary advisor to the Student Government Association. The Dean of Students works closely with the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Public Safety, Housing and Residence Life, and collaborates broadly across the University with faculty and community partners on all matters affecting the student experience.
- Build strong and collaborative partnerships with the academic colleges.
- Serve as point of contact for crises and student emergencies, development, implementation, and oversight of protocol of emergency services for students.
- Serve as ombudsperson and advocate for student needs within the context of broader institutional goals.
- Collaborate with university departments providing direct services to students.
- Serve as senior university conduct officer; develop and supervise the application of educational sanctions as they relate to the student disciplinary process.
- Chair the University CARE Team and maintain a working knowledge of behavioral intervention teams, threat assessment, and case management for students in distress.
- Provide leadership and oversight to the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of the university student conduct program, including the University Hearing Board training and other related services and interventions.
- Work closely with Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life to ensure a safe campus living environment and equitable and consistent student processes.
- Provide outreach to the university student community and leadership on key retention efforts.
- Serve as student Grievance Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student issues and ensure compliance with state, federal, and local regulations, and reporting standards.
- Apply current working knowledge of higher education legal issues, risk management, policy development, and student contact theory and protocols.
- Provide professional and paraprofessional faculty and staff training on state and federal regulations, university policies and procedures, due process, and changing legal issues impacting both residential and students at large.
- Manage student crises/emergencies using a working knowledge of student physical and mental health needs and issues.
- Provide oversight and direction, as needed, to the operation of the Maxient electronic conduct data program. Provide regular conduct reports tracking infraction types, student status, security involvement, and/or other reports as requested.
- Serve as Chair of Student Affairs Assessment Team, providing leadership for divisional assessment.
- Provide leadership and assistance to university officials in the collection of information for university reports required by state and federal mandates.
- Collect institutional data, analyze, and develop strategies to address needs of students.
- Support and provide leadership to the University in formulating and maintaining current policies and procedures.
- Work with stakeholders across campus and with legal counsel to develop, update, recommend, and approve documents, policies, and procedures related to the Code of Student Behavior, Title IX sexual assault and gender violence prevention requirements, Clery reporting, etc.
- Provide leadership and supervision for Dean of Students Office, Counseling Center, and University Health Center, including performance reviews, staff development, and recruitment.
- Develop and maintain effective communication with representatives of the student body.
- Serve as primary advisor for the Student Government Association and other student organizations as appropriate.
- Respond to students about their concerns and work in collaboration with university colleagues to resolve student issues and complaints.
- Collaborate with internal (e.g., students, faculty, staff, and administrators) and external (e.g., alumni, parents, employers, and community members) constituencies.
- Consult with appropriate community leaders about policies that will affect students or be affected by students. Serve as liaison to select community organizations.
- Work in close partnership with university leadership including the academic deans and others on issues related to the quality of the student experience.
- Administrative duties as assigned by the Associate Provost or Provost.
- Serves as a member of the Financial CARE Team
Essential Knowledge and Skills:
- Master’s degree required; Doctorate preferred.
- Minimum of five years of managerial experience.
- This person will be a collaborative and energetic leader.
- The successful candidate will bring strategic and innovative thinking to the Dean of Students role at USI.
- A demonstrated working knowledge of behavioral intervention teams, threat assessment and case management for students in distress is essential.
- The University seeks individuals who have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, a dedicated student focus, commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
- This person will also have a current understanding of student life and academic initiatives; experience cultivating a sense of community; support a culture of assessment and strategic planning, a working knowledge of state and federal policy issues, risk management, student conduct protocols and processes, and a track record of educating others with regard to these areas.
The University of Southern Indiana is a public higher education institution located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, IN. We offer employees exceptional benefits! Benefits for this position include:
- Affordable medical, dental, vision, life and short term and long-term disability insurance plans
- Retirement plan where the University makes the total contribution equivalent to 11% of annual salary.
- Full tuition fee waiver for employees/75% for spouses and dependent children.
- Vacation and sick time
- Holiday pay
- Free access to Recreation, Fitness & Wellness Center.
- Access to on-campus University Health Center and Dental Hygiene Clinic.
For more information about the benefits that USI offers, please visit www.usi.edu/hr/benefits.
Click on https://usi.peopleadmin.com/postings/10653 to complete an application and upload application materials to the attention of Dr. Brandi Neal, Search Committee Chair. Application materials should include:
- A letter of interest that summarizes your experiences in terms of the qualifications listed in this job posting.
- curriculum vitae; and
- the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers for at least five references, which may include trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and community leaders.
- Unofficial transcripts
Official transcripts will be required at a later stage. The review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Southern Indiana is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.