Emory University — Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Emory University’s Division of Campus Life seeks a strategic and inspirational leader dedicated to student belonging, engagement, and community to serve as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS). This is an optimal time to join Campus Life as they welcome a number of new leaders as part of the division’s journey to develop organizational priorities in support of the future of student affairs and campus life at Emory. As a member of the executive leadership team reporting to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life, this student advocate and champion must be a builder eager to craft, clearly articulate, and implement a coordinated vision for the Emory student experience throughout campus. The work of the AVP/DOS is grounded in a firm dedication to fostering an inclusive community for Emory’s diverse student population and promoting co-curricular life for approximately 8,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. Further enhancing the vision and mission of the role is the university’s Student Flourishing Initiative focused on purpose and pathways, community building, and health and well-being led by the Office of the Provost.

The AVP/DOS must be visible, effective, and a thoughtful manager in their oversight of the following eight departments: Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue; Belonging and Community Justice; The 1915 Scholars Program; Civic and Community Engagement; Parent and Family Programs; Student Case Management and Intervention Services; Student Conduct; and Student Involvement, Leadership, and Transitions. The AVP/DOS will manage a multigenerational team in a division with more than 300 full-time staff and partner throughout campus to provide training and serve as the education center for campus life/student affairs practitioners in academic units. Alongside campus police, the AVP/DOS is the primary liaison with the university’s emergency response and threat assessment processes within Campus Life.

Together with their team and administrative units, the AVP/DOS is responsible for facilitating an engaged community, programming and involvement opportunities, support services, outreach, conduct and conflict resolution, and crisis leadership. The creation of the AVP/DOS position is aligned with the division’s strategic efforts to coordinate services more closely and build a distinctive Emory student experience. For this reason, among many, the AVP/DOS must be committed to establishing a welcoming and active leadership presence within the Emory community.

The AVP/DOS will be a student-centered leader with demonstrated proficiency in student engagement as well as equity and inclusion best practices. This person will have a track record of innovation and collaboration at an academically rigorous and diverse institution, strong supervisory skills, the ability to prompt reflection, a commitment to one’s community, and the ability to coordinate resources and people to serve students effectively and efficiently. 


Emory University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to:

Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner
Tiffany Weber, Senior Associate
Ivan Ceballos, Senior Associate
Alexis Scott, Senior Search Coordinator
Isaacson, Miller

Apply online: https://www.imsearch.com/8596

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER: Emory University provides equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.