Job Description Summary
The Class Dean is responsible for providing academic and personal support to a cohort group of approximately 480 undergraduate students. Specifically responsible for providing registration and course advisement; overseeing the progress of students on academic probation; approving leave of absences and course withdrawals, among other academic services; providing referral and follow-up services to students in personal crisis; and responsible for developmental, class based programming including the facilitation of a FYS class. Works collaboratively with the following offices to ensure students receive timely information and service related to their Babson experience: Student Affairs, Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Services, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Student Affairs. This position has a high degree of student, parent, and faculty contact.
Academic advisement and support:
• Provides advisement to cohort group on course selection and registration.
• Develops learning plans and academic plans with individual and groups of students.
• Consults with the Program Manager on the approval of variances for course overloads and under loads.
• Advises students on study abroad options and implications.
• Approves individual course withdrawals and collaborates with other Class Deans and appropriate staff in making all “exception” decisions.
• Advises and approves all requests for leave of absence and voluntary withdrawal from the College.
• Monitors academic progress of students on academic probation and those returning from an academic suspension.
• Discusses with students and makes appropriate referrals on concerns regarding grades, faculty, and ability to successfully complete a course of study.
• Assists in the certification of graduates.
• Collaborates with the Assistant Director to approve off-campus courses and facilitate credits to transcripts.
• Approve requests for exam excuses in compliance with College policy.
Personal advisement and support:
• Provides letter of references for current students and alumni (if appropriate).
• Provides referrals and appropriate support for students expressing concerns with personal matters affecting them (either personally or from another source). Ex: substance abuse, eating issues, family and other relationship concerns, harassment, etc.
• Acts as a resource for students involved in the College judicial process.
• Support and referral source for students in internship and career search.
• Advise a Class Steering Committee and their programming efforts.
• Provide and assist other offices in developing a series of programs to meet the needs of students through class based programming.
Liaison with other office and College functions:
• Facilitate a First Year Seminar Class as needed.
• Work closely with partner offices in addressing student issues including: Athletics, Student Financial Services, Registrar, Career Development, Undergraduate Admission, etc.
• Work with the UAPC , faculty members and other relevant constituents in the continued development and evaluation of the undergraduate curriculum.
• Participate in College-wide committees as designated by the Associate Director or Director.
• Support the efforts of other offices by participating in alumni, admission, undergraduate program, career development events as designated by the Associate Dean.
• Assumes additional responsibilities as required.
Minimum Level of Education Required Master’s degree (Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, or a related field)
Minimum Level of Experience Required 5-7 years of working with College students in an advising capacity
Working Conditions Evening and weekend work throughout the year
Additional Required Skills & Abilities
• A background in academic advising and support
• Ability to work effectively with students, parents, and faculty
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
Babson College - 2 years ago