Sarah Lawrence College is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of First Year Class Dean. Core responsibilities include the strategic design and implementation of activities and programs to promote the academic success and retention of first-year and new transfer students, and activities and programs designed to improve student persistence.
Working within the office of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and reporting to the Dean of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the class dean is responsible for strategic planning, oversight, and implementation of a comprehensive program that brings together important campus partners in creating a cohesive first year experience. Collaborate with faculty, staff, and community members to support equitable, inclusive, and sustainable living and learning environment. The First Year Class Dean is provided on campus housing.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as the key point person working in coordination with the office of Admissions to on board and guide the transition of accepted students as they commit to Sarah Lawrence College, coordinate student services as new students prepare to begin academic studies, and oversight and implementation of key new student programs including Belonging at SLC, new student orientation, Fall Family Weekend, peer mentor program, and communications for new students and their families.
Oversight of new student orientation staff including orientation leaders and student move in assistants known as the Green Team.
Collaborate closely with other campus offices, including but not limited to: Counseling Services, Health Services, Residence Life, Dean of Studies, Learning Commons, Financial Services, Athletics and Student Accounts to both inform and enhance resources and services in support of student learning and engagement.
Serve as a point of contact for parents, families, faculty members, coaching staff, and other campus colleagues with questions or concerns regarding campus processes, policies and resources. Will serve as the primary point of contact for new students and their families.
Coordinate with campus partners to support first generation college students, transfer students, and other special populations. Coordinate pre-orientation programs for international students as well as application process for the College’s pre-orientation programs.
Serve on the Dean-on-Call evening and weekend rotation
Collaborate with Academic dons (advisors), the Dean of Studies office, Provost’s office and other academic resources such as the Library and Learning Commons to enhance individual and programmatic support to ensure student success
Provide support to students in addressing personal issues that may be a barrier to academic success; refer students to appropriate campus and community resources
Hire, train, and manage student office workers
Communicate relevant policies, procedures, and practices to students, faculty, and staff
Serve as a key member of the College effort in the development and implementation of student retention strategies.
Keep current on trends and best practices in advising, retention, student development, and student success
Represent the Dean of Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College on various campus and community committees
Perform additional duties as assigned
Master's degree required. Doctorate preferred.
5 years of increasingly responsible experience in student programming, advising, and leading system wide change, preferably working with students in a residential liberal arts setting
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated problem-solving and dispute resolution skills.
Strong organizational and analytic skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student services.
Sound judgment, and the ability to handle difficult situations with sensitivity and objectivity
Must have knowledge of student life issues that affect student success, such as, mental health, disabilities, sexual harassment and assault, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders
Talent to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, parents, alumni, and other campus colleagues
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community
About Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.
Sarah Lawrence College is located in southern Westchester County, 25 minutes by train from midtown Manhattan, NYC. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our web site at https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/.