The Division of Student Affairs supports dynamic co-curricular learning and engagement for all undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA@Tufts). As a central resource supporting the safety and well being of all Tufts AS&E students, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs promulgates community standards; coordinates communication between campus constituencies and departments; supports programs and activities to advance student learning; facilitates the coordinated support of individual students, and; works cooperatively with members of the faculty and the university’s senior leadership team to ensure the successful achievement of institutional and divisional goals, vision, and values.
Reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer for the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering (AS&E), the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs joins a team of talented staff who provide individual student support, respond to a variety of complex student needs, and proactively develop a dynamic and safe learning environment for all AS&E undergraduate and graduate students. The Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs ensures that Student Affairs policies and processes are consistently and thoughtfully applied in individual student circumstances and provides leadership on strategic initiatives prioritized by the Dean and Division of Student Affairs, representing the Division of Student Affairs in a variety of contexts at Tufts. The Senior Associate Dean supervises several members of the Dean of Students Affairs team, including the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, and will take on supervision of other student affairs functions depending upon priorities established by the Dean of Student Affairs. The Senior Associate Dean leads assessment efforts around student success, satisfaction, and outcomes to guide development of support resources and program planning across the Division of Student Affairs, manages budgets for the Dean of Students Affairs Office, and coordinates the daily functions of the Dean of Student Affairs Office. The Senior Associate Dean is the liaison to the Advising Deans and serves on a variety of University- and school-wide committees and working groups, in addition to taking on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer. The Senior Associate Dean is a member of the on-call team. Some night and weekend commitments are required.
Master’s degree; superb judgment, demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated sensitivity, imagination, and effectiveness in responding to challenging student, personnel and college/university community issues;
Evidence of a firm commitment to social justice and transparency within a community of diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gender, gender expression and other identities; awareness of how the college-age development of identities impacts social justice and activism;
Six to eight years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs and/or supporting students and managing staff within an educational setting, preferably within a selective university or liberal arts college environment;
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; proven ability to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni;
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with thorough attention to detail and consistency; ability to set and attain goals while working both collaboratively and independently on various projects.
Experience evaluating, refreshing and updating administrative policies, office systems and budgets within an educational setting strongly preferred.
Familiarity with Tufts University or a similarly selective institution preferred.
Experience working effectively with young adults/adolescents, families, faculty, senior administration and staff members within a similar higher education setting is strongly preferred.
Strategic leadership and management skills, including the ability to recruit and develop outstanding staff and support a team of colleagues within a demanding office environment are a plus.
A demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, experience utilizing data and assessment to inform decision making, and effective program advocacy skills are all preferred.
Experience successfully addressing campus climate issues through co-curricular student-focused programs and leadership development a plus.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Some night and weekend commitments, including participation in the administrator-on-call rotation, required.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.