University of Illinois – Urban-Champaign — Assistant Dean of Students

ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS
OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – URBANA-CHAMPAIGN 

Nature of the position
The Assistant Dean of Students is a full-time academic professional in the Student Assistance Center/Office of the Dean of Students. The Assistant Dean provides leadership, strategic planning, and day-to-day administrative oversight of the Off-Campus Community Living unit within the Student Assistance Center. Off-Campus Community Living (formerly the Tenant Union) provides services to students who live or plan to live in privately owned apartments or homes in the greater Urbana-Champaign community. As a member of the Student Assistance Center team, the Assistant Dean reports to the Associate Dean of Students and also serves as a resource to students who seek the services of the Student Assistance Center.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Deliver direct housing counseling and advocacy for student-tenants with concerns including, but not limited to: poor building maintenance, deposit refund disputes, housing discrimination, violation of tenant’s privacy, non-compliance with leasing terms, evictions, subletting, housing contract review, and housing search assistance.
  2. Assist and advocate for students experiencing crises. This includes working with students directly as well as consulting with faculty and staff colleagues to assist them in managing student crises.
  3. Assist students (families), faculty, and staff who seek guidance around a range of student- related academic, health, behavioral and personal issues in the Student Assistance Center.
  4. Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of all Off-Campus Community Living educational programming, communications, and services.
  5. Coordinate efforts in food and housing insecurity initiatives for the Office of the Dean of Students.
  6. Increase students’ awareness of tenant resources available on campus and in the local communities.
  7. Promote positive interactions between students and their roommates, neighbors, and landlords.
  8. Educate and empower students to become successful, responsible, and engaged members of the campus and surrounding communities.
  9. Actively promote and advocate for safe and healthy living environments for students residing in non-university owned or certified facilities.
  10. Initiate and steward partnerships with campus units, local agencies, governments, property owners, and/or community groups which provide resources and support for students living in non-university owned or certified housing.
  11. Serve as Emergency Dean for seven to nine weeks each calendar year. The Emergency Dean is on call at home from 5:30 pm-8:30 am for a period of one week. The emergency dean handles most calls by phone but will occasionally be called out to the site of an emergency.
  12. Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Skills Expected

The successful candidate will embody many if not all of the following:

  • Aptitude for creating and fostering positive, constructive work team environments.
  • High levels of professionalism and emotional maturity.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to communicate directly, clearly and honestly.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to gather, sort and convey the most essential and relevant information regarding emerging situations.
  • Ability to articulate thoughts/ideas clearly and concisely in both oral and written form.
  • Sound judgment and decision- making skills.
  • Clear understanding of and ability to work within organizational roles and structure.
  • Capacity to work with a minimum of direct supervision balanced by the ability to recognize when consultation and/or notification of a supervisor is appropriate.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to assume responsibility for complex situations and to respond with flexibility.
  • High level understanding of working with confidential and sensitive student information and issues.
  • Capable of instilling confidence in students (families) and colleagues about one’s grasp of policy and procedures as well as the ability to manage complex situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative/collaborative working relationships with a diverse community of students (families), faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to sustain high levels of engagement and commitment in doing work that focuses on a particular range of student related issues.

Required Experience

  • Master’s Degree in counseling, higher education, student personnel, or related field is required.
  • Candidates must have three to five years of professional full time work experience in student affairs in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with selection, training and supervision of student employees.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience serving in an on-call emergency response team rotation is preferred.
  • Experience educating or advocating for tenant’s or consumer’s rights is strongly preferred.
  • Experience resolving housing conflicts between landlords and tenants is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of state statutes and city codes affecting landlords-tenants is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity residential lease contracts and housing issues are strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with local leasing market, landlords, and services available to tenants is preferred.

Appointment type
Twelve month, 100% academic professional appointment.

Salary Statement
Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Proposed Start Date
January 6, 2020

Application Procedures
All candidates must complete an online profile through jobs.illinois.edu in a timely manner for consideration. Please upload the following required documents: resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references by November 21, 2019. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information about application procedures, please contact rkirts@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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