University of St. Thomas

Associate Dean of Students (Dougherty Family College)

Dec 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Associate Dean of Students position within the Dougherty Family College.

The Dougherty Family College is the newest college of the University of St. Thomas, opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus.  Offering an associate degree in liberal arts, the college's curriculum will be rigorous and provide graduates with a seamless transition to public or private institutions should they decide to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students will receive mentoring from St. Thomas faculty, participate in paid internships and enjoy the benefits of being part of the state's largest private university.  For more information about the Dougherty Family College, please explore the website HERE.

The Associate Dean of Students is a leadership position within the Dougherty Family College and reports directly to the Dean of the College.  This position provides leadership in the areas of transition, retention, persistence, and graduation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. 

The Associate Dean of Students manages and coordinates intensive orientation and retention efforts for the success of students from underrepresented areas, as well as developing new programs and initiatives designed to create a just and inclusive environment.  This position will work with students and members of the St. Thomas community to ensure personal, academic and professional growth and success.  In addition, this position is responsible for the intake and processing of student code violations for student activity both on and off campus.

This role assumes all levels of communication with the various elements of the discipline system including receiving reports of student conduct violations, decisions to adjudicate, investigation of case, organization and dissemination of paperwork related to informing students of code of conduct violations, setting up hearings, and personally issuing decisions to students.  The Associate Dean is responsible for implementing applicable federal laws, including FERPA and Title IX.  The Associate Dean of Students spends a considerable amount of time being available to students to answer questions, counsel students regarding the disciplinary process and assist them in preparation for board and appeal hearings.  The Associate Dean of Students will supervise and oversee student support staff.  Day-to-day operations, management, staff supervision and budget and finances are also essential to this position. 

This is a staff, full-time, 12-month, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel, or related field from an accredited institution, and five to seven years of progressively responsible post-master’s degree experience in student development areas at the university level, and experience supervising para-professional or professional staff.

Preferred qualifications: experience facilitating small and large group activities, planning, and assessing programs, managing conflict, orientation programming, retention, planning and management, budget management, and/or judicial affairs.

Knowledge of: Issues, trends, and needs of higher education programs; Implementation and evaluation; supervision of employees; project management and analytical techniques; principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment; principles and practices of budget development and administration; principles and practices of conducting research, gathering data, and analyzing data to draw conclusions; computer applications related to the work (MS Office, web content management tools, bulk email software, and online networking tools/sites). Knowledge and experience with student information systems, databases, report and survey software, etc., effective written and oral communication methods; administrative principles and practices.

Skill in: Demonstrated competence working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds (racial/ethnic, economic, religious, etc.), including a background in social justice or diversity education and work. Understanding and effectively communicating with all individuals contacted in the course of duties. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Comfortable presenting complex information to various audiences. Excellent collaboration and planning skills.

Abilities: Work effectively with diverse higher education populations; cultivate collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff and professional colleagues; understand and use of current educational practices in student retention and success; ability to understand an implement applicable federal laws, including FERPA and Title IX; prioritize multiple tasks; communicate effectively; work independently and demonstrate initiative; follow-through on assigned tasks; answer routine inquires; make decisions, manage conflict; maintain confidential of sensitive information; plan, organize and implement a wide range of special events, programs, and projects. Ability to manage multiple projects involving a variety of campus constituents, including a demonstrated capacity to build bridges between departments and across campus constituent boundaries. Demonstrated ability to lead campus-wide projects, particularly related to serving racially diverse students at a predominately White institution. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex, demanding environment.  Ability to manage multiple priorities.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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