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Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Posted Salary Range
Commensurate with experience.
Student Affairs Department
Purpose of Job
The Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide a comprehensive living and learning environment that challenges students to be engaged global citizens. She/he will be actively and energetically committed to ensuring that the University’s campus climate continues to be inclusive, respectful, and safe for all members of the community. In addition, the AVP and DOS advises the Vice-President on matters pertaining to career/pre-professional services, campus union, student conduct, student engagement and success; develops, implements, and assesses program, services and initiatives that enhance the overall student experience on campus.
As the chief student conduct officer for the campus, the Dean of Students is responsible for the development, interpretation, and enforcement of the University’s educational community standards and serves as a resource to students, parents, faculty and staff. The Dean encourages student behavior that supports intellectual development, identity development, ethical development, leadership development, mutual respect, and positive interaction among members of the University community.
Scope of Responsibilities
- Assists the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in providing strong, creative, energetic, and strategic leadership and direction of the division
- Advises the Vice President on all policies and matters related to students and serve as primary point of contact for student concerns in collaboration with Student Affairs managers to ensure responsiveness to students’ needs and consistency of student services
- Collaborates with various campus departments and is instrumental in the interpretation and application of University standards and codes
- Fosters positive student development within the Alcorn State University community
- Increases the number of co-curricular learning opportunities for students
- Evaluates and measures the success of all services within the student affairs department
- Oversees, division-wide assessment and professional development
- Engages in ongoing benchmarking of best practices to ensure strong evidence-based services and programs
- Creates a positive and enriching campus community for a diverse intercultural student population
- Manages the departmental leaders, holding them accountable for: results of individual and shared goals. Coordination and collaboration within Student Affairs and with community stakeholders; and commitment to excellence
- Provides first line contact and problem resolution for parents, students, and others to assist in optimizing the students’ educational experience
- Exhibits the flexibility to manage multiple complex roles which require a broad base of knowledge
- Demonstrates an ability to work successfully with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and external parties
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills necessary for interaction with students, faculty, staff, and community members
- Supervises and directs all areas that reports to the Assistant Vice-President for Student Development and Dean of Students, including functions and programming of Student Conduct, Student Life, Career/Pre-professional Services, Campus Union, and Student Engagement
Serves as a key member of the Vice-President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Senior Leadership team serving on various College committees, assuming responsibilities for special projects and committee works as assigned
Essential Job Functions
- Administers the guidelines governing the Student Code of Conduct, serve as a resource for faculty and staff regarding student behaviors within and outside the classroom;
- Develops policies and programs to address campus safety, student conduct and discipline, academic integrity, civility, diversity and inclusion
- Provides leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures
- Assures adherence to all University and departmental policies, and state and federal regulations and laws
- Manages the unit budget and implementation of assessment plan within the unit;
- Provides direction and intervention for students in crisis, working with University’s Student Case Management, faculty, staff, parents and other University departments
- Provides strategic planning, oversight, and coordination of all student development departments including programming, policy, development, support and empowerment to a dynamic, productive and accountable team
- Guides assessment of programs and services to verify that student affairs programs are effective, innovative, proactive, anticipatory and responsive to student and community requirements with periodic program, services, procedures and policies evaluations;
- Utilizes analytics and data to design, develop and implement inventive, effective student engagement and retention programs and services
- Ensures institutional policies and practices assure fair and equitable student treatment;
Confirms all student affairs programs and services follow state federal laws and University’s policies
- Attends and participates in student programming and other campus and leadership activities;
- Leads efforts to make certain student well-being is fostered, including implementation of educational programs regarding drug and alcohol use, Title IX, mental health, and other areas of well-being
- Provides leadership for emergency/crisis situations and work with the Behavioral Intervention and Risk Management Team to manage campus wide issues and to support individual students and their families.
- Coordinates risk management policies and procedures within all units of the division including student travel, and approval of on and off campus events and activities;
- Responsible for the administration and management of the student conduct and student grievance processes.
- Work closely with the Title IX, Academic Affairs, Director of Human Resources, and Counseling Services to ensure the University’s compliance with Title IX.
- Assist with special projects, committees, and other duties as assigned by the Vice-President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
A Master’s Degree in student personnel counseling, higher education administration or related field plus five years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs is required. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and a track record of working successfully with faculty colleagues on academic matters, in addition to partnering with staff, alumnae, and other constituents in support of the College’s strategic priorities. In addition, it is expected that the person possess:
- An understanding of emerging issues in student affairs and higher education with a strong ability to think strategically about the goals of the division and the University
- A high level of experience and confidence in overseeing the resolution of complex student issues, with the dual goals of helping students learn from their experiences while also promoting risk management to reduce the University’s liability
- A history of embracing the value and mission of a land-grant through academic partnerships, residential life, and student development experiences
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong, trusting relationships across a wide range of constituencies, including students, faculty, division staff, administrative colleagues, parents, community residents, and alumnae
- Demonstrated success in fostering an inclusive environment with a strong commitment to identity/gender development, social justice, and civic engagement;
- A commitment to shared governance and sensitivity, fairness, compassion, empathy, objectivity, and transparency in decision-making;
- A demonstrated ability to build and manage budgets and use financial resources wisely
- Proven crisis management capabilities
- Possess conflict-resolution skills
Licensing and Certifications
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required when presenting information and responding to inquiries or complaints from students, faculty, staff, parents, regulatory agencies, or members of the general community. Must be able to address matters with diplomacy and tact, and maintain confidentiality. Incumbent must be able to read and interpret various documents, and financial reports.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have immediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and competency with using the internet, and Lotus Notes/Outlook or similar software.
Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas
Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds
Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds
Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds
Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds
Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds
Extended Work Hours
Number of Vacancies
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Until Filled
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Excellent Benefits Package
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