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Assistant Dean of Students
The University of Akron

Date Posted Nov. 29, 2023
Title Assistant Dean of Students
University The University of Akron
Akron, OH, United States
Department Student Life
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Job Description Summary

Serve as subject matter expert. Highly skilled at executing tasks in area of expertise. Solely responsible for tasks or activities relating to subject matter expertise in a particular unit/department/division. May require specific educational background and/or experience.

Student Life Programs create, enhance, promote, and execute programming, education, prevention outreach and policies of the University to provide a safe, healthy, welcoming and inclusive experience for students.  These programs foster a sense of community and allow students to learn and explore diverse opportunities and interests through campus wide events, celebrations, and community service projects.   Includes programs such as fraternity and sororities, registered student organizations, student government, study abroad, leadership training, civic engagement, and undergraduate student government.

Job Description

The Assistant Dean of Students facilitates initial response to reports of gender-based misconduct or behaviors prohibited by Title IX impacting students. The Assistant Dean also coordinates the efforts of the Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Team. The Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and works within the Dean of Students Office to ensure consistent and fair administration of the University of Akron protocols and procedures for responding to reports of sexual misconduct involving students. 

Essential Functions

Administer the UA protocols and procedures for responding to reports of sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Provide student centered, empathetic care and counsel to students in need of support. Coordinate referrals to UA departments as outlined in UA grievance procedures. Manage student cases for survivors of sexual assault and targets of sexual harassment. Provide private and professional care to promote student success. Use online databases to track student behaviors, concerns and institutional response. Facilitate assessment of University efforts and Dean of Students Office efforts to respond and prevent misconduct. Generate reports that outline response and prevention efforts. Liaise with academic departments, administrative units, faculty, staff and students to provide supportive measures of assistance, promote awareness of and compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, and related federal and state sexual violence prevention laws. Provide leadership for Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Team, its working teams, faculty and student groups. Train students, develop educational programs and student engagement initiatives. Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students.

Additional Position Information:

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two (2) years of progressive experience working in a student services function advising and/or counseling students. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the University student support and services including: academic advising and degree requirements; student financial aid; student conduct; ADA compliance; Help-A-Zip, CARE and related intervention initiatives. Demonstrate competence and comfort with survivors of sexual assault, trauma informed care; empathic response; FERPA and public records laws; UA sexual harassment policy, private/confidential assistance, and while working with all genders and identities to secure just outcomes. Must develop and maintain trust of colleagues and demonstrate the capacity to build coalitions and support across differences.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree. Prior working experience dealing with issues of Title IX or civil rights grievances preferred.

Application Deadline

Review of applicants will begin on December 12, 2023.


The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leaves of absence including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission.

All staff and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA).

The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

Application Instructions: In order to be considered for this position, please complete the on-line application and attach a resume or CV, a cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.


Natasha Kuzmina

Phone Number

+1 (330) 9728431


Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees.  The University endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus.  As such, all offers of employment with The University of Akron are contingent upon verification of credentials, proof of Covid-19 vaccination, and satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Some positions may require additional credit investigation and a pre-employment driving record search.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the

University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office ( The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at

State of Residence Statement

It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.


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