IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
- Upload Resume or Curriculum Vitae for automatic
population of information to the application.
- The contact information, work experience, and education listed
on your Resume/CV will be parsed and input into your Montclair
- Review information and double-check all fields
containing information that the system parsed – the software is
intelligent, but you need to verify that the data is accurate.
- In the “My Experience” section, you will find a
Resume/CV upload option where you can submit your cover letter and
all other supporting documents.
If you have an expansive CV, we recommend that you
apply manually and only include the positions you have held in the
last ten (10) years . You will then be able to attach your
Resume/CV, as well as all other supporting documentation in the "My
Experience" section of your application.
Reporting to the Dean of the College of the Arts (CART), the
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will provide leadership and
administrative oversight for student success and engagement
programs, including academic advising, professional and career
development, new student recruitment, enrollment management,
orientation and retention activities, student policies and
procedures, the development of co-curricular programming that
enhances student life and belonging, and alumni relations. The
Assistant Dean will develop and support initiatives that further
promote the college as an academic leader and cultural destination
regionally, nationally, and internationally and provide strategic
direction for continued growth and diversity in programs and
As a part of CART’s senior management team, the Assistant Dean will
oversee the existing student affairs infrastructure, establish
short and long-term goals, and provide assessments with a focus on
improving the student experience and increasing student success,
belonging, and engagement. With faculty, administrators, academic
advisors, and career services staff in the College of the Arts and
in partnership with university-wide programs, the Assistant Dean
will engage students in activities that foster intellectual and
professional development. The Assistant Dean will serve as liaison
to several campus offices, among them Admissions, Office of the
Provost, University College, the Office of Enrollment Management,
and all areas under the Division of Student Development and Campus
Life including the Dean of Students Office for student-related
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Direct the College of the Arts Office of Student Services
(student events, advising and career services), a clearinghouse
that addresses the needs of prospective and enrolled
- Coordinate and support student success strategies and
innovations that strengthen academic excellence, a sense of
belonging, and engagement.
- Direct and manage the work of staff and oversee processes and
projects to implement strategic goals for student services. Make
hiring decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, and manage
performance to achieve college goals.
- Set a vision and develop and enhance services and programs that
ensure equity-oriented advising and increase student success,
retention, and graduation.
- Ensure professional development, team building, and holistic
(SSIPP) advising practices among advisors and advising
support-staff across the college. Manage cooperation with college-
and university-wide advising initiatives and representation of CART
Advising on a broad range of university working groups.
- Provide leadership for enrollment management, including
strategic goal setting, data analysis, and monitoring admission of
undergraduate and graduate applicants. This includes working with
offices of Undergraduate Admissions and The Graduate School to
foster efficiencies and cooperation and overseeing CART's
comprehensive process of scheduling, managing, and reporting
results from student interviews, auditions and portfolio reviews in
the various academic units.
- Spearhead CART's extensive on and off-campus recruitment
initiatives, including communications campaigns with prospective
students and production of or participation with events such as
Arts Days, Open Houses, college fairs, pre-college programs, and
New Student Orientations.
- Actively communicate with all CART constituents, ensuring that
students, faculty, and staff are well informed about programs,
events, and services that enrich the student experience.
- Serve as a primary point of contact to triage and resolve
complex student issues, including grade grievances and student
crises, and help students access resources through referrals to
appropriate university offices as needed using discretion and
- Interpret, implement, and communicate student and academic
policies to multiple audiences and guide students, faculty, and
staff in understanding and upholding policies.
- Work with all CART academic units and university leadership in
the evaluation, assessment, and continuous improvement of student
support and services; make recommendations, identify and resolve
strategic issues of substantial significance that affect the
- Oversee the awarding of college-level scholarships.
- Work with Residence Life to develop and oversee the college's
Arts Interdisciplinary Living Community (housing for CART
students), including resident selection and programming.
- Remain current with national trends in academic and
co-curricular advising, student excellence, support, and
engagement. Connect with peer institutions for best practices and
collect and disseminate best practices within the college.
- Represent the College of the Arts on relevant standing and
ad-hoc university-wide committees, such as the Advising Strategy
Group, and effectively advocate for resources and needs.
- Set the vision and build partnerships with Alumni Relations,
the Office of Student Belonging, The Office of Social Justice and
Diversity, the Center for Student Involvement, and other
- This is a full-time, student-facing position and may require
occasional weekend and evening hours for special events.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any
- Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum of five years of higher education management
experience, leading a department that supports a wide range of
student services, college-wide initiatives (e.g., student success,
sense of belonging, etc.), and community partnerships.
- Comprehensive understanding of academic programs, processes and
operations in a large public research university. Advanced
knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn academic regulations
and university policies, curriculum/graduation requirements, and
processes and procedures related to student registration and
- Project management and budget management experience.
- Ability to be sensitive to and maintain the confidentiality of
records, transcripts, reports, issues, and allegations related to
misconduct, grading, and other highly sensitive issues.
- Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively
communicate information to internal and external audiences, all
levels of management, and partners.
- Possess qualities of a strategic thinker with strong data
analytic skills using appropriate dashboards (e.g., admissions,
- Ability to execute multiple initiatives simultaneously and
promote teamwork, effectively solve problems, troubleshoot, think
creatively and resolve conflicts.
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY
- Familiarity with the disciplines represented in the College of
the Arts (music, theater, dance, visual arts, communication and
media fields), particularly in regard to needs and student success
- Strong understanding of contemporary diversity and belonging
issues, especially as they apply to recruitment and retention, and
a commitment to fostering equitable and inclusive
- Prior experience in student affairs programming.
- Prior experience as an academic advisor.
- Demonstrated ability to research and make presentations to
varied audiences, large and small.
- Demonstrated understanding and ability to plan and execute
student-focused collateral materials and multimedia communications
- Academic background and experience in student success
Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how
their background, skills and education match the needs of the
University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read
and follow the steps in the application instruction .
Dean's Office, College of the Arts
For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources' Workday
Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2)
, or email
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Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity.
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