Dean of Student Experience
Dean of Student Experience
Main Campus - Boston, MA
Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.
You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience.
As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of the Student Experience (“Dean”), will be responsible for building an engaged and empowered student body prioritizing co-curricular engagement, leadership and social justice, self-efficacy, conflict resolution and social and community responsibility. This position is a senior leadership position in the Division of Student Affairs that will provide strategic leadership and will be integral in developing and providing accountability for strategic planning and achievement of key performance indicators.
This position will provide counsel to the Vice President for Student Affairs on matters pertaining to the student experience and will be responsible for coordinating with the four academic colleges as well as other relevant services to develop a structure that supports graduate on-ground, graduate online, undergraduate on-ground and undergraduate online students. This includes services related to food insecurity, housing, commuter assistance, violence prevention, bias reporting and individualized case management. Further, the Dean will provide leadership, in conjunction with the Vice President for Student Affairs and in partnership with student affairs and academic affairs staff, for the enhancement of student leadership programming and the development of co-curricular pathways and residential engagement.
The Dean, in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs, will provide strategic leadership for the re-organization and alignment of the Division of Student Affairs which includes first-year experience and first-year programs, student leadership and activities, student conduct and community standards, student assistance and support (for graduate and undergraduate students), spiritual life, athletics, health services, counseling and residential life. Further, the Dean will provide significant leadership for the university's the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation team. This position will also be a key partner with advancement and will have opportunities to engage with Simmons University alumni.
- Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College
Student Personnel or closely related field is required or the
equivalent of a bachelor's degree and significant related
experience; terminal degree (PhD, EdD, JD) is preferred;
- Minimum of 10 years of relative experience in co-curricular
program planning and leadership development and education, and
progressive responsibility for designing and delivering programs
and services that support the student experience.
- Experience successfully managing/supervising teams and
providing strategic vision, reducing barriers and transforming
organizational structures, thinking and outcomes; fostering
employee development, and performance management skills;
- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning,
- Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills;
ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff,
administrators, and students at all levels in a complex and diverse
- Significant experience working with crisis management, student
communications, and high need populations with a lens toward
empowerment, creating opportunities to develop and foster
self-efficacy and life skills, and empowering students to use their
- Experience and demonstrated knowledge of Title IX and EEOC
- Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and
procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new
strategies and procedures;
- Experience with change management, diversity, equity,
inclusion, and creating spaces and experiences that foster a sense
of belonging, a sense of connection, campus pride and community is
- Experience working with alumni relations, advancement and grant
writing is preferred, but not required.
- Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management
- Comfort and willingness responding to crisis situations during
and outside of regular business hours.
Required Application Materials:
- Cover Letter
Annual Compensation Grade
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.
We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.