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Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 5, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

Recognized as a Top Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years and named a College of Distinction for six consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 400 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies, EMT and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 87 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on hands-on engagement and exceptional teaching. This community-wide commitment of always going the extra mile for students is known as The Dean Difference.  Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

What is The Dean Difference?
The Dean Difference isn't any one thing. It's not a program or a professor. It's not a single class or a club. It's the way our academics support networks and community overlap, interweave and magnify each other. Our difference unites us. It's our secret formula. It's the nucleus around which we orbit. It isn't one thing, it's everything

Job Description:

Dean College seeks a results-driven strategist to serve as its Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life will serve as the chief student affairs officer for the College and advises the President and other senior level leaders on matters related to student success programs, campus life, and community engagement. As a key member of the president's senior leadership team, the Vice President participates in strategic planning and works collaboratively with leadership across the institution to support key academic support and College-wide priorities, initiatives and opportunities for student learning and retention, and launch after degree completion. The Vice President will participate in, and lead, College-wide strategic planning and policy development for enriching student learning, promoting personal growth, and implementing student programs and experiences that create a sense of unity and purpose throughout student communities. The successful candidate will partner with all College stakeholders, including academic leadership, faculty, students, alumni and colleagues to achieve learning outcomes and community goals.


Dean College focuses on maximizing student learning and development by bringing together an array of student services, resources, and opportunities for all students in every aspect of their academic career and focuses on facilitating students successful transition into the College. The Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life will provide overall leadership for the College's student success offices, career planning, learning support, residence life, student activities, athletics, and general student life.  The Vice President will also work the Vice President for Academic Affairs to lead student success and student engagement initiatives in collaboration with academic partners to enhance students' intellectual and personal growth.


The Vice President for Student Success and Campus Life will provide college-wide leadership and oversight for the College's student success, career, student life, athletics, and retention initiatives, including:

  • Collaborating with faculty and administration to provide a quality student experience and create and assess new initiatives including program or policy development and coordination, as needed.
  • Interpreting and representing student interests and issues to the College, faculty leadership and the President's Cabinet to contribute to the development of retention strategies targeted to high-risk groups and providing periodic analysis of impact.
  • Providing fiscal oversight for student success and student life offices.
  • Serving as the chief student affairs officer for the College and advising the President and other senior level leaders on matters related to campus life, community engagement and student success.
  • Serving as a key member of the president's senior leadership team to participate in strategic planning and, work collaboratively with leadership across the College to support academic and College priorities, initiatives, and opportunities and to develop and oversee implementation of college-wide student success and retention strategies.
  • Coordinating College research projects associated with student success.
  • Representing Dean College and the President at higher education and community events and meetings.
  • Thinking strategically at the College, departmental and individual student level.
  • This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities as other duties logically associated with this position may be assigned.


To be considered for the position of Vice President of Student Success and Campus Life the ideal candidate should have the following:

  • At least 8 years of experience with student success programs, student mentoring, career discernment, and student affairs contexts;
  • Master's degree in higher education, education, or social sciences;
  • Experience in data-driven student support operations;
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies to drive increases in retention and student use of support services in a relation-based, mission-rich environment;
  • Experience managing projects and leading others to success;
  • Record of success in delivering results;
  • Strong collaborative leadership style with a strategic and creative approach to issues; and
  • An inspiration for staff and faculty.

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

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