Executive Dean of Student Services

Arizona, United States
$99,711.00 - $113,670.00
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Cochise College is seeking a dynamic leader to direct our student services operations!  This wonderful opportunity is responsible for providing leadership to enhance activities related to student recruitment and retention initiatives, student activities, residential life, financial aid and admissions, ultimately creating an outstanding student experience!

Cochise College is a public, two-year institution that serves the residents of Cochise County from two campuses and four centers throughout Southern Arizona with panoramic views of five different mountain ranges.  This beautiful county has a variety of exciting outdoor activities and community events to explore!


Position Summary: The Executive Dean of Student Services is responsible for directing activities related to a comprehensive district-wide student services program, including student recruitment and retention initiatives, student activities, residential life, financial aid and admissions.
Essential Functions: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.
Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees.

This position is open until filled with priority to applications received by July 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm AZ time.  Interested parties should complete an application on our employment website, including a cover letter, resume, and transcripts.  


Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:

Provides leadership and administrative oversight for student services activities to include student success initiatives, recruitment, marketing, admissions and retention; registration and records; student housing; student judicial affairs; student government; student clubs; advising and counseling; testing services; tutoring services; financial aid; disability services; and campus security
Provides leadership and oversight in the development or revision of policies, procedures and operational activities related to all facets of student services in concert with district-wide faculty, student services staff, and administration; develops and implements recruitment and retention plans in collaboration with program faculty and staff district wide; ensures quality in all aspects of the student services function
Prepares and monitors reports on student enrollment and retention data; performs trend and needs analysis; forecasts student enrollment and retention; ensures compliance of applicable laws, rules and regulations; oversees activities related to student due process/judicial proceedings; conducts investigations and hearings on student judicial matters; serves as a Title IX investigator and deputy coordinator
Develops, maintains and enhances partnerships between and among student services staff, faculty and instructional staff, and administration; maintains a student and learner-centered philosophy and focuses student services initiatives on successful student outcomes including enrollment, program selection, retention, graduation, ensures students with disabilities have equal access to services
Provides leadership and oversight for student housing, campus security, and student union activities related to student services; facilitates student's successful integration to college environment via social activities, housing, campus health/safety/security and academic assistance
Provides leadership for ensuring quality in all aspects of the college’s instructional and student and staff development programs; engages faculty and staff participation in support of district-wide educational priorities; identifies unmet community needs and recommends new initiatives to serve the educational needs of Cochise County citizens and prepare students as lifelong learners; recommends initiatives and provides oversight of college efforts designed to strengthen the college’s relationships with community-based organizations and other entities; represents the College at local, regional, and state meetings and conferences related to student services
Performs other related duties as assigned
General ExpectationsEmployees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.

Education and Experience Requirements: 
Master’s degree in education, teaching discipline, counseling/student services or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education, doctorate preferred
Five years’ college-level administrative experience
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures
Knowledge of management practices and principles
Knowledge of current community education theory and practice
Knowledge of student development theory and student due process policies/procedures
Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation
Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration
Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques
Skill in mediation and/or conflict resolution methods
Skill in supervisory practices and techniques
Skill preparing, monitoring and maintaining budgets
Skill analyzing data and making appropriate recommendations
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner
Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations
Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail
Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems and to maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive information
Ability to analyze problems, identifies solutions, and takes appropriate action to resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public
Ability to foster district-wide partnerships to promote educational quality
Ability to focus faculty and staff toward student learning
Ability to work effectively within a diverse, multi-cultural setting serving a multi-campus environment

Work EnvironmentWork is primarily performed under limited supervision in an office setting with appropriate climate controls. Travel is required. May require early morning, evening, and weekend work.
Physical Requirements: Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to communicate.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met
Mental Application:  Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem solving skills are important
Reports to:  Executive Vice President/Provost