Dean of Student Engagement

Colorado, United States
$124,000.00 - $138,000.00
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Dean of Student Engagement coordinates the administration of the newly formed Division of Student Engagement (DSE), serves as an advocate for students, shares information with students and colleagues, and is a central collaborator with Academic Affairs to promote student success, well-being, and engagement. The Dean leads DSE and assists in the execution of the College’s strategic plan promoting student support, engagement, and the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion through work with the Diversity Collaborative. The Dean furthers a culture of learning, engagement, and wellness to promote students' academic and personal success. This position directly supervises and has oversight for the following areas: Health and Counseling Centers, Recreation Services, Student Wellness, Leadership Center, Housing and Title IX.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university   
  • Minimum of five years of higher education experience with leadership responsibilities.  
  • An ability to lead campus-wide initiatives and reimagine existing processes that promote student engagement  
  • Demonstrated previous work accomplishments that positively shape students’ wellbeing, engagement, and outcomes.   
  • A high level of leadership in working with the campus constituencies along with the ability to build collaborative relationships characterized by mutual respect, trust, and commitment to shared goals. Integrity, creativity, energy, and decisiveness, along with the capacity to engage and inspire others.   
  • A strong record of success in identifying and securing alternative funding through grants and other revenue sources.  
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor program and project budgets, as well as monthly and year-end projections.  
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.   
  • Highly effective in all aspects of leadership management, including the ability to work collaboratively with others.   

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s or doctorate degree in higher education or a related field   
  • Ten or more years of higher education experience in a leadership role   
  • A strong record of success as a supervisor, including but not limited to performance evaluation, professional development, setting individual goals, and assessment of performance effectiveness.   
  • Effectiveness in setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goal and objectives are met.  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Create a defining brand of student engagement at Fort Lewis College (FLC) that leverages academic, cultural, and environmental strengths of our campus.   
  • Be actively involved in all issues that impact student services and student life, with the goal of making FLC a leader in empowering students to create an environment that promotes fun, success, and engagement.   
  • Oversee development of student events to promote an engaged and active campus culture.   
  • Lead the renewal of the existing centers and directors of the DSE with the goal of better supporting academic success of students and promoting a culture of engagement for the broadest number of students on campus.   
  • Directly collaborate with the Provost and Academic Affairs to execute on College-wide strategy for retention and student success.   
  • Promote student wellness and resiliency; foster a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable residential community; deliver multiple high-quality student-centered activities.  
  • Provide directional leadership of the Grub Hub (food pantry) and create a centralized support system that addresses student basic needs security and connects students with community resources.     
  • Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis, including leading mental health staff, providing victim advocacy, and working with staff and students affected by crisis.   
  • Supervise all aspects related to student discipline, and coordinate with College personnel to ensure that all student issues are addressed.  
  • Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures.   
  • Communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders.   
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.  
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • In conjunction with the Budget Office, develop and manage annual budgets for the division and perform periodic cost and productivity analyses.  
  • Identify alternate revenue/funding sources and pursues grant; develop responses to opportunities to fund, improve, and enhance programs.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  


Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary range is between $124,000 to $138,000,  plus a comprehensive benefits package.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 


Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by May 26, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.