Bard College Berlin seeks a senior staff member to lead our Student Life team. As the equivalent to a Dean of Student Life in a U.S. context, they will work closely with the University Leadership at Bard College Berlin and the Office of the Dean of Students at Bard College, Annandale, to create and sustain a supportive campus environment that complements the academic goals of the university and is responsive to diverse needs of students. The portfolio includes supervision of five professional staff members and oversight of all aspects of campus and student life, including: Housing and Residence Life; New Student Orientation; Diversity, Inclusion, and Gender Equity; Student Conduct; Student Wellness; Career Services; Student Employment; and Student Clubs and Organizations.
The successful applicant will be excited to work hands-on to implement a comprehensive strategy to support our geographically and culturally extremely diverse student body and to represent Bard College Berlin’s Student Life offices in the Bard College and Open Society University Networks. This individual will report to the Associate Dean of the College at Bard College Berlin and functionally reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Studies at Bard College Annandale.
Specific duties will include:
Managing day to day operations of the campus and the overall management of student activities
Creating a comprehensive plan for the office of Student Life to complement academic offerings and to sustain and further develop an open, vibrant, intellectually curious, supportive and diverse community atmosphere
Managing daily interface (communications) of students and the college in areas of Student Life
Creating, updating and upholding college policies and regulations relating to Student Life
Guiding the development, implementation, and oversight of policies and support mechanisms related to: racial, religious and other forms of equity, including gender equity; sexual assault or gender-based violence; drug and alcohol abuse
Fostering an understanding of diversity and social justice, and responding to the unique needs of various student populations, including a regular cohort of up to 40 visiting American students each term
Developing formal and informal counseling structures and workshops for students
1 on 1 coaching for students in need of support
Overseeing and participating in the emergency on-call rotation system & serving as the primary backup for professional staff when they serve on-call
Coordination of summer programs hosted at Bard College Berlin
5-7 years experience in a residential college environment, with a preference to Student Services/Affairs, Residence Life or related offices;
Supervisory experience of professional staff and student workers
An M.A. or related degree Student Affairs, College Student Development or related fields
Ability to support staff as well as students in areas such as: basic counseling and mediation; supporting racial and other forms of diversity; preventing gender-based violence and addressing other issues of sex and gender; preventing and responding to drug and alcohol abuse; addressing culture shock and improving intercultural competence
Experience studying or working abroad and/or experience working with international populations
Fluency in English required; German language ability highly desirable
We expect a starting date as soon as possible, and by August 1, 2021 at the latest. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV and list of referees to email@example.com. (Limit 4 pages A4). Applications will be read on a rolling basis after April 5, 2021. Queries can be addressed to the Associate Dean of the College Kerry Bystrom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bard College Berlin is an equal opportunity employer and proactively seeks diverse candidates to apply for positions.
About Bard College Berlin
Bard College Berlin is an accredited German-American university that offers intensive, transdisciplinary education in the humanities and social sciences. The student body is highly international and diverse in terms of geography, culture, class, and economic background and meets with faculty in small seminars taught in English. An emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual ambition, creativity, and the connection between life in and outside the classroom is a fundamental feature. Qualifying students can earn both an American and a German BA degree.