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Job ID: 205767

Dean of Students
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Feb. 16, 2023
Title Dean of Students
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department VPSL Dean of Students
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Student Affairs

Position Summary

The Division of Student Life invites applications for the Dean of Students position. In this role of change agent, you will serve as a highly visible, equity-minded leader dedicated to student retention, support and development. You will provide vision, leadership, and supervision to the critical departments of Intercultural and Diversity Center, Student Support and Resources, Accessibility Resources, Student Conduct, and Veterans Services. As a member of the Division of Student Life senior leadership team, the Dean of Students will serve as an advocate for students, a strategic partner and collaborator across campus, and a champion for fostering student success and building community.

Your duties will include, but are not limited to:
    • Providing strategic leadership and innovative vision to foster student growth and development and a sense of belonging and inclusion on campus.
    • Developing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with other divisions, departments, administrative leaders, academic units, faculty, and students to enhance student support and development.
    • Fostering an equitable and inclusive campus that celebrates the diversity of the University at Buffalo.
    • Supporting the development, education, and enforcement of campus policies and regulations to ensure a safe environment for all UB students.
    • Advancing campus support resources to meet the changing needs of students and working to ensure these programs, resources, and services are known and utilized throughout the UB community.
    • Assisting in the management of student crises and critical incidents on campus.


The successful incumbent will be a strong, strategic, and transparent leader, with the ability to motivate others through collaborative processes. With the goal of ensuring that all of our unique students have their needs met and exceeded, UB’s future Dean of Students will foster a diverse student population with a focus on inclusivity and developing a holistic approach to student support and safety.

Our team recognizes the advantages diverse perspectives and backgrounds bring to the workplace. We are particularly interested in candidates who share this value and will work to achieve the University’s goals of inclusive excellence.

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About Student Life
The University at Buffalo’s Student Life department is dedicated to the growth, support, and success of our students. As a member of Student Life, you will join a team of service professionals who aim for excellence, thinking big and going bold. We pursue our goals tenaciously while stewarding the student experience. We support a holistic approach to student experience that creates lifelong learners who contribute to a global society. We build communities and advance diversity in all forms. We encourage discovery and celebrate success. As a member of the Student Life department, your professional aspirations will be encouraged, and your talents will be nurtured to their fullest extent to support UB’s vibrant student population.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in higher education administration or related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of related experience in higher education with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated record of leading innovative and equity-focused student support initiatives in a higher education setting.
  • Proven ability to develop campus-wide programs focusing on collaboration, diversity, and inclusion, utilizing the latest trends and proven practices in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience in support of a diverse working environment dedicated to principles of social justice, inclusivity, and equity.
  • Organizational skills to set goals, prioritize assignments, monitor performance, and exceed set expectations and deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with experience creating and delivering presentations to small and large diverse groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in related field.
  • Experience with legal and judicial matters and environm

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