Clark Atlanta University — Dean of Student Services & Campus Life

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is seeking an educational leader and a student services professional as Dean of Student Services and Campus Life. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean for Student Services and Campus Life provides strategic leadership, management, programming, and accountability that support student success and align student services and campus life to the University’s academic life. The Dean of Student Services and Campus Life is responsible for the following eight units: student leadership and engagement; residence life and student development; student conduct; career services; student health; recreation and wellness; counseling and disability services, and religious life, community and civic engagement. The Dean of Student Services and Campus Life is a member of the Council of Deans and the President’s Leadership Council, and plays a key role in advancing the alignment of residence and academic life on campus, and in the overall quality of the student experience at CAU, including issues that relate to recruitment, retention and completion. The Dean will assume office in Spring 2018, and no later than Summer 2018.

A consolidation of two institutions, CAU has been a national engine of higher education and learning for more than 150 years. Clark College, founded in 1869 as the nation’s first private, liberal arts institution to award baccalaureate degrees to African Americans, and Atlanta University, founded in 1865 as the nation’s first African American graduate institution were consolidated in 1988 to form Clark Atlanta University. With its nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four autonomous institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine) in the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC). CAU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). A January 2017 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, titled Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility”, ranked CAU as the leader among Atlanta area colleges in the rate of economic mobility. The Report confirms CAU as an economic catalyst in changing lives and communities in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, the nation and the world.

The ideal candidate will have a Masters or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university; 5-7 years of progressive administrative experience in student services with a demonstrable record of management success, including demonstrable strengths in strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, and management, organizational skills to execute shared governance and promote collaboration and teamwork within student services and throughout the campus, documented evidence of outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills and personal integrity, sensitivity to and understanding of academic, socioeconomic, spiritual, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of a diverse student body, demonstrable capacity to build and maintain student leadership and student development programming, quality residential life services and effective judicial processes, and demonstrable ability to work with academic deans, chairs, faculty, and administrators/staff in other divisions to create a positive learning experience for students, including support for student recruitment, retention, and completion.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but only materials received by October 27, 2017, are ensured full consideration. All nominations, applications, and inquiries will be held in full confidence with only finalists publicly identified for on-campus interviews. Application materials should consist of a curriculum vitae,a substantive cover letter addressing the criteria outlined in the position profile, and a list of five references with contact information as well as a note explaining the working relationship with the candidate. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. All application materials must be submitted electronically to


It is the policy of the University that all faculty and staff employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, placements, transfers, promotions will be on the basis of qualifications of the individual for the position being filled regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, non-disqualifying disability or handicap, or whether the individual is a Disabled Veteran of the Vietnam Era. All other terms of employment are governed by this policy.