Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit www.mills.edu.
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Reports To: Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life Supervises: Disability support staff, Assistant Director- Student Access and Support Services (SASS), Case managers, Student workers
Summary of Position: Reporting to the Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life, the Associate Dean of Students, is responsible for providing a strong model of student retention, and overseeing Disability Services, CARE team, and Student Access and Support Services. The Associate Dean will provide senior leadership in the Division of Student Life (DSL) and across the College with both faculty and staff in order to create strategies that assist Mills students in being successful and graduating from Mills. This positon will be the staff member responsible for the division in the absence of the Dean of Students.
The Associate Dean of Students supports the goals of the Division of Student Life and the College, as well as the College's Strategic Plan by developing and implementing programs and services that support the education, retention and engagement of our students.
Essential Job Functions:
Serve as a leader in the Division in Student Life to create a strong model of retention, including coordinating with division and campus partners, direct student services, and collecting, analyzing and reviewing data and serving on the campus wide retention task force.
Hire, evaluate, and supervise staff in the areas of accessibility and accommodations; oversee the application of ADA requirements, academic and other accommodations, and compliance with state and federal law
Lead student support initiatives focused on retention with a primary focus in crisis management.
Oversee the SASS components of the Administrative Leave process and work closely with the Provost and the VP of Enrollment Services in the execution of the leaves including the collection of exit interviews and data collection.
Lead, in collaboration with the Dean of Students, the work of emergency response and preparedness as it relates to students.
Address student concerns and complaints and support HR in the function of the formal grievance process primarily as it relates to grievances against students population and assist with staff and faculty grievance investigation as appropriates; assist in educating the campus community about conflict resolution and in collaboration with the College Title IX officer, educate the campus community and provide student support.
Lead initiatives to meet the needs of students in crisis including serving as chair of the Student Care Team and liaison with faculty as the point person for all students of concern and supervising letters of consideration.
Serve as the primary back up for the Dean of Students on-call duty for the Division of Student Life as part of the Crisis Response Team.
Stay current on issues related to social justice and multi-cultural competence, as well as student development and retention.
Oversee efforts to support students with accessibility and disability accommodations, testing and other services including written and website materials in support of these efforts and records keeping within confidential records and databases.
Create policies and procedures, as necessary and in collaboration with campus partners, to support the mission of the Division and of the College.
As a senior member of the Division of Student Life, provide event support for campus-wide and division programs, as needed.
Meet with the Dean to provide information or obtain advice, consultation or support as needed; represent the Dean at meetings and other activities as requested.
Participate in department and division meetings for project planning, policy development and direction setting.
Maintain safe work conditions and comply with established safety policies, practices, procedures, and requirements.
Work closely with the Dean to foster student success, lead the division and collaborate with campus partners to in a broad range of division programs and initiatives, and represent the division to a wide variety of constituents.
Provide professional development opportunities for staff.
Regularly assess programming, learning outcomes and educational initiatives, and write reports.
Take appropriate steps to be compliant with state and federal laws and campus policies including reports like the Federal Biennial review, Drug Free Schools Act, and Cleary.
In collaboration with the Dean, manage new division projects, as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Candidates must first and foremost demonstrate commitment to serving the Mills student population and be invested in learning about and understanding the communities and backgrounds of the school's students. Candidates will hold the following commitments:
Providing culturally affirming support and programming to historically marginalized groups including students of color, including Black students, first generation college students, LGBTQIA+ / transgender and gender nonconforming students, students of all abilities, and students who experience financial hardship.
Ongoing anti-racism work
Applicants of diverse backgrounds including: people of color, Black and Latinx candidates in particular, first generation college graduates, and applicants who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community including transgender and gender nonconforming candidates strongly encouraged to apply
Intersectionality in terms of all aspects of diversity including diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of College students.
Student development theory and restorative justice best practices.
Student affairs profession, particularly in a liberal arts college and/or women's college context.
Legal and compliance issues involving discrimination, harassment, Title IX.
Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
Computer skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word processing, web based interactive communication, social media and/or other applications utilizing software applicable to the function.
Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment.
Appropriate methods and strategies to promote and sustain the ability of staff members to effectively deliver quality customer service within the context of all aspects of job performance.
Compliance for federal and state law and policies.
Safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, courtesy and diplomacy.
Public speaking capabilities.
Ability to listen and lead within an activist campus community.
Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Ability to understand the needs of a diverse population.
Ability to engage and work in collaboration
Operate a computer and other office equipment as necessary
Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
Education and Training:
Master's degree in higher education, counseling, student development or related field; doctorate preferred
5 or more years of progressive experience in higher education
Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands:
Work involves week-end and evening availability.
At times, the incumbent will be sitting for long hours and using computers.
Hearing and speaking are required for communication.
Work often requires flexibility in terms of time, and physical demands.
Work occasionally requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds.
Interruptions and meeting with a variety of people will be required on a regular basis.
There are a number of deadlines and multiple requirements associated with this position, which may cause significant stress.
This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, 22 days of vacation, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review).
Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to https://www.mills.edu/policies/ada-policies/nondiscrimination-statement.php.
All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.
Effective August 9, 2021, Mills College will require all current faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to returning to campus. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the first date of work on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following a second shot of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks following a single dose vaccine. For further information regarding the Mills' immunization policy, including medical and religious exemptions, please contact [email protected].
Click the 'Apply Now' button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:
Cover Letter and
Contact Information for 3 References
Please note that you can only upload 6 'Other' documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.