The assistant dean of students works with students, faculty and staff, to develop programs and services that extend and enhance the student experience at Case Western Reserve University. The Assistant Dean of Students provides services that contribute to the health/emotional welfare of students, recruitment, retention, advising, mentoring and development of all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). The nature of the role requires participation in a wide range of activities while regularly collaborating with students, faculty, university administration, and graduate and/or professional school staff.
Meet with students, staff members and other individuals involved in student emotional /mental health crises to assess the situation and manage the process to render a decision on behalf of the institution regarding the student’s ability to remain on-campus. Collaborate with appropriate staff to determine a student’s ability to return to CWRU after emotional or mental health crises and to establish criteria for their return.
Provide support and assistance to the university’s student conduct and academic integrity processes. Help assure that student conduct processes are in compliance with standards of Due Process, FERPA and The Cleary Act, as outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Provide assistance as determined by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students to the hearing process. Regularly consult with legal counsel.
Serve as the chair of the university hearing boards and academic integrity boards and conduct administrative hearings. Help provide ethics counseling for first violation of the academic integrity policy, as well as for students who receive ethics counseling as a sanction.
Coordinate and supervise the university’s student grievance process.
Meet with students and staff and render decisions regarding Residence Life and Services contract release appeals, university meal plan exemption appeals and University Health Fee Waiver Appeals.
Serve as a student advocate and mediate disputes between students, in both the undergraduate and graduate/ professional schools. Provide assistance to students in negotiating the University’s formal and informal systems.
Provide leadership for programming to educate students regarding the policies and behavioral expectations of student conduct, sexual misconduct, and academic integrity.
Develop programs which support educational objectives in the above noted areas.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: Daily contact with the Vice President for Student Affairs, Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, and all Office of Student Affairs staff and student workers. Regular contact with staff for Student Conduct and Community Standards. Frequent contact with other Student Affairs division offices and their staff.
University: Regular contact with office s of the senior administration, faculty, staff, Human Resources, Enrollment Management, Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies, the offices of: Registrar, University Communications, General Council, Public Affairs, Financial Aid, Student Accounts Receivable, and the graduate/ professional schools.
External: Contact with parents, alumni, and community members
Students: Daily contact with undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Regular contact and interaction with students on troubleshooting service issues.
No direct supervision of staff employees.
Experience: 5 years of progressive responsibility in higher education, preferably working in a position with direct student relations experience.
Education/licensing: Master’s degree required in student personnel administration, counseling, or related field.
Must have a familiarity with academic, personal, and health/ emotional needs of university students, and present a strong understanding of the needs of students from underrepresented populations.
Excellent organizational, group facilitation, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills are required.
Must possess a team orientation and inclusive philosophy, excellent leadership skills, and ability to display outstanding oral and written communications expertise.
Must be familiar with Title IX and if not already trained, become a deputy Title IX officer.
Good computer skills and experience with the utilization of information technology.
Typical office environment.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.