Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards

United States, North America
Jul 22, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Exceptional Opportunity to Renew and Integrate Community and Ethical Standards in a Vibrant Model of Living and Learning at Amherst College

Amherst College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, announces a national search for an experienced, energetic, collaborative, and visionary Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards (Assistant Dean). With the support of the President and Board of Trustees, the College has begun a process of renewal and reinvestment in student life. This is an exciting opportunity for the incoming Assistant Dean to work closely with the Dean of Students, Class Deans, the Chief Student Affairs Officer, members of the faculty, and colleagues in Residential Life and Student Activities to integrate community and ethical standards in a holistic and vibrant model of campus life that takes full advantage of Amherst’s distinctive assets and advantages—notably extraordinary student diversity, with nearly 100% of students living on campus.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards (Assistant Dean) leads, administers, and manages all aspects of Amherst College’s student conduct and community standards programs, policies, and procedures. The Assistant Dean works closely with members of the faculty, Class Deans, colleagues in Student Affairs and other professional staff, administrators, student leaders and organizations, Campus Police, and legal counsel in maintaining, communicating, and promoting strong community and ethical standards for on-campus learning and living at Amherst. The Assistant Dean will administer the Amherst College Honor Code for students; advise students of their rights and responsibilities; investigate complaints of academic, behavioral, and social violations and impose sanctions for uncontested violations; refer cases to the Committee on Discipline and coordinate hearings for adjudication as required; advise the Peer Mediation Program; and serve on various committees as designated, including the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Task Force, Committee on Academic Standing, and the Orientation Committee.

This is not a live-in position, but the Assistant Dean will serve as part of the on-call duty rotation and must be available to assist in managing emergencies and crises that occur after normal business hours.


• Master's degree in higher education administration, educational leadership, student development, counseling, or a related field.
• At least five years of pertinent experience in higher education, including progressively greater levels of responsibility and accountability. Three of those years should include professional experience in a student conduct office, including detailed and in-depth experience with Title IX requirements and compliance; service as a Title IX deputy coordinator is preferred.
• Experience working with student academic and non-academic disciplinary policies and processes in higher education; a substantial part of that experience must have been in a residential setting.
• Detailed and comprehensive knowledge of federal and Massachusetts laws, regulations, policies, and best practices affecting student rights and privacy and data collection and reporting requirements.
• Knowledge of college student development theory and practice.
• Demonstrated commitment to on-campus living/learning community development and programming.
• Robust understanding of academic priorities, the educational mission of institutions like Amherst, and ways in which on-campus living/learning communities and functions can promote student engagement, advance student learning, and contribute to achieving desired learning goals.
• Demonstrated effective administrative, supervisory, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
• Strong skills in written, oral, and electronic communication, including the effective use of social media.
• Evidence-based commitment to supporting a diverse student community.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other student life professionals and members of the faculty in the College community.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment, exhibit resiliency under pressure, set priorities, achieve goals, assess complex situations, render fair judgments, and maintain strong ethical and professional standards.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Amherst College is working with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this recruiting process. Drs. Almeda R. Jacks, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, and Richard P. Keeling, Senior Executive Consultant, are leading this search. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. Please send nominations and questions to, or contact Dr. Almeda Jacks at (212) 542-3218.  

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.