Dean or Vice President of Student Experience and Success
Location: Ashland, Wisconsin
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Northland College is committed to having a faculty, staff, administration, and student body that reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College is committed to sustaining an inclusive learning, working, and living community. This requires many important components, including: students, faculty, administration, and staff who reflect the diversity of our society; people from different backgrounds and with different views who treat one another with mutual respect and honest; curiosity so that they can engage with and learn from one another; and a motivation to infuse diversity into all aspects of the life and mission of the College. These conditions enable a genuine liberal arts education, in which the presence of people with different lived experiences and ideas, engaged in civil dialogue, overcomes ignorance and builds trust and knowledge. The Division of Student Affairs is deeply committed to creating an inclusive campus environment for all members of the Northland College community where a sense of belonging is fostered and sustained. Student Affairs is well positioned to be a valuable contributor to the Northland campus community and its external partners. We achieve our mission through the collaboration and partnership with internal and external stakeholders to collectively work toward greater equity, inclusion and belonging for our campus community. The Dean of Students Experience and Success is an experienced, innovative and student-centered leader who works collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty, to foster a healthy and vibrant living and learning community that inspires students to be engaged global citizens.
a. Provide supervision, strategic direction and mentorship to all personnel within the division: Residential Life, Counseling Services, Health Services, Diversity, Inclusion and Sense of Belonging, Student Engagement and Wellness, Accessibility and Academic Success, Indigenous Cultures Center and Diversity Center along with Campus Security and Dining Service vendors to ensure the success and wellbeing of all students, while also ensuring Northland’s co-curricular life reflects the broad range of perspectives and attitudes of our student body.
b. Provide oversight and coordination of student affairs policies, procedures, and emergency protocols involving students. Advise President, the Office of the President, peers, staff and faculty on appropriate actions to ensure student safety and well-being.
c. Provide oversight of work within the Student Affairs staff, student groups and other members of the College community in developing co-curricular programming that supports student’s overall well-being and incorporates the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging.
d. Model how the College honors the sacredness of our space and all community members and does not accept behaviors that cause harm.
e. Act in a primary critical incident response capacity to emergency/crisis situations as needed and serve as the team contact liaison to address student and/or student’s family needs.
f. Encourage student behavior that supports intellectual, emotional, identity, ethical, and professional development and promotes a student culture of mutual respect, care and taking responsibility for one’s choices and actions.
g. Provide oversight for maintaining a developmentally-appropriate and accountable student conduct system that upholds community values, addresses individual and group behaviors, and educates students regarding institutional policies and their rights on campus.
h. Manage information about the student conduct process, and supervise all regulatory compliance, including statistical reports and revisions to the Code of Student Conduct.
i. Serve in a primary leadership capacity for student persistence and the development and oversight of an institutional Retention Plan.
j. Engage effectively with partner vendors providing campus safety and food services.
a. Strategically partner with and serve as a trusted advisor to the president and other senior level administrators to enable a transformational approach to student affairs to position the College as a leading academic institution with a close-knit community of thoughtful, environmentally-conscious, critically- thinking, and socially just graduates who are prepared for a global society.
b. Serve on the Student Experience and Success committee to the Board of Trustees.
c. Serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator
d. Serves as a member of the Emergency Crisis Response Team.
e. Serve in a leadership and partnership capacity in actively supporting and engaging in the College’s commitment to and initiatives in sustainability.
f. Serve in a liaison capacity to the Northland College Student Association.
g. Serve in a liaison capacity with various community leaders including law enforcement, local and regional governments, and community service organizations.
Supervision: Supervise 9 professional Student Experience and Success staff including the Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence, Director and Assistant Director of Residential Life, Health Services Manager, Student Diversity and Belonging Coordinator, Student Engagement and Wellness Coordinator, Accessibility and Student Success Coordinator, Counseling Services Coordinator and Counselor (part-time). Manage partnership with Dining Services and Campus Security contractors, including contract management and collaborative engagements.
1. Education and Experience
· Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Educational Leadership, Counseling or related field required; PHD preferred.
· A minimum of five years’ experience demonstrating successful, progressive levels of responsibilities, professional experience and leadership in Student Affairs or a related field
· Knowledge and demonstrated experience in student development and enrollment theories, best practices and strategies.
· Knowledge of and experience with programs and initiatives which enhance and integrate the relationship between academic and student affairs.
· Experience in budget development and management; assessment plans and methodologies in Student Experience and Success; strategic planning; excellent client service and continuous quality improvement practices.
· Knowledge of Title IX regulations and practices
· Experience serving in a director's level or higher position in a Student Affairs area along with strong professional staff supervision and management.
· Possess excellent problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills; ability to effectively resolve issues and problems, while meeting deadlines with minimal supervision.
· Ability to develop, disseminate, interpret and enforce campus policies and regulations aligned to the College’s mission and diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging foundational anchors.
· Ability to promote a campus climate respectful of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging.
· Demonstrate an ability to communicate the College’s vision and purpose as a foundation for all student experience and success initiatives.
· Skilled in effective conflict resolution with students, staff and faculty.
· Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills with abilities to effectively work with all campus constituencies, and the greater public.
· Ability to effectively counsel and advise students
Northland College is a private, liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability. We prepare students from across the United States and around the world for meaningful lives and successful careers. Founded in 1892, Northland College is located at the top of Wisconsin, on the south shore of Lake Superior. Adjacent to the Apostle Islands and nearly a million acres of national forest, Northland has an unparalleled living laboratory and natural playground just beyond our doors.