Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

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Position Title

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Job Description

The AVP /Dean of Students ( DOS ) coordinates the administration of the AVP /Dean of Students Office for Missouri Western State University, serves as an advocate for students, and shares information with students, colleagues, and other interested parties that promote student success, retention, and graduation.

This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management ( VPSAEM ). Under the direction of the VPSAEM, the AVP /Dean of Students creates a culture of learning and engagement for MWSU students by applying student development theories and learning outcomes that promote students’ academic and personal success, thereby increasing student satisfaction and student retention.

This position directly supervises and has oversight for the following areas: Center for Student Involvement; Career Development Center; Center for Multicultural Education; Student Counseling Center; Nontraditional, Commuter, and Accessibility Resource Center; and Housing & Residential Life.

The AVP /Dean of Students is also responsible for Student Conduct and works in collaboration with the University General Counsel and the University Chief of Police.

• Provide direction and supervision of the units within the AVP /Dean of Students portfolio.
• Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus and community leaders to enhance planning and implementing strategic initiatives, resolving issues, and responding to crisis incidents.
• Coordinate SAEM response to major crisis and other unusual events impacting students within the University Community.
• Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis including intervening with mental health staff, providing victim advocacy, and working with staff and students affected by the crisis.
• Serve as chair of the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation Team.
• Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures.
• Serve as a resource to University faculty and staff in dealing with students’ disruptive behavior within and outside the classroom.
• Develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning in collaboration with Academic Affairs.
• Communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders.
• Foster an inclusive University community and promote equity for all students.
• Oversee outreach to diverse student populations to support institutional diversity and inclusion goals.
• Support the goals of the University’s mission, vision and strategic plan by service on University committees.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the VPSAEM .

Required Qualifications

Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field with Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Higher Education or a related field preferred; as well as a minimum of ten years of higher education experience with progressively increased responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Physical Demands

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds



Additional Demands


•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.
•Serve as the lead on student conduct issues working collaboratively with the University General Counsel and University Chief of Police.
•Demonstrated effectiveness as a culturally competent professional with broad experience interacting with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.
• A high level of collegiality in working with other SAEM units as well as campus and community 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.
•Highly effective in all aspects of crisis management, including the ability to work collaboratively with others in managing crises.
•Excellence as a manager of complex organizational processes, heavy reliance on assessment data to inform decisions, superb supervision and professional development skills.
•Effectiveness in setting priorities and deadlines to ensure project goal and objectives are met.
•Strong skills in developing and managing budgets.
•Sensitive, diplomatic, and highly articulate in written and verbal communications with all constituencies.
•Well-developed skills in assessing organizational effectiveness and identifying areas of strength as well as needs for improvement.

May require occasional travel
May require night and weekend work

Hours of Work

M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

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