The Associate Dean of Student Life will assist in creating an environment where students feel welcomed and engaged in a campus community where diversity is encouraged and students learn responsible and collaborative leadership. Provides leadership for the College’s residential and campus life programs, including educational, social, recreational programs, student support services, residence hall facilities, and housing selection processes. Supervises a team of Residential and Campus Life professionals charged with service delivery, program development and student-centered learning. Provide guidance and support to the Judicial Team. Assumes leadership responsibility for the safety and physical condition of the residence halls.
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position: •Master Degree in Student Affairs, Education, Higher Education Administration or closely related field.
Experience required to ensure success in this position: •7-10 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in Student Life at the collegiate level.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: •Substantial experience in college administration, student life, counseling, and working closely and productive with college students. •Proven ability to lead and manage a team of skilled professionals effectively. •Strong written and verbal communication skills. •Possess an understanding of best practices for collecting, interpreting and applying data to develop, implement and assess student learning and co-curricular programs. •Knowledge of student development theory. •Possess administrative, organizational, budgeting, program, and project management skills. License, certification, or registration necessary: •Valid Driver’s License
Physical requirements: •Must be physically able to access all residence halls on a routine and emergency basis. •Must exercise mature judgment in handling crisis and emergency situations relating to students safety and well-being. •The employee is occasionally required to stand, climb, and walk. Environmental conditions: •Mostly indoor within a busy shared space office setting. •Work also requires routine presence in the College’s residence halls and student union.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment: •Standard office equipment and computer
Primary duties and responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Provide administrative leadership and support necessary to develop collaborative teamwork and insure effective, responsible decision-making and actions reflective of the principles of the College and the Student Life program. •Provides leadership and supervision of the Student Life Team Members – Residence Life and Campus Life Associates. •Develop, administer, and review policies and procedures involving areas of oversight. •Work closely and effectively with other student services areas e.g., Facilities Management, Academic Services, and Public Safety in coordinating student-centered events, services and completing all administrative tasks. •Facilitate and provide oversight to the budget process for auxiliary operations. •Provide policy and procedural oversight to protect the safety and security of students and residential property, and to assure compliance with relevant state and federal regulations. •Perform all other duties and assignments as requested by the Associate Vice President of Student Life. •Serve on College committees as elected or assigned. •In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.
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