Dean of Students Office Value Statement: The Dean of Students team is a workplace that values integrity, collaboration, and engagement. Through meaningful conversations, understanding power and privilege, and timely conflict management, we strive to be a highly collaborative environment in which all staff members can learn and grow. We are accountable to ourselves and one another, honor that we are not perfect, and make mistakes. We will engage in respectful ways that honor the humanity of one another to build a foundation of trust that allows us to do the challenging work of supporting our students. https://www.northwestern.edu/studentaffairs/ DOS/
The Senior Associate Dean of Students partners with the Dean of Students to provide direction and oversight within the department. As the right-hand advisor to the Dean of Students, they lead strategic projects and respond to critical, escalated student incidents on the Dean of Students’ behalf. The role is responsible for risk mitigation protocols and conduct appeals.
The position supervises the Office of Community Standards, which resolves student conduct and conflict issues, as well as the Assistant Dean for Operations and Strategy/Director of Off Campus Life. In addition, this position, along with the Associate Dean and Director of SASS, will convene the deans meeting in the DOS to ensure consistency of practice across the Dean of Students office. This role also leads communication across the Dean of Students office and represents the department throughout the university. This position will also take the lead in partnering across the university to develop conflict resolution and restorative practices.
Occasional weekends and evenings as requested and with some possible travel, as required.
(30%) Manage crisis response for critical, escalated incidents
Serve as primary contact or backup on behalf of Dean of Students for escalated situations. Communicate with faculty, staff, parents, community members, students, law enforcement, and other campus stakeholders
Serve as second-in-command during major campus incidents such as student death; come to campus to co-lead response
Review high-stakes documents/correspondence to students
Provide ongoing consultation to academic units around distressing student behavior
(15%) Oversee the Office of Community Standards and the Office of Operations and Strategy
Provide direct supervision to the Director of Community Standards and the Assistant Dean for Operations and Strategy.
Serve as appellate panel manager; author final appeal outcome letters
Develop Alternative Resolution Strategy through DOS
(15%) Ensure effective management of institutional risk
Continuously evaluate and improve risk management strategies and policies in all DOS units to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and university policies.
(15%) Assess outcomes and align strategy
Assess outcomes and evaluate program objectives to ensure consistency with office, divisional, and university goals
Work closely with the Assistant Dean for Operations and Strategy, Director of the Office of Community Standards and the Associate Dean and Director of SASS to ensure all incident reports receive response and follow up.
(10%) Function as second-in-command leader for Dean of Students
Assist AVP/ DOS with implementation of strategic initiatives in the DOS department
Assume primary responsibility for operations when DOS is out of the office
Assist the AVP and Dean of Students with content of agendas and meetings
Share back-up duty for the Administrator on Call with the Dean of Students
(10%) Represent Dean of Students across the university
Partner with Student Affairs Offices, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and the Ombudsperson to develop a conflict resolution and restorative practice strategy.
Conduct outreach to partners across the university to design and implement programs to increase community awareness of and adherence to policies
Serve on Alcohol Task Force, NU Police Advisory Board, and Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT)
Function as the primary liaison for Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life and NU-Q
Function as the primary liaison to the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Title IX, ensuring coordination on student concerns
Develop, cultivate, and oversee a DOS student advisory board
(5%) Other duties as assigned
J.D. or masters in higher education and law including knowledge of FERPA, Title IX, Office of Civil Rights.
Minimum of seven to ten years work in higher education
Previous work in a university conduct system as an investigator or preferably a director of an office of student conduct
Experience in training students and professional staff about student conduct processes and procedures
Significant crisis management and postvention experience
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated critical-thinking skills
Extensive knowledge of university conduct systems and relevant legal, regulatory, and risk management issues
Attention to accuracy and detail
Ability to maintain successful partnership with students, parents, faculty/staff, administration, community members, and other stakeholders
Ability to lead a staff team to achieve goals, reinforcing positive performance and addressing areas for improvement
Ability to evaluate/assess programs, interpret data, and establish priorities based on findings
Ability to take initiative, balance multiple projects, and set priorities
Ability to work independently and in teams
Ability to process and communicate difficult/sensitive information
Experience with restorative practices, conflict resolution or means of resolving student issues that do not rise to policy level violation
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