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Dean of Students

Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, Ohio (US)
$95,000 - $105,000

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The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) invites applications for the full-time position of Dean of Students. Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of Students provides vision and leadership to develop, implement, and assess a broad range of programs that promote student wellbeing and success. The Dean leads the Student Affairs (SA) staff to collaborate with the CIA community, identifying needs and opportunities to create and enhance programs, services, and policies with the goal of promoting a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive community. This role serves as a member of the Presidents Cabinet.

The Dean of Students will establish and implement a vision for student affairs in alignment with college mission, values, and the strategic plan. In collaboration with the student affairs staff, develop, implement, and assess long-range, comprehensive programs and services that support the co- and extra-curricular experience of students and responds to students' needs and interests. This individual participates as requested at Board of Directors meetings and similar events, ensures compliance regarding federal, state, and college policies/procedures. Maintains and communicates currency of trends in student life, particularly concerning retention of students, data analysis, and related standards of excellence to the college community.

A Masters’ degree and minimum of five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in higher education, preferably some of this experience at an independent college. The successful candidate will have the ability to plan, organize and implement campus and collegewide student affairs programs and ability to provide leadership to the College regarding such activities; to direct, develop and guide the work of staff. Ability to communicate and work effectively with others within and outside of the institution. Excellent leadership, organization, presentation, and customer service skills as well as the ability to lead, instruct, train, guide, and motivate others.

CIA is also a great place to work, and manifesting a positive culture and sense of belonging is a big part of who we are. We work hard and are proud of our employees’ collective contribution to our mission -- but we also play hard and like to have fun. We challenge and support one another, integrate our institutional values in our work in a meaningful way, celebrate our successes, embrace learning and continuous improvement in all that we do, and are driven by our students’ success and the creative environment that inspires us every day.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth and diversity of our community.


This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. CIA offers a benefit package including; vacation, sick, and personal time accrual, as well as additional time off while the college is closed during winter break. CIA offers health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement contribution, tuition remission, free campus parking, and inter-museum council discounts.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

CIA is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively recruits individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.


CIA is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational and cultural cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators. With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. CIA students can choose from 13 majors in fine and applied art, each leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Students live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as one of the Top 10 Best Arts Districts in the country. 

The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design. For more information, visit


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