Assistant Director Student Affairs

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all members of the Yale College Student Affairs team have taken on new public health duties, with the Dean of Student Affairs serving as the Yale College “Health and Safety Leader.” Until the pandemic concludes, the AD’s main priority will be to provide support to the DoSA in her HSL role, including activities such as: tracking student compliance with all aspects of the Community Compact (, supporting educationally-focused enforcement and intervention systems, coordinating logistical support for students in isolation and quarantine, providing guidance to colleagues and students on rapidly evolving policies, and best practices. In Summer 2021, the AD will take the lead on these these efforts during the summer session term.

The remainder of this description describes the ongoing role. During the pandemic, while the AD is acting in the HSL support role, some of these standard responsibilities will be carried out by coworkers.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs (AD) is responsible for working with all aspects of extracurricular and co-curricular student life with a focus on undergraduate student organizations and leadership development. The AD serves as the primary liaison for hundreds of official and unofficial student organizations, designs and directs leadership training, organization development education, and practical skills training for student groups, helps to develop policy regarding organizations, tracks student group compliance issues, coordinates with Yale College offices in regards to organization activities, status, and policy compliance, and coordinates with the Yale College Business Office and the student funding board to manage financial transactions for the organizations. The AD provides the primary support for class councils and the Yale College Council and helps to manage their events. The AD works closely and in collaboration with other members of the Yale College Dean’s Office, cultural centers, student engagement, residential colleges, and Yale College students. The AD oversees hiring, training, and routine work of the Student Organizations Consultants, a group of students focused on supporting registered undergraduate student organizations. The AD also assists with other Yale College Dean’s Office projects, including housing, major events, and other areas.

Essential Duties

  1. Manages and leads research on various federal rules and regulations as well as University policies and procedures to resolve problems and determine the best course of action for the functional area.
  2. Recommends course of action to higher authority for the handling and disposition of problems related to the functional area.
  3. Counsels faculty, students and staff on issues related to administrative operations of the University function and areas of concern for the function.
  4. Manages statistical and analytical information regarding office activities and areas of operational and administrative concern for the function.
  5. Leads in long-range planning for the office activities of a specific functional area.
  6. Interprets and administers various University and federal policies and regulations.
  7. Disseminates accurate and up-to-date information regarding areas of concern.
  8. Formulates and establishes policies regarding area’s function.
  9. Manages a staff of exempt and non-exempt employees.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Minimum requirement of Bachelor’s Degree in related field and three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of undergraduate residential life and the ability to relate to Yale College students.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to organize both people and information. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of organizational database systems.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to be self-motivated, conscientious, creative, flexible, and open-minded.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Group facilitation and leadership skills with the ability to collaborate well with others.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Advanced verbal and written communication skills as well as experience in advising and mentoring.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Strong preference for applicants with an advanced degree in a relevant academic or professional field, or equivalent work experience. Experience with student organizations, undergraduate student affairs, and university administration. Experience with the Yale College community/Yale undergraduates. Experience with IT project management.

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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.

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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:

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