Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program.Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body.The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Associate Dean of Campus Life The Office of Student Life at Whittier College seeks an Associate Dean of Campus Life. The Associate Dean for Campus Life works closely with the Vice President & Dean of Students in providing leadership and support to the Student Life team. The AD serves as the senior student affairs officer in the absence of the Vice President & Dean of Students and is part of the 24-hour emergency on-call rotation to emergency incidents. The incumbent will be expected to engage all students in helping strengthen a diverse and inclusive environment and serve as an advocate, resource, and proactive catalyst to advance the College's mission in the areas of student support.
She or he provides strategic planning and implementation of programs and services and is responsible for delivering services to students that promote their academic and personal development. These services include providing administrative direction and intervention for crisis and non-crisis situations, leading the Poet Early Alert Program (PEAP), and working with staff and faculty to resolve student problems. The AD directly supervises the work of the Campus Life team, which is comprised of the Office of Equity & Inclusion, Office of Student Engagement, and Office of Residential Life & Housing. In addition, the incumbent will directly oversee New Student Orientation including supervision of the Orientation Leadership Team (over 60 student staff members - Orientation Coordinators, Orientation Leaders, and Orientation Advisors).
Hours: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Full Time/Part Time status: Full time Salary Range: $83,000-$87,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Vice President & Dean of Students
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Student Life
Responsibilities: Strategic Leadership
Provides high level oversight, through supervision of the Associate Director for Residential Life & Housing, for all aspects of the residential life program, comprised of approximately 900 beds on and off campus; including residence hall renovations, hiring, supervision, programming, community development and overall administration of the program.
Oversees recruitment, selection, training, supervision and evaluation of Director Office of Equity & Inclusion, Associate Director for Student Engagement, Associate Director for Residential Life & Housing, and Campus Life staff, including 9 full time professional staff members.
Oversees New Student Orientation including managing collaborations with the Associate Dean for First Year Programs, developing and marketing the Orientation schedule, and selecting, hiring, training, and supervising Orientation student staff. Responsible for marketing and oversight of pre-orientation programs, and supporting effective and impactful transition programs for new and transfer students.
Provides leadership and direction for the Poet Early Alert Program (PEAP). This includes chairing a cross-campus committee. In addition work with faculty and staff to create a culture of care.
Responsible for building community and providing developmental/educational programming by enhancing current efforts and coordinating new initiatives, including first-year programs, theme housing/halls and living-learning communities. Initiates collaborative learning opportunities with faculty and staff colleagues to ensure that departments learning objectives are achieved.
Utilizing historical residential life occupancy data, develops forecasting models that anticipate emerging trends and changes in student occupancy patterns such as attrition rates, retention, etc. Effectively articulate emerging needs to senior administration.
Student Engagement - Responsible for broad strategic direction for the Campus Life team, specifically ensuring alignment with College and Divisional goals and priorities. Provides direct oversight to programs, initiatives, and events that support student engagement outside of the classroom, and that promote a healthy, inclusive, and supportive community.
Equity and Inclusion - Through supervision of the Director of the Office of Equity & Inclusion, support programs, initiatives, and services designed to provide connection for students of marginalized and/or historically underrepresented identities. Ensure inclusive excellence in Campus Life and divisional programming and advocate for the needs of the office and students as appropriate.
Residence Life - Ensure management of the residential life budget. Develops multi-year occupancy and revenue projections for consideration by the College Budget Committee. Reconciles projections, housing occupancy, and revenue. Ensures that occupancy projections are met. Administers the overall furniture and equipment inventory for the department and oversee systematic repair and/or replacement of furniture. Ensures an effective key management system.
Housing - Provide indirect oversight to the housing selection process utilizing StarRez, accurate assignment communication to all residents, and billing for all residents. Oversees roommate matching and adjustment challenges when they arise.
Communication - Communicates with residents and families regarding Student Code of Conduct and Student Life policies and questions, important dates, identifying appropriate solutions when issues and complaints emerge. Communicates with residents regarding room changes or changes in roommates. In consultation with Student Life and Communications, develop brochures, web pages, social media outreach, video technology, and various other materials to inform residents about relevant policies, processes, and other timelines for the Residential Life program.
Policy development - Oversees the implementation of existing policies and develops effective policies and procedures to ensure a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate general campus and residential learning community (as needed).
Assessment-Articulates specific, measurable learning objectives for residential life. Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Student Engagement, develops appropriate learning strategies and utilize effective means to assess learning and program effectiveness. Utilizes outcome information to improve the delivery of services and improve the learning environment.
Collaboration-Serves as an effective liaison among Residential Life and Campus Safety, Information Technology, Admissions, Financial Aid, Business Office, Dining Services, Facilities, Housekeeping, Grounds, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Conference Services, other Student Life departments and other departments of the College. Collaborates closely with the College's Facilities/Housekeeping Departments to identify and respond to immediate maintenance needs, as well as develops plans for deferred maintenance and capital requests consistent with College's annual budget proposal process.
Data Management-Oversees the development and management of various databases including student general information lookup, student conduct and PEAP. Compile annual statistics. Maintains Orientation, Campus Life, and other websites.
Represents the Dean of Students at events and meetings and respond to other duties, as assigned.
Additional Functions of the Job:
Represent the College as appropriate in its relationship with the community, government agencies, professional organizations, and other groups.
Serve as a Title IX investigator.
Attend division wide meetings.
Serve on institutional committees as requested.
Position Specifications and Requirements: Previous Experience: Seven to ten years of professional experience in student affairs and a commitment to the ideals of liberal arts education. Evidence of ability to inspire students to achieve much academically and as potential leaders. Experience working with student judiciary processes, residential life, student engagement, equity and inclusion, programming, leadership development, publications, web page development and management expected.
Knowledge and Education: Master's Degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field required doctorate preferred. Demonstrate a deep understanding of diversity and social justice principles, a personal demeanor that inspires collaboration within the division of Student Affairs and throughout the campus and community, and a penchant for continuous learning and improvement.
Application Deadline:June 15, 2018
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.
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