The Division of Student and Campus Life (SCL) serves all Cornell students. Day in and day out the Division strives to promote a transformative student experience where students can thrive in pursuit of their academic and personal goals.
In the past decade Cornell University has transformed its post-freshman residential experience on West Campus. The traditional residence halls on West Campus have been replaced by five living-learning Houses, each with new facilities and programmatic initiatives designed to integrate the intellectual, cultural, and social dimensions of undergraduate life in a vibrant communal environment. William Keeton House, which opened in the fall of 2008, is one of the residential colleges comprising the university's West Campus House System. The house accommodates approximately 300 upper-class students in a faculty-led, student-governed residential community. The name honors long-time and beloved Cornell faculty member William T. Keeton.
The House Assistant Dean works in consultation and close partnership with the House Professor/Dean (the leader of the house community), graduate and undergraduate staff, and student leadership in implementing the house program, building community among the residents, and maintaining the welfare of the house community and the well-being of its individual members.
The House Assistant Dean manages all non-academic house operations, administrative processes and systems, and provides critical administrative and logistical support for house academic programs. Additionally, works collaboratively with the House Professor/Dean to create, support and implement the overall mission and culture of the house.
The House Assistant Dean's successful performance will depend on the ability to build a vibrant, engaged and supportive community within the house through creative leadership and effective relationships with key constituencies in the house and on campus. The House Assistant Dean provides shared supervision for graduate resident fellows, the house administrative assistant, and undergraduate student assistants, and has frequent contact with faculty associates of the house and guest faculty. The House Assistant Dean is the main house staff contact for the undergraduate residents regarding operational and many programmatic issues. The House Assistant Dean also provides on-call coverage for crisis support and conflict resolution for the West Campus community on a rotational basis during the academic year.
The House Assistant Dean is the primary liaison to the support staff in the house, including the dining management and facilities and custodial staff, and is responsible for resolving most day-to-day issues independently. The incumbent must also establish collaborative working relationships with a number of other University offices and partners, including the Campus Life Housing Office, Dean of Students office, Judicial Administrator (JA), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and individual college advising offices/services among others.
The position is full time and requires the House Assistant Dean to live in the house and to interact on a regular basis with students and staff. To meet the job requirements, the House Assistant Dean is provided with a furnished two-bedroom apartment, a parking permit, basic telephone service and utilities (excluding cable service). The incumbent, and his/her immediate family members, also receive an academic-year house meal plan for the purpose of dining with students, staff and other work related contacts in ways that support their role as House Assistant Dean.
The House Assistant Dean is appointed to an initial three-year term with the option to renew thereafter based on successful performance and mutual agreement.
The skills and qualifications we believe are essential for success in this role are:
Masters degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Community Organizing, Higher Education Administration or other appropriate field, and a minimum of 3-5 years experience in a relevant educational leadership position, or some equivalent combination of the two.
Demonstrated experience and commitment to community building, leadership, outreach, and engagement.
Demonstrated work experience with culturally, socially, and economically diverse communities and populations.
Administrative leadership experience, with skills in program administration and evaluation, budget management, staff training and oversight, and website management.
Ability to work autonomously, exercising significant leadership, creativity and discretion in line with broader house and West Campus goals (as developed in partnership with the House Professor-Dean).
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with, other members of the Keeton House team (House Professor-Dean, graduate and undergraduate staff, affiliated faculty, and residents); leadership of other West Campus houses; and other campus offices and partners.
Evidence of sound judgment in daily operations as well as in times of potential crisis.
A passion for leadership and engagement in the development of youth and young adults.
Additional preferred experiences include:
Experience in crisis intervention and conflict management.
Experience with managing budgets, student records and information systems.
Interest and familiarity with cross-cultural learning, democratic education and community engagement. Flexible and collaborative
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 10, 2017 with a target start date of January 2018.
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