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Assistant Dean of Students

Bard College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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The assistant dean of students provides oversight and case management for the first-year class. The assistant dean works closely with students, families, faculty and staff to develop support structures for individual first year students. They develop dynamic relationships across campus in order to better advocate for first years and help them thrive socially and academically. The assistant dean also works closely with the Center for Student Life and Advising team to develop programs and systems to help all students at Bard thrive. This is a full-time, 12-month per year, exempt position.

Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 1,900 undergraduate students; the College also includes multiple graduate programs. The 1,000-acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, and Hessel Museum of Art, and is the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.

Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Act as a primary contact for faculty, staff, parents, and students for the first-year class; address personal/social/academic concerns or questions; manage individual student cases to provide support and advocacy for students with offices and campus resources.
  • Actively seek out students who have difficulty engaging with the academic or social life of the college or who are experiencing personal difficulties; provide on-going support and work with them to develop strategies for success.
  • Participate in midterm and final grade review and meet with students to create academic support plans. Meet with students on academic probation to offer support and resources.
  • Follow-up, as necessary, with students to discuss campus policies and regulations, explain available options, and make referrals to appropriate offices or resources.
  • Provide case management for students in psychological or medical distress. Coordinate on- and off-campus resources and work with students’ families to arrange and implement support plans and, when necessary, leaves of absence.
  • Work with the Bard House program director to promote a strong connection between house professors and students.
  • Work closely with the Equity and Inclusion Office to support BEOP, BOP, ECO, and POSSE scholars in their orientation and continued participation in the Bard community.
  • Serve as a member of the Dean of Students' leadership team and actively participate in the development, implementation, and assessment of student success mission and priorities.
  • Engages a diverse student body and staff in fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus environment that promotes student learning, academic success, personal growth, and connection to campus life while maintaining high levels of engagement and advocacy for students, parents, and campus partners.
  • Participate in college wide events, including during Language & Thinking, Citizen Science, Family Weekend, and Commencement.
  • Serve as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, and parents.
  • Collaborate with the Deans of Studies and other Deans of Students to manage student caseload and to support students.
  • Participate in the on-duty rotation by supporting the primary on-duty staff. Be available for consultation and come to campus for emergencies as needed; participate in/lead the follow-up response.
  • Complete Deans Reports for students transferring to other colleges from Bard.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Applicants should have 6-10 years of progressive experience in Higher Education or related field
  • Master’s Degree in Education, Psychology or related field required
  • Experience with on-duty crisis management preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a range of individuals across the college; proven ability to implement creative solutions to complex challenges
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of small, liberal arts institutions preferred
  • Must have the flexibility to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to build relationships with and support a student body that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
Application Instructions:
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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