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Dean of Student Affairs, Eighth College - 119759

University of California
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Dec 5, 2022

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Student Affairs
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Employment Type
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College / University, Provider

Eighth College is the newest in UC San Diego's Undergraduate College System. The College's theme, "Engagement and Community," emphasizes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

Under the direction of the College Provost, the Dean of Student Affairs functions as the lead Student Affairs professional at the College. The Dean is responsible for enhancing the quality of undergraduate student life through the development and coordination of co-curricular programs that promote student learning and development, foster student mental health and overall well-being, and reflect the College's and university's themes, principles, and traditions. As a member of the College's senior management team, the Dean of Student Affairs works collaboratively and creatively with other College leaders to establish a comprehensive living and learning environment for students throughout their undergraduate careers.

Specifically, the Dean of Student Affairs provides oversight and management for residential life, student organizations and leadership opportunities, student government, judicial affairs, community development, College facilities which support student affairs' functions, and all other aspects of the co-curricular life of undergraduate students at the College, including crisis management and the College's coordinated support/response for students in distress. The Dean of Student Affairs has managerial responsibility for the supervision and training of professional and support staff, and develops and administers the College's Student Affairs budget in consultation with the Undergraduate Colleges Business Office (UCBO), under the oversight of the College Provost.

The Dean of Student Affairs has a collaborative relationship with the Deans of Student Affairs from UC San Diego's other undergraduate colleges, meeting regularly with them to develop Colleges-wide and campus-wide goals, policies, and priorities, as well as to consult on complex cases regarding student conduct, academic integrity, students in distress, and other issues. The Dean of Student Affairs also has a collaborative relationship with the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs and participates in the development and implementation of campus-wide Student Affairs strategic goals and objectives. The Dean of Student Affairs assists in the management of campus-wide programs and events and represents the Undergraduate Colleges as well as their College/Provost in campus-wide student life matters.

Occasional weekends/evenings may be required.

Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.

  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience in a complex organization with proven ability to apply management principles, lead staff, organize and set priorities, and establish unit goals and outcomes.
  • Thorough knowledge of Student Affairs / Student Life specialization. Knowledge of the theories and principles of higher education, undergraduate education, student development and student learning. Skills in conceptualizing, analyzing and interpreting broad issues, policies and regulations and in-depth knowledge of and the ability to interpret the policies and procedures relevant to all aspects of undergraduate student life.
  • Strong knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Thorough understanding of the developmental tasks appropriate to undergraduates students, with a corresponding ability to conceptualize and implement programs to meet a variety of students needs in a variety of developmental areas. Counseling and advising skills appropriate to student needs. Skill in conflict resolution, negotiation and counseling referrals. Proven ability to manage crisis and emergency situations.
  • Skills in monitoring / assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements. Demonstrated skills in selecting, supervising, training, motivating and evaluating professional and administrative staff.
  • Skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. Proven leadership experience and the ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, persuasion, leadership, and intercultural competence. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, with individuals and before groups, with particular emphasis on interactions with staff, faculty, students, and parents.
  • Knowledge of University policies, processes, and procedures. Skills in conceptualizing, analyzing and interpreting broad issues, policies and regulations and in-depth knowledge of and the ability to interpret the policies and procedures relevant to all aspects of undergraduate student life.
  • Knowledge and skills in the management of budgets, personnel, and facilities with the demonstrated ability to use these skills effectively.
  • Knowledge of institutional research methodology for program assessment and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Knowledge of national trends and best practices in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-functional and multi-tiered environment.
  • Knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.

  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.
  • The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA"), Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4) requires certain professionals, known as "mandated reporters", to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. This position has been identified as a "mandated reporter".
  • This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and requires immediate reporting of Clery Act crimes occurring on Clery Act geography to the UC San Diego Police Department (UCPD).

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Posted: 11/16/2022

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