Dean of Student Affairs - Terry Campus
Terry Campus-Dover, DE
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Terry Campus-Dover, DE
Position Specific Details
This a full-time position in which the incumbent will oversee and manage the Student Affairs Division at the Terry Campus.
Salary to be determined based on relevant education and experience
Dean of Student Affairs
1018 (FT), 1518 (PT)
Position Pay Grade
Salary Plan D, Level II
The dean of student affairs provides leadership, vision, strategic direction, management, and supervision of student affairs to develop and deliver holistic student support that fosters student success. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse student population. Areas of leadership responsibility include enrollment management, student recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid counseling, academic advising, student life, first-year experience, student success courses, athletics, wellness programs/facilities, international student services, career services, veteran services, and disabilities support services.
Nature and Scope
The dean of student affairs reports to the vice president and campus director, and through the collegewide matrix governance structure, to the associate vice president for academic affairs. This position includes administrative oversight of admissions and registration, student life, service learning and civic engagement, first-year experience, disabilities support, career services, veterans, international students, counseling, wellness, and the student code of conduct. The dean works closely with the Division of Instruction to develop student-centered College policies, programs, and services that promote student enrollment, learning, retention, and graduation, as well as identifying and eliminating barriers to student success. Additionally, the dean works collaboratively to conduct strategic departmental planning and assessment. Reporting to this position are members of the campus Student Affairs Division, including academic counselors, registration and admissions staff, and through the collegewide matrix structure, financial aid counseling and athletics staff. Typical contacts include campus Administrative Council members, deans of instruction, business office staff, instructional staff, Office of Research & Analytics staff, community leaders, leaders of other educational institutions, regional and national accrediting bodies, visitors, and students.
An incumbent may perform any combination of the below listed accountabilities:
1. Collaborates collegewide to implement processes, policies, goals, and objectives for the Student Affairs Division that ensure collegewide consistency, promote equity, align with best practices in student affairs, and foster student success.
2. Evaluates the effectiveness of services, initiatives, programs, and processes within Student Affairs. Leads efforts for the division and individual Student Affairs’ departments to drive data-driven decision making that will provide positive and notable improvements to individual students and overall student success.
3. Promotes an inclusive, welcoming, active, and supportive campus climate that meets students’ needs, recognizes their accomplishments, and inspires them to learn and contribute through involvement in organizations, clubs, service learning and civic engagement opportunities, workshops, and events.
4. Manages division personnel through regular formal and informal assessment and review of employee performance. Identifies, develops, and communicates productive and effective performance behaviors, improvement plans, and professional development and other growth opportunities.
5. Supports student recruitment, enrollment, learning, and completion while addressing barriers to student success.
6. Manages student conduct by implementing the procedures of Student Rights and Standards of Student Conduct, behavioral intervention, and the Threat Assessment Policy and other policies related to student success. Collaborates with Public Safety to create a safe and secure campus and assists with implementing the emergency operation plan.
7. Plans the division’s budget, approves and monitors fiscal expenditures for all programs and departments within the division, and utilizes assessment results to inform strategic planning and budget needs.
8. Partners with the Division of Instruction to develop and implement programs and activities that increase student mastery of the Core Curriculum Competencies, student engagement, retention and graduation, including quality academic advising, first-year experience programs, service-learning experiences, and learning community activities.
9. Collaboratively develops, implements, and assesses enrollment management strategies.
10. Serves as a College representative to community leaders and organizations, student support organizations and partners, other educational institutions, government agencies, and private industry.
11. Follows federal and state regulations related to division operations, including but not limited to Clery Compliance, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act/Violence Against Women Act, Americans with Disabilities, equity in athletics, and veterans.
12. Leads one or more collegewide Student Affairs collaboration groups. Provides matrix level oversight for assigned collaboration groups, including providing regular performance feedback and input for annual evaluations in coordination with the staff member’s campus supervisor or dean. Coordinates marketing, assessment, budgetary needs, and activities/events for assigned groups.
13. Performs other related duties as required and may include evenings, weekends, and other assignments.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
(Knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the performance of principal accountabilities achieved through a combination of education, training, and experience)
• Understanding of and commitment to the community college mission.
• Knowledge of current student affairs theories and best practices.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
• Knowledge of presentation software and mechanics to create effective presentations.
• Familiarity with database and spreadsheet software.
• Analyses and use of statistical information.
• Knowledge of student records systems.
• Experience in developing and monitoring multidimensional budgets.
• Experience in managing day-to-day operations to include supervision of personnel.
• Knowledge of relevant federal and state regulations.
(Observable and measurable behaviors that demonstrate how the knowledge, skills and abilities are applied)
• Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrates high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, and commitment to College values.
• Interacts with others in a fair, respectful, and dignified manner.
• Builds, maintains, and strengthens mutually beneficial relationships both inside and outside the College.
• Works collaboratively with others to achieve common goals, exhibiting a strong sense of team spirit.
• Commits to discovering and meeting the needs and expectations of internal and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrates strategic thinking, analytical thinking, and creative problem solving.
• Exercises judgment in decision-making, considering options, consequences, and course of action.
• Accepts personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work.
• Accepts, adapts, and works positively independently and with others to effect institutional change.
(Influencing others to accomplish goals and directing the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent)
• Demonstrates and communicates understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and goals of the College.
• Fosters a climate that values diverse perspectives and free exchange of ideas.
• Maintains a focus on desired outcomes, achievement strategies & actions, and consequent results.
• Identifies trends and seizes opportunities to improve the College when changes are not expected or required.
• Supports cultural awareness and diversity by promoting a climate of fair and equal opportunity for all.
• Promotes long-term learning and development of others through coaching and mentoring.
• Leads, manages, and enables the process of change and transition within the College.
• Inspires others to achieve desired outcomes.
• Understands the formal and informal structures within the College and the impact/implications of decisions/actions throughout the institution.
• Demonstrates a commitment to improving the College’s effectiveness and acts as a catalyst for change.
• Manages and resolves conflict in a positive and constructive manner.
Master’s degree in a relevant field and five (5) years of relevant experience (doctorate is preferred). Relevant experience must include higher education leadership in Student or Academic Affairs.
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Open Until Filled
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