Drake University, a private university located in Des Moines, Iowa, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Dean of Students, the deputy senior student affairs officer serving approximately 3,000 undergraduate and over 1,700 graduate, professional and law students. The successful candidate will provide leadership within the University's student affairs division, with direct oversight of the following areas: Student Inclusion, Involvement & Leadership (Fraternity/Sorority Life; Student Activities & Organizations; Student Engagement, Equity & Inclusion), Residence Life, and Community Standards and Case Management.
The Dean of Students will advance the educational mission of the University by providing leadership for co-curricular programs and activities that promote student development and learning; enhance the quality of campus life; and support Drake's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as articulated in the 2016 Diversity Statement . Positive collaboration and communication skills are necessary to build partnerships with departments, managers, academic leaders, and staff throughout the division and across campus, including providing advice and counsel to the Chief Student Affairs Officer and key stakeholders such as Assistant/Associate Academic Deans, Athletics, Public Safety, and Title IX Coordinator. The Dean of Students reports to the Chief Student Affairs Officer who serves on President's Council.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 19, 2021. To apply please submit a cover letter, curricula vita , and contact information for 3 references (include both email information and phone number)--at least one of which must be a current or recently graduated student. Submit all materials through Drake University's Employment Opportunities website.
Provide leadership and operational management for the following departments: Student Inclusion Involvement & Leadership (Fraternity/Sorority Life; Student Activities & Organizations; Student Engagement, Equity & Inclusion), Residence Life, Community Standards and Case Management.
Advance the educational mission of the University by providing leadership for co-curricular programs and activities that promote student development and learning; enhance the quality of campus life.
Support diversity, equity and inclusion as articulated in Drake's 2016 Diversity Statement, particularly as Drake ". . . seeks to understand and respond to contemporary calls for inclusivity as necessitated by social justice."
Advocate for a student-centered institutional focus and represent the needs and interests of students in University decision-making.
Serve as the University's hearing officer and oversee the student conduct process, the behavioral intervention team, and crisis management for the Division.
Advance the University's Continuous Improvement Plan by advising the Chief Student Affairs Officer in assessment, program review, and quality improvement within the division
Engage with students at all levels to maintain meaningful connections and relationships to ensure proactive programs and services that meet the needs of a diverse and changing student body.
Meet with students and student leaders; respond to student crises, issues and concerns; maintain a visible presence with students; advocate with and for students when necessary.
Provide administrative support and coordination with third party vendors including fulfillment center in order to ensure excellence, meet and exceed strategic objectives, and stakeholder expectations.
Build key partnerships and collaborate with departments, managers, academic leaders, and staff throughout the division and across campus to support holistic student success and meet the diverse educational needs of students and the college community. Key stakeholders include Assistant/Associate Academic Deans, Athletics & Recreation Services, Campus Advancement, Public Safety, and Title IX Coordinator.
Provide advice and counsel to the Chief Student Affairs Officer.
Serves as a member of the Summer Orientation team.
Serves as a resource on complex issues evolving in higher education and as an arbiter when appropriate, clarifying procedures and options available to faculty, staff, students, in response to student behaviors.
More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit community enthusiastic about providing the very best education, challenging assumptions, and welcoming new ideas and people into the fold. Drake University is not only an exceptional institution of higher learning, but also an exceptional place to work, and we are committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding people.