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Yale College: Residential College Dean

Yale University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 14, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Yale College: Residential College Dean

University Job Title: Residential College Dean
Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Fixed
Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations
Wage Ranges: Click here to see our Wage Ranges
Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 1-3 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Administration
Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:
Every undergraduate student at Yale is assigned to one of fourteen distinctive and vibrant educational communities called residential colleges. Every college houses a Head (generally a tenured member of the faculty) and a Dean (a full-time staff member) who share responsibility for the operation of the college. Residential College Deans are the chief academic advisers in the residential colleges; they provide academic and personal advising to undergraduates; administer and participate in residential college functions, including housing and extracurricular activities; interact with faculty and families; respond collaboratively to student emergencies; and serve on Yale College committees. As a job requirement, the Dean resides in an apartment within the college, has an office in the college and receives a meal plan in the college dining hall to encourage student interaction. Living quarters will be suitable for families, if applicable. The dean must have an advanced degree and be qualified to teach courses in Yale College; each dean typically teaches one course per year. The Residential College Dean is appointed for a three-year term which may be renewed. Deans receive recess time each summer. Deans report jointly to the Dean of Students and the Dean of Academic Programs and work closely with Heads of College.

Essential Duties:
1. Serves as the Chief Academic Adviser to all students in the residential college; advises and assists students in matters concerning their academic programs. 2. Provides holistic academic and personal advice to undergraduates in the residential college. 3. Applies and enforces the academic regulations of Yale College. Communicates with faculty members, monitors the academic progress of students in the college, and authorizes postponement of work. 4. During emergencies, collaborates with colleagues and resource units across campus, including the heads of college, members of the Chaplain’s Office, Yale Police Department, Office of General Counsel, and communicates, as needed, with the parents or legal guardians of students. Coordinates with Head of College and Dean of Students for coverage during recesses and vacations. 5. After the first year, generally teaches one course a year in Yale College during the fall or spring term. 6. As a supervisor of volunteer college advisers and student first-year counsellors, works closely with the College Fellows and Faculty Advisers to advise the first-year students and sophomores of the college. 7. Cooperates whenever necessary in the enforcement and application of the Undergraduate Regulations that govern the conduct of students. 8. Writes letters of recommendation for fellowship or postgraduate work or study; serves as custodian of relevant records in the college Dean's office. 9. Cooperates in a wide variety of extracurricular college activities with the head of the residential college. 10. Closely collaborates with the Registrar's Office, all units within the Yale College Dean's Office, and Yale Athletics. As needed, refers students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them; serves in a continuing collaborating role with these sources of support and counseling. 11. Resides in the residential college. 12. Serves in various capacities on Yale College committees. 13. In their first year, Deans receive intensive training and mentorship, typically starting August 1 and continuing throughout the academic year. First-year deans also attend the training for student first-year counselors and all orientation activities. 14. Takes on special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
Advanced degree (Ph.D.) or equivalent (such as a terminal professional degree; e.g. JD, MFA).

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to provide supportive, holistic advising to a diverse community of undergraduates in a range of domains, including academic and personal.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to provide supportive, holistic advising to a diverse community of undergraduates in a range of domains, including academic and personal. Excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to provide supportive, holistic advising to a diverse community of undergraduates in a range of domains, including academic and personal.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong organizational skills, time management skills and the ability to follow up with students, faculty, and other administrators promptly. Able to balance the support and care of students with the need for consistency across the 14 residential colleges and with Yale College and University policies and practices.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to provide support and create a sense of belonging for diverse individuals (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Demonstrated ability in student affairs or residential life.

Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements:
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:

Posting Disclaimer:
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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