The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs serves as a member of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment leadership team, working to develop and implement the strategic direction of the Division in alignment with institution-wide goals and initiatives. Under the direction of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean is responsible for oversight of the Division’s student engagement initiatives and first-generation and multicultural student experience. The Assistant Dean manages a wide range of duties requiring both overall and specialized knowledge of student development, student engagement, multicultural student services, and outcomes assessment, with the objective of supporting enrollment and retention in the Regis community by providing students with a holistic curricular and co-curricular experience. As such, the Assistant Dean will directly oversee a number of departments within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment.
Provide direct oversight and support for the following functional areas within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment:
First-Generation and Multicultural Student Success and Retention
The Center for Student Engagement
Orientation and New Student Programs
Parent and Family Relations
Work in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Excellence to lead initiatives and programs focused on multicultural student success and retention, including, but not limited to the Partners in Excellence Mentoring Program and the First-Generation Task Force.
Work in partnership with the Dean of Enrollment and Retention and the Chief Diversity Officer to support the recruitment, orientation, and retention of first-generation and multicultural students.
Responsible for leadership and day-to-day management of Parent and Family Relations, including ongoing engagement and communication, the regular distribution of the Parent and Family Newsletter and assisting in the execution of Regis Fest: Family and Friends Weekend.
Serve in a leadership role with the university-wide Case Management Team and provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis situations (e.g., intervening with students in mental health crises, coordinating services and resources, assisting with the administration of the student code of conduct; working with Regis staff and faculty to resolve student concerns; mediating and resolving conflict; conducting student referrals).
Serve as a senior hearing officer for the Office of Student Conduct.
Lead the ongoing assessment and evaluation of Student Affairs programs and practices, in partnership with Student Affairs staff to address the changing needs of students, align with best practices, and meet institutional strategic goals and objectives, including supporting the chair of the Student Affairs and Enrollment Assessment Committee.
Coordinate a number of special projects for the Dean of Student Affairs and Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment, including, but not limited to:
Creation of a campus-wide initiative and campaign focused on growing multicultural student involvement and strengthening multicultural student engagement in leadership opportunities and co-curricular programs
Creation of a campus-wide civic engagement initiative in partnership with the Student Government Association and faculty and staff
Continued expansion of the commuter student services program in partnership with the Center for Student Engagement, the Veteran’s Center, and Graduate Student Affairs
Work with Graduate Student Affairs with developing more robust online student engagement
Oversee a portion of the Student Affairs operating budget to include budget forecasting and planning, disbursement of funds, and regular budget reconciliation.
Establish and implement ongoing fundraising and grant-writing efforts in partnership with Institutional Advancement to support Student Affairs offices and programs.
Serve as an advocate for students by representing the needs of students to staff, faculty, and administrators.
Maintain an active and positive presence on campus, and in the digital realm, regularly engaging with students to support their growth and involvement.
Provide day-to-day support, supervision and leadership for a cohort of staff and student employees.
Mentor and support staff and students as they create new student-centered initiatives and co-curricular programs designed to deepen and broaden the Regis experience.
Serve as a member of the on-call leadership team in the dean-on-call capacity, managing appropriate institutional response to campus emergencies.
Work in collaboration Regis staff on a variety of campus-wide events and programs, including, but not limited to, Founders’ Day, Heritage Day, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
Work in partnership with the Dean of Students and the Director of the Center for Student Engagement in an advisory capacity to the Student Government Association and the Multicultural Student Association.
Represent the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment at various meetings and committees, including the First-Generation Task Force, Leading for Change, Mission Committee, Inclusive Excellence Council, Search Committees, and the Commencement Committee.
Train and serve as a Title IX investigator, a member of the TIX CARE Advisor Team, and the DIRECT Bias Response Team.
Perform other related duties as required.
This position will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Regis College's policies and applicable laws. Directly supervises Student Affairs staff by providing professional development, training, and mentorship, planning and directing work and evaluating job performance.
Master’s degree required, preferably in student personnel services, student development, higher education administration, or related field.
The equivalent of four to six years of progressively responsible student affairs experience within a university setting working with highly complex issues and situations.
Ability to uphold the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence in a diverse learning community.
Ability to actively support the mission of the College by working with students, staff and faculty to share in the core values of an institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.
Demonstrated experience working with under-represented student populations and initiatives that enhance efforts to attract, retain, and graduate multicultural students.
Proven experience in leading collaborative efforts between multiple constituencies including, faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community.
Demonstrated experience in the supervision and development of staff and student employees.
Experience with student conduct and crisis intervention.
Outstanding interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
Excellent leadership skills with the ability to work independently, determine priorities, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Effective management, planning, budgeting, and organizational skills.
Ability to work with sensitive issues and confidential records and materials.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
Will require regular evening and weekend availability.
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
May spend extended periods at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
Protecting the Regis Community
At Regis the safety of our campus community is our highest priority. We invite all applicants to review our health and safety protocols at our COVID-19 Updates page. The most powerful measure we can take is vaccination, and all campus community members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of certain medical and religious exemptions. New employees without an approved medical or religious exemption are required to have their first vaccine dose by their date of hire. And all new employees will join the campus community in using the CoVerified app to upload vaccine information, report symptoms, and schedule regular campus COVID tests. We're in this together!
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
In employment, as in education, Regis College is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Regis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, veteran’s status, membership in uniformed services or any other protected status.
Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and inspired by the social justice values of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Regis College is a welcoming and inclusive community. We are called to provide access to an academically rigorous education through innovative learning opportunities and collaborative engagement at all degree levels. We educate the whole person, preparing our students to pursue excellence, to become change agents in their own communities, and to serve and lead as advocates for a more just and compassionate global society.