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Dean of Students

Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock seek an experienced, innovative, and compassionate leader to serve as its Dean of Students. Reporting to the Vice Provost, the Dean of Students is responsible for a broad portfolio of services to support the success of our students.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued. Four years ago, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th- and 10th-graders on the path to starting college early.

The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires are a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation, analysis, review, and interpretation of student policies and procedures, as detailed in the Student Handbook.
  • Supervise a talented, collaborative, and experienced team of professionals including the Director of Housing Operations, the Director of Campus Activities, and the residence life staff.
  • Promote, support, and strengthen the institution’s diversity and inclusion efforts, coordinating with the Dean of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Provide direction and intervention for students in crisis and non-crisis including coordinating with the Wellness Center staff, the Title IX Coordinator, and off-campus resources.
  • Provide input into the strategic priorities for Campus Life and collaborate with Academic Affairs to develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning.
  • Chair the Student Support Meeting and manage the Campus Life response to a major crisis and other events impacting students on campus.
  • Enhance the student life experience with innovative programs, services, and activities.
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents/guardians, and other campus partners.
  • Oversee the student conduct process and maintain records utilizing our student conduct software, Maxient.
  • Assist with compliance of the Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA, Campus Safe and all college, state, and federal reporting as required that pertain to student conduct matters, along with the Director of Campus Safety and the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Manage the budgets for Campus Life and Residence Halls.
  • Review the current organizational structure, staff functions, and staffing levels for efficiency and effectiveness. Recruit, hire, and train staff as needed.
  • Serve on an on-call rotation with other Campus Life employees in order to respond and assist with incidents and emergencies as they arise.
  • Act as a visible, engaged, and active member of the senior leadership team and in the campus community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional work, with increasing responsibility and progressive leadership experience, in the field of student affairs.
  • Deep experience and knowledge of current trends in student affairs management.
  • Proven commitment to the academic, emotional, and social development of all students.
  • A successful history of supervising and mentoring staff, enhancing student life on a residential campus, and working effectively across a campus community.
  • Strong organizational, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.

APPLY

We encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels and will provide qualified people with reasonable accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or any other applicable state or local laws.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least three references to provostadmin@simons-rock.edu (please include “Dean of Students” in the subject line). No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.