Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the dean of student affairs, and working closely with colleagues throughout the university, the assistant dean provides leadership on gender issues, social life, a respectful and inclusive campus culture and alcohol and other drug harm reduction initiatives. The assistant dean leads the development of policies, procedures and training for students, staff and faculty.

Essential Duties

  1. Lead and direct two interlocking offices—the Office of Gender and Campus Culture and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative—to provide excellent support of students, programs, staff and faculty. The dean is charged with creating a positive campus culture through community education and environmental strategies.
  2. Maintain and develop policies, procedures, programs and training to (a) address gender issues on campus with a particular focus on reducing the incidence and impact of sexual misconduct and (b) reduce the harms of alcohol and other drug use.  Focus on creating mindful, inclusive cultures with awareness of and support for a diverse group of students.
  3. Oversee and develop programs, interventions, training and services on sexual misconduct, including a range of mandated trainings for all undergraduates and specialized training for groups including new students, student leaders, and varsity athletes.
  4. Provide expert consultation and training as requested to residential college staff and other members of the YCDO, as well as to representatives of the Title IX Office, Office of General Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs, University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, Yale Police Department, Athletics, Schwarzman Center, SHARE, Yale Health, YPD, student advisory boards and groups on rapidly-changing regulatory and cultural environment.
  5. Hire, supervise and train professional staff, Student Affairs Fellows and a large cohort of student peer educators.
  6. Understand issues around faculty sexual harassment and gender bias and make recommendations regarding training and processes. Support the Title IX Office in setting policies and developing training to reduce vulnerability of students, staff, and junior faculty.
  7. Maintain a data-driven, research-informed, and evidence-based approach. Review and conduct research on sexual violence prevention, AOD harm-reduction, and culture change. Engage in data collection, survey development and data analyses and reporting.
  8. Serve as the staff advisor for the Women’s Center and serve as the liaison between Yale College and the Women’s Center. Work collaboratively with members of the administration and the Center. Provide budget oversight of Center.
  9. Respond to student life issues on an on-going basis, including managing of crises around sexual misconduct and AOD medical emergencies.
  10. Develop a long-term plan regarding gender issues in undergraduate life. Consult with members of Yale College community and serve as a resource for gender issues in the college. Coordinate activities and planning with other relevant units (e.g., Yale Health, Athletics, OISS, WFF, Chaplain’s Office).
  11. Oversee programs in Yale College and the University, serve on committees, chair committees, and manage special projects. As conditions change, take on other duties and responsibilities.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Master's degree in a related discipline and one year of experience in academic administration or management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in public health approaches to sexual misconduct prevention and alcohol and other drug harm reduction initiatives.
  3. Experience in program development, education and outreach efforts, and staff training.
  4. Experience in student life in a highly-selective, liberal arts environment.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent organizational, planning, management, supervision and leadership skills. Ability to inspire others to perform at their best, and to set high standards of performance for self and staff.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative management of programs. Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to respectfully work with a diverse group of people. Commitment to and ability to clearly communicate the values and purposes of a highly selective liberal arts university.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated ability to handle stressful, challenging and emotionally-charged situations, and create thoughtful, fair and institutionally-aligned responses. Provide leadership in times of crisis or conflict. Demonstrated ability to work well with ambiguity and to consider multiple perspectives.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated counseling skills. A strong understanding of best practices in student affairs (e.g., NASPA, ACPA, NODA, ASCA).

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to create and sustain an environment of mutual respect and tolerance that supports a responsible, inclusive community. Demonstrated track record of generating and encouraging creative ideas, innovative thinking, and imaginative solutions to problems. Willingness to seek out and utilize the views of others.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Advanced degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) ​

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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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