Tufts University announces its search for the Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer. The Dean oversees a vibrant student life program, providing dynamic and purposeful leadership for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, Tufts' two undergraduate-focused colleges. The Dean will have a deep commitment to undergraduate education, shared governance and close partnerships with faculty and academic affairs colleagues.
This position reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the College of Engineering.
The Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer provides strategic leadership and supervision to a talented staff of approximately 80 professionals who oversee the Offices of Student Life and Engagement, (including Residential Life and Learning), Health and Wellness, the Career Center and Communications. The Dean will serve as a member of the Dean's leadership team, working collaboratively with the Deans of Admission, Student Services and Directors of Library, Undergraduate Studies, and Diversity and Inclusion. The Dean also works with other leaders who are engaged in undergraduate and graduate services, programs and resources.
The Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer is an experienced leader who demonstrates a deep knowledge of current trends in academic student affairs and possesses a strong belief in the essential link between diversity and excellence. With genuine fondness and respect for students and with strong academic values, the dean will inspire a sense of new possibilities for student affairs at Tufts University. The Dean will be a skillful listener, a facilitator of campus wide conversations about the quality of student life, and a person who engenders trust through transparency in policy development and decision-making. The Dean will be committed to shared governance and will build consensus among faculty, student affairs professionals, and students.
The successful candidate will have excellent management skills, and commitment to building partnerships with the faculty, and with colleagues in diversity and inclusion, athletics and academic departments. Among the competencies needed are excellent communications skills and methods, strategic and critical thinking and the ability to synthesize complex situations in order to develop problem solving successes through tools such as facilitation and mediation.
About Tufts: Tufts University is committed to providing transformative experiences for students in an inclusive and collaborative environment where creative scholars generate bold ideas, innovate in the face of complex challenges and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world. With an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 5500 students from around the world, Tufts' commitment to civic engagement and global perspectives creates a deep sense of community both on and off the campus. The University's size and structure enables students to access a challenging and supportive educational experience in close interaction with faculty, peers, and professional staff. A highly selective research university, Tufts is comprised of four distinct campuses locally in Medford/Somerville, Boston, Fenway/Mission Hill, and Grafton campuses, and maintains substantial programs abroad. For more about Tufts University, please go to www.tufts.edu.
Nominations, applications and expressions of interest including a cover letter and resume should be submitted to TUDeanofStudentAffairs@wittkieffer.com. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled: for fullest consideration, candidates should submit their materials as soon as possible and by no later than November 7 as described in the Leadership Profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com. Confidential inquiries and questions about this search may be directed to the consultants supporting the search, Sheila Murphy and Janice Kassman through Shalonda Alleyne, Executive Search Consultant at 630-575-6157.
Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.