Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Leadership

Mount St. Joseph University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 14, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


Serves as a professional member of the Student Affairs Team and is responsible for developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating student programs to enhance student life and to engage students in program involvement, membership in organizations and leadership development.


  • Oversee all student organizations and provided necessary services and resources to assist them with, but not limited to, the following:
    • Program planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Organization training, recruitment and development
    • Budget management
    • Contract negotiation
    • Policy and procedure compliance
    • Collaboration with offices and departments
    • New student organization on-boarding
    • Advisor support
  • Advise the Campus Activities Board (CAB), including recruitment and training of executive board members; and program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Maintain a calendar of on-campus co-curricular events and promote opportunities for participation to the campus community.
  • Collaborate with Student Government Association and the Dean of Students to provide: student organization training (once/semester), the Emerging Leaders Retreat, and the Student Life Awards.
  • Consult the Vice President of Compliance Risk and Legal Affairs regarding student programming to ensure compliance and best practices.
  • Coordinate and implement the Leadership Pathways co-curricular leadership program.


  • Coordinate all new student orientation activities for the institution, including three summer orientation sessions, adult and transfer orientations each semester, online orientations for graduate and undergraduate students and parent/family orientation sessions.
  • Develop and implement programs to promote successful integration of all new students in to the campus community.
  • Work with the Dean of Students to keep first-year success, transition and related issues in the awareness of the entire campus community.
  • Recruit, select, train and manage 18 student orientation leaders and one student cooperative who will assist in orientation planning and special projects related to student engagement.


  • Develop learning outcomes and gather data pertaining to student leadership roles and involvement in campus programs.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Research to:
    • Develop assessment instruments and use national surveys to gather data on student engagement.
    • Share assessment findings with various campus offices and work with them to identify solutions that improve student engagement and impact future results.


  • Maintain web pages related to Student Engagement and Leadership and internal sites that provide resources, processes and documents for student organizations.
  • Serve on campus committees as needed and available.
  • Share team responsibilities for Graduation, Priority Registration, Discovery Days, Open Houses, Homecoming, Emerging Leaders Retreat, Student Life Awards, Admissions events, and other Student Affairs events.

Primary Contacts:

Student Affairs, Wellness, Fiscal Operations, Campus Events and Conference Services, Residence Life, Student Administrative Services, Institutional Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions.

Supervision Received:

Works toward a previously defined objective and uses a wide range of procedures; plans and arranges own work, reports to Dean of Students. Supervision Provided:

Supervise one part-time student cooperative, one part-time student worker and 18 part-time orientation leaders



Master’s Degree Required (preferably in student personnel administration, leadership development, or counseling) Experience:

Two to four years of professional experience in counseling, advising and/or education in a higher education setting. Specialized Training:

Extensive knowledge of adult student development theory and application; strong skills in organization, communication, negotiation, and mediation; any combination of education, experience, or training that provides the required knowledge; PC software experience (Microsoft Office preferred), Skills, Attributes Customer Service:
  • A demonstrated ability and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Exhibit a "student/customer first" and “faculty/staff customer first” orientation in providing exceptional service in all responsibilities and interactions demonstrating versatility in handling people and situations.
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and student-faculty-staff customer needs and expectations; anticipate and identify student-faculty-staff customer needs.
  • Demonstrate ability to facilitate transition and counsel students towards the realization of full educational potential .
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize, appreciate and serve culturally diverse populations, special needs, and others.
  • Available to rotate through multiple time frames of service operations.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic approach to duties and a commitment to liberal arts education.
  • Collaborate well with others and help make the Student Affairs staff a cohesive group.
  • Communicate, cooperate and collaborate well with others to achieve common office, division or institution goals.
  • Willingly assist in various responsibilities as appropriate within the Student Affairs area and other areas of the institution as appropriate as required during high service demand times.
  • Develop and nurture an effective, productive and respectful rapport and working relationship with students, faculty, and staff co-workers, and various campus and community constituencies maintaining appropriate level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate strong written, telephone, and electronic communication skills and strengths in public speaking .
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely and listen well to others.
  • Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing work to detect errors, oversights or omissions.
  • Ensure accuracy of information that is provided to others.
  • Take immediate and independent action when necessary assuming initiative for creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrate creativity and high energy.
  • Accomplish tasks with follow through to completion
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and functions within department and/or position
  • Possess aptitude for technological development and its implications for appropriate automation of office; proficient in Microsoft Office
Work Environment, Physical Demands:
  • Multiple service hours; computer data input; multiple concurrent tasks with service interruptions; extensive customer contact; strict confidentiality; detailed work; valid, clean driver’s license required; occasional light lifting.
  • Frequent attendance for night and weekend events is expected.
  • Establish and maintain active role in university professional associations and networks
  • Contribute to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the division; helping others accomplish related job results as and where needed.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references.

A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Mount St. Joseph University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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