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Vice President, Dean of Students
Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland
Date Posted 08/14/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Company Description:

Since it was founded in 1885, Goucher has been firmly committed to excellence in liberal arts and sciences education. Originally named the Woman's College of Baltimore City, Goucher was founded in 1885 as an independent, non-profit, residential liberal arts college by a group of influential Methodists led by the Rev. John Franklin Goucher. The college was renamed after Rev. Goucher in 1910 and relocated in 1954 to a 287-acre wooded campus in Towson, MD, just eight miles north of the heart of the city. The college has been coeducational since 1986.

Today, Goucher serves approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students with 30 different majors, a 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio, and opportunities for students to compete in 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. In addition, Goucher offers professional certificates in several areas, as well as a renowned post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. Goucher's coursework reflects the core values of a liberal arts education: proficiency in English composition and languages, solid foundations in history, abstract reasoning, scientific discovery and experimentation, problem-solving, social structures, and environmental sustainability.

A highlight of Goucher's unique liberal arts curriculum is the requirement that all undergraduates must study abroad at least once before graduation ? the first college in the nation to make such a bold move in promoting the importance of a global education for today's students. The 2019 edition of the Princeton Review ranked Goucher as the #1 "Best college for study abroad in America." In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Goucher the 11th "Most Innovative School," and one of the "best liberal arts colleges in the nation," and in 2018 The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Goucher as a top producer of Fulbright fellows. Goucher is also one of only forty institutions profiled in Colleges That Change Lives because of its commitment to social justice.

Job Description:

Reporting to the president, the vice president, dean of students is the chief student affairs officer of the college and provides executive leadership and vision for the division of student affairs. Student affairs is a large and functionally diverse division of the college that facilitates experiences and environments in which students can achieve their maximum potential through the provision and continuous improvement of student engagement opportunities and student support services.

The dean of students provides leadership for accessibility services; Bon Apptit dining services; chaplaincy/religious and spiritual life; diversity, equity, inclusion, and Title IX; intercollegiate athletics (NCAA Division III); new student programs; residential life; student conduct; student counseling; student engagement; student health; student support and outreach; and student wellness. The dean of students is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and enhancement of the overall student experience and advises the president and cabinet on matters concerning students.

As the chief advocate for students on the college's senior leadership team, the dean of students ensures that the quality of the student experience remains central to all conversations and major decisions; fosters the ongoing development of a diverse residential community, in which all students are encouraged to be responsible facilitators and participants in a dynamic living and learning experience; and works closely with the provost to integrate the social and academic life of the campus.


A master's degree and substantial administrative experience in higher education administration, with most of the experience within college student affairs, are required. A terminal degree is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess experience managing a large staff and complex budgets; a proven track record of providing strong leadership in response to student and parent issues, concerns, and crisis matters; a demonstrated commitment to - and experience with - matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an understanding of critical race theory, as applied to higher education; and a deep understanding of college student development theory and best practices in student affairs. The successful candidate will also possess experience and engagement with intercollegiate athletics and experience in data-driven assessment and outcomes measurements, with demonstrated knowledge of student learning outcomes in student affairs programs.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin May 8, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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