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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Graduate Students - School of Arts and Sciences
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 24, 2022
Title Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Graduate Students - School of Arts and Sciences
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department School of Arts and Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Student Affairs


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 at Tufts). As a central resource supporting the safety, engagement, and wellbeing 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 colleges' senior leadership team to ensure the successful achievement of institutional and divisional goals, vision, and values.


What You'll Do

The Assistant Dean supports and enhances the student life experience for students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering graduate programs, and the SMFA at Tufts graduate programs by providing individual support to graduate students, both responsively when concerns arise and proactively to design systems that are supportive of holistic well-being. The Assistant Dean serves as the primary DOSA liaison to the AS&E graduate schools and collaborates with faculty and staff across departments to ensure that Student Affairs policies and processes are informed by graduate student needs and applied thoughtfully and consistently across AS&E graduate student populations.


An essential function of this role is providing individual support to graduate students who are experiencing health, personal, academic, financial, family, and other challenges and helping students connect with appropriate resources. This includes working directly with students in distress, managing emergency hospitalizations, overseeing leave of absence processes, maintaining a student caseload, advising faculty and staff on supporting students of concern, and designing and implementing other support processes to ensure student wellbeing and success.


The Assistant Dean conducts programming, outreach, and other initiatives to support student affairs initiatives related to graduate students. The Assistant Dean is a member of the on-call team. Some night and weekend commitments are required.


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in higher education, college student development, social work, counseling, psychology, or another closely related discipline, or the international equivalent.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience.
  • Significant experience with crisis response, including the ability to analyze situations and implement effective solutions in a thoughtful way during times of distress.
  • Experience with graduate student life, current knowledge of best practices and initiatives to support graduate students in higher education
  • Outstanding helping skills (e.g., active and reflective listening, facilitated reflection, appropriate confrontation, recognition of mental health concerns requiring referral, suicide prevention, etc.), experience making referrals and providing case management to students in distress.
  • Extensive, nuanced understanding of student mental health concerns, trends, and best practices.
  • Superb judgment and experience making thoughtful decisions in complex, sensitive scenarios
  • Current and thorough knowledge of laws, trends, and practices related to student support in the college and university environment.
  • Demonstrated success in starting up and implementing innovative programs.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience successfully employing conflict management skills (e.g., de-escalation, assertive communication, conflict coaching, giving feedback, etc.).
  • Proven ability to shape outcomes successfully in a cross-functional, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to build strong relationships with members of diverse constituencies, and a successful track record of collaboration in achieving objectives.
  • Experience working effectively with a wide range of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to utilize technology in the delivery of student programs.
  • Experience with the administration of a student records system.
  • Personal computer, time management, and strong organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • History of success supervising undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Training in case management, suicide prevention and intervention, and/or closely-related topics.
  • Experience conducting student learning assessments and program assessments.
  • Experience formulating organizational policy.
  • Experience creating and assessing learning outcomes.
  • Membership in and service to relevant professional organizations.

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.


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