For a comprehensive overview of this exciting opening, please review the Dean of Students Leadership Profile. For instructions to formally apply, please see below.
Reporting directly to the vice president for student affairs and serving as a key member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT), the Dean of Students serves as a nexus point for the Northwestern community, strategically connecting Student Affairs to key constituencies across the campus as well as into the Evanston and Chicago communities. The Dean of Students plays a critical role in facilitating a campus-wide, collaborative approach to student wellness and wellbeing that will seamlessly connect proactive, on-going student support, student development needs, crisis management, and post-crisis recovery. Simultaneously, the Dean of Students will work to create, engage in, and evaluate studentcentered initiatives that support and improve the student experience.
The Dean of Students provides vision and leadership for the planning, development, management and evaluation of key wellness and wellbeing functions in Student Affairs, including Parent and Family Programs, Community Standards, AccessibleNU, Off Campus Life, Student Assistance and Support Services, CARE, and the Dean of Students Office. This $2.2 million portfolio encompasses 23 full time professional staff, so the Dean of Students will display expert competencies in understanding and addressing organizational health structures and components. Additionally, the Dean of Students serves on the Behavioral Consultation Team, the University Crisis Management Team, the Undergraduate Council, and the Council on Athletics and Recreation.
The Dean of Students will work in close partnership with other Student Affairs departments, most notably Student Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Residential Services as well as the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Equity, and the University Police in managing critical student issues. The Dean of Students will also forge very strong partnerships with their academic affairs colleagues within the Office of the Provost; their counterparts within each school and their teams who act in student-facing capacities; with student leaders – both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty and staff across the campus.
Please note: The position requires evening and weekend work routinely. Further, campus emergencies may require rescheduling of time and adjusting of priorities.
Additional Responsibilities Include:
Provides strategic leadership for the wellness and support initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs, including strategic planning, evaluation, facility oversight and implementation of wellness, wellbeing, support, behavioral guidance, and crisis response for all students — undergraduate, graduate, and professional. This should be done through lenses of inclusion, equity, and justice.
Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates leaders of the various units within the Dean of Students' portfolio.
Cultivates and maintains key relationships in service to the wellness and wellbeing of students including serving as the primary division liaison with counterparts in each academic school — undergraduate, graduate, and professional — and with Athletics and Recreation.
Responds to various constituents such as undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; parents; faculty; and other stakeholders.
Plays a key role as a member of the Behavioral Consultation Team, Threat Assessment Team, Student Affairs Leadership Team and Emergency Management Team in managing and resolving situations that threaten the safety and well-being of individual students and/or the campus community.
Serve in the vice president for student affairs’ stead in their absence as needed or required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Masters’ degree required in higher education administration, student affairs or related field.
Demonstrated 7 years of increasingly responsible experience in student affairs in higher education, with specific experience in advocacy, crisis management, and community standards work.
Demonstrated success in leading crisis management and intervention teams on a college or university campus.
A demonstrated understanding and commitment to student learning and development and a passion for working with students.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Contemporary understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues impacting students, particularly those from marginalized communities, and how these issues manifest in the overall wellness and wellbeing of students.
Demonstrated effectiveness in leading a team in collaborative, strategic, and operational planning and achieving associated results.
Direct experience in program planning design, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
Direct experience in recruiting, selecting, supervising, coaching, retaining, and providing professional growth opportunities for a diverse staff.
Direct budget planning and management experience.
Achievement in fostering change management, process improvement and the development and implementation of data-informed, effective, and efficient policies and processes.
Direct experience navigating emergency situations and adjusting work priorities accordingly.
Direct experience with strategic planning at the division or university level.
A doctoral level degree in higher education administration, student affairs, or related field.
Demonstrated 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in student affairs in higher education, with specific experience in advocacy, crisis management, case management, and wellness/wellbeing initiatives.
Prior administrative management and leadership experience in the context of a highly selective college or university.
Direct experience working with graduate/professional students and graduate/professional school academic partners
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
A demonstrated commitment to and record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and exemplary skill in communicating and collaborating with diverse groups.
Demonstrated skill in creating collaborative networks and maintaining key strategic relationships over time.
Demonstrated skill in creating access and relationships between students and upper-level administration.
Demonstrated understanding of the complexities surrounding the health, wellness, and wellbeing of today’s college student population — undergraduate, graduate, professional, and specifically with first-generation and low-income students.
Experience and/or desire to engage in fundraising efforts on behalf of key student needs and initiatives.
Procedure for Candidacy:
WittKieffer is assisting Northwestern University in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited.
Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 26, 2021.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40304
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.