The Student Success Department at Saint John's University (SJU) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), benefit eligible position of Dean of Students. Reporting to the Associate Provost for Student Success, the Dean of Students helps drive the strategic direction and oversight of student life and student success at Saint John’s University (SJU). The Dean provides leadership to support the development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of a coordinated and integrated vision for student success in a residential, Catholic, and Benedictine, liberal arts university for men with a particular focus on the character development of Saint John’s students. Working with colleagues in Academic Affairs, the Dean provides important vision, input, and support for a holistic and integrated student experience. This role requires a deeply collaborative working relationship with the Dean of Students at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a college for women, with which SJU shares a strongly integrated relationship.
The Dean works directly with students and student groups; responds to student issues, concerns, or crises; notifies and mobilizes campus authorities to respond to emergencies and disruptions involving students; is a visible presence on campus at events, programs, and activities; facilitates and supports program assessment, review, and improvement; and ensures compliance with institutional, governmental, and accrediting policies, procedures, and regulations. The Dean is a leader who can exhibit flexibility by quickly adapting to new circumstances or situations as they arise and who is able to provide real-time solutions to address and respond to situations.
Collaborating with colleagues in Academic Affairs, the Dean contributes to strategic efforts in retention and the holistic education of students, focusing on including and belonging for both campuses. The Dean is an enthusiastic leader who will collaborate with all members of the CSB/SJU community to provide the very best student experience. The Dean of Students is the lead student conduct officer with responsibilities for student conduct policies. The Dean also serves as a deputy Title IX Coordinator.
As an integral member of the Student Success team, the Dean plays an important role in the development and implementation of institutional policies and participates in institutional planning, assessment, and evaluation. The Dean works across institutional areas, supporting the strategic direction and institutional learning goals. The Dean will support the new CSB and SJU Stronger Integration structure that will ensure the college and university will deliver a superior and collaborative liberal arts education.
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference and that everyone deserves to feel safe and morally valued. To that end, we will challenge our own practices and systems. Our commitment to an inclusive environment will be incorporated into all decision-making processes. We dedicate ourselves to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. For further information regarding SJU, see http://www.csbsju.edu/about.
SJU offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.
Assist the Associate Provost for Student Success in strategic planning, policy development, assessment, and program development. (10%)
In collaboration with other staff, administer, interpret, and update the Saint John's University student code of conduct. This includes receiving reports of alleged misconduct, ensuring that students receive due process and fair treatment throughout the hearing process, and maintaining students' disciplinary records. The Dean of Students serves as the lead student conduct officer. (20%)
Supervise the SJU Assistant Dean for Residential Life with oversight for our unique and integral Faculty Resident program, Executive Director for the Wellness Center, Director of the Multicultural Center, and Student Conduct. and Coordinate with the directors of the respective areas in the planning, policy development, and management of each area's activities, focusing on supporting the priorities identified in the strategic plan. In addition, the Dean of Students serves as the advisor to the Saint John’s Student Senate. (20%)
Lead divisional initiatives that create a sense of belonging on both campuses for all students. (10%)
Ensure operations and facilities meet student needs and support the overall residential experience. (5%)
Prepare budget requests and manage approved budgets for areas supervised. (5%)
Serve on the Title IX Team as a Deputy Coordinator for the University. Work collaboratively with other Title IX Team members to eliminate discrimination and harassment. (5%)
Review resource management, institutional data, and annual reports in the respective areas of responsibility, and with each director, participate in ongoing planning and evaluation of programs and services. Develop and administer assessment processes for all areas supervised by the directors of those areas. (10%)
Be available to students, parents, faculty, and staff to assist with academic, personal, and behavioral issues. (10%)
Assume responsibility for other duties as assigned. (5%)
A master's degree in college student personnel, higher education, or related fields plus six years of administrative experience in higher education including direct experience with a broad range of student services-related functions.
Demonstrated responsibility for the administration and implementation of policies related to community standards and experience as a student conduct officer.
Demonstrated record of responsibility for managing and addressing a range of complex student matters and issues.
Understanding of current student development issues and opportunities in higher education.
Knowledge of or experience with men's development, men's issues, and men's leadership and involvement.
Demonstrated engagement and leadership promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education and knowledge of effective, equity-minded, evidence-based practices within student development.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students. Ability to listen and engage students in decision-making processes.
Ability to acquire an understanding of and support for the character and mission of Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict.
Demonstrated supervisory experience of professional staff.
Enthusiasm for innovating and implementing change.
Ability to maintain confidentiality on individual student and personnel matters.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Because this is a front-facing student service position, this position works predominantly on campus although a flexible work schedule is possible.
Ability to be on call evenings and weekends.
Work schedule includes evening and weekend hours
Ability to travel to professional conferences with the opportunity to participate in service trips.
Some travel between the campuses of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities. CSB and SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative ed...ucation of their students. With a total enrollment of approximately 3600 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development. CSB and SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.