Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public, historically Black, liberal arts institution, located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The University is home to thirty (30) bachelor's degree programs, two (2) associate degree programs, sixteen (16) master's degree programs, and three (3) doctoral degree programs. NSU serves a diverse population of residential, commuter and transfer students.
In support of the University's mission and strategic goals, the Division of Student Affairs works collaboratively with faculty to foster a community that engages students in transformative learning experiences through co-curricular programming and services that maximize their potential both in and outside of the classroom. In an effort to continuously improve the NSU experience, the Division has implemented a number of structural and organizational changes to increase the quality of services offered to students. The newly established position of Dean of Students is a part of this ongoing effort. NSU is seeking an innovative Dean of Students to lead, inspire, and support an active and talented student body.
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students provides institutional leadership in organizing and supervising a comprehensive program for student life across the complex characteristics of Norfolk State's student body.
The Dean of Students holds primary responsibility for the ongoing development and improvement of the quality of student life, including advocacy, health and wellness, social interaction, and engagement in the NSU community. The role requires extensive involvement in the areas of Student Rights and Responsibilities (student conduct), Student Government, Student Activities and general student advocacy. With expert knowledge in the areas of student conduct and crisis response, the Dean of Students administers disciplinary policies and manages a variety of services to support students' co-curricular development. He/She administratively oversees departments/activities including the Counseling Center, Career Services, International Student Programs, Student Support Services, Disability Services, Veterans Affairs, the Spartan Legion Marching Band and the Spartan Chorale.
A Master's degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs from a regionally accredited university
Seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience and responsibility in working with students in a college or university setting
Expert knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, and student affairs best practices regarding student conduct and discipline, including Title IX regulations and FERPA
Ability to intentionally advise and oversee student organization programming and student government initiatives
Experience with supervising and evaluating staff of various levels and roles
A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, collaboration and inclusion
A strong commitment to student learning and development with demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
Exceptional communication skills (verbal, writing, etc.) across a broad range of situations and constituencies
Terminal degree in Higher Education or a related field, and/or prior experience working as a Dean for an institution of higher education. Extensive experience in a higher education environment.
The selected candidate must authorize a criminal background check. The verbal employment offer is contingent upon the outcome of the criminal background report.
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