Position Summary: Deans are critical members of the Student Affairs team. Each of the four Deans oversees and delivers student support for approximately 25% of the undergraduate population during the academic year, and a similar proportion of students in the Vermont-based summer programs, including summer student employees. Building close student relationships based on trust, integrity, consistency, accountability, and genuine interest in, and care for, students is at the core of the job. Deans are responsible for comprehensively supporting students with their academic work, advising, class management, social, personal, and health concerns. This case management function, carried out in close collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Student Success and other student affairs, residential life, and faculty colleagues, includes helping students develop educational goals and monitoring their satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards graduation requirements; working with faculty to support student success in the classroom; facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services; and supporting student transitions from high school through the undergraduate years at the College. Deans also partner with faculty around programming in the residential halls and outside the classrooms across the four years. As officers of the College, Deans are responsible for aligning their work with the mission of the College and upholding College policies and processes.
Essential Functions: This posting is currently accepting internal applicants only. Internal applicants are active Middlebury College employees and their spouse or partner.
Please note that this is a regular position and not a term position. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Develops meaningful and significant relationships with students Highly knowledgeable in, acts in accordance with, and actively contributes to the ongoing refinement of, all College policies and procedures relevant to the Dean role Is a visible and engaged member of the campus community Holds diversity and inclusion as core values in all work Works, extensively in implementing strategies to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of diverse backgrounds Regularly applies Restorative Practices techniques and strategies in work with both colleagues and students; conducts circles and conferences as necessary and appropriate Works closely with other student affairs offices, in particular the Asst Dean of Students for Student Success, to provide appropriate referrals and supports to students of concern Manages critical student cases, often in close collaboration with the Asst Dean of Students for Student Success Works closely with faculty in supporting students with academic work and managing social life at the college including personal, social, medical, and academic challenges. Assesses needs and requests for, and collaborate closely with faculty in the implementation of, Deans excuses Engages in conversation and consultation with parents, families, clinicians (when authorized) and other stakeholders as necessary and appropriate Maintains accurate, timely and complete records around students of concern in the Advocate CARE module Monitors students Satisfactory Academic Progress consistent with College policy, and manages students academic status Manages, facilitates and tracks student withdrawal, leave, and return processes Serves as key risk manager in the area of student life Serves on the Colleges on call after hour emergency response team, including for Vermont based summer programs Serves on essential student affairs and other campus committees as necessary Performs other related duties as required
General Responsibilities: Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional growth and development in all areas of responsibility; inclusion and social justice in higher education contexts are explicitly included in this charge Actively participate in professional associations, conferences and other professional development opportunities as time and resources permit Seek opportunities for professional development on campus through collaboration with other departments and colleagues as time permits. Negotiates contracts as necessary Deans may, with approval from their supervisor, elect to teach in an area of expertise, pending the support of an academic department. Other duties as assigned
Qualifications Education: Masters degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Experiential Education, Education or equivalent required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of college student development models and theories Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity Superb interpersonal communications skills, both verbal and written, particularly around difficult conversations Trained in, or willing to learn, Restorative Practices Skilled in conflict mediation
Experience: 3 5 years of prior experience in student affairs and/ or higher education administration strongly preferred
Physical Demands: Late night and on call responsibilities required
From its proud history spanning more than two centuries, Middlebury College has emerged as one of a handful of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges. Middlebury is unique among these schools in being a classic liberal arts college that also offers graduate and specialized programs operating around the world.