administering the Office of Student Affairs and developing student
policies, procedures, and extra-curricular programs in accordance
with the vision, mission, values, strategic planning and program
objectives of Union Theological Seminary. In collaboration with
senior administration, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
promotes a safe, healthy, and supportive atmosphere and community,
and helps establish a student culture where equity, diversity and
inclusion are encouraged.
- Student Life and Extra-Curricular Programs: Collaborates
with the Academic Office in developing and managing co-curricular
and extracurricular learning and service opportunities. Plans and
coordinates student events, awareness programs and educational
workshops and retention activities to build and strengthen student
capacity, and provides programmatic and budget support for Student
Senate and student caucuses. Encourages students to utilize
spiritual formation opportunities offered through the office of the
Dean of Chapel. Provides primary administrative leadership for
planning Orientation in consultation with the Dean and faculty, the
Admissions office, the Associate Dean and Registrar, and creates
and supervises an Orientation student leadership team.
- Student Health: Administers the student health insurance
process of Columbia Student Health, Columbia Counseling and
Psychological Services and the Alice! Health Program. Ensures
compliance with immunization and health insurance enrollment
requirements. Responsible for administering COVID-19 immunization
and testing program, and assuring compliance with all Federal and
State guidelines and procedures regarding isolation and quarantine.
Promotes sexual health education in collaboration with the Academic
Office, the Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education, and
the Office of Title IX.
- Disability Services: Facilitates equal access for
students with disabilities by coordinating and overseeing
accommodation and support services (including any outsourcing).
Formulates, updates, and implements seminary disability policies
and procedures, in consultation with the Academic Office, to ensure
access to all aspects of seminary life for those living with
disabilities by removing barriers to their fullest possible
participation in the community. Refers students for
appropriate professional services as needed for evaluation, and
keeps accurate records of certification of students’ disability
status. Promptly notifies and works with faculty and students
to ensure reasonable accommodations for students in their academic
work. Provides education and support for faculty, staff, and
students around disability awareness in collaboration with the
Student Disability Justice Caucus.
- International Students: Oversees International Student
Services and serves as the Principle Designated School Official
(PDSO) for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Processes, monitors and manages international student immigration
and related information in the Student and Exchange Visitor
Information System (SEVIS) database.
- Student Support and Crisis Management: Administers the
policies and regulations of the seminary as they pertain to
students, including the facilitation of internal judicial and/or
disciplinary procedures, in consultation with the Dean and
Associate Dean. Provides emergency and short-term pastoral care to
assess and refer for appropriate outside mental health including
Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services, Columbia Sexual
Violence Response, alcohol/drug and addiction services, HIV
services, and/or other professional service providers as
- Career Services: Collaborates with the Office of
Integrative and Field-Based Education and Development Office to
provide students with vocational direction and career guidance.
Supervise Career Development Specialist.
- Residential Life: Collaborates with the Office of
Housing and Campus Services in overseeing residential life. Trains
and supervises Student Life Assistants (SLA’s)
- Communications: Oversees the Student Digest and
Student Affairs webpages on seminary website, and on social media
websites, in collaboration with the Union’s Office of
Communications. Provides education and awareness around internet
safety and respectful online and social media communication.
- Regulatory and Policy: Manages compliance with relevant
federal, state and local regulations, including but not limited to
HIPAA, FERPA, Title IX, the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the
Clery Act, and Dept. of Homeland Security. Develops and coordinates
policies and procedures related to student life, including various
Handbooks, and provides needed data for institutional accreditation
(ATS and Middle States), in consultation with the Dean and
- Committees and Other Collaborations: Together with the
Academic Dean, serves on the Program and Academic (PAT) Team, the
Mid-Program Review (MPR) Team, the Committee on Standing (CoS), the
Campus Renewal/Space Planning Advisory Committee, the Admissions
Committee, the student emergency financial assistance committee of
the Financial Aid office, and other committees as assigned.
- Professional Development: Attends conferences, trainings
and workshops related to the professional competency areas for
student life/student affairs practitioners in higher education and
graduate theological institutions.
- May include other duties as identified and
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work, or other
relevant master’s degree; graduate theological studies and/or
knowledge of graduate theological education desirable.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in student services, counseling,
crisis management, and/or related fields, or equivalent combination
of education and experience required.
- Knowledge and/or experience in administering disability
policies and programs desirable.
- Knowledge and/or experience with international
students/immigration services desirable.
- Demonstrated competence and sensitivity in working in a
multiply diverse context including racial-ethnic, gender, sexual,
and inter-religious/spiritual diversity.
- Commitment to working collaboratively and inter-dependently.
Ability to establish priorities among various tasks and to innovate
as needs evolve.
- Demonstrated capacity for maintaining confidential
communications and records and experience providing confidential
- Managerial and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to
supervise, build and lead a team of staff and students, and to plan
and coordinate student events
In 1836, a small group of lay people and ministers, feeling
“deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church,” came
together to found Union Theological Seminary in the City of New
York (Union). Today, Union lives out this call to service by
training people of all faiths and none who are called to the work
of social justice in the world. Union students are dedicated to an
integrated journey of intellect, spirit, and community to discover
and define the faith and values that will sustain their vocation.
Pastor, community leader, professor, performer, doctor, lawyer,
educator, artist – whatever it may be. The city of New York, far
from serving as a backdrop, gives students direct access to the
flux and flurry of the complex interactions and struggles present
in urban contexts. Union’s founders placed the seminary in New York
specifically because “large cities furnish many peculiar facilities
and advantages for conducting theological education.”
Union’s ecumenical and interfaith commitment grows deeper every
year. Union students seek to address not only the questions facing
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, but also the
questions facing the entire world as it becomes more global,
international, and secular. Union aspires to provide an education
that is foundational, interreligious, boundary-crossing,
world-changing, counter-cultural, and communal.