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Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Spelman Johnson
Hanover, NH
Closing date
Jun 27, 2023

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Student Affairs
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Associate Dean
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Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. As an R1 institution with high research activity, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools-the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. The College serves 6,761 students and encompasses over 161 administrative, academic, residential, and athletic buildings. With its quarter-term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s highly residential 269-acre main campus remains a very active 24/7 environment year-round. The College is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, judged one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources that include major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities. Influenced by its distinctive New England setting and heritage, Dartmouth embodies a pioneering commitment to “making a difference” in a community whose members work together to create knowledge, connect to the world, and further their sense of identity and direction.

Reporting to the dean of the college, the associate dean of student affairs serves as a key advisor to the dean, supporting priorities and initiatives by identifying and managing the logistics and communications required to fulfill the division’s mission and strategic objectives. The associate dean serves as a cross-divisional liaison to campus partners, convenes and serves on committees and working groups, and promotes cross-functional and cross-divisional communications and alignment. In partnership with the dean of the college and the divisional management team (DMT), the associate dean identifies and responds to student issues, promotes divisional near and long-term objectives, identifies and develops divisional funding initiatives, and partners with advancement to plan, propose, and steward philanthropy and donor management efforts. The associate dean serves in the divisional senior staff in charge on-call rotation, responding to significant campus emergencies or student crisis issues after hours. Further, this position may lead one or more divisional departments as organizational management needs evolve, including parent and supporter services.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree with significant years of progressively responsible administrative and management experience in higher education and student affairs. In addition, the associate dean must have experience in student affairs administration or related areas and demonstrated cultural competence and proven effectiveness in serving the needs of a diverse student population. Exceptional oral and written communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills; knowledge of higher education issues and organizational culture, policies, and processes; and demonstrated competency in initiating, organizing, and managing complex projects and monitoring progress toward articulated goals are all required qualifications. Further, the next associate dean will have proven success in fostering strong, effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, families, and campus partners; organizational and strategic planning skills with the ability to assess program efficiency and effectiveness and recommend improvements; and a proven record of successful experience responding to individual and campus community issues and crises.

Review of applications will begin on July 5, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

New Hampshire is a state that does not require public salary disclosure. For more information, please contact Heather J. Larabee.

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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