In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Campus Title: Dean of Students State Job Title: Dean Department: Student Affairs Job Code: HA7000 FLSA Status: Exempt Funding: 7115-0100 Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Professional Job Type: Full-Time Timeframe: 52 Weeks Shift: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: The Dean of Students receives direct supervision from the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Supervision Exercised: The Dean of Students exercises supervision over the Directors of Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Residential Engagement, Student Conduct, and the Administrative Assistant to the Dean.
General Statement of Duties:
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Dean of Students (DoS) is a strategic partner for the Division of Student Affairs with a focus on enhancing the student experience and increasing student success. The DoS will promote opportunities for students to raise awareness, understanding of differences, collaboration of cross-culture groups, and foster a sense of communal relationship among all students. The DoS is responsible for the supervision of Residence Life, Career Services, Student Conduct, Counseling Services and Health Services. This position serves as the senior crisis administrator available to administrators-on-call responding to student life emergencies. The DoS will assist the Vice President in providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction to ensure the delivery of effective and quality service to students. The DoS will provide executive presence in the leadership of the division across functions in the absence of, and as assigned by, the VPSA
Duties and Responsibilities: Essential:
Duties include but are not limited to:
Evaluates and measures success of the departments of Career Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Residential Engagement and Student Conduct.
Manages and supports departmental leaders, holding them accountable for results of: individual and shared goals; coordination and collaboration within Student Affairs and community stakeholders; and commitment to excellence.
Serve as a co-chair for the Westfield State Experience working closely with Academic Affairs and other Divisions on planning, implementation and assessment of this signature program.
Provides senior line contact and problem resolution for parents, students and others to assist in optimizing the student's educational experience.
Serves as the Senior Conduct Officer, overseeing the management of the student conduct system.
Chairs the University's STAT (Student Threat Assessment Team) designated to assess individual students who are at risk or threat to the campus; chairs the divisional case management team designed to assist and follow through with students displaying at-risk behaviors.
Acts as the senior crisis administrator available to administrators-on-call and coordinate response to student life emergencies.
Serves as a resource for other members of the University community in regard to student life issues; serves as a resource for faculty regarding classroom student concerns.
Assists the Vice President with divisional communications, social media and annual report.
Assists the Vice President in managing personnel issues within the division.
Assists the Vice President in budget development and budget management within the division.
Works in partnership with the Vice President in leading the division in assessment efforts and assists the Vice President in strategic planning and evaluation of departments within the division.
Fills various Title IX roles, which may include serving as a Deputy Coordinator and/or Investigator, as needed.
Acts as the division liaison with University legal counsel relative to student life matters and inquiries.
Represents the Student Affairs division on campus-wide committees which may include the Institutional Assessment Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee, University Academic Appeals Committee, and other committees as assigned.
Other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Student Affairs.
Master's degree required. Ph.D. or Ed.D. or ABD in higher education or related field preferred.
Minimum of seven years of experience in Student Affairs and Student Conduct with progressively increased responsibilities.
Demonstrated success in managing and overseeing multiple departments or areas and supervising director level professionals in Student Affairs.
Well-developed skills in assessing organizational effectiveness and identifying areas of strength as well as needs for improvement.
A strong record of success as a supervisor, including but not limited to performance evaluation, professional development, setting individual goals, and assessment of performance effectiveness.
Demonstrated effectiveness as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.
A high level of collegiality in working with other student affairs units as well as campus and community constituencies along with the ability to build collaborative relationships characterized by mutual respect, trust, and commitment to shared goals. Integrity, creativity, energy and decisiveness along with the capacity to engage and inspire others.
Highly effective in all aspects of crisis management, including the ability to work collaboratively with others in managing crises.
Excellence as a manager of complex organizational processes, heavy reliance on assessment data to inform decisions, superb supervision and professional development skills.
Effectiveness in setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goal and objectives are met.
Strong skills in developing and managing budgets.
Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
Contact information for three references *
Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree
* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.
Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected. .
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us. Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.