Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Education

Oberlin College & Conservatory

Oberlin, OH

ID: 7055346
Posted: January 16, 2019
Application Deadline: February 18, 2019

Job Description

Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement.

Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources.

Reporting to the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life, the Associate Dean and Director of Residential Education provides leadership, vision, and direction to a team of professional, paraprofessional, and student staff in the planning and implementation of holistic, welcoming, and engaging residential communities which promote meaningful open discourse among people with differing opinions and experiences as a key support and component of a strong liberal arts education. The Associate Dean and Director is responsible for the development, improvement, and implementation of an outcome-based residential education curriculum and programming model focused on supporting students’ social, educational, and developmental needs, which includes the development of effective policies, protocols, and processes. In addition, this position is expected to assess all aspects of Residential Education, including, but not limited to: current software use (Banner, Maxient, Odyssey); social, educational, and developmental programming; website; housing selection; move-in; facilities; key process; resident assistant hiring, training, and compensation; and, staff size and organization structure. Additionally, the Associate Dean and Director will participate in behavioral advising and support through systems such as SHARE advising (non-emergency), on-call, and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and other general student advising. Further, the Associate Dean and Director will provide leadership in the process of developing short- and long-range plans to update, transform, and renovate residential spaces on campus that align with best practices, student retention, and student success. The position requires strong collaboration with departments across the division and campus such as Campus Dining Services, Facilities Operations, Safety & Security, and academic departments to further the goal of creating and maintaining holistic, welcoming, and engaging residential communities.

Responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, onboarding, training, development, coaching, recognition, and formative supervision to 15 professional Residential Education staff members, the Associate Dean and Director will nurture a culture of assessment and continuous improvement with the goal of supporting the division in its mission to foster a sense of community in this residential college in which students build lasting relationships based on the principles of ethical conduct; an understanding of diversity in all of its complexity; respect for self and others; the lived values of social justice and equity; and a commitment to promoting positive change in the world.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in an applicable field and a minimum of five years’ experience in Residential Education or experience working with high-impact initiatives such as career communities or developing co-curricular programs. A terminal degree is preferred. The candidate must have demonstrated management experience with budget oversight, personnel supervision, and program development, as well as experience in developing relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, the successful candidate will be on top of trends and best practices in residential education. Previous experience in both creating new programs and assessing and revamping ongoing older initiatives; interest in and engagement with developmental advising and mentoring; strong written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the College and external constituents; experience promoting student success and inclusion; and experience in the hiring, training, and management of professional and student staff are all desired qualifications. Candidates with student housing backgrounds and backgrounds in high-impact holistic student support are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Oberlin College & Conservatory is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College & Conservatory, and gender identity and expression.


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