Assistant Dean for Campus Life

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Barton College is seeking an Assistant Dean for Campus Life. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, the Assistant Dean provides visionary leadership to the College in creating a vibrant campus life experience for students, fostering students’ meaningful engagement in co-curricular programs, cultivating thriving student organizations, and enhancing the leadership development of all students. In this capacity, the Assistant Dean provides primary leadership for New Student Orientation and Greek Life, serves as point person for the Barton Blueprint 4-year co-curricular experience (in active partnership with the Assistant Dean of Student Success), and supervises the Director of Student Activities and the Director of Multicultural Programs in the development of a comprehensive student activities program. The Assistant Dean will also assist the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success in the advisement of the Student Government Association. This position provides leadership and support for other divisional priorities and institutional initiatives as needed. This position is supported administratively by the Office Manager for Student Engagement and Success/Special Events Coordinator.

Responsibilities

Departmental Supervision/Leadership

  • Provide overall leadership for the staffing, services, programming, planning/assessment, budgeting, marketing, operations, and facilities management for the Department of Campus Life
  • Supervise the Director of Student Activities, who serves as the primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board, coordinates the Intramural Sports program, and assists the Assistant Dean with New Student Orientation, Greek Life, and evening/weekend management of the Hamlin Student Center
  • Supervise the Director of Multicultural Programs, who organizes a diverse array of educational, cultural, and social programs; builds peer and mentor initiatives; promotes campus and community engagement; develops the leaders of Barton’s multicultural student groups; advises the Minority Student Association and Hispanic Student Organization; and promotes student outreach, support, and wellbeing
  • Work closely with the Director of Dining Services (contracted through Aramark) for programmatic and student engagement initiatives
  • Assist the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success in advising the Student Government Association

Co-Curricular Programming

  • Provide leadership for the development of a robust, student-centric, well-coordinated calendar of campus activities (planned 12 months in advance), with a focus on weekend programs
  • Lead the planning and implementation efforts of The Barton Blueprint (in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Student Success), a four-year experience program and future co-curricular transcript that demonstrates student learning outcomes and tracks student engagement
  • Support the success of Barton’s current student cohorts (such as the Presidential Leadership Fellows and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholars), as well as future cohorts
  • Serve as the Division’s Student Life module manager of Jenzabar EX
  • Manage hardware purchases and software licenses (such as the Barton mobile app) and serve as the champion to ensure they effectively are adopted, support the promotion of events, and track student engagement
  • Serve on the College’s Barton OneCard system task force
  • Coordinate the development of a centralized campus events calendar
  • Provide oversight and management of the Hamlin Student Center facility, including the game room, theater, meeting rooms, and lobby

New Student Orientation

  • Provide leadership for the planning and delivery of transition programs for a diverse student population, including new first-year students, transfer students, graduate and professional students, and online students
  • Oversee the orientation program marketing and communications, registration, budgeting, and assessment activities
  • Chair the New Student Orientation and Transition Planning and Implementation Team, comprised of faculty, staff, and students who provide guidance and support for coordinating and delivering orientation programs
  • Hire, train, and supervise student Orientation Leaders, who mentor new students as they integrate in their academic and social communities, as well as assist with the logistical planning and delivery of the orientation program

Greek Life

  • Provide leadership for growing a robust, diverse Fraternity and Sorority Life program
  • Effectively integrate the Greek community into academic, campus, and community initiatives
  • Advise Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils and provide College oversight for membership recruitment activities
  • Oversee leadership development training, risk management programming, and Title IX educational programs for all Greek members
  • Meet regularly with chapter officers, advisors, and national headquarters staff to discuss current trends and issues within the community
  • Orient chapter leaders on student conduct standards and student organization policies
  • Implement accountability measures to ensure the adherence to College policies and state/federal law
  • Assist the Director of Student Activities in coordinating such traditional events as Greek Games and Greek Show

Student Organizations and Leadership Development

  • Oversee the process for recognizing student organizations and ensuring they maintain good standing
  • Collect and maintain student organization officer and advisor contact information
  • Coordinate the annual student activities/organization fair
  • Provide effective and ongoing leadership development and officer/advisor training for student organizations
  • Coordinate award recognitions for student organization

Student Learning, Engagement, and Success Initiatives

  • Serve on the College’s Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Team, which coordinates the institution’s student retention and success planning, initiatives, and reporting
  • Serve as a member of the Office of Student Success’s Bulldog CARES student referral and response initiative
  • Assist the Vice President with the Barton Parents’ Council
  • Coordinate the development of pre-matriculation communications and engagement with incoming students

Other Areas

Provide support in all areas of Student Engagement and Success as needed by the Vice President to include but not limited to:

  • Assisting in administration of the Division’s planning, goal-setting, budgeting, reporting, assessment, and program review initiatives
  • Assisting in the preparation of the Division’s publications, such as the Student Handbook and marketing materials
  • Representing the Division at Admissions Office open houses and other events
  • Reviewing policies and procedures and recommending revisions on a regular basis
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the Student Engagement and Success website, updating information as needed
  • Assisting in the recruitment, onboarding, and training and development processes of employees
  • Assisting in ensuring compliance with all state and federal guidelines and regulations
  • Attending committee meetings as necessary and assisting with other campus-sponsored projects
  • Participating in College/Divisional activities pertinent to the well-being of students and the college community; serving on College committees, teams and tasks forces
  • Establishing and maintaining regular rapport with student support services, Athletics, Admissions/Enrollment Management, Public Relations, Dining Services, Campus Police, etc.
  • Performing other related duties as required and assigned

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field
  • Three years of full-time professional experience in the college or university setting coordinating Greek Life, student activities, co-curricular engagement, and new student orientation programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required with ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within the organization
  • Proven track record of reliability, responsibility, and integrity
  • Strong problem solving, decision-making, and teamwork skills
  • Must be able to effectively operate in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to work independent of direct supervision
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and ability to be detail-oriented
  • Must be proficient in using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Jenzabar preferred
  • Must live in reasonable proximity to campus

Application Process

Please submit your resume and cover letter electronically (MS Word or PDF preferred) to employment@barton.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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