State University of New York at Oswego — Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Posting Date: February 13, 2020

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin February 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit:  or

Date of Appointment:  On/around June 1, 2020

Description of Responsibilities:
The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and serves as second in charge of the Division. The AVP/DOS provides leadership to enhance the student experience by providing services that promote the personal development, health and well-being, and academic success of all students at SUNY Oswego. The AVP/DOS works with all campus units to maintain a positive learning environment and directs the administrative processes that respond to the needs of students encountering personal or academic problems.

Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the AVP/DOS serves as the senior administrative officer for the division in the absence of the Vice President and partners with senior administration to establish division-wide priorities.  The AVP/DOS provides leadership and supervision for departments within the Division as assigned by the VPSAEM which include the Dean of Students Office and Conduct and Compliance.   Additionally, the AVP/DOS coordinates a team of student affairs professionals charged with policy and systems development and real-time response to critical incidents and student emergencies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides services to students through coordination with other University divisions, and enhances the student experience on campus through the promotion of cooperative working relationships which foster access, persistence, graduation, and career placement.
  • Promotes and supports the conceptual understanding of the role of Student Affairs in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
  • Participates in developing campus-wide policies and procedures, which enrich student life while supporting both academics and development areas.
  • Provides oversight to various Student Affairs units as assigned by the Vice President.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in counseling, psychology, higher education, student personnel, or a closely related field
  • Five years of administrative experience in higher education at the level of director, experience should include both supervisory and budgetary responsibilities
  • Strong budgeting, operations, and systems experience
  • A track record as a strong student advocate
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Proficiency developing trust with students and ability to relate well to students
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated management/administrative skills (for policy, budget, supervisory, and program development and evaluation responsibilities)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain interpersonal professional relationships and excellent analytical and written communication and presentation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of higher education, student affairs philosophy, best practices, and the policies and procedures of a higher education institution
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and needs in the student population
  • Demonstrated experience working with and advocating for ethnically and culturally diverse student populations

To Apply Submit: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications and specifically addressing how you would engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in this role and/or within the SUNY Oswego community 
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for five professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted)

electronically at:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Daniel Roberts, Search Chair 

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department: The Dean of Students Office provides leadership to enhance the student experience by providing services that promote the personal development, health and wellbeing, and academic success of all students at SUNY Oswego. The Dean of Students Office responds to the needs of students encountering personal or academic problems through a care network. The Dean of Students office works with all campus units to maintain a positive learning environment. The Dean of Students Office oversees the administrative processes in Campus Life, Student Conduct, Health Educator, Alcohol and Other Drugs Coordinator and the Behavioral Intervention Team.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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