The Associate Dean of Students is a vital leader responsible for student support, admissions, and student services in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Reporting directly to the Dean of the Sam Fox School and collaborating closely with the college directors, the Associate Dean is charged with providing strategic direction and vision for student life, leadership for recruitment and admissions, and managing and implementing best practices in student services to support wellness, advising, and success. The Associate Dean will work closely with chairs, faculty, and programs located within the Sam Fox School and across the university to holistically support undergraduate and graduate students through the life-cycle from prospective student to graduation.
This position is responsible for leading and managing operations and activities that best support Sam Fox School students, staff, and faculty. The general functional areas include: Admissions, Advising, Student Wellness, and Financial Aid. The Associate Dean of Students supervises several Sam Fox School staff members to help support their efforts and manages communications and coordination with multiple entities across the university in support of students.
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a unique collaboration in architecture, art, and design education within the context of an internationally recognized research university. Comprising the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, the College and Graduate School of Art, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, the Sam Fox School offers a depth of professional education in conjunction with one of the premier university art museums. The School has a strong commitment to social justice, environmental justice, and community-based work. The Associate Dean of Students supports a diverse population of approximately 530 undergraduate and 250 graduate students in the School, and candidates should demonstrate a commitment to creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Student Services and Support
Oversees administration of student services in the Sam Fox School, including student life, student wellness, and financial aid.
Builds mechanisms to support students within the academic mission of the school.
Serves as primary contact for Sam Fox School students.
Serves as primary liaison to parents and families of Sam Fox School students.
Oversees financial aid staff and services for the Sam Fox School, from student enrollment to graduation.
Establishes strong relationships with chairs and faculty; serve as a resource for faculty around student needs and at the intersection of student wellness and academic affairs.
Works with key Sam Fox School and university stakeholders to identify student needs and appropriate responses to those needs.
Maintains awareness of resources and services offered by key partners and collaborators across campus.
Meets regularly with university care teams and committees providing support for student wellness.
Maintains a collaborative relationship with the Habif Health and Wellness Center to support students with physical and mental health needs.
Connects students to appropriate mental health resources.
Works with Disability Resources to understand accommodation needs and support students in accessing accommodations; work with faculty as needed to manage and implement accommodations.
Works with individual students and student groups to resolve student challenges and community issues.
Oversees Sam Fox School-specific orientation activities; address students and families during orientation.
Oversees undergraduate student advising staff and operations.
Serves as a four year academic advisor for a portion of the undergraduate students through regular meetings to ensure progress towards their degrees.
Promotes excellence and care in advising practices for all students.
Works with college- or program-based staff and faculty to ensure best practices are being implemented to support graduate student success; understand graduate curricula.
Supports the Senior Assistant Dean and Registrar and faculty chairs with academic integrity incidents.
Works with the Registrar to understand student needs for academic course registration and graduation.
Works with Career Services staff embedded in the Sam Fox School to ensure Sam Fox School students are connected to the appropriate career resources.
Maintains positive relationship with University Career Services.
Collaborates with the Senior Assistant Dean to advise students on academic probation.
Provides strategic vision and leadership for recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students to the Sam Fox School.
Manages Sam Fox School admissions staff and operations.
Provides leadership and guidance for on-campus visits and events that attract prospective students.
Consults regularly with Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Reviews applications and portfolios for prospective undergraduate students.
Works closely with Sam Fox School admissions staff, Directors, and faculty to achieve desired undergraduate enrollment outcomes.
Provides thought partnership, leadership, and development of outcomes and strategies to support graduate student recruitment and enrollment, in collaboration with directors, chairs, and graduate admissions staff.
Connects students with Financial Aid information and resources during the enrollment process.
Builds strong relationships with students and families taking part in Sam Fox School pre-college programs.
Campus Outreach and Connection
Represents the Sam Fox School at the university level in Student Affairs.
Coordinates and communicates with multiple entities across the university, including Undergraduate Admissions, Student Disability Resources, Career Center, Student Affairs, the First Year Center, Student Conduct Office, Title IX Office, Student Financial Services, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School, and others.
Meets regularly with other academic unit Associate Deans of Students.
Serves on school or university committees.
Consults on Sam Fox School strategic planning efforts.
Collaborates with Sam Fox School staff and faculty to develop and implement strategic goals.
Supervises and manages several full-time staff members.
Undergraduate Academic Advising Coordinator.
Graduate Recruitment staff members.
Assistant Director of Financial Aid.
Role model best practices for communication, supervision, and program management for direct and indirect supervisees.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Seven to ten years of student services or student affairs experience in higher education.
Minimum five years of student services or student affairs experience in higher education.
Understanding and knowledge of the fields of art, architecture, and/or design.
Demonstrated leadership ability to work effectively with staff, students, and faculty.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people and nurture an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment.
Proven success managing aspects of student services or student life.
Demonstrated people and project management experience.
Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
Experience with or knowledge of best practices related to academic advising, student support, disability services, career services, admissions and enrollment, and financial aid.
Ability to be efficient and effective in a high-pressure environment and ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to exercise a high degree of autonomy, using strategic skills in planning, prioritization, and problem solving.
Ability to exercise superior judgment and discretion, as well as maintain integrity and confidentiality.
Ability to advocate for the School within the University context.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to handle multiple priorities while maintaining a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.
Strong supervision and people management skills.
Bachelor degree in related field and seven years or Master degree and five years of related experience.
$89,300.00 - $157,200.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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