Summary of Responsibilities: The Dean of Student Development will provide leadership for the student experience which support and enhance the vision and mission of Geneva College. The dean will provide operational management for programs and services that work to retain, educate, develop, and graduate Geneva students. Working directly with the Vice President of Enrollment & Student Development, this person will formulate, execute, and continuously assess a seamless student experience that operates from the mission, goals, and aspirations of the Division of Enrollment & Student Development.
Provide leadership, oversight, and supervision to the Student Development side of the Division of Enrollment & Student Development with direct responsibility of: the Career Development Center, the Center for Student Engagement, Health & Counseling Services, Residence Life, and the Student Success Center.
Essential Responsibilities: (These essential responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
As a senior member of the Enrollment and Student Development leadership team, lead and participate in planning, program evaluation, budget development, and policy formation that will enhance the student-learning experience. Leadership will consist of personnel supervision and evaluation, budget planning and oversight, assessment, technology planning, service excellence, crisis management, and collaboration with other units, faculty and staff.
Cultivate an engaging student experience. Responsible for leadership that supports the success of all students.
Provide leadership and operational management of a comprehensive student experience portfolio that focuses on sustained, positive results in retaining and graduating an academically strong and equipped student body in alignment with Geneva’s mission.
Use best practices and a forward-thinking approach that anticipates future trends, challenges, and priorities.
Manage the recruitment, training, supervision, professional development and evaluation of Student Development staff.
Direct Programs and Services:
Provide leadership to the task of integrating the Reformed Christian faith into all areas of student development.
Develop, maintain, and enhance student programs; promote a culture of student learning and development and cultivate creative approaches to providing student services, programs and initiatives.
Administer all matters related to student behavior and discipline and act as the primary appellate officer.
Manage compliance pertaining to students in regards to FERPA, Title IX, ADA/Section 504, Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, and other applicable regulations.
Act as performance manager for all direct reports including managing day-to-day performance, producing and communicating written performance evaluations, approving requested time off, and other points of compliance with HR rules and regulations.
Communicate regularly with parents and guardians of Geneva students.
Work with students who are in crisis, including managing the details of medical withdrawals, the managing of information associated with extended student absences, and serve as a liaison with parents.
Exercise budgetary control and fiscal responsibility for the Student Development budget.
Collaborate with Institutional Research to implement and execute student satisfaction surveys and assessment tools.
Conduct annual department assessment audits.
Oversees publication of the Student Handbook, Campus Directory, and other manuals connected to student development programming.
All other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Enrollment & Student Development.
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Work with the Title IX Team to develop and implement campus-wide education, training and outreach programming for students, faculty and staff related to Title IX, Clery Act and VAWA.
Maintain documentation of all training and educational programs related to compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act.
Act as a lead investigator when necessary.
Receive reports/complaints of discrimination and harassment (including sexual assault and sexual harassment) and coordinate the investigation of and effective response to such reports/complaints.
Work with the Title IX Coordinator to develop and implement a case management plan for each reported Title IX incident.
Collaborate with local police, campus security and other departments to create and maintain crime and file incident reports as required under Title IX, Clery Act and VAWA and ensure compliance with emergency notification requirements.
Coordinate with campus partners and stakeholders to ensure reporting party and responding party receive needed support services and accommodations.
Develop campus reports and statistics as required under Title IX, Clery Act and VAWA.
Supervise regular and student employees to include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, coaching, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Supervise department’s staff, train staff, evaluate staff, provide communication, support and ensure they are fulfilling their roles to benefit the Geneva College Community.
Must have a mindset of mentoring employees under supervision. Should be able to lead in a way that sets a good example, promotes teamwork, and encourages a positive, efficient work environment.
Must be committed to the hiring, training, development, and evaluation of graduate students.
Performance Development Areas:
Achieves Results – Achieves needed results; takes initiative and responsibility; seeks solutions to operational problems; listens and communicates adequately and effectively; keeps others informed; uses resources effectively (time, materials, finances); completes job responsibilities in a safe manner.
Personal Organization – Plans and organizes work; demonstrates dependability and good attendance; adapts to changes in the work environment; makes decisions and demonstrates good judgment; handles multiple tasks simultaneously.
Knowledge/Learning – Demonstrates and develops job knowledge and skills; possess and improves knowledge of all tools, equipment and resources; demonstrates creativity/innovation in work; increases understanding of how his/her work relates within the department and organization.
Interpersonal Skills – Shows respect and kindness towards others; actively builds trust; acts with integrity and fairness; maintains appropriate levels of confidentiality; routinely expresses positive feedback and gratitude; seeks to understand others’ perspectives.
Student & Organizational Success – Makes students’ needs a priority; treats students, families, faculty, employees, and vendors, etc. with respect and support; respects and supports diversity differences; clearly displays a mission-mindedness; shows support and respect for policies and procedures, management and the institution.
Teamwork/Conflict Resolution – Works in collaboration with others; supports the work and goals of others; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives credit to others when appropriate; accepts criticism and feedback; takes initiative and uses productive means for resolving interpersonal conflicts without unreasonable delays; shows loyalty to those not present by avoiding backbiting and gossip.
Supervisors Only-Supervision/Management Positions: Establishes clear goals and performance standards; provides direction; empowers others and delegates as appropriate; regularly monitors delegated activities; provides recognition and regularly engages in coaching and constructive feedback; identifies, utilizes and develops employee’s skills and encourages growth. Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires respect and trust; reacts well under pressure; shows courage to take action; fosters a culture of excellence.
Job Requirements - Administrative:
General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or are able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job. Ability to make off-site visits for employer relations functions.
Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, fax machines, copy machines, modems, and telephones.
Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws. Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
Master’s degree in higher education or related field.
Minimum of five years of proven experience in higher education administration, student life, and related leadership experience.
History of successful leadership within Student Affairs in higher education. Experience overseeing a broad range of student programs within higher education is preferred.
Experience in developing, implementing, and assessing student success strategies, goals, and outcomes.
Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical Christian church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Experience: At least eight years of experience.
Doctorate Degree in Higher Education or related field.
Internal Number: STU-18-00003
About Geneva College
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).