Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private university offering over 100 degrees and disciplines from associate through doctoral level. There are four campuses – two located in close proximity to Manhattan, the Florham and Metropolitan campuses and international campuses in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Wroxton, Oxfordshire, England. Fairleigh Dickinson University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Students for the Florham Campus in Madison, NJ. The Florham Campus offers a classic liberal arts experience and is located on the picturesque Vanderbilt-Twombly estate in Madison and Florham Park. N.J. Just a short train ride away from Manhattan, FDU Florham is primarily a residential campus supported by strong student life activities and programs, and surrounded by fortune 500 corporations for internships and an array of world class cultural opportunities . With the majority of its more than 2,700 undergraduate students living on campus, the Florham Campus focuses on providing outstanding on-campus and residential living and learning opportunities. Among the extensive offerings, the campus provides strong undergraduate programs in arts, sciences, business, hospitality and many other areas. Students have access to a wide range of hands-on learning experiences (such as internships, student/faculty research and study abroad), strong graduate and professional school preparation and customized educational options (from double majors to specializations within minors) — all framed by a global perspective.
The campus boasts an active student government as well as fraternities, sororities, diverse student activities and 19 Division III sports programs with over 500 student athletes.
The Position: The Dean of Students is the Chief Student Affairs Officer for FDU Florham and reports to the Florham Campus Executive. The successful candidate will provide leadership, planning, administration and management of all campus student affairs programs and services, and ensure delivery of effective and quality services to all students. The Dean of Students manages seven direct reports including two associate deans, three directors and two administrative staff. S/he will play a pivotal role in helping students develop the skills necessary to be successful both during and after their university experience. The Dean's portfolio includes supervision of the following areas: Student Health Services / Student Counseling Center, Residence Life, Student Life, Conference Operations and Campus Ministries. Essential Responsibilities:
Promote development and implementation of student development programs, projects and services.
Evaluate and measure services and develop special projects to ensure best practices and enhance quality of student life.
Serve as advisor to the Student Government Association and promote student development and leadership through this process.
Research student needs, attitudes and opinions in relation to campus life, student services, and other matters.
Maintain close collaboration with Public Safety, Counseling Services, Student Health and all Academic Colleges. As needed, refer students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them.
Maintain a direct line of communication with the Florham Campus Executive regarding issues important to the safety and well-being of the students.
Promote a team environment among staff through demonstrating support and guidance and being accessible when needed.
Advise and counsel faculty and staff on matters related to personal, academic, educational, medical and financial programs and services provided by the campus and the university.
Develop and implement a staff development program and provide ongoing in-service training programs. Conduct weekly staff meetings for the professional Student Affairs staff.
Meet, communicate and respond to the needs of students through working with all campus and university constituencies including: directors, deans, department chairpersons, faculty, staff and students.
Oversee assessment processes for Division of Student Affairs.
Develop and monitor departmental operating and compensation budgets. Job Requirements:
Master's degree in counseling, student personnel or related field. Ed.D. or Ph.D. in related discipline preferred.
A minimum of five – eight years varied and progressively responsible Student Affairs management experience in a college or university setting, (i.e., Residence Life, Student Life, Assistant or Associate Dean of Students).
Strong organizational and managerial skills required.
Knowledge of student affairs and higher education legal issues.
Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.
The Dean of Students will possess many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
A strong understanding of engaging and providing support for students;
Demonstrated management and leadership experience;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Ability to work effectively and develop positive working relationships with a diverse group of constituents including staff, students, faculty, and the external community;
High level of energy and enthusiasm for working in a demanding, and diverse environment;
A can-do attitude;
Ability to take a firm stand;
Possess excellent soft skills including understanding and sensitivity to difficult student issues.
Application Process: Please provide a letter of interest expressing how your experience matches the job requirements and personal attributes set forth in the job description, a curriculum vitae or resume and four professional references of which at least two are prior supervisors, along with contact information. References will not be checked without prior permission.
Campus: Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
Hiring Manager: Brian Mauro
Department: Student Life-Florham
Internal Number: 6295
About Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. The University strives to provide students with the multi-disciplinary, intercultural, and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead, and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce and culture.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Fairleigh Dickinson University takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.Please click on this link to view a federal government poster that explains your Equal Employment Opportunity rights http://www.fdu.edu/admin/eh/fedeeo.pdf