Dean of Students



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Job description

Shippensburg, PA

Posting Number: SP00462

Salary Range: The anticipated starting salary range is $87,261 – $101,803 annually, depending on experience, and includes an extensive benefits package.

General Description/Position Purpose

Shippensburg University is currently searching for a Dean of Students.

The Dean of Students (DOS) provides vision and oversight for a vibrant Dean of Students Office and other areas that promote student engagement. Serving as the institution’s primary student advocate, the DOS oversees the University’s response to student care and well-being, student conduct and community standards, and other support services. Additionally, the DOS serves as a liaison and advocate for students of concern through the development of student-centered services, policies, and resources, provides guidance in the development of policies and practices that govern student events, demonstrations, protests and other student events. The DOS participates in the development and facilitation of programming and educational initiatives, identifies systemic gaps in services and barriers to student success, and works collaboratively to develop strategies to address issues. The Dean of Students further plays a vital role in addressing the concerns of students, demonstrating a commitment to social justice and student advocacy. This position serves to provide solutions to barriers that students may face within the system of higher education and encourages students to realize their academic potential. This position fosters the creation and maintenance of a multicultural and diverse institution, creating collaborative partnerships among diverse students and student organizations.


  • Responsible for administrative and programmatic oversight and coordination of the following units, departments, and offices: Student Conduct; Title IV Investigations and adjudication for students; Wellness Center which includes Recreation, Counseling and Health Center; Commuter Students; Drug and Alcohol Services; and Women’s Center.
  • Provides supervision for professional Staff members, support staff members, graduate students and undergraduate student employees including informal and formal evaluation processes.
  • Oversees and directs student conduct and community standards and assures that all policies, procedures and prevention efforts are consistent with best practices and are developmental in nature.
  • Administer with the Title IX Coordinator the investigation and adjudication of Title IX incidents involving students.
  • Assists in creating campus-wide policies, programs and services that support student success and assures consistent policy implementation across campus locations.
  • Support the mission of the University and the Division through development of departmental strategic plans that support student learning and operation outcomes.
  • Assure processes are in place to address student concerns and complaints as they relate to non-academic issues and that these concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Serves on Student Affairs Leadership Team and fills in for AVP when absent from campus.
  • Coordinate a campus wide Wellness program for students, faculty and staff
  • Confer with, counsel and advise students, faculty, staff and parents regarding activities, programs, and services available.
  • Lead and direct development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs to provide efficient and effective services that support the University mission, and particularly the ongoing development of the University’s mind-body-spirit wellness initiative.
  • Provide timely and concise data collection and reports as needed and ensure that student information is managed appropriately in student database.
  • Coordinate the university’s comprehensive response to emergencies. Coordinate relationships between university police and students.
  • Respond to emergency/crisis situations as needed, including coordination of communication with healthcare providers and families. Manages the training and scheduling for the on-call process working with the Director for Housing & Residence Life including training of staff.
  • Serve as a policy enforcement officer, representing the Division at various University functions and events as determined by the Vice President or AVP.
  • In consultation with the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Chief Student Affairs Officer, coordinate the institution’s comprehensive response to student emergencies, crisis intervention, and death notices and provide follow-up. Provide consultation and serve as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, parents and families.
  • Identifies and collaborates to develop appropriate outreach and services for vulnerable student populations including, but not limited to, students who are homeless, food insecure or from the foster care system.
  • Interact with community residents, students, officials, and police to enhance cooperation in matters of mutual interest in the off-campus environment.
  • Participates in university wide events, including residence hall openings, Orientation, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Homecoming, general student events, and others as appropriate.
  • Serves as the Chair of the Ship Cares Team and follows up on all student issues.
  • Ensure campus safety through engagement with the University Police and Etter Health and Counseling Center personnel.
  • Serve as a committee member on University and Student Life committees, as appointed
  • Represent university through leadership in national and regional organizations.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will have a Master’s Degree in higher education, student personnel services, student development or a related field. A minimum of eight years of experience in higher education which includes five years of progressive experience in student program development is also required. Successful supervisory experience, a demonstrated commitment to the development and offering of programming to support co-curricular learning; skill in creating programs to meet the needs of on- and off-campus students; strong planning and problem solving skills; sensitivity and knowledge of diversity and inclusion; and excellent written and oral presentation skills are also required. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is required.

How to apply

For full consideration, all candidates must apply online at by March 5, 2021 with acceptance of materials continuing until the posting is closed. Materials submitted in other formats including paper applications will not be considered. All applications and inquiries will remain confidential.

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

Shippensburg University employees value teamwork and collaboration, are dependable, take initiative, solve problems effectively, communicate clearly and support organizational change. University employees may work closely with individuals of diverse backgrounds and race, as well as those of differing religious affiliations, sexual orientation and gender. They must possess good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with all members of the campus community.