Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct
Location: Aurora, New York
Higher Education Institution
Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the Position of Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct. The Associate Dean for Residence Life and Student Conduct is a central leadership position within the Student Affairs area. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean is responsible for development and implementation of a comprehensive residential life program grounded in student development theory that complements the academic goals of the institution and supports the growth of individual students. The Associate Dean is an integral member of the Student Affairs division, serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and providing operational support for programs and services under a cross-functional team strategy. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Residential Community Development:
Develop community standards for all residence halls
Oversee programming and activities within the residence halls
Implement housing contract and roommate agreement procedures
Respond to conflicts that are unresolvable by the designated RD or RA
Coordinate room draw/housing selection process
Coordinate commencement and summer housing accommodations
Coordinate fall and spring opening processes and procedures
Coordinate end of year closing
Track keys and lockout information
Develop new initiatives to enhance the residential living experience
Oversee student judicial procedures
Ensure compliance with reporting of statistics and policy enforcement
Review and edit conduct polices as needed in conjunction with dean of students
Serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, conduct Title IX investigations and serve as a member of the Title IX response team
Oversee and serve in the 24-hour on-call rotation, acting as a first responder when necessary
Supervise the Residence Hall Director and Student Support Coordinator as a residence life team for supporting students
Supervise the office of Campus Safety and ensure that staff are trained in protocols for handling emergencies, sexual violence allegations, fire safety, customer service practices and for working with diverse populations of students, among other training requirements.
Oversee completion of the Annual Security (Clery) Report
Coordinate summer and break housing services, including RA coverage
Respond to room change requests
Coordinate with Facilities Management for repairs to individual rooms or common areas
Participate in conduct meetings and subsequent case hearings
Attend designated “high-risk” campus events, including student dances and senior week, as assigned
Oversee the budget for the office of residence life
Student Affairs Cross-Functional Team Member:
Collaborate with Student Affairs staff in the development of student support strategies aimed at increasing student retention.
Support the Student Affairs team by carrying out agreed upon assignments
Supervise assigned professional staff, student office staff, and student event staff.
Serve as the staff supervisor for student events, as assigned.
Conduct and/or arrange for workshops on topics supporting student success.
Respond to inquiries from students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of the community.
Other Duties and Administrative Responsibilities:
Serve as an instructor for WLLS 100 student development course sections, when assigned.
Develop an assessment plan for the activities sponsored by the office.
Review student policies in collaboration with students and Student Affairs staff
Serve on College committees and task forces, as assigned
Perform other duties, as assigned.
Knowledge of student development theory and the operation of residential living and learning communities. Knowledge of Title IX and applicable laws and regulations aimed at preventing and responding to sexual violence. Familiar with risk management practices. Ability to coordinate programs with other college departments. Knowledge of program design and assessment. Ability to assist in institutional retention efforts and the cultivation of relationships with students and alumni.
Minimum five years’ experience in management of residential living and learning communities.
Experience supervising professional staff.
Commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to working with multicultural populations.
Experience in responding to incidents of sexual violence and compliance with Title IX.
Ability to cultivate positive relationships with students and student organizations.
Knowledge of budget preparation and management.
Ability to teach a student development course designed to help students adjust to campus life.
Experience with crisis management and institutional risk management.
Ability to coordinate programs with other college departments and to assess program effectiveness.
Experience with design and development of a Resident Advisor training program.
Effective communication, computer, and presentation skills.
Experience with management of residential living facilities.
Willingness to live in the on-campus apartment provided for this position is preferred, but not required. Residency within an approximate 30-minute drive to campus is required.
Wells College is a private four-year Liberal Arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York on the unceded lands of the Cayuga Nation. The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others. Recognizing the role of higher education in supporting students from all backgrounds to meet the challenges of the future, Wells College is seeking to diversify its faculty and staff. We strive to embody a culture of belonging that empowers all to thrive. Our student body includes 35% of students identifying as a student of color and 32% who are first-generation college students.
Applications should be submitted online in PDF at www.wells.edu/employmentand include a cover letter; résumé; and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references (all in PDF).
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.