Loyola University Chicago — Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students

This is a senior level position within the Division of Student Development with high level management and leadership responsibilities including overseeing the Dean of Students office and providing leadership and strategic vision for the Student Life and Engagement area,

The Assistant VP & Dean of Students reports directly to the Vice President of Student Development (VP) and serves as the senior student development officer in the absence of the VP. The Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students provides leadership and supervision to associate/assistant deans and to the directors or managers for the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS), Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), Leadership Development & Second Year Experience (LD&SYE), Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA), Student Activities and Greek Affairs (SAGA), and Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL), as well as supervising and directing services provided by. The Assistant VP & Dean of Students is ultimately responsible for sound policies, procedures, and services that support student success and align with institutional and divisional values, mission, and identity. The Assistant VP & Dean of Students serves as the appellate officer for student conduct matters, and manages the reinstatement process for students returning to the university after a break in enrollment due to suspension or medical leave.

The DOS helps students in navigating the university, particularly during difficult situations, as in personal and/or family crises, medical and/or personal leaves of absence and implementation of the Community Standards. This position advises the Vice President on key student development and student centered initiatives and shares responsibility for developing annual priorities of the division.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Manages departments that provide student support and development opportunities.
  2. Serves as the appellate officer for student conduct matters, and manages the reinstatement process for students returning to the university after a break in enrollment due to suspension or medical leave.
  3. Works with the Student Development staff, student groups and other members of the university community in developing co-curricular programming assuring integration with the academic life of the institution and encouraging student personal growth and development.
  4. Helps establish a student culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
  5. Responds to student crises and provides information to and referrals for students, faculty and staff on a variety of student-related issues.
  6. Provides leadership in and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations pertaining to student development, especially those related to alcohol and drug usage, student conduct, and student residences.
  7. Develops and coordinates policies and procedures relative to all student activities; oversees annual production of community standards and other documents.
  8. Administers the policies and regulations of the University as they pertain to students, including internal student conduct and disciplinary policies.
  9. Serves as a member of the Division’s senior management team.
  10. Serves as ambassador for the University with alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and professional colleagues.
  11. Oversees the Division of Student Development emergency response procedures in consultation with campus safety and university administration.
  12. Anticipates and manages crises, including student and group protests and demonstrations, as well as capacity to manage external stakeholders, media, and visitors during crises.
  13. Performs other duties as required.

Required and preferred attributes:
Master’s degree with at least eight to ten years of increasingly responsible experience in Student Affairs, Services or Development, Doctorate preferred.

Seeking person who will embrace the university mission (http://www.luc.edu/mission/mission_vision.shtml) and be a partner in implementation of the strategic plan (http://luc.edu/strategicplanning/plan2020/)

Excellent leadership and managerial skills and the capacity to supervise and lead a dynamic student personnel staff.

  1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Position demands exemplary customer service and support of staff in the division. The individual in this position must have excellent communication skills. Ability to express written ideas graphically, ability to respond well to questions in verbal or written form with high level of written English.
  2. Ability to define problem, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  3. Individual in this position is also expected to be a team player, to take initiative on new projects.
  4. A consultative, collegial style and the ability to inspire trust in others.
  5. A high degree of accessibility and openness to students.

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