The Dean of Students (DOS) is a strong advocate of student success
and well-being and demonstrates firm commitment to inclusivity.
Under the general direction of the Provost, the DOS envisions,
oversees, coordinates, and assesses the development and
implementation of a comprehensive strategic student life program
that synthesizes the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and
spiritual development of students. The DOS directs all professional
and support staff members within student life including, but not
limited to, orientation, student engagement, residential life, and
The DOS works collaboratively with members of the Provost’s
Council, the division of Community and Inclusivity, as well as
other administrators and staff and faculty to ensure that all
student life functions are fully integrated with academic
initiatives. Key elements of the position include fostering student
engagement, student leadership development, ensuring a robust and
enriching residential experience, crisis intervention, conflict
resolution and student behavioral management. The Dean is a highly
visible and engaged student development professional on campus
whose presence is expected at campus and student events.
include the following. Other duties may be
Student Life (75%)
- Develops a multi-year plan for student life programming that
engages all students and fosters a vibrant campus community.
Utilizes relevant data, research and student development theories
to actively champion and support student learning and holistic
- Develops, implements and assesses annual team and individual
goals within student life to align with and support the College’s
mission and strategic plan.
- In close collaboration with the Dean of Student Success and
Office of Admission, plans, implements and assesses new student
advising days, new student orientation and the peer mentoring
program for new first-year and transfer students.
- Oversees student life communications in partnership with the
Office of Marketing and Communications.
- Oversees and directs College response to student crises or
other events that could impact student safety. As needed, manages
and triages these incidents and ensures appropriate follow-up and
- In close collaboration with the Student Success Council
(formerly the Retention Committee) and others, assists in
campus-wide efforts to identify individual student problems early
and develop appropriate responses.
- Serves as principal point of contact for all student policies,
issues and concerns, including with student families, faculty and
other staff as appropriate and needed. Collaborates with faculty,
staff and others to provide support to students in a timely
- Assists in the oversight and support of student organizations
and student activities, including directing and assisting in
social, recreational, and curricular programs for residential and
- Provides leadership and oversight for the student code of
conduct processes and policies.
- Assists the Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement in
the oversight and management of the Parents’ Council.
- Works in close partnership with the Vice President for
Community and Inclusivity leading the C.A.R.E. Team (Campus
Assessment, Response and Evaluation) providing support for students
- Represents the College on campus and in the local community on
matters pertaining to student life programs and activities.
- Maintains high visibility on campus engaging students in a
variety of settings and be responsible for developing and
implementing services, activities, and opportunities that enhance
the student experience in support of Hood College’s mission and
- Provides leadership and oversight of residence life policies,
procedures, and programming implemented through the residence life
- Ensures that all student life policies and procedures are
routinely updated and published in the Student Handbook.
- Provides structured and formal programming to facilitate
student leadership development.
- Serves as a member of the Provost’s Council and assumes
leadership in division-wide and campus efforts to advance student
success and well-being.
- Manages at least 4 direct reports and their subordinates in
accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training
employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising
performance; ensuring accountability; addressing complaints and
- Develops, reviews, revises and assesses student life policies
and processes to reflect best practices and ensure continuous
- Oversees annual updates to the Student Handbook and all
- Ensures compliance with all local, state and federal laws,
codes and regulations, and campus policies and procedures.
- Formulates, oversees and directs the development and
implementation of student personnel policies and other judicial
- Reviews budgets and directs appropriations.
- Issues ongoing scheduled reports to appropriate campus
constituents regarding student life operations including residence
life data (housing projections for annual budgeting), and annual
outcomes assessment reports for each student life office.
We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in
all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills
and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across
campus in support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered,
liberal arts institution.
To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
Education and/or Experience
Terminal degree preferred; Master’s degree in Student Life, Higher
Education Administration or related field from an accredited
college or university with 5 years related leadership experience;
or equivalent combination of education and experience. Leadership
experience must encompass areas related to those noted in the
position description, and include supervisory
Knowledge and Abilities
- Demonstrated experience in student development and student
- Student Personnel Competency and knowledge of Higher Education
regulations (such as Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IX, FERPA
and Clery Act).
- Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations and laws
governing higher education, especially in terms of student
- Familiarity with national student surveys and best
- Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices as it relates
to student identity development, student behavior and student
- A passion for student development and building relationships
with students as part of an inclusive, welcoming, and caring
- Demonstrated record of successful administrative leadership in
higher education, preferably within an independent college
- Financial, operational and strategic-planning experience.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the
Provost, members of the Provost’s Council and all members of the
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills; the ability
to build consensus.
- Openness, accessibility and responsiveness to the ideas of
- A practical and decisive manner with the courage to make
difficult and timely decisions as appropriate and necessary.
- A record of exemplary personal and professional integrity.
- A commitment to hands-on servant leadership.
- A sense of humor.
Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and
trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and
inspiration to peers and subordinates.
Interpersonal Skills - Resolves conflicts; Maintains
confidentiality; Works effectively with diverse constituents and
groups of people; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and
motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions
and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives
appropriate recognition to others.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits
objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes
feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts
success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group
commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to
Managing People - Includes faculty, staff and students in planning,
decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes
responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available
to faculty and staff; Provides regular performance feedback;
Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and
applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality
focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.
Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and
sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value
of diversity, inclusion, and belonging; promotes a harassment-free
environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires
the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely
manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops
alternative solutions; Works well in-group problem solving
situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational
goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses;
Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and
opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Preferred Skills and Characteristics
Proficient in MS Office tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to learn new applications
quickly including organization-wide information systems and
department-specific software applications.
Highly proficient in the English language and strong ability to
communicate key concepts. Must have persuasive written and oral
skills. Ability to speak and write effectively on a broad range of
material. Ability to read and interpret documents such as research
studies, administrative policies, and journals, newspapers, etc.
Ability to write strategic and departmental plans, create routine
reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before
groups of students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies.
Proficient with statistical and financial concepts. Must have the
ability to apply those concepts to tracking, projections, goal
setting and interpreting reports. Must be able to draw conclusions
from reports and make cost effective decisions regarding
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of
concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization
exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in
written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work
independently and as a member of a group in developing and
executing project plans. Ability to work in theoretical arena and
apply logic as appropriate.
We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic
application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and
name/contact information for three professional references.
The position is open until filled.
If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please
or call (301)
Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and
subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible
to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability
Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race,
color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or
gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion,
or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or
employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as
required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational
Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation
for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about
discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to
the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401
Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For
complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy,
please visit http://www.hood.edu/non-discrimination/
Updated, 9/28/2023 - position open until filled.