University of Delaware — Director, Office of Student Conduct

The University of Delaware (UD) has grown from its roots as a private academy in 1743, into a research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution that is ranked among the best public universities in the nation. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity. The student body encompasses 18,353 undergraduates, 3,752 graduate students, and 747 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. UD’s main campus described by The Princeton Review as “absolutely the most gorgeous anywhere” is located in Newark, a community of 33,000 replete with the charm of a small college town and easy access to the metropolitan centers of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Satellite campuses in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown, and Lewes assist the University in achieving its Commitment to Delawareans.

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) seeks to become a preeminent student conduct unit that uses innovative, high-impact practices and interventions to educate students, facilitate ethical development and learning, promote a safe campus living and learning environment, and maintain high standards of student conduct at the University of Delaware.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director and Senior Conduct Officer is a member of the Division of Student Life senior leadership team and provides strategic vision, direction, and administration for the Office of Student Conduct as it fulfills its mission to resolve allegations of misconduct under the University’s Code of Conduct within a process that is fair, equitable, educational, and motivational for students’ learning and development. The Director provides leadership to the campus community on issues related to student conduct, academic integrity, and behavioral intervention; oversees the development of policy, best practices, and programs that address student conduct and promote the development of character, integrity, and personal and social responsibility; and offers advice and counsel to the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life regarding student conduct and related legal matters. Managing and supporting the professional development as well as continuous improvement of an Office comprised of seven staff members and approximately 60 student, faculty and staff conduct associates (volunteers) addressing over 2,000 cases annually are key responsibilities of the Director. Additional responsibilities include: aligning the OSC mission, strategic plan, organizational structure, and assessment process to support a national preeminent student conduct unit; building strong working relationships with on- and off-campus partners including campus and municipal police, residence life and housing, student wellness, Title IX and other compliance officers; recalibrating the campus conversation and interactions with OSC to emphasize the educational mission of the Office; and developing a proactive outreach initiative to engage and educate students, faculty, and staff on matters pertaining to integrity, community standards, compliance, ethics, and civility. A full job description is available on the Spelman Johnson website. Anticipated start date: January 2017.

A master’s degree in higher education administration, student personnel or related field and a minimum of eight years of progressive professional experience, including three years of demonstrated staff supervision in a higher educational setting such as student conduct or similar functional area, or equivalent combination of experience and preparation are required. A contemporary knowledge of research and best practices related to higher education legal issues including review of timely case law, student development, student conduct policies, procedures, and programs and a demonstrated ability to manage administrative leadership-related tasks involving strategic planning and effective utilization of human, fiscal, and technological resources are essential for success. Additional skills and abilities that will be important factors in the selection of the Director of OSC include: demonstrated collaborative relationship building skills—able to work effectively with students, administrators, faculty, and external community members; strong project management ability; commitment to professional development pertaining to areas of responsibility inclusive of threat assessment and behavioral intervention; unwavering commitment to and knowledge of issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion; effective oral and written communication skills; experience in crisis management and use of crisis intervention techniques; superior attention to detail; and experience with case management, judicial/student conduct software systems.

Applications received by September 30, 2016 will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
University of Delaware – Director, Office of Student Conduct
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at