Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students (AVPD) is a strategic partner for the Division of Student Affairs with a focus on enhancing the student experience and increasing student success. The AVPD will work with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, thereby must possess a passion for, and knowledge of, cultural inclusion. The AVPD is responsible for the supervision of the following areas: Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Life on the Staten Island Campus and Division-wide initiatives. The AVPD will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction and ensure the delivery of effective and quality service to students. This position serves as the Chief Conduct Officer and provides advice and counsel to the Vice President regarding the overall student experience and serves as an advocate for the student body. The AVPD will provide an executive presence in the leadership of the division across functions in the absence of, and as assigned by, the VPSA.
The AVPD will provide focused leadership to the Residence Life staff, ensuring a vibrant and safe campus living environment for students. The AVPD will need to collaborate with various campus departments, including but not limited to: Public Safety, the Center for Counseling and Consultation, Student Engagement, the Freshman Center, all Academic Colleges, and the external community. The AVPD is also instrumental in the interpretation and application of University standards and codes. The AVPD will assure the St. John’s Mission is considered in carrying out all duties and responsibilities of this position.
Key Job Elements
Unite the distinctive functions under AVPD’s purview to leverage resources, services, and programming.
Evaluate and measure the success of all services within Residence Life and Student Conduct. Engage in ongoing benchmarking of best practices to ensure strong evidence-based services and programs.
Establish relationships with other departments within Student Affairs, relevant university functions and external constituents, leverage the resources available to the make most effective, state of the art programming and services available to students.
Manage the departmental leaders, holding them accountable for: results of individual and shared goals; coordination and collaboration within Student Affairs and with community stakeholders; and commitment to excellence.
Oversee the an assessment plan for the function areas, moving assessment in Student Affairs from a satisfaction and participation model to a comprehensive logic model with learning outcomes and program evaluation outcomes. Design will take into account University mission and department mission
Apply and enforce the Student Code of Conduct.
Maintain close collaboration with the Public Safety, the Center for Counseling and Consultation, Student Engagement, the Freshman Center, all Academic Colleges. As needed, refer students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them; serve in a continuing collaborating role with these sources.
Execute leadership in domains outside AVPD’s areas including but not limited to: budget, policy review and development, leadership and membership in university-wide initiatives.
Develop short- and long-range vision for the Dean of Students Office.
Create and coordinate department publications such as the Student Guide to Living Off-Campus and the Student Code of Conduct. Ensure all publications meet best practices and standards.
Overall responsibility for Departmental budgets for Residence Life, Student Conduct and Student Life on the Manhattan Campus.
Provide first line contact and problem resolution for parents, students and others to assist in optimizing the students’ educational experience.
Reinforce the safety net by collaborating with the Counseling Center, Deans and others involved with crisis intervention.
Provide oversight of Student Government, Inc. and multiple other student organization.
Other duties as assigned by the VPSA
Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, Management, or related fields.
Minimum five (5) years of professional administrative experience at a college/university in positions of increasing responsibility.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
5-7 years of progressive responsibilities in more than one area of Student Life.
High level of energy and enthusiasm for working in an extremely demanding, and diverse environment.
Proficiency with computer technology in order to access data, maintain records, generate reports, and communicate with others.
Exhibit the flexibility to manage multiple complex roles which require a broad base of knowledge.
Have experience with strategic planning and assessment of learning outcomes.
Demonstrate an ability to work successfully with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and external parties.
Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills necessary for interaction with students, faculty, staff and parents.
Preferred Candidates will:
Hold a Doctoral-level degree.
Possess the ability to articulate the philosophy of Student Affairs and its contribution to student development.
Show evidence of student conduct experience with a strong commitment to social justice.
Demonstrate excellent listening and problem-solving skills.
Have evidenced involvement in collaborative projects between student affairs and academic programs.
Weekend and evening hours required as needed to fully engage with the University Community.
I understand that any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
Internal Number: 218201
About St. John's University
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.