Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Success and Well-Being

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • United States
  • Jun 28, 2022
Full time Student Affairs

Job Description

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In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.



Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Success and Well-Being


Job Details and Requirement:



This position contributes to Claremont McKenna College’s campus environment that supports student development and success in all dimensions of student life including academic, personal, interpersonal, co-curricular, and community. The Assistant Dean is tasked with developing and implementing programs supporting the CMC Dean of Students Office’s (DOS) Student Development Framework with a special focus on the DOS socio-ecological inclusive well-being framework.  The Assistant Dean also has significant responsibility for the DOS academic success and support initiatives including working with students as an academic coach and assisting with the Romero Success Coaches program.



Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, the Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Success and Well-being works both collaboratively and independently to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities in the categories of Student Development Framework, Student Academic Success, and Comprehensive Dean of Students Office:


Student Development Framework Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, and the Sr. Associate DOS on the implementation, assessment, and education of the Student Development Framework foundations including a) self-authorship theory, b) well-being framework, c) open inquiry, and d) executive function skills. The model evolves based on research findings.

  • Provide program development consistent with the Student Development Framework and the inclusive model of Socio-Ecological Well-being, which incorporates constructs such as positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose, and accomplishment (PERMA scale), executive function skills, sense of belonging, healthy relationships, purpose & meaning, perspective taking, etc.

  • Ensure that all programming decisions demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and employ universal design principles

  • Implement and support upstream initiatives related to multiple dimensions of inclusive student well-being; including development, implementation, and assessment of short and long-term programs that support students’ well-being

  • Work with students, faculty, and staff to create a campus culture that values self-authorship, well-being, open inquiry, and the acquisition of executive functioning skills (i.e. working memory, response inhibition, emotional control, attentional control, planning, organization, time management, goal setting and persistence, cognitive flexibility, and metacognition)

  • Work with the other DOS professionals to develop a well-being coaching framework for the Romero Success Coaches, a student peer-leader group

  • Assist with the hiring and training of Romero Success Coaches and the development and implementation of student development workshop series and other programming

  • Work closely with DOS staff, including residential life, student activities, the CARE Center, mental health and health promotion, to ensure programs meet the needs of CMC students; this includes supporting the work of health and well-being related student clubs, and partnering in the training of resident assistants, first-year guides, and other student leaders as needed to ensure they are prepared to support students’ success

  • Work collaboratively with the assistant dean of students for health promotion and student support, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) department of athletics, recreation, and physical education, and other staff members to develop collaborative well-being programs

  • Create education and outreach materials for a range of modalities including email, internet, social media platforms, posters, handbooks, bulletin boards, etc.

  • Provide outreach presentations to campus audiences to include students, athletic teams, faculty and staff, campus clubs and organizations, on the concepts of well-being, open inquiry, self-authorship, and executive functioning – the totality of student success and the interconnection of these elements.

Student Academic Success Responsibilities:

  • Provide academic coaching and support to students, assisting them in evaluating their skill sets, acquiring new capacities to succeed in their scholarly work

  • Meet with students who receive academic advisories or low grade notices (LGN)

  • Advise and coach students in the development of their individual strategies for academic and personal success

  • Communicate effectively and promptly with faculty regarding students’ academic matters

  • Work closely with the Sr. Assistant Dean for Mental Health and Health Promotion, CMS Athletic coaches, faculty advisors, and other CMC administrators as appropriate to support students in their CMC journey

  • Connect students to campus and community resources, and educate and empower students to navigate their CMC experience


Comprehensive Dean of Students Staff Responsibilities:

  • Contribute as a vital member of a collaborative, student-centered DOS professional team.

  • Ensure that all programming decisions demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and employ universal design principles

  • Work collaboratively with The Claremont Colleges Consortium services and departments including, but not limited to: Student Health Services, Monsour Counseling Services, Macalister Center for Religious Activities, Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA), Chicanx and Latinx Student Affairs (CLSA), the Queer Resource Center (QRC), Empowerment Center.

  •  Be a visible leader on campus, within the Consortium, and represent the College to external constituents, including prospective students, parents, and the general public in a manner that demonstrates personal and professional integrity and promotes the interests of Claremont McKenna College


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. 


The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.

  • Work cooperatively with others.

  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.

  • Display a positive attitude.

  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.

  • Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:  Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. These include:

  • Commitment to the development of life skills supporting the health and well-being of individuals and communities through education and practice

  • Working knowledge of public health models and effective marketing strategies for health and well-being programs

  • Deep understanding of inclusivity and the ways diverse populations interact and intersect with concepts of health and well-being

  • Appreciation for the distinct mission of Claremont McKenna College and the experiences afforded in a residential, liberal arts environment

  • A high level of organization with proven managerial and leadership skills, including the ability to recruit and develop outstanding student leaders

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated record of being a leader and spokesperson

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team building skills, and creativity required to manage resources effectively to achieve results

  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to diversity, gender and racial equity, and equal opportunity

  • Affiliation and active engagement with professional organizations appropriate to the position; understanding of best practices, changes, and trends in health education and intercollegiate programming

  • Record of productive, collegial working relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.





Master’s degree in higher education or a related field. Applicants should demonstrate extensive knowledge of college students’ well-being and student development, experience in program development, management and development of student leader cohorts, and experience in program assessment and data collection and analysis.


A minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience leading a successful, multifaceted outreach program, preferably in health and wellness in higher education


Experience with marketing, public relations and media experience is preferred.



A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.



The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 




HOURS:  The regular hours for this position are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary and will include evening and weekend work due to needs of the College or department.


CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position.



This position supervises student workers.

Supervisor – AB1825 - Yes 


Mandatory Reporter – CA Penal Code: Yes


The person holding this position is considered a mandated reported under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Claremont McKenna College policies, procedures.


Responsible Employee – Title IX  Yes

Campus Security Authority – The Clery Act: Yes


IPEDS Category Job Code:                                                           

25-9000 Education, Training and Library Occupations


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light (up to 20 lbs.)   


REPORTS TO: The Senior Associate Dean for Student Success at Claremont McKenna College.


HOUSING: There is an opportunity for this staff member to live on campus, but it is not a requirement.


BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description. 


ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  Duties and responsibilities can change and develop over time, accordingly the College reviews job description on a periodic basis and may make changes of business necessity.


AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.



Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               


An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.

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