The Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life provides leadership for the holistic student experience at the respective campus, including onboarding, student engagement and success, rights and responsibilities, and equity and inclusion efforts with a particular focus establishing and sustaining structures to support student success and engagement that increases success and belonging of our diverse student communities. In collaboration with the campus academic program(s) leadership, design, administer, monitor, and evaluate the programs, functions, services, and activities in alignment with university goals and objectives, best practices, and student needs; track and monitor student success and engagement, assesses data, and makes recommendations, and partner with faculty and other staff on support strategies. This position serves as a key resource within the Dean of Student’s office to address issues of inclusion and equity and contributes to a more equitable campus climate through policy consultation and capacity building for students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop, implement, and monitor programs, services and resources that promote, improve, and enhance student engagement and success, including new student orientation, co-curricular programming, academic support, and career success.
Design and provide resources that enhance students’ personal, academic, and social identity development with a comprehensive lens to the diverse student experience.
Supervises Administrative Assistants (if applicable to the respective campus), and Student Services Coordinators.
Develop and foster partnerships with academic departments and administrative offices to manage and deliver co-curricular programs, community standards, and services that support the success, engagement, retention, and graduation of students and contribute to the University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.
Partner with the office of Diversity and Inclusion on equity issues that impact student retention and success. Serve as a key resource concerning student retention and success for students, faculty, and staff, and within the Division of Student Affairs.
Assess and evaluate the student success efforts broadly, analyze the results, and, along with best practices, lead the improvement of established outcomes and services.
Advocates for dispute resolution prior to escalation to a formal grievance process.
In partnership with the Dean of Students, collaborate with key stakeholders to investigate and resolve problems, refer students for necessary services, including those in crisis, and consult on specific cases.
Provide support to and maintain regular contact with identified students of concern, students in crisis, or students engaged in a formal process.
Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators for the University.
Recommends changes in university policies and procedures, as needed.
Ensures individuals are selected for class representative, departmental committees, and university-wide committees, as requested.
Participate in department and division meetings for project planning, policy development and direction setting.
Provide event support for campus-wide programs.
Represent SMU and the Student Affairs Division in a variety of forums on campus and virtually.
Undertakes department specific Auxiliary Assignments as appointed by the Dean of Students in the areas such as, but not limited to:
Career Services Support
Academic Support Services
Manage administrative and budgetary matters for appointed Auxiliary Assignments.
For the Sacramento and San Francisco Peninsula Campus: Lead Campus Services, and liaise with facilities, information technology, property management to ensure 100% operation and services.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Effective communication skills.
Strong budgetary skills.
Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
Ability to understand the needs of a diverse population.
Ability to engage and work in collaboration.
Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
United States of America (Exempt)
Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant skills.
Master’s degree in Student Affairs, education, counseling, or related field required with 5-6 years of related experience preferably in an academic environment. Candidates must possess the following professional competencies for Student Affairs educators, as outlined by ACPA/NASPA:
SMU is recognized as a premier health sciences institution. Expert faculty and staff shape an inclusive learning environment where students experience best teaching practices and state-of-the-art learning approaches. We see faculty and students as partners in the teaching and learning process. Our programs, curricula, and courses are designed to encourage active, experiential learning as well as collegial, scholarly, and effective communication. We believe that clinical and practical applications, including interprofessional education, provide a critical foundation for learning in the health professions.