Missouri Western State University, located in St Joseph, Missouri, just 45 minutes north of Kansas City, invites candidates to join our Enrollment Management/Student Affairs department as Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students.
The AVP/Dean of Students coordinates the administration of the AVP/Dean of Students Office for Missouri Western State University, serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote student success, retention, and graduation. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VPSAEM). Under the direction of the VPSAEM, the AVP/Dean of Students creates a culture of learning and engagement for MWSU students by applying student development theories and learning outcomes that promote students' academic and personal success, thereby increasing student satisfaction and student retention. This position directly supervises and has oversight for the following areas: Center for Student Involvement; Career Development Center; Center for Multicultural Education; Student Counseling Center; Nontraditional, Commuter, and Accessibility Resource Center; and Housing & Residential Life. The AVP/Dean of Students is also responsible for Student Conduct and works in collaboration with the University General Counsel and the University Chief of Police.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide direction and supervision of the units within the AVP/Dean of Students portfolio.
Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus and community leaders to enhance planning and implementing strategic initiatives, resolving issues, and responding to crisis incidents.
Coordinate SAEM response to major crisis and other unusual events impacting students within the University Community.
Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis including intervening with mental health staff, providing victim advocacy, and working with staff and students affected by the crisis.
Serve as chair of the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation Team.
Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures.
Serve as a resource to University faculty and staff in dealing with students' disruptive behavior within and outside the classroom.
Develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning in collaboration with Academic Affairs.
Communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders.
Foster an inclusive University community and promote equity for all students.
Oversee outreach to diverse student populations to support institutional diversity and inclusion goals.
Support the goals of the University’s mission, vision and strategic plan by service on University committees.
Perform other duties as assigned by the VPSAEM.
Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field with Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Higher Education or a related field preferred; as well as a minimum of ten years of higher education experience with progressively increased responsibilities.
A strong record of success as a supervisor, including but not limited to performance evaluation, professional development, setting individual goals, and assessment of performance effectiveness.