Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students (DOS) is responsible for the leadership, development, and assessment of comprehensive student life support services for a diverse student body. The position oversees crisis intervention and management; coordinates campus-wide prevention and response teams; and oversees complex departments, programs and operations that support the University’s and the division’s strategic plans. The DOS serves as the main point of contact for all crisis management.
The DOS works closely with faculty, academic colleagues, and other campus stakeholders to provide strategic coordination and support of all students. The DOS participates in divisional and campus wide committees to establish strategic plans and objectives affecting the student experience and development.
The DOS is responsible for the development, assessment, and management of three student affairs offices that foster positive student development, ethical decision making, student support, student advocacy and learning for undergraduate and graduates students. The DOS provides supervision and direction for the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Student Legal Services, and Student Support & Case Management. Additionally, the DOS has oversight for the campus-wide Student of Concern Committee.
What your key responsibilities will be:
Leadership & Administration
Provide expert advice, consultation and influence to faculty, administrators, staff, students, CUPD, and the community in the areas including but not limited to: conduct administration, policy interpretation, conflict management, hazing, aberrant behavior, crisis response and management, etc. Assist in strategic planning and implementation of new ideas and programs that align with the strategic imperatives of the University.
Exercise exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme political sensitivity and demonstrate balanced judgment and exceptional discretion.
Advise on the development and implementation of the Division of Student Affairs priorities, goals (including short and long term), budget, and fund-raising initiatives.
Serve on high-profile leadership committees, on-campus and within the community, promoting policies, programs; and advocate for changes that affect student life and reinforces appropriate levels of student conduct.
Advocate and ensure compliance with all local, State, Federal laws, codes, and regulations; and systems, campus, and departmental policies and procedures.
Supervise and coordinate the work of professional staff in the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Student Legal Services, and Student Support & Case Management.
Supervise and manage staff to ensure quality, responsiveness, and effectiveness in programs and services by supporting, developing and directing staff to meet goals, build on past successes, and create new visions for their departments.
Provide institutional leadership and partnership on issues relating to students of concern and behavioral intervention teams.
Assume accountability for the administrative leadership and management of the departments this position oversees, including management of people, finances, and other resources.
Hold other leaders and directors accountable for high performance and highly engaged culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing feedback consistently across departments and areas for which they are responsible.
Create an environment within DOS that leverages the strengths and accomplishments of directors and staff, promotes synergy and teamwork, and empowers experienced professionals with diverse responsibilities.
Actively strive to foster and maintain a workplace climate that is supportive of employees and respectful of difference, as well as to create a learning environment for students that encourages personal development, self-reflection, and academic success.
Lead and support best practices for effective conflict resolution with students, understanding student mental health issues, and convening resources from multiple departments and constituencies to address complex student issues.
Crisis Management & Response
Serve as a point of contact for all training and preparation of staff in emergency preparedness and crisis management for student affairs.
Collaborate and work with University Police, Strategic Relations (communications) and other campus partners to collaborate in bringing the needs of the Division to a level that would meet any crisis event.
Work with staff in the DOS office and across campus to address student crisis, and respond to student grievances.
Create policy, procedures, and education for the Division and campus as it relates to crisis management.
Respond to inquiries regarding students of concern, provide information to appropriate Divisional leadership, and serve as oversight of the Students of Concern Team for students in crisis, stress and distress.
Continually assess student needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current, model practices in the field of student affairs as it relates to identity development, student behavior, crisis response, intersectionality; utilize relevant data, scholarship, and student development theories/models in planning and developing programs and services designed to actively foster student learning, and promote students’ holistic success.
Contribute to and foster a collaborative professional work environment between campus student leaders, divisional directors, academic units, faculty, and campus administration.
Contribute to the Student Affairs’ commitment to social justice and diversity by creating an inclusive campus for all students.
Collaborate with CUSG, UGGS and all other student leaders to enhance services that are provided to students in a more effective and efficient manner.
Budget and Fiscal Operations
Budget oversight for reporting units, ensuring the responsible planning and expenditure of fiscal resources in a manner consistent with all University policies and applicable local, state and federal laws.
Routinely assess the necessity of various expenditures, including but not limited to programming activities, staff recognition, and professional development/training.
Meet deadlines for all requests for reports, data, publications, and budgets.
Provide timely/pertinent budgetary information to staff as necessary throughout the year.
Keep abreast of current literature and developments in the field of Student Affairs, and related professional organizations.
Attend pertinent conferences and conventions as well as present information when requested for shared development.
The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder Student Affairs is committed to enhancing student academic success while mitigating obstacles that may impede progress. We create inclusive environments to address student social, emotional, physical, spiritual, professional and academic needs to increase retention, academic progress and graduation rates. We provide programs and... services to support student health and wellness, personal and professional goal-setting and progress, social involvement, motivation and academic self-efficacy.