Associate Dean of the College for Campus Activities

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 22, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vassar College

Associate Dean of the College for Campus Activities

Department: Campus Activities Office
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule:
Employee Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 03/16/2021
Union Representation: Not Applicable
Posting Number: AS049P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Associate Dean of the College for Campus Activities is responsible for the oversight and management of the Offices of Campus Activities, Student Activities, Summer Programs and Conferences and the Powerhouse Theater. The Associate Dean also oversees and manages the Shiva Theater program, the Palmer Gallery and the Baldeck Photo Lab. Experience with the oversight and management of Campus Dining is strongly preferred. The Associate Dean provides leadership, advisement and support for student engagement and programs, which facilitate the social, personal and intellectual growth and development of students as aligned with the college mission statement. The Associate Dean is responsible for the programmatic, managerial, financial and operational environment of these areas to align with college priorities and goals, and ensure student needs are met. The Associate Dean fosters and maintains a positive workplace environment and develops effective, meaningful and working relationships with colleagues across campus and members of the local community.


  • Provides oversight and advisement for all campus activities and plans, directs and executes major, large-scale programs and campus wide events such as convocation and commencement ceremonies.
  • Manages departmental operating and endowment budgets and expenditures, and performs analysis and reporting to the Dean of the College.
  • Oversee student programs and coordinate evaluation of student expectations and outcomes, and serve as an advocate for students' co-curricular experience.
  • Advise senior class executive board in planning and executing senior year events and programs including senior week.
  • Oversight of contracted campus dining for students, faculty, staff, guests and summer programs ensuring for well-planned and well-organized dining operation and reviews financials to ensure food service operates within mutually approved program goals and budgets is strongly preferred.
  • Oversee, plan and manage college summer programs and the dining program schedule as aligned with expectations of program directors and facility operations renewal plans. Coordination of college resources and services to support summer programs.
  • Oversee and manage the annual summer New York Stage and Film and Vassar College Powerhouse Theater program including main stage performances, readings and the apprentice program.
  • Plan Families Weekend with CAO Assistant Director in collaboration with campus colleagues.
  • Manager and advisor of the Shiva Theater program and endowment and supervisor of student staff.
  • As Director of the Palmer Gallery, plan shows and programs with regional artists and community activists and collaborate with college faculty to plan exhibitions as aligned with coursework.
  • Manage Krieger endowment and plan annual lecture series.
  • Participate in campus and community initiatives and represent college on committees related to summer programs, dining, campus activities and student success.
  • Supervise Campus Activities administrators and staff (Four CAO FT administrators and one FT CWA staff). Execute performance management reviews for staff and provide professional development as possible.
  • Collaborate with the Dean of the College and senior team on implementing policy and strategy efforts.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required.
  • 10-15 years experience in higher education in the division of student affairs showing progressive growth in responsibilities.
  • Experience with the oversight and management of Campus Dining is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically to address emerging trends and issues in higher education.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills, and must demonstrate effective leadership.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a student-centered administrator.
  • Ability to provide direction for large and complex programs and services.
  • Effective staff supervision, team building, and management.
  • Excellent communication and the ability to interact with a broad range of individuals internally and externally.
  • Strong analytical, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues across the institution to achieve institutional priorities is required.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a commitment to the mission and values of a liberal arts institution.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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