Position Purpose: The Dean of Student Life assists the Vice President of Academic and Student Life with the design and implementation of programs and services to ensure student success and retention. The Dean of Student Life works with faculty and staff to create opportunities for students to integrate their undergraduate curricular and co-curricular experiences and to reflect on their personal/professional growth in accordance with the University's mission.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Assists the Vice President with the development of co-curricular programs that focus on student engagement and retention.
Coordinates all-campus programming; leads the campus programming team.
Supervises the Director of Student Life and the Resident Director.
Develops and support a strong residential life program.
Develops and implements an annual student leadership training program and a student leader hiring process.
Serves as a member of the first-year experience team including coordinating orientation and other activities/labs.
Serves as a member of the senior-year experience team.
Serves as a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team.
Leads efforts in Diversity Programming.
Leads community/volunteer service opportunities for students including an annual Alternative Spring Break experience.
Oversees the student judicial process.
Serves as a liaison to Campus Safety and Health Services.
Monitors student life budget in conjunction with the Director of Student Life and in consultation with the Vice President.
Serves as a member of the Academic and Student Life Services team, attending staff meetings and actively participating in such programs as recruitment and registration events and commencement.
Represents the Vice President in his/her absence and as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
Master's degree in Student Personnel Administration or related field
10 or more years experience working with undergraduate students.
Proven record of commitment to student learning, success and retention.
Awareness and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student body.
Excellent communication and organizational skills and a student-centered oriented and professional manner.
Ability to handle confidential information.
Ability to interact with diverse group of student, faculty, and staff and to develop strong relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students and the general public.
General writing, computer and math skills.
Ability to move about campus.
Ability to interact via telephone, in person and via electronic media.
Some evening and weekend hours required.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.