Associate Dean of Students – Student Support and Community Standards
Ferris State University
Location: Big Rapids, Michigan
Internal Number: 495538
Associate Dean of Students – Student Support and Community Standards
Big Rapids (Main Campus)
51002 - Aux Enterprise General Overhead
$80,000-$83,000 salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)
Term of Position:
At Will/Just Cause:
Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Dean of Student Life, The Associate Dean – Student Support and Community Standards is primarily responsible for administering and implementing the University’s student conduct system, serving as a Title IX Deputy, and collaborating with Housing and Residence Life and other campus partners to provide leadership and coordination of student case management. The responsibilities include oversight of the Office of Student Conduct, supervision of the Director and Assistant Director of Student Conduct, coordination of student case management, building and maintaining effective relationships with on and off-campus stakeholders, upholding Michigan and Federal law and Ferris State University policy and practices, responding to student inquiry and emergencies, facilitating the Behavior Review Team, serving as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, assisting with Title IX training and educational activities, serving on University committees and task forces and assisting with the leadership of areas that make-up Student Life.
Master's degree in education, student development, counseling, administration, or related field.
Required Work Experience:
6 years of student affairs/development experience working in a college or university setting. Demonstrated expertise in conflict resolution involving multiple constituencies. Demonstrated experience in supervising professional staff.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered:
3 years of Student Conduct experience and experience adjudicating sexual misconduct and relationship violence allegations. Experience working with Title IX policies and procedures.
Oversees The Office of Student Conduct Provides supervision and support for the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and the Assistant Director of Student Conduct. Maintains oversight of case work and ensures effective and timely process management. Serves as a non-clinical case manager by. gathering information, objectively assessing and utilizing individualized interventions. Collaborates with Housing and Residence Life and other campus partners to provide leadership and management of case management. Expedites cases as needed in absence of the Director and/or as circumstances may warrant. Serves as appeal officer when designated by the Dean of Student Life or Vice President of Student Affairs. Develops and maintains effective relationships with on and off-campus stakeholders including City Council, Big Rapids Police, Mecosta County Sheriff, and various community service organizations. Maintains awareness of related evolving law, policies, and practices to ensure Ferris is providing services that reflect best practices. Oversees the annual review/update of Student Community Standards and ensures other documents, reports, records, and communications which are within the purview of the Office of Student Conduct are good quality and maintained effectively. Provides leadership for Student Care and Case Management efforts. Assists with reviewing DOSL email inboxes and responds effectively to student questions, requests, complaints, and needs. Responds to requests from students and/or other constituents seeking assistance with concerns about student well-being and success. Conducts student support meetings and contacts parents and/or other emergency contacts when appropriate. Develops relationships with a wide array of campus constituents to maximize connectivity, communication, and wrap-around services to support students. Maintains updated awareness of on-campus and off-campus resources that may be beneficial to students. Works with the Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance to help meet students’ resource needs. Works with the Dean of Student Life to optimize impact of the Ferris Relief Fund and other resources. Makes appropriate use of systems/technologies designed to support the student experience and serve as process management and reporting tools. Banner, Navigate, and Maxient are some primary examples. Facilitates the Behavior Review Team. Establishes meeting schedule and facilitates communications for the team. Establishes and facilitates meeting agendas. Clarifies care plans and coordinates related efforts. Maintains and updates case management documentation. Identifies and facilitates training and other tools to support this work. Serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Maintains necessary level of training and experience to perform responsibilities. Provides back up and support for the Title IX Coordinator as circumstances warrant. Provides support for staff performing Title IX related work (The Assistant Director of OSC currently serves as a Title IX investigator) Work collaboratively with the Director of Equal Opportunity/Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Engage with appropriate resources to ensure compliance and a quality process for all constituents (inclusive of engaging external contractors when needed). Assists with Title IX training and educational activities as needed. Assist in promoting the University’s prevention programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Liaisons with DEIB focused offices, services, programs, and personnel to maximize professional competencies, diversity of available resources and overall effectiveness of services. Partner with Ferris Statewide and Kendall College of Art and Design to provide support and address student life concerns. Provides leadership and/or serves on university committees, task forces, etc. at the direction of the Dean of Student Life. Provides leadership and support as needed in the absence of the Dean of Student Life. Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information and performing duties in compliance with applicable policies and procedures. Assist the Dean of Student Life and collaborates with others to meet university compliance mandates under the jurisdiction of student life. Carries out responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws. Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Skills and Abilities:
Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Unofficial Transcript 1
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Master's degree in education, student development, counseling, administration, or related field.
Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
August 25th, 2023
Open Until Position is Filled?:
Posting Close Date:
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