Dean of Students for Community Care and Inclusion
Dean of Students for Community Care and Inclusion
The Dean of Students (DOS) is a high-profile, visible leader in the Division of Student Affairs who works creatively, energetically, and sensitively with the Willamette community to create environments and initiatives that support students holistic learning, health and wellbeing, sense of belonging and the development of equitable, inclusive communities that foster student success. The DOS reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs and serves as a member of the student affairs executive team. The DOS oversees a portfolio of student affairs departments related to developing an inclusive, caring, engaged campus community include:
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Gender Resource and Advocacy Center
- Native American Programs
- Student Conduct and CARE Coordination
- Residence Life and Housing
The Dean of Students is a thought leader and partners with the VPSA in building a philosophical foundation for student learning and engagement that is consistent with building caring, inclusive, and equitable communities in a university context. In addition to supervision of student affairs departments, primary areas of responsibility include direct oversight of student conduct and conflict resolution strategies, emergency on-call protocols, and student CARE reports. The Dean of Students oversees advocacy and support of students of concern and serves as chair of the Care Team, a multidisciplinary team that works to assist students in need of personal and/or academic resources.
Additional Projects/Initiatives that the DOS oversees include:
- Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students
- First Generation Student Initiatives
- Emergency funds
- Divisional Equity and Inclusion initiatives
The Dean of Students will assist in leading efforts to ensure the division's policies, practices, and educational initiatives are equitable, foster a welcoming and inclusive campus environment, and align with divisional and university diversity and inclusion goals for all students. The Dean of Students serves as a relationship builder--mentoring, advising, and connecting with diverse groups of students and members of the campus community and facilitating discussions among and between students and staff and serves as a point of contact for students who wish to discuss difficulties, conflicts, and issues of bias, harassment, and discrimination.
The DOS will also serve as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and assist the Title IX Coordinator in managing the responsibilities associated with the University's Title IX compliance obligations in collaboration with the Conduct Case Manager, and the AVP for Human Resources. This may include serving as an investigator or hearing officer for sexual misconduct and higher level conduct cases and ensuring that members of the University community are aware of their options and resources with respect to reporting and filing complaints alleging sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based discrimination, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
1. Serves as a strategic thought leader who integrates an understanding of student development, health, wellbeing, cultural fluency, equity, and inclusion in the implementation of initiatives that support student success and the development of inclusive and equitable communities.
2. Supervise Directors in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gender and Resource Advocacy Center, Native American Programs, Housing and Residence Life, Chaplain, and the Student Conduct and Care Coordinator.
3. Oversee the direction, training, advising and facilitation of effective conflict resolution. Develop, coordinate, and facilitate all aspects of alternative dispute resolution processes (e.g., Title IX informal resolution, student related bias incident reports, off-campus concerns, and student-involved interpersonal conflict).
4. Serve as the primary interpreter of the student code of conduct and oversee the day-to-day operations of student conduct which includes the system for case distribution, investigation, adjudication, sanctioning and overall management of student conduct.
5. Assist in the processing of Title IX sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based discrimination, dating and domestic violence, and stalking complaints in a timely manner, providing a fair and neutral process for all parties.
6. Review and analyze disaggregated data to assist with evaluating student outcomes for various student groups.
7. Ensure appropriate utilization of Maxient case management database system to organize, manage and track conduct and bias incidents and CARE reports.
8. Supervise the Conduct Case Manager and conduct administrators in investigations, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution; ensure student conduct is administered in a fair, impartial, non-adversarial, restorative, and educational manner.
9. Ensure compliance with federal and state mandates (e.g., Title IX, VAWA, Clery, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act) and keep abreast of best practices in student affairs to include equity and inclusion, housing and residence life, student conduct, conflict resolution and supporting students' well-being
10. Oversee on-call and emergency response protocol and incidents and serve on the decision-making team on issues related to sexual misconduct and Title IX risk assessments and emergency actions
11. Chair the Students of Concern committee and ensure timely and appropriate follow-up with students in distress
12. Be accessible, visible, and present for relevant/occasional university speakers and athletics events; attend staff/student-planned community development activities and educational events as appropriate.
13. Assist in organization of large, annual, campus-wide programs such as fall orientation, and commencement.
14. Assist in leading task forces, presenting training topics, and executing divisional and university projects as needed.
15. Serve in the campus emergency response on-call duty rotation.
- A Master's degree in student affairs, higher education,
counseling, social work, or another appropriate field of graduate
study; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in student
affairs, with experience in a few areas of their portfolio:
residence life and housing, student conduct, emergency response,
multicultural affairs, or gender and sexuality center
- Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of
diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural
differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and
strategies for interacting effectively with people different from
- Demonstrated experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion
lens in delivering and assessing programs, services, and practice
(i.e., staffing practices, supervision, training, policies,
- Demonstrated knowledge of relevant laws such as Title IX, Clery
Act, Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the ADA
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, crisis response, and
conflict management skills.
- A demonstrated understanding of conduct and alternative dispute
resolution (mediation, restorative justice, and/or facilitated
- Ability to effectively represent Division and the University
with various constituencies, including senior leadership, students,
parents and families, faculty, other departments, and
- Ability to maintain composure and judgment in stressful
situations where there may be a variety of interests at
- Excellent organizational and management skills; ability to
manage multiple tasks and priorities; attention to accuracy and
details without losing sight of the big picture
- Strong written, and presentation skills
- Ability to implement problem solving strategies to manage
everyday challenges such as crisis response, conflict management,
community development, student activism, and student/family
concerns in a fast-paced environment
- Experience working with Maxient database management system a
- Involvement in local, regional, and national organizations in
the field of student affairs (such as, (ASCA, NCORE, ACPA, and
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and
weekends as needed. Ability to work on call hours.
Applicants should apply via the Spelman and Johnson website: