Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Yale University, conveniently located between Boston and New York, offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Located in the heart of historic downtown New Haven with more than 100 local boutiques, national retailers, cafés, casual eateries, award-winning restaurants, and world-renowned theaters, galleries, and museums.

General Purpose: 

The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) is a graduate and professional school with a mission to create and provide knowledge and leadership for a sustainable future. Serving approximately 300 Masters students and 75 doctoral students, the School is committed to building on the rich legacy of world-leading scholarship, teaching and engagement to create a sustainable environment. The School is also deeply committed to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Reporting to the Associate Dean/Chief of Staff and with a dotted line to the Dean, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs serves as the chief student affairs officer. The Assistant Dean will provide leadership and vision, administration, coordination and budgetary/financial oversight for the Student Affairs department. The Student Affairs department supports the lifecycle of a graduate student from the point of matriculation to graduation, including but not limited to activities related to orientation and graduation, career development, Title IX, student health and wellness, student programming, and more generally, many aspects of the student experience outside of the classroom. The Assistant Dean will also work closely with the Community and Inclusion office to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout the student experience.


The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs has a broad and evolving portfolio of duties, acting as the strategic administrative partner to support the non-academic needs of a vibrant student community. The Assistant Dean exercises leadership and management over all student life activities, including student discipline, student government, student organizations, and student activities. They will also serve as a liaison to other student support units at the university, and will serve as a crucial member of the YSE leadership team. The Assistant Dean will also serve as the YSE Title IX Coordinator and the YSE Dean’s Designee, as well as serve on important university-wide leadership committees.


The Assistant Dean will work collaboratively and provide effective management of a team of professional employees who assist them with all aspects of student affairs. They will also work with leadership from other teams at the School, including but not limited to: Enrollment Management, Community and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, and Development and Alumni Affairs.


Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree in student affairs, counseling, higher education leadership or related field and 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.



  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills. High emotional intelligence and ability to handle stressful, challenging and emotional situations, and create thoughtful, fair and institutionally aligned responses.
  • Strong record of leading, managing and mentoring staff. Demonstrated effectiveness in planning, administration, personnel, and fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse student body, faculty, staff, other university constituents, and external organizations. Experience, knowledge and facility with, best practices in student affairs. Demonstrated counseling skills.
  • Proven excellent organizational, planning and leadership skills. Adaptability, including being comfortable with ambiguity and change. Capable of representing the Dean and YSE in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain an environment of mutual respect, while continually learning about the differences in our community members, to support a responsible and inclusive community.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Interest in and knowledge of the environment. Passion for and dedication to the mission of YSE. Demonstrated leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion. Significant experience addressing student mental health needs and student professional development. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other campus units.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


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