Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Location: Claremont, California
Higher Education Institution
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students provides overall leadership and direction for Student Affairs divisional signature initiatives, diversity programs, student conduct, bias incident response, student crisis, Student Affairs compliance, and divisional student services operations. The dean will develop and coordinate co-curricular programs and activities in support of College educational objectives to support development, thriving, success, and transformational impact. They will provide direction and direct supervision to the Assistant Dean for Student Conduct and Community Standards, Director of the Center for Asian Pacific Students (CAPAS), Student Support Services and Special Projects Coordinator, Student Services Operations Supervisor, and dotted line supervision of student affairs deans related to divisional signature initiatives coordination and high impact practices, student crisis, and on-call responsibilities.
This position description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of the employment position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Supervise and evaluate a varied student development and activities program. Work closely with all campus constituencies and The Claremont Colleges Services to create and conduct social, cultural, recreational, and academic programs that are fully integrated into all aspects of student life, including residential life to foster student community belonging, development, success, and transformational impact.
Provide divisional leadership in coordinating and promoting student affairs signature initiatives, high impact practices, support programs, and cross-divisional partnerships leveraging The Claremont Colleges Consortium services, and resources.
Committed to inclusive excellence, provides divisional coordination leadership and liaises with offices in the ongoing support for historically marginalized student populations, under-resourced, former foster youth, new resources and transfer students, student activists, and student scholars from feeder campuses.
Serve as the Chief Student Conduct Officer. Responsible for oversight of Assistant Dean of Student Conduct and Community Standards in the management of the student conduct process, oversight, training and case management of College student conduct officers, non-Title IX related student conduct investigations, convening and participating in Student Conduct Review Board hearings, advising and training the board an ongoing basis, student restorative justice, and annual Clery report development. Works closely with the Pitzer Title IX Coordinator and representatives from sister campuses, and The Claremont Colleges. Provides leadership in the response and support measures related to incidents of bias impacting students and convenes the bias incident response team as necessary for coordinated cross-divisional collaborative community support and education.
Oversee divisional student services operational support needs.
Responsible for the overall sound fiscal and administrative management of the dean of students area, CAPAS and student services operations, and student emergency fund, including budget management, processing, and oversight. This includes the dean of students loan program (textbooks, course material, and technology).
Serve as the Chief Student Affairs Compliance Officer. Responsible for oversight of the review and update all Student Affairs related policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal regulations, state statutes, and institutional policies. The Dean of Students area is responsible for the annual review and publication of the student handbook, and for completing the College’s annual Clery report in collaboration with other offices.
Responsible for oversight and serve as chair of the behavioral intervention team. Provide intake support for student issues and crises. Respond on site when needed and meet individually with students, families and others as necessary. Coordinate walk-in schedule for the office. Responsible for the annual review of on-call procedures and on-call staff training. Coordinate behavioral intervention team membership and follow through, as well as ongoing member training and education.
Serve as a programming advisor and resource to students, student organizations, and staff/faculty. Serve as a resource and referral to students, on a variety of personal and academic matters. Provide individual and group counseling when necessary. Attend weekly Student Senate meetings. Leads support and safety efforts related to campus demonstrations in partnership with student leaders and activists, Campus Life, Community Engagement Center, Office of Student Affairs, sister campuses and cross-divisional offices.
Participate in the formulation of policies; develop and revise methods, systems and procedures for implementation of new and ongoing policies; conduct related research as needed.
Perform a variety of administrative duties, including providing semester reports, surveys, and other requested documents. Assist with special projects, programs and services when necessary. Lead the development of divisional publications and student communications as needed.
Develop and implement training programs and materials based on established student development models.
Maintain current knowledge of liability, safety, instructional issues, policies, etc., and interpret for students.
Collaborate with other departments and colleges; liaison with 5-College Residential Life Deans, 5-College Activities Directors and 5-College Orientation Directors as necessary.
Assist in Commencement, Orientation and other special event planning.
Assist the Vice President for Student Affairs with division-wide professional development, strategic planning, budget management, and operations. Represent student affairs on a variety of College, The Claremont Colleges, and divisional committees.
Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position, as assigned.
Represent the Division of Student Affairs in the absence of the Vice President.
Supervisory Responsibility: Assistant Dean for Student Conduct and Community Standards, Director of the Center for Asian Pacific Students (CAPAS), Student Support Services and Special Projects Coordinator, Student Services Operations Supervisor, and dotted line supervision of student affairs deans related to divisional signature initiatives coordination, student crisis, and on-call responsibilities.
Work Hours: The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as needed. These hours will vary due to needs of the College or department. This position is part of the Student Affairs on-call rotation.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Knowledge of student leadership development models
Demonstrated innovative experience in co-curricular and leadership programing, high impact practices, and service learning.
Astute political acumen regarding sensitive and high visibility issues.
Demonstrate experience with assessing large scale co-curricular programs
Expert knowledge of student development theories and practice.
Knowledge and awareness of best practices regarding safety of students involved with co-curricular programs.
Demonstrated experience managing student conduct and knowledge of best practices.
Excellent counseling and listening skills.
Support student commitment to social justice work and advocacy.
Strong communication and organizational skills.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting unity and community in a diverse environment.
Strong understanding of the importance of co-curricular experiences in supporting the academic mission of the department and values of the College.
Ability to utilize computer technology.
Positive, team-oriented, with a proven record of being a collaborative thought partner.
Strong supervisory skills and the ability to evaluate performance.
Ability to identify, define, and evaluate problems, and to plan and develop appropriate long-term and immediate strategies and solutions.
Ability to involve others in the decision-making process and ability to increase staff effectiveness by fostering collaborative and supportive relations.
Student-centered with a demonstrated commitment to promoting unity and community in a diverse environment.
Ability to develop, implement and evaluate programs.
Ability to demonstrate organizational and communication skills.
Ability to interact well and effectively with diverse constituencies.
Skill in providing imaginative and creative solutions and being a resourceful problem-solver.
Knowledge of liability issues, safety; state and federal compliance.
Ability to effectively use computer technology.
Ability to identify student populations, conduct research, and direct programs and support services aimed at diverse student constituencies.
Ability to manage budgets.
Ability to drive students, as needed, in college-owned vehicles; must also be able to provide own transportation as needed.
Education: A Master’s degree in Counseling, Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field required; or any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability. A Doctorate in Higher Education, Counseling, or other related field is strongly preferred.
Experience: Must have at least 6-10 years of progressive professional higher education experience within the area of residential life, student activities, student leadership programs, student conduct and behavior intervention, or related fields. Must have at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity.
Licenses/Certifications: Must have a valid California’s driver’s license, reliable own transportation, and a driving record acceptable to the college’s automobile insurer.
Physical Requirements: This position has moderate physical requirements. Must have high stamina and ability to maintain energy and mental acuity when working on-call, as well as evenings and weekends as needed.
Priority Deadline: Please check out Staff Jobs web page for the priority deadline. Review of applications will commence immediately. Interviews will be conducted by phone and video conference.
Application Materials: Upload the following materials to complete your application:
Cover Letter: Indicate your reason for interest in this position and describe how your qualifications make you an ideal candidate.
Resume: List relevant qualifications and dates of experience.
Professional References: References will be contacted for select applicants and advance notice will be provided. Provide the names of three (3) individuals who can speak to your professional qualifications. Include their business titles, contact information and an indication of how you are acquainted with them (e.g., former supervisor, coworker, etc.).
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.