The Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
February 11, 2018
The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Dickinson College is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and collaborative Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students to provide leadership to the division of Student Life in its work to enhance all aspects of the student experience. Reporting to the President, the Vice President and Dean will advocate for students and ensure a supportive and nurturing environment in which they prepare for service and leadership in an ever-changing and global society. The position's breadth and depth will require an experienced student affairs administrator who understands and appreciates the leadership needed as Vice President and the attention to students required of a Dean on a small campus dedicated to student well-being, engagement, and success.
The mission of Student Life at Dickinson College is to foster a safe, healthy, supportive and inclusive environment in which students can learn and achieve; to engage students in determining how they will lead meaningful professional and personal lives; and to prepare students for the complexities of leadership and engaged citizenry. This leadership role provides a committed student affairs professional the opportunity to build lasting and meaningful programs, services and relationships in support of this mission in a liberal arts college environment with a four-year residency requirement. Joining an excellent leadership team, the Vice President and Dean will be a visible college leader and collaborator.
The Position The Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students serves as the college's senior student affairs officer, establishing the vision for the dedicated professionals in the division of Student Life. This position oversees the offices responsible for the primary out-of-classroom experiences of students on a residential campus, focusing on high-quality programs and services with a commitment to strengthening the experience for students. Areas of responsibility included in the Student Life division are: Athletics; Career Center; Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice; LGBTQ Services; Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life; Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; Public Safety; Residence Life and Housing; Student Conduct; Student Leadership and Campus Engagement; Wellness Center; and Women's & Gender Resource Center.
The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students has overall responsibility for all aspects of the division of Student Life in the efforts to enhance opportunities for student success. This position envisions, directs and supports the creation and maintenance of a community that supports student well-being and engagement. Specific duties include:
Supervising, supporting, and leading the professionals charged with implementing the mission and vision of Student Life on campus
Managing responses to crises that directly or indirectly impact students, including providing support to students and families
Meeting with, mentoring, and supporting a wide variety of students
Serving on college committees including CARE Team, all-college governance committees, Bias Education and Response Team (BERT) and others as required
Communicating with parents and engaging with them in opportunities to support students and to respond to critical situations
Leading the college dean system as co-chair of Deans' Council
Serving as Posse Liaison for the college and selecting and providing support to Posse and campus mentors
Monitoring the development and implementation of the Dickinson Four
Ensuring that all areas within Student Life stay current with and follow all applicable laws and policies
Serving as an Appeals Officer in the conduct system as needed and conducting appeal hearings in accordance with the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy
Establishing and enhancing collaborative programs and services, including partnerships with faculty and staff as well as off campus community partners
Supporting the Committee on Student Life of the Board of Trustees (three times/year)
Performing other duties in keeping with the position and the expectation to support the college in achieving its mission and goals.
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Application Procedure and Timeline
Dickinson College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, for this search. Application materials should include a resume and a letter of interest and must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read
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About Dickinson College
Known for its innovative curriculum, Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. One of the nation's oldest colleges, and named in honor of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dickinson became the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States in September 1783.As of 2017, Dickinson has just over 800 full-time employees - administrators, faculty and staff - and its 104-acre campus is populated by students from 42 U.S. states and territories and 44 foreign countries. More than half of students study abroad through the school's 35 programs in 25 countries on six continents, mainly in noncapital cities.Dickinson is known for its sustainability initiatives and is continually recognized by such groups as the Princeton Review (Green Honor Roll), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE; Gold rating) and Sierra magazine ("Cool School" and one of America's greenest colleges).Dickinson's stunning campus - featuring beautiful landscaping and buildings made of limestone from Dickinson's own quarry - is located in the heart of the historic central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle, a key marker in Civil War activity. Founded ...in 1751, Carlisle is a cosmopolitan town of 20,000 people, nestled between mountains that have long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and several mountain lakes are within easy reach of the campus, as is Hersheypark and historic Gettysburg.The town is a transportation hub linked by highway, rail and air to prominent East Coast cities, with driving times that make these cities readily accessible: Harrisburg, 20 minutes; Gettysburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, 90 minutes; Washington, D.C., two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Pittsburgh, four hours.Dickinson takes pride in its campus wellness and professional development programs, offering an array of opportunities to faculty and staff through its Holistic Health Incentive program. In 2014, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Dickinson as a gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite, a national award that acknowledges the college's commitment to a vibrant wellness culture on campus.Dickinson offers a competitive benefits package and retirement plan, plus tuition remission and tuition assistance incentives.The college is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.