Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University (Salve), founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, is a private Catholic university located in Newport, Rhode Island. Enrolling more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in 46 undergraduate majors, 14 master's degree programs and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing from across the U.S. and around the world, Salve's beautiful 80-acre historical campus, bordering Newport Cliff Walk, is set on seven contiguous Gilded Age estates with 21 structures of historic significance. Students from 41 states and 21 nations can compete in 20 men's, women's and coed varsity sports as well as participate in nearly 50 student organizations. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Salve remains firmly rooted in the heritage of its rich past. The vision, which energized the Sisters of Mercy at the University's founding, remains the same today: Salve Regina, a Catholic university of distinction, will graduate men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual and cultural life of their respective communities and work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful.

Job Description:


Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students (AVP/Dean) provides leadership focused on promoting student transformation by helping undergraduates to develop fully, realize their potential, and achieve personal goals. As a strategic and hands-on leader, the AVP/Dean directs a team that supports residence life, off-campus life, health services, counseling, and student conduct. As the chief judicial officer, the AVP/Dean leads institutional efforts in student behavioral intervention crisis management, and ensures policies and protocols are systematic, readily understood, and reflective of best national practices. Additionally, the AVP/Dean is responsible for coordination and oversight of the University's Title IX efforts, and shares oversight of compliance with state and federal discrimination laws and regulations with the Director of Human Resources, and enforces the University's Sexual Harassment Anti-Discrimination policy and procedures.


The AVP/Dean must be a highly visible, proactive, and passionate advocate working on behalf of students in all facets of their development. The AVP and Dean of Students will serve in an institutional and divisional leadership role in implementing strategies which manifest Salve Regina University's mission, Mercy and Catholic traditions, new vision, and strategic plan.

The AVP/Dean of Students will be expected to:

  • Lead a full-time staff of four direct reports, including the Associate Dean of Students, residential life, off-campus life, health services, and counseling
  • Provide and promote experiences that challenge students to develop holistically in order to prepare them to contribute to the University community and beyond
  • Know and be present to students; serve as an advocate for students; recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of students while educating the University community on student needs, trends and issues
  • Engage difference in a manner that will allow students to learn from diversity of perspectives, experience and traditions that exist within the University and beyond;
  • Assume a leadership role for the area in assessment, compliance and policy matters;
  • Assist with coordination of mental health and wellness education that focuses on prevention and holistic health
  • Coordinate and oversee the University's Title IX compliance, education, training and investigative efforts, and help strengthen a culture that supports a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment;
  • Advise senior leadership on emerging issues and laws, regulatory changes and requirements, fostering commitment and support from executive leadership regarding Title IX;
  • Conduct and/or oversee the prompt, effective and equitable investigation and timely resolution of all complaints of sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination involving members of the University community
  • Oversee the University's education, training prevention and outreach efforts related to Title IX and sexual misconduct, developing a communication campaign to inform faculty, staff, students and special populations.


  • Analyze, review and create strategic plans and/or projects.
  • Represent the division at university events related to orientation, admissions, student programs, alumni and athletic events.
  • Participate or chair committees, task forces and boards as requested by the Vice President.
  • Represent the Vice President for Student Affairs with her/his absence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


A master's degree (doctorate preferred) in college student personnel administration, higher education administration, or a similar field with documented progressively responsible leadership and supervisory experience in Student Affairs is required. The successful candidate will also possess an understanding of and commitment to Salve Regina's Mercy, Catholic tradition and mission. A strong record of administrative leadership, demonstrating analytical ability in assessing learning outcomes and evaluating programs; developing staff and strategic priorities; and building productive and collaborative working relationships across campus are required. Familiarity with promising practices in areas in the Dean's portfolio, as well as strategies for building a just and supportive campus community are essential. Facility with current technology including use of social media, evidence of superior interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to lead change?creating a student-centered culture that supports high standards of excellence for all members of the campus community?will be important considerations in the selection of the new AVP/Dean of Students.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant with all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at . Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at . Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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