In the past decade, Cornell University has transformed its post-freshman residential experience on West Campus. The traditional residence halls have been replaced by five living-learning Houses, each with new facilities and programmatic initiatives designed to integrate the intellectual, cultural, and social dimensions of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 and supportive communal environment. William Keeton House, which opened in fall of 2008, is one of the residential houses comprising the university’s West Campus House System, and accommodates approximately 300 upper-year students in a faculty-led and student-governed residential community. The name honors long-time and beloved Cornell faculty member William T. Keeton. For more information on Keeton House and the West Campus House System, click here.
Position Needs and Goals
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 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. He or she also 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 residential fellows, house office staff, and undergraduate student assistants, and has frequent contact with faculty associates and visitors to the house. The House Assistant Dean is the main point of contact for 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 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, and basic telephone service and utilities. 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.
Rewards & Benefits:
The position resides in an organization of dedicated and passionate educational professionals who work together to Inspire Transformation. This team is committed to maintaining a student focus and relies on the values of collaboration, empowerment, excellence, fun, inclusion, innovation and integrity as guiding principles.
As a member of the Cornell family, you will have access to great benefits that include educational opportunities, wellness programs, Cornell’s award-winning dining services, employer-supported health care options, generous paid leave provisions (3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day)) and superior retirement
Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link: Benefits at Cornell.
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
Demonstrated experience and commitment to community building, leadership, outreach, and engagement.
Demonstrated work experience with culturally, socially, and economically diverse communities and
Administrative leadership experience, with skills in program administration and evaluation, budget management, staff training and oversight, and website
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: a) other members of the Keeton House team (House Professor-Dean, graduate and undergraduate staff, affiliated faculty, and residents); b) leadership of other West Campus houses; and c) other campus offices and
Evidence of sound judgment in daily operations as well as in times of potential
A passion for leadership and engagement in the development of youth and young
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.
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