The Senior Associate Dean is responsible for bringing a relational and strategic approach to enacting a renewed vision for the Office of Residential Life staff, programs, and operations. With the creation of a robust professional staff structure for Residential Life, Brown is embarking on the creation of a meaningful, holistic residential experience where students come together to share a sense of belonging to the Brown community, practice and expand what they are learning in their course of study, be supported in the development of healthy practices, and cultivate connections with their fellow students.
The Senior Associate Dean will accomplish this by building and leading a dynamic and engaged team whose practice is innovative, centers social justice, and partners actively with students and colleagues. As a leader and educator within the Division of Campus Life, the Senior Associate Dean works closely with colleagues to design and deliver co-curricular living-learning environments in the undergraduate residences that are aligned with Brownâ™s Liberal Learning Goals for its Open Curriculum and responsive to the developmental needs of its highly autonomous, self-directed, and critically-conscious students.
Â The Senior Associate Dean leads the development and implementation of studentsâ™ residential education, oversees administration and management of the housing programs and residence halls (including the opening and construction of new residence halls), oversees the Residential Life budget of $48M, sets short and long-term goals and priorities, and establishes implementation strategies for all aspects of the organization. Supervises four directors responsible for residential operations, first year experience and houses, program and theme houses, and upper-division houses and leads a department of approximately 30 staff. Collaborates with other Campus Life and University departments to provide programs and services and to develop and implement policies within a student development framework. Responsible for oversight of the Universityâ™s after-hours on call system and collaborates with a wide range of colleagues to respond to student emergencies.
Master's degree required; PhD in liberal arts discipline or higher education, or an EdD, is preferred.
Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher education or related field. Experience managing a complex educational operation strongly preferred.
Active engagement with current best practices and an awareness of emerging issues in higher education, residential education, equity and social justice, and student affairs.
Evidence of creative, strategic thinking and proven ability to lead in a dynamic environment to facilitate organizational change and to deliver intended outcomes.
Demonstrated success recruiting and supervising professional and student staff in a diverse environment with a critical understanding of social justice issues.Demonstrated experience in creating systems and structures that center justice and equity.
Experience managing crises effectively and collaboratively.
Demonstrated experience in personnel and fiscal management, including the ability to manage a departmental budget, and to hire, cultivate and retain outstanding talent.
Exceptional written and verbal skills; demonstrated success ensuring effective communication with professional staff and students.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, diplomacy and discretion.
Demonstrated success collaborating with internal and external colleagues.
Demonstrated success as a fair and respectful leader and manager of professional and student staff.
Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions.
Agility and familiarity with latest software, database systems, computer literacy.
Flexibility to adapt, respond, and adjust priorities within a dynamic student affairs environment.
Experience with assessment strategies used within a student affairs program.
Strong commitment to supporting the University's goal of cultivating a diverse and inclusive community.
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Senior Associate Dean & Senior Director of Residential Life
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