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Cornell University is looking for an Associate Dean of Students to support our student population on our main campus in Ithaca. The position will report to the Senior Associate Dean in the Dean of Students Office within the Division of Student & Campus Life.
The Associate Dean of Students is a part of the Crisis and Care Team of the Dean of Students Office. This team contributes to Cornell University's community of care in two fundamental ways:
In partnership with campus partners and consistent with the university's overall mental health and wellness framework, this team helps to create an environment that understands and promotes well-being for students;
This team provides support to students in crisis or who are experiencing serious, on-going situations. Additionally, the Crisis and Care Team leads DOS in emergency planning, including community-wide crises and managing more individualized events such as controversial events or protests.
The Associate Dean of Students serves as a case manager for students in need. This would include supporting students, for example, who recently went through a crisis and need follow-up attention; who have needs based on discussions at the Alert or Alcohol and Other Drugs Teams; or who come to the attention of the dean through a parent, academic advisor or other campus partner. The support work includes informal discussions with reflective listening; direct service; coordinating services among academic, counseling, medical and other campus partners; checking in over a period of time to learn of on-going needs; and making referrals to the appropriate campus partners or local services.
The Associate Dean directs and develops protocols for the University's Community Support Team (CST), which serves students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by a traumatic event. The CST, which is mostly volunteers, holds support sessions after a crisis. The Associate Dean recruits volunteers; creates and delivers professional development to CST members to keep practices current with developing research; identifies needs for support sessions and schedules team members to provide these sessions; provides individual support to team members as needed; produces written documents for training and consistency of implementation of protocols; and assesses ways to continue to improve the systems and the work of individuals.
The Associate Dean also serves as a senior crisis manager. Crisis managers provide the university's response to a crisis or tragedy such as deaths, suicide attempts, fires, serious accidents, epidemics, hospitalizations, and university-wide emergencies. The Associate Dean serves as a back up to the director of the crisis management team; serves as a crisis manager and as a back-up to the crisis manager on a regular basis; mentors new staff and provides training when necessary; works with the director of crisis management to coordinate protocols and training between crisis management, case management and community support.
The Associate Dean advises Cornell Minds Matter, a thriving student run organization dedicated to helping Cornell students deal with stress, lead a balanced lifestyle and eliminate the stigma of mental illness. As an advisor, the Associate Dean encourages leadership and independence of the student leaders, provides advice based past experiences and best practices as needed, and fosters connections between students and campus partners involved in university-wide mental health and well-being initiatives.
The Associate Dean participates in special projects as needed for the Crisis and Care Team and the institution, as directed by the Senior Associate Dean of Students, including, participation on relevant committees, conducting outreach periodically to campus partners around issues of mental well-being, resilience and de-stigmatizing mental illness, supporting Body Positive Cornell, facilitating a group for students returning from a leave of absence, serving as needed on a team to foster free speech and avoid conflicts at controversial events, and others that may evolve over time.
Bachelor's degree in psychology, counseling, human development, social work, human relations, diversity education, education, or related field.
3-5 years of experience, which includes: providing individualized support to those in crisis or impacted by trauma; leadership; administration; and staff or student development.
Proven ability to work effectively with audiences and individuals with varied backgrounds, including: race, culture and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; mental or physical health, illness, ability or disability; age; religion, spirituality or the absence of same; economic privilege or economic insecurity; or any other type of background.
Excellent communication skills, including written, oral and non-verbal. Ability to provide information to individuals or groups that is useful without violating the confidentiality of others. Ability to present publicly to audiences of varying sizes, sometimes without significant preparation time and under stressful circumstances. Demonstrated use of discretion.
Proven excellence in maintaining and making decisions regarding confidentiality, particularly in life and safety issues. Excellent judgment and diplomacy under pressure, in both individual and campus climate issues.
Proven ability to make and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues, both within the organization and in the wider community, and at every level of an institution's hierarchy. Proven experience as a leader in creating, developing, and sustaining collaborative services and programs within complex organizations and diverse environments and in working with a wide network of individuals and offices. Proven ability to provide leadership, guide, delegate to, collaborate with and direct others in extremely sensitive, high risk and/or highly visible situations.
In-depth knowledge and experience with pertinent issues, current research, theories, and practice in areas such as: personal growth and human development; mental health and well being; mind-body wellness; strength based counseling; stress and trauma; suicide and crisis prevention; diversity and inclusion; communication and human relations skills; and leadership development. Demonstrated experience in working with young adults, and keeping abreast of issues and challenges facing university students. Experience in applying counseling and teaching skills and substantive knowledge to informal, community-based settings and in program development.
Mastery-level training and group facilitation skills. Ability to develop and sustain
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