Associate Dean of Students for Living, Learning, and Leadership

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs

The Associate Dean of Students provides the vision and direction for the campus regarding Residential Education, Housing Services, the First-year Experience, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs and Student Leadership Development. Reporting to the Dean of Students (chief student affairs officer), the Associate Dean will serve as a member of the leadership team in the Division of Student Affairs.

The Director will have experience and expertise that will contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. This position requires some evening and weekend availability.

Job Duties: 

Duties and responsibilities:
• Provide leadership and supervision of the offices listed above, as well as provide supervision and management of additional staff members, graduate assistants, and student workers employed by these offices, in coordination with individual departmental directors and in accordance with University policies and procedures.
• Provide a vision for the residential student experience and the learning environment that facilitates key student learning outcomes within the areas of Residential Education, Housing Services, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, the First-year Experience and Student Leadership Programs.
• Supervise, participate in, assist with, and support all programs and initiatives of Living, Learning and Leadership including Room Selection, First-year Student Room Placement, Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment, New Student Orientation, the creation of a comprehensive leadership program and all policies and procedures that impact the areas of Living, Learning and Leadership.
• Build a cohesive team among the Living, Learning and Leadership staff and facilitate collaborations needed to accomplish departmental and office goals and priorities.
• Manage family and student phone calls and concerns and respond in a professional and timely manner.
• Collaborate with other Associate Deans and their teams within Student Affairs and with other leaders, faculty and staff across campus to promote and advance the priorities of Student Affairs and the University.
• Lead an ongoing assessment process for the area of Living, Learning and Leadership that is aligned with the Student Affairs and University strategic plans.
• Develop and promote a culture of assessment and data-driven decision making.
• Participate in selection, training, education, and mentoring experiences for students and professional Student Affairs staff.
• Lead and manage all website content and print publications for all offices within Living, Learning and Leadership.
• Lead in the design, development, implementation, interpretation, and evaluation of policies and procedures for effective program administration.
• Identify trends, best practices and visionary strategies to assist each area to reach the most successful outcomes for Bucknell’s continued future.
• Oversee the budgetary and financial planning process for each area of Living, Learning and Leadership.

Duties as a Student Affairs Leadership Team Member:
• Assist with the management of Student Affairs departmental projects, strategic plans and staff development.
• Represent Students Affairs by serving on University committees.
• Attend and actively participate in divisional staff meetings and retreats.
• Serve as an Administrative Hearing Officer, on occasion, and conduct administrative hearings for students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct.
• Serve in an on-call rotation with other divisional colleagues, on occasion, assisting with the coordination of student emergency responses.
• Travel and attend off-campus events and meetings representing the University and Student Affairs.
• Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
• Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 
• Master's degree in higher education, college student personnel, student affairs or a related field
• Seven years of progressively responsible administrative experience in two or more of the following areas: Residential Education, Housing, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, New Student Orientation, and Student Leadership Development
• Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience in higher education settings
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral
• Strong commitment to student growth and development
• Ability to work collaboratively and successfully across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization
• Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships, and build consensus and support
• Sensitivity to issues related to socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, privilege and power relationships, and transitions to adulthood

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Doctorate degree

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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