The Senior Director for Student Engagement/Assistant Dean of Students (SD/AD) reports to the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students (DOS) and serves on the DOS leadership team. The position shares in the strategic development and management of the DOS area and supports the mission of Student Success and The New School. The SD/AD engages a diverse student body and staff in fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment that promotes student learning, academic success, personal growth, and connection to campus life while maintaining high levels of engagement and advocacy for students, parents, and campus partners. The SD/AD will provide vision and oversight for Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Leadership and Involvement, Housing and Residential Education, and utilizes a curricular/outcome-based approach to creating learning and engagement initiatives, and support services. Additionally, the SD/AD oversees all policies, procedures, and systems associated with this area, including but not limited to campus engagement and transition, housing accommodations, summer conferences, and on-campus behavior support and crisis response. Moreover, this position oversees all human resources processes for the Dean of Students portfolio including staff hiring, onboarding, ongoing training and development of 81 full-time and 200 student employees. This position directly supervises three director-level staff. The SD/AD serves as a primary advisor to the DOS and will represent them and Student Success in external and internal matters where appropriate. This position serves as a senior administrator on-call and responds to student-related emergencies for a campus population of 10,000 students.
The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Responsibilities: ●Serves as a member of the Dean of Students’ leadership team and actively participates in the development, implementation, and assessment of Student Success' mission and priorities. ●Provides vision and oversight for Student Success offices focused on creating intentional engagement and learning opportunities by utilizing a curricular/outcome-based approach, including Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Leadership and Involvement, and Housing and Residential Education. ●Engages a diverse student body and staff in fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus environment that promotes student learning, academic success, personal growth, and connection to campus life while maintaining high levels of engagement and advocacy for students, parents, and campus partners. ●Oversees all human resources processes for the Dean of Students portfolio including staff hiring, onboarding, ongoing training and development of 81 full-time, 200 student employees, and directly supervises three (3) full-time employees, including three (3) directors for Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Leadership and Involvement, and Housing and Residential Education. ●Oversees student-oriented policies and processes, and proposes updates as needed, including but not limited to, orientation planning, club and organization funding, off-campus excursions, housing release, room change, community living standards, summer housing agreements, recreation regulations, contracts with external facilities, and large scale engagement activities. ●Collaborates with General Counsel and the Dean of Students on all vendor agreements and contracts. ●Collaborates with the Senior Director for Student Advocacy/Assistant Dean of Students on emergency preparedness for Student Success, leading crisis response efforts for on-campus students, and serves as a senior administrator for on-call emergency response. ●Oversees the development and management of campus-wide student leadership and self-governance opportunities, including the emerging leaders' program, clubs and organizations, the Student Senate, Residence Hall Association (RHA), community councils, and serves as a co-advisor to the Student Senate. ●Directs the development and management of an approximately $2.7 million operational budget and approximately $54 million revenue budget for Housing and Residential Education while maintaining compliance with university procurement policies and procedures. ●Meets with students, faculty, staff, and guests regarding issues, complaints, campus processes, conduct issues, and general concerns, while working collaboratively with campus partners to resolve issues. ●Maintains awareness of new developments and reviews current literature in Student Learning and Development, New Student and Transition Programs, Housing & Residential Education, Retention and Students Success, Federal, State, and Local laws and policies affecting higher education. ●Participates in university-wide events, including residence hall openings, Orientation, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, and Commencement. ●Serves on divisional and university committees and leads projects as required. ●Serves as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, and parents. ●Performs other duties as assigned.
Note: This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The inclusion of these duties would not alter the overall evaluation of this position.
●Master's degree and seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressive experience in higher education, business administration, educational leadership or a closely related field. ●Experience developing outcome-based student engagement and learning initiatives, and retention efforts. ●Experience with advising student groups and advocating for improvements in their overall experience. ●Demonstrated experience in housing administration and operations, student activities, and/or new student programs. ●Previous experience with student crisis response and/or service in an on-call capacity. ●Multicultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms. ●Experience supervising professional staff members. ●Experience overseeing and managing staff hiring, development, and performance management. ●Impeccable integrity and ability to handle complex, sensitive, and confidential issues. ●Ability to build trusting relationships with all constituencies, including faculty and academic deans. ●Understanding of emerging issues in higher education, particularly in student services. ●Experience with budget management, and an understanding of how to use limited financial resources. ●Applied understanding of student development theory, including the impact of engagement initiatives and housing on academic success and retention. ●Excellent written and oral communication skills.
●Advanced degree in a relevant discipline. ●Previous experience in student leadership, involvement, activities, recreation, orientation, and transition programs. ●Previous experience with financial management, including, but not limited to, budget development, financial analysis, and internal controls. ●Involved regionally or nationally in professional associations within higher education. ●Previous experience at an urban and/or arts-focused institution.
Internal Number: 18361
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.