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Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2022

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Saint Louis University (SLU), a Catholic, Jesuit institution, is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and student-focused leader to serve as the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP DOS).

This senior-level administrator is responsible for inspiring, leading, and supervising key functional areas that respond to students’ needs and support their development during their time at SLU. They are charged to lead the development of a thoughtful and holistic crisis response plan, case management, managing and maintaining community standards, comprehensive family engagement, and fostering meaningful co-curricular engagement opportunities. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion –– including ensuring our protocols, services, and practices are culturally sensitive and actively anti-racist –– is a critical expectation of the individual joining the University in this role.

Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Development, the AVP and DOS provides leadership and oversight for Student Responsibility and Community Standards, the Dean of Students Office, student support services as well as parent and family support services. The AVP and DOS also oversees the University’s case management system that enables SLU to assist students who are experiencing serious psychological and behavioral issues. The AVP and DOS will serve on the Division of Student Development Senior Leadership Team. This leader will also manage the Division of Student Development’s on-call response team; work closely on a variety of student issues with faculty, academic leaders, and others across the University; and assist the Vice President for Student Development in developing and implementing strategic planning and special projects for the division of Student Development.

Our new AVP DOS has…

  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Familiarity with Jesuit higher education and a willingness to support the mission and vision of the University.

  • Proven ability to establish effective working relationships with University, community, regulatory, and governmental stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and policies that govern higher education.

  • An exceptional student affairs background coupled with strong organizational management, supervisory skills, and the ability to strategically think and work on a broader scale well beyond the day-to-day functions.

  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing best practices, technology, and strong policies, systems, and procedures to both increase efficiencies and improve staff and student satisfaction.

  • Experience leading in a culture of change, with the capacity to motivate staff to accept and embrace change.

  • A proven record of assessing organizations, revamping policies, and procedures, and using technological advances to enhance efficiencies.

  • A proven ability to deal with crisis and conflict, effectively work with staff members at various levels of development and knowledge, and demonstrate authenticity, passion, and care in all endeavors.

  • An exemplary leadership track record in student affairs where responsibility for a broad spectrum of student development, wellness, the creation of a positive learning environment, and the engagement of students in the life of the campus community are a primary focus.

  • A demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills and the ability to build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex organization.

  • A history of embracing innovation and creativity, and willing to try new services and/or approaches to most effectively meet the needs of the students.

  • A strong team-building approach that continues to foster a positive relationship among the entire staff; capacity to equally hold staff accountable and celebrate accomplishments and positive contributions.

  • A deep understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusive communities with students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.


  • Serving as the Vice President’s designee, as needed, in certain meetings and spaces.

  • Implementing and enforcing appropriate supervisory control throughout the portfolio and exercising consistent and objective employee relations standards and practices to assign, schedule, review, evaluate, motivate and, when necessary, address discipline with staff.

  • Conducting leadership and management training programs for professional staff and student leaders in partnership with other educational units.

  • Developing, planning, and implementing short- and long-range goals for the Division of Student Development and the units within it.

  • Developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and procedures related to crisis response and case management, and creating methods for ongoing needs assessment for student organization support and services.

  • Work some non-traditional hours and weekends and be on-call.

  • Fostering an inclusive space for the campus community and loved ones to engage with.


  • Master's degree (required); Doctorate in a relevant discipline preferred

  • At least 8 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration

  • The ideal candidate will possess working knowledge of crisis management in the context of student affairs, and extensive experience working in or with a Dean of Students offices.

Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee’s start date will result in termination of the employment.  Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks.


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Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

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