Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students is a visible and engaged advocate with and for all students on the Pittsburgh campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The Dean of Students assists the Vice Provost for Student Affairs in the leadership and administration of the Division of Student Affairs. The Dean provides leadership for innovative co-curricular programs, activities, and services that promote student well-being, sense of belonging, engagement, diverse learning experiences, and prepare students for success at Pitt and in the global community. The Dean of Students is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Care and Outreach, and the Offices of Residence Life, Student Life, New Student Programs, PittServes, and Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, which includes Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The Dean of Students plays a key role in visioning, supporting, and advancing the mission and priorities of the Division of Student Affairs and the University’s strategic plan, and advocates for a student-centered institutional focus. The Dean of Students works with and assists undergraduate and graduate/professional students and student leaders by listening and responding to student issues and concerns; maintaining a visible presence on campus; and serving as a liaison between students and the larger institution. The Dean manages budgets, personnel, and other resources; guides, supports, and evaluates department managers and office staff; and develops collaborative partnerships with campus stakeholders in support of student development, engagement, and well-being.
Engages with and advocates for students and their concerns to support their individual and collective success; ensures visibility, accessibility, and approachability with students.
Provides vision, leadership, and supervision to offices within the portfolio to promote a high quality of student life and development; manages personnel, budgets, and other resources.
Understands and actively supports a community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and expects the same of the Dean’s staff.
Collaborates with members of the campus community to advance programs, initiatives, and policies.
Represents the division in a variety of capacities, including serving on assigned committees.
Advises the Vice Provost on student, staff, and community issues, such as: policies and procedures; equity, diversity, and inclusion; co-curricular program development; campus climate; town-gown relations; campus religious and spiritual life; and student behavior.
Works closely with colleagues across schools and campuses to address the needs of all students (undergraduate and graduate/professional).
Educates the campus community regarding mental health issues, resources, and appropriate responses and continually improves mental health services available to students based on best practices and standards.
Provides leadership and guidance in response to crises—in concert with the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and other appropriate staff—and supports students, staff, and families in these situations.
Serves as deputy to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and represents the Vice Provost for Student Affairs in the Vice Provost’s absence, as requested.
Master’s degree in college student personnel, educational leadership, counseling, or a related field.
Eight or more years of experience in roles demonstrating increasing levels of leadership and supervisory responsibility in complex, demanding, and fast-paced higher education environments.
Effective leadership and crisis management skills.
Knowledge of and/or experience with student conduct policies, Title IX regulations, FERPA, and residential campus environments.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the importance of inclusive excellence as a cornerstone of a just, equitable, and diverse community.
An earned doctorate in college student personnel, higher education management, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, or with minimal supervision, and to make transparent, responsible, informed, data-driven decisions.
Superior interpersonal skills and a commitment to building trust and fostering genuine, positive relationships with undergraduate and graduate/professional students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other constituents.
Ability to be agile and respond appropriately in exceptionally challenging times and in ambiguous situations.
Knowledge of current and emerging issues and best practices in higher education and interest in driving innovation in student affairs.
Shared commitment to the University’s values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect for all, and an understanding of the needs of a highly diverse and rapidly changing student body at both the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels.
Strong grasp of diversity, equity, and inclusion competencies.
Outstanding listening and written and verbal communication skills.
Exceptional judgment and the ability to make informed decisions and recommendations with the highest levels of integrity, fairness, and ethical standards.
Ability to work collaboratively with others and to find common ground.
Capacity to envision new possibilities for Student Affairs in a post-pandemic environment.
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About University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Student Affairs strives to provide students with the best collegiate experience in the world, and complements Pitt’s academic excellence by cultivating a campus environment that is vibrant, challenging, nurturing, and inclusive. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting an equitable living, learning, and working environment that affirms the dignity, worth, and value of all members of the Pitt community. We strive to create a campus culture that allows for openness, respect, and safety, an environment in which those with diverse values, beliefs, and thoughts feel included and can thrive. We seek to understand, value, and uplift individual differences, including but not limited to those related to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, and socio-economic status.