Assistant Dean, Leadership & Engagement



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Job description

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean for Leadership & Engagement provides administrative, operational, and fiscal oversight for Leadership & Engagement areas which include Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL); Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement; and Student Engagement and Campus Programs. These units oversee annual University-wide events and major student organization-sponsored programs including Dance Marathon, Campus Activities Board, University Lecture Committee, Homecoming, Campus Activities Board, Late Night Programs, & Family Weekend. The Assistant Dean coordinates and collaborates on Mindful and Engaged Hawkeyes and Days of Dialogue, which increase engagement in civil discourse and support belonging at the University of Iowa.

As a leader in fostering an outstanding student experience at Iowa, the Assistant Dean will provide administrative oversight of Engagement Advising, which supports student engagement in high-impact experiences across campus. The Assistant Dean will assist in creating and sustaining student success initiatives and innovative programs for a diverse campus community, as well as coordinate the strategic planning and assessment processes for Leadership and Engagement.

The Assistant Dean will respond to critical needs within the Dean of Students’ areas and beyond, including late night events, student activism, and/or emergency situations. The Assistant Dean will also coordinate Dean of Students priorities and initiatives including, but not limited to, student award programs, Bridging Our World, DOS Student Advisory Board, Hawkeye Veterans program, and Division of Student Life student government priorities funding.

This position is performed fully on campus.

For a detailed job description, please email Melanie Bell at [email protected].

About the Division of Student Life:

is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 15 departments that span from Recreation Services to the Office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. One of our division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education / Student Development, social work, counseling, psychology, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Progressive leadership experience (typically a minimum of 7 years) in an administrative role, including supervision of staff, directing daily operations of a unit, department, or program, representing the interests of an organization, and managing accountability.
  • Demonstrated experience working in higher education, specifically with responsibility regarding student organizations, engagement, fraternity and sorority life, or responding to student concerns.
  • Knowledge and application of communication techniques (written and verbal) and relationship building skills that develop the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Must be proficient in computer software applications including database management, such as cloud-based management tools.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict and highly sensitive and confidential information in high-pressure situations.
  • Excellent listening, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Work experience in public speaking, delivery of educational training, and/or teaching.
  • Experience with strategic planning and budget oversight.
  • Experience working with and responding to student crisis situations, student activism and protests, and/or campus safety matters.
  • Knowledge of college and university environment, including college student development, crisis management, and student support.
  • Prior experience serving as an institutional leader at the assistant dean level or higher at a college or university.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other platforms in connecting with college students.

How to apply

Apply online

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission.
  • Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. For questions or additional information, please contact [email protected].

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705.

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The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, on the Iowa River near the intersection of U.S. Interstate Highways 80 and 380. Iowa is composed of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enrolling most of Iowa's undergraduates.