Dean of Students Job at Lafayette College, Easton, PA

  • Lafayette College
  • Easton, PA

Job Description

Dean of Students
Lafayette College: Human Resources: Staff Positions: Campus Life/Student Life

Location: Easton, PA
Open Date: May 14, 2024

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Life, The Dean of Students (DOS) serves on the Vice President's Senior Leadership Team, is an advocate for students, and a vital member of the Division of Student Life. The DOS oversees several facets of the Division and also actively collaborates with other members of the Division and the College. The DOS will partner with administrators, faculty, and students on the implementation of a new strategic plan to create rich learning opportunities that integrate academic experiences with life outside the classroom.

In consultation with the Vice President, the DOS will assume leadership for multiple units of the Division and support other offices in the absence of the Vice President. This includes Student Leadership and Involvement, Greek Life, Residence Life, New Student Orientation, First Year Experience, Student Conduct & Restorative Practices, Behavioral Intervention, Case Management, and Wellness/Prevention.

Duties include providing strategic visioning and administrative direction for areas of supervision; cultivating relationships with students and student groups; development of staff talent, review, assessment, and implementation of area policies and procedures; coordinating unit meetings and projects; preparing annual statistical reports; creating partnerships with faculty, and performing other responsibilities as assigned by the VIce President.

The Dean of Students is a full-time, on-site, 12-month professional staff employee, with a preferred start date of July 15, 2024 (flexible) who enjoys a comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation and time-off policy, as well as a competitive salary. Occasional weekend and/or evening hours are required.

Key Responsibilities

● Directly supervises the following full-time staff: Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Leadership & Involvement, Director of Residence Life, Director of Student Conduct and Restorative Practice, and Wellness/Prevention staff; the DOS shares administrative support with the Executive Assistant to the VP and Associate VP

● Serves in an advisory capacity to the Student Government Association (SGA) in conjunction with the Office of Leadership and Involvement

● Coordinates divisional crisis response, including creation of the Student Life on-call schedule, training for the on-call team, and review and implementation of related policies and procedures

● Serves as Dean On Call, overseeing the responses of on-call professional staff and following up as appropriate

● Works with the Vice President and Associate Vice President on development and implementation of policies, processes, and procedures relevant to student life and administration of the Division

● Works with the Senior Leadership Team and other Student Life staff to provide quality student-oriented services rooted in assessment and best practices

● Coordinates and participates in team meetings and assessment efforts

● Serves on Divisional and campus-wide committees that forward the mission and work of Student Life and the College

● Serves as a resource to faculty, parents, staff, alumni/ae, and to the community in matters related to Lafayette students

The successful candidate must possess a master's degree in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, or related field, and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in student affairs with increasing levels of responsibility; at least three (3) years at the department head-level or higher.

Candidates for this leadership role should have experience in a predominantly residential liberal arts setting. The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion, the ability to work collaboratively across the campus, and the aptitude to build and maintain strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff with an emphasis on dynamic communication and collaboration. They should demonstrate experience with conduct/judicial systems in higher education and leadership for crisis/risk management. Other preferred qualifications include supervisory and budgetary experience; planning/organizational skills; experience with Maxient software system preferred; experience in leading teams as well as advancing assessment and developing learning outcomes; knowledge of student development theory; knowledge of higher education law, including Title IX; and demonstrated and strategic visioning skills.

Application Instructions
● Cover letter indicating the candidate’s particular interest, qualifications, experience, salary requirements, and how they are a fit for this position

● Current resume or CV

● 3-5 professional references

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Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.

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Job Tags

Full time, New year, Flexible hours, Afternoon shift,

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