The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Students. This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.
The University: As the state's public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.
The Division: The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens. Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community rich with diverse experiences. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students. We believe Vol is a Verb and seek candidates who have the ability to provide expertise, energy, and strategy as the division seeks to build an inclusive excellence infrastructure.
The Department:The Office of the Dean of Students centers the student experience using three tenets: compassionate care, leadership and service and mattering and belonging. Committed to caring for the whole student, the office collaborates across campus to cultivate an environment where students can thrive. The Office of the Dean of Students includes the Jones Center for Leadership and Service, Center for Student Engagement, Multicultural Student Life, the Pride Center, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, the Student Government Association, and Student Media.
The Position: Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students, the Associate Dean is responsible for leading care and support initiatives for students. The role includes fostering a community of compassionate care through initiatives related to distressed student protocol, crisis communication, and student basic needs, including the Big Orange Pantry. In addition, this position also leads the Care Team, 974HELP outreach, the Student Emergency Fund committee, and assessment and evaluation initiatives for the department. The Associate Dean serves as a key member of the Dean of Students and Vice Chancellor for Student Life leadership teams.
Responsibilities: The Associate Dean works with the Dean of Students leadership team to define the strategic direction of the office, assess and evaluate departmental initiatives, advocates for students and staff, and plays a significant role in increasing support and outreach interventions through the Office of the Dean of Students. This position serves as a member of various committees related to supporting and advocating for students and also coordinates the Dean of Students after hours on-call crisis management rotation system.
Internal Number: 219067
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