The Dean of Student Affairs is responsible for administering the Office of Student Affairs and developing student policies and procedures in accordance with the vision, mission, values, strategic planning and program objectives of Union Theological Seminary. In collaboration with senior administration, the Dean of Student Affairs promotes a safe, healthy, and supportive atmosphere and community.
Collaborates with the Academic Office in developing and managing co-curricular and extracurricular learning and service opportunities. Serves on the Program and Academic Team, and other committees as necessary, including Mid- Program Review and the Committee on Standing.
Helps establish a student culture where equity, diversity and inclusion are encouraged. Collaborates with the Office of Housing and Campus Services in overseeing residential life and supervises Student Life Assistants
Manages compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations, including but not limited to HIPPA, FERPA, Title IX and Dept. of Homeland Security. Develops and coordinates policies and procedures related to all student activities, including various Handbooks.
Administers the policies and regulations of the seminary as they pertain to students, including the facilitation of internal judicial and/or disciplinary procedures.
Oversees International Student Services and serves as the Principle Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Processes, monitors and manages international student immigration and related information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database.
Serves as a liaison to the seminary’s senior leadership team, student senate, caucus leaders and student workers in the Office of Student Affairs.
Oversees Disability Services and administers the student health insurance process of Columbia Student Health, Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services and the Alice! Health Program. Ensures compliance with immunization and health insurance enrollment requirements.
Plans and coordinates student events, awareness programs and educational workshops and retention activities to build and strengthen student capacity. Collaborates with faculty in planning Orientation.
Collaborates with the Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education to provide students with vocational direction and career guidance. Oversees the Student Digest and student affairs web-pages on seminary website, and on social media websites
Serves as the Seminary’s Fulbright Program Advisor.
Promotes sexual health education in collaboration with the Academic Affairs Office, the Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education, and the Office of Title IX.
Oversees the Committee on Spiritual Formation and the Spirit Care Team, including the Interfaith Chaplain and Spiritual Director. Serve as a resource to the director of worship to ensure a campus wide worship experience that supports the spiritual formation and spiritual care of students.
Attends professional development conferences, trainings and workshops related to the professional competency areas for student affairs practitioners in higher education and graduate theological institutions.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Masters of Divinity or other relevant master’s degree or equivalent 3 to 5 years or related experience in student services, counseling, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Commitment to working collaboratively and interdependently. Ability to establish priorities among various tasks and to innovate as needs evolve.
Cross-cultural competence and demonstrated experience advising students on confidential matters.
Managerial and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to supervise, build and lead a student affairs/services staff team, and to plan and coordinate student events.
About Union Theological Seminary
In 1836, a small group of lay people and ministers, feeling “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church,” came together to found Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union). Today, Union lives out this call to service by training people of all faiths and none who are called to the work of social justice in the world. Union students are dedicated to an integrated journey of intellect, spirit, and community to discover and define the faith and values that will sustain their vocation. Pastor, community leader, professor, performer, doctor, lawyer, educator, artist – whatever it may be. The city of New York, far from serving as a backdrop, gives students direct access to the flux and flurry of the complex interactions and struggles present in urban contexts. Union’s founders placed the seminary in New York specifically because “large cities furnish many peculiar facilities and advantages for conducting theological education.” In the mid-1800s, this meant that just outside the doors of the seminary students encountered a microcosm of the nation’s most pressing issues: an influx of immigration, a disturbing rise in poverty, and raci...al unrest in the aftermath of abolition. Though present in new forms, Union continues to face these same challenges.
Union’s ecumenical and interfaith commitment grows deeper every year. Union students seek to address not only the questions facing Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, but also the questions facing the entire world as it becomes more global, international, and secular. Informed by the insights of liberation theologians and scholars who belong to more than one faith tradition, the seminary embraces the richness and realities of religious pluralism and seeks to amplify the bold voices of the historically silenced in a world of increasing inequality.
With one foot planted firmly in academia and one foot firmly the world, Union recommits itself in each new era to the varied and evolving society beyond its classrooms. Throughout the seminary’s history, this commitment has attracted a vibrant and diverse community of students and professors. From Reinhold Niebuhr, President Barack Obama’s “favorite philosopher,” to prophetic public intellectual Cornel West. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, James Cone, Paul Tillich, Dorothee Sölle, Garry Dorrien, Delores Williams, Walter Rauschenbusch, Beverly Harrison, James Forbes, and Myles Horton have all studied, taught, or currently teach at Union. These world-famous professors challenge their students to think more broadly. They lead their fields in cutting-edge theological inquiry. From Womanism and queer theology to liberal and neo-orthodox Protestantism, Union has and continues to work at the forefront of great social movements.
Union aspires to provide an education that is foundational, interreligious, boundary-crossing, world-changing, counter- cultural, and communal.
Progressive theology has long taken shape at Union, where faith and scholarship walk together to be a moral force in the world. Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, a Union education prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. Union forms courageous faith leaders who make a difference wherever they serve.
Education at Union Theological Seminary is deeply rooted in a critical understanding of the breadth of Christian traditions yet significantly instructed by the insights of other faiths. It makes connections between these traditions and the most profoundly challenging issues of our contemporary experience: the realities of suffering and injustice, world religious pluralism, the fragility of our planet, and discoveries of modern science. Union envisions a future in which teaching and learning continues to be ecumenical in spirit, supporting a record of academic excellence and a deep commitment to social justice. Union envisions its graduates changing the world by practicing their vocations with dedication bring a religiously grounded, critical, and compassionate presence to the major personal, social, political, and scientific realities of our time.