Dean of Students and Director of Student Life
Southern Oregon University
Position Number: A00409
Rate: $87,000 or commensurate with experience. (This position may be subject to a 20% furlough)
Reporting directly to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and collaborating with constituents across the campus and in the Ashland community, the Dean of Students and Director of Student Life has responsibility for the following functions: A comprehensive residence life program of roughly 1,200 beds; student involvement, including civic engagement, outdoor and recreation programs, resources for commuter students, and student publicity; and the Stevenson Union. The Dean/Director also provides planning and leadership for student support services at SOU. This includes planning, directing, coordinating, and collaborating on intervention and retention strategies across the University. The Dean of Students and Director of Student Life holds primary responsibility for the leadership and direction of the crisis and behavioral intervention for students and participates with other University leaders on the Crisis Management Team and risk assessment processes for faculty and staff. The Dean/Director provides planning and leadership for the Student Support Network, a multidisciplinary behavioral intervention and threat assessment team. The Dean/Director provides development, planning, and leadership for the online reporting system, SOU Cares, and has primary responsibility for triage, case assignment, and oversight of all interventions involving at-risk students. The Dean/Director serves on the Title IX Team and provides forensic experiential, trauma-informed investigatory services and provides leadership, administrative supervision, and clinical supervision for all behavioral and risk related interventions. The Dean/Director provides leadership and supervision of student conduct as adjudicated through the Student Code of Conduct and the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Title IX. The Dean/Director directly engages in post-hospital discharge care planning and other risk reducing support plans for students. The Dean/Director is responsible for advising the Vice President with regard to at-risk students and institutional protocol. The position supervises the work of the Associate Dean of Students and Directors for Student Life. The Dean/Director collaborates closely with the members of the Student Support Network, as well as other campus resources such as Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, Trio Student Support Services, Disability Resources, and University Housing. The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact for community resource providers, hospitals, and parents. The Dean/Director oversees and manages a budget of approximately $4 million. The Dean/Director will work closely with the Director of Housing as SOU continues planning on a public-private partnership to construct additional campus housing, ensuring that student development goals are fully realized in the project. The Dean/Director will provide oversight of major campus programs and spirit initiatives, including orientation, civic engagement, and recreational opportunities. Additionally, the Dean/Director will ensure that co-curricular programs and activities align with and support institutional goals relating to diversity & inclusion and health & wellness. The Dean/Director will also participate actively in the campus Student Support Network, on-call crisis response team, and work closely with Campus Public Safety and Student Health & Wellness Center staff.
A master’s degree is required, preferably in student development, higher education, counseling, social work, or other related field
administration, or a related field, plus at least 5 years progressively responsible experience in residence life, student activities, or a related field within higher education, Individual client assessment, intervention, case management and counseling, program planning and coordination.
Experience with/ability to interact with a diverse population.
Minimum of five years’ experience working with distressed or at-risk students in a higher education setting and serving on or leading a campus behavioral intervention team/threat assessment team.
The ideal candidate will have exceptional written and oral communication skills, have the demonstrated ability to inspire staff and students, be committed to the concept of inclusive excellence, and be able to translate creative thinking into concrete accomplishments.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references; If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resource for assistance.
For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at email@example.com or by phone at (541)552-8553.
Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”), requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.
An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link:
https://inside.sou.edu/assets/security/AnnualCrimeReportFinal.pdf. A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/8805.
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
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