Dean of Student Success and Retention
Clark College - Vancouver, WA

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Clark College is currently accepting applications for a Dean of Student Success and Retention position. The Dean of Student Success and Retention is a full-time, 12 month administrative position responsible to provide overall leadership and coordination for services and programs in Student Affairs including: career services, student success services, disability support services, counseling and health services, veteran’s services and student life. This position also has responsibility for providing leadership for college planning and implementation of a comprehensive retention plan in collaboration with Instruction. Additionally, the Dean of Student Success and Retention serves as the VPSA designee for the implementation of the Code of Student Conduct and provides leadership and coordination of the Behavioral Intervention Team, Academic Early Warning system and the Academic Standards Policy.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Vice President to establish and implement a system of policy, program, and service review that ensures consistency with current, changing, and future needs of students and the community
  • Provide interactive communication with the Vice President, conferring, consulting, and making recommendations about ways of improving programs and services to students
  • Assist with the development of Student Affairs goals that derive from the overall institutional strategic plan
  • Assist with the planning and development of the annual comprehensive Student Affairs budget that supports the Student Affairs Operational Plan.
  • Supervise the management of budgets for student success & retention departments
  • Assist Student Affairs efforts associated with accountability, outcomes assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning.
  • Remain current on innovative Student Affairs programming and implement new ideas as appropriate
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Common Duties Established by the College
  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils and teams
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering Core Themes and College Objectives
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the college and applicable governing agencies
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s)
  • Train, supervise and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws and College policies and procedures
  • Exercise effective stewardship over college resources
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences
  • Work to achieve the core theme of fostering a diverse college community as established by the College
  • Engage in and promote shared governance


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Student Development, Student Personnel Administration or related field of study
  • Three years of experience in a student affairs, or related, administrative position in higher education
  • Two years of demonstrated leadership and management skills including significant responsibility for program management, personnel, and budget.
  • Working knowledge of leading edge retention and student success initiatives
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and set direction
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to being student-centered

Preferred Qualifications
  • Community College administrative experience
  • Experience working with student conduct and behavioral intervention teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustaining diversity initiatives
  • Bi-lingual skills
  • Ability to work as a part of an administrative team and foster a team environment.
  • Understanding of the educational role and philosophy of the community college.

Supplemental Information:

Salary Statement
$81,411 - $83,840 annual salary
Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.

Required Online Application Materials:
  • Clark College online application, including five references
  • Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Current résumé
  • Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office in person or by fax (360-992-2873).

Please apply online by clicking the "Apply" link above.

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., April 29, 2013

Condition of employment:
Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.


Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Special Advisor for Diversity and Equity, Gaiser Hall, (360)992-2355.
Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.
The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133.
If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.
Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
March 29, 2013

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