Department: Office of Community Standards (Dean of Students) Salary/Grade: EXS/8
The Office of Community Standards is part of Northwestern University’s Dean of Students office. The Office of Community Standards fosters individual and community development through thoughtful engagement with Northwestern University’s policies, expectations, and standards. We aim to build trust with our students and community partners by implementing a fair, transparent, and equitable student conduct process that acknowledges individuals’ capacity to learn and grow from challenging experiences. Learn more about the Office of Community Standards here: https://www.northwestern.edu/communitystandards/index.html
The Assistant Director of Community Standards is primarily responsible for (a) oversight of all student organization based student conduct, (b) leadership of the University Hearing and Appeals System panel, and (c) serving as a conduct administrator for allegations of moderate to serious student misconduct.
Note: This position may require “on call” hours, overnights, and/or weekends.
Workplace Flexibility: This position is eligible to work remotely up to 2 days per week.
Case Management, Investigations, and Hearings 50%
Serve as a case resolution coordinator, managing conduct cases including both non-separation level and those that have the potential to result in separation from the University (e.g., suspension or expulsion). This includes investigating, determining responsibility, and as appropriate, assigning sanctions.
Take primary lead for coordination of sanctioning panels, including assembling panel members, ensuring all processes and procedures are followed, providing consult on sanctions and past precedent, and drafting outcome letters. Collaborate with Associate Director of Community Standards on development of panelist training and development.
Maintain detailed and appropriate records associated with all student conduct cases using the Maxient database.
Serve as lead and co-investigator for matters that have the potential to result in separation from the University through a panel hearing including: interviewing all parties, gathering relevant evidence, documenting all steps, maintaining accurate and thorough records, composing comprehensive written investigative reports with determinations of findings, and meeting with panels during their deliberations.
Student Group and Organization Conduct 25%
Oversee all functions of student conduct as it relates to policy violations by student groups and organizations, including fraternity and sorority organizations. Including
Develop liaison relationships with advisors (e.g., Campus Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Campus Inclusion and Community, academic departments)
Coordinate and lead regular meetings with FSL staff.
Facilitate the process by which student organizational concerns are resolved.
Develop and manage a sanction portfolio for student organizations.
Educate organization leaders and members on the Student Code of Conduct and the University Hearing and Appeals System.
Office of Community Standards Administration 15%
Collaborate with and divide responsibility for leadership/management of administrative functions with other professional staff in the Office of Community Standards. This could include, but is not limited to:
Manage the Office of Student Conduct’s assessment program related to administrative and panel hearings, including assessment of student learning as well as hearing officer/panel member performance. Propose, develop, and implement change to the UHAS based on the assessment outcomes.
Recruit, train, and advise the University Hearing and Appeals System panel.
Department Representation 5%
Serve as a resource to administrators, faculty, staff, and students regarding general and special conduct issues and assist in ensuring university-wide understanding of and compliance with the Student Code of Conduct and University Hearing and Appeals System
Assist with recruitment and selection of panelist members.
Represent the Office of Student Conduct on topical/functional committees and lead the Office’s involvement in initiatives related to area such as the hazing prevention working group.
Other duties as assigned 5%
Master's degree in college student personnel administration, conflict resolution, or other relevant discipline required.
Minimum of four (4) years’ full-time professional experience, preferably at a college/university in student conduct, conflict resolution, or a related field. Five (5) to seven (7) years of full-time experience strongly preferred.
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