Assistant Dean of Students

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
Posted Date 3 months ago(4/14/2022 6:06 PM)
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Student Affairs


The Office of Student Affairs at Macalester College seeks to hire an Assistant Dean of Students. The Assistant Dean of Students provides leadership in the Division of Student Affairs, specifically in the areas of student case management, off-campus student conduct, student crisis intake, and on-call response. Offers direct support to students in accessing resources and navigating challenges they encounter during their Macalester experiences. Supervises the Assistant Director of Student Support and the Director of Disability Services. Leads cross-campus Case Management meetings by facilitating discussions regarding case updates, assisting in assessing risk level, updating Maxient to reflect status and interventions, and being one of the main points of contact for interventions. Coordinates and manages ongoing support, evaluation, and coaching for students of concern by collaborating with colleagues across the campus, including Student Affairs, Academic Programs, Multicultural Life, Financial Aid, and other administrative units. Coordinates with off-campus, community support providers for updates about student welfare, including but not limited to hospitals and outpatient programs. Maintains FERPA-protected records within the electronic record-keeping database under the CARE team. Serves as a member of the On-Call Team and as a Title IX Deputy. Leads Student Affairs-facilitated awards processes and programs and participates in general Student Affairs functions and on-campus representation. Ensures work is informed by lenses of anti-racism, universal design, and equity. Applies a trauma-informed approach to advising and support. Remains up-to-date on best practices and relevant training to inform student-centered work, intercultural competencies, and student learning and development.


About the Office of Student Affairs: 


We are educators who foster the holistic development of students on their journey of self-awareness, leadership, and service in the world. 


Equity and Inclusion. We strive to create inclusive communities in which students can learn and grow. We respect the dynamic traditions and identities of all community members and seek to create a sense of belonging on our campus. 

Well-being. We promote and encourage well-being of the whole student through the development of body, mind, and spirit and create an empowered, resilient, and thriving community.

Integrative Learning Experiences. We recognize that students learn in connected, integrated ways. We help students create meaning and synthesize learning by illuminating the intersections among experiences in and out of the classroom and for life beyond Macalester.

Collaborative Partnerships. We forge intentional partnerships to deepen student learning and engagement within and beyond the campus community.


  • Supports immediate and ongoing student needs by conducting intake meetings, evaluating needs, and coordinating with campus and community partners to ensure appropriate resources are referred and campus interventions are implemented. Builds and maintains supportive relationships with students of concern by proactively engaging via check-ins, mentoring, and advising. Evaluates need for continued active support for students of concern.
  • Co-leads the Case Management team, including facilitation of meetings, assignment of tasks and follow up, and appropriate onboarding and ongoing training/professional development of team members. Ensures that timely documentation occurs regarding case management interventions and student case updates. Co-manages Maxient and documents Maxient processes with the Executive Director of Residential Life. Supports Associate Dean in strategic planning around student support and resources for case management. Serves as a member of the On-Call Team. 
  • Supervises the Assistant Director of Student Support and the Director of Disability Services. Works with the Office of Student Affairs team to ensure continuity of student support and intervention. Communicates necessary information in a timely way with the Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students.
  • Leads off-campus student conduct process, including maintaining process and protocol reflective of current best practices, ensuring appropriate onboarding and training of conduct officers/adjudicators, moving students through the conduct/appeals process, and collaborating with the Executive Director of Residential Life to maintain parity and coordination with the on-campus student conduct process.
  • Leads Student Affairs-facilitated awards processes and programs and participates in general Student Affairs functions and on-campus representation.
  • Maintains relationships and communication with College and community-based partners who offer meaningful resources for students in need of support. This includes Residential Life, Athletics, Health & Wellness Center, Disability Services, Academic Programs, Public Safety, Title IX and Antidiscrimination Coordinator, Multicultural Life, Spiritual Life, local hospitals, treatment facilities, outpatient programs, etc.
  • Serves as Title IX Deputy.
  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status or orientation.



  • 5-8 years of experience in Student Affairs, Social Work, Student Conduct, or Counseling 
  • Understanding of student developmental and learning processes, trauma-informed interactions and support, mental health first-aid, behavioral and threat assessment.
  • Ability to create assessment tools and analyze data. 
  • Develop project goals and/or learning outcomes. Meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, communicate with appropriate staff. Evaluate outcomes. 
  • Ability to learn various data management systems and presentation software. 
  • Can organize and complete administrative tasks effectively. Uses appropriate professional written correspondence in communication. 
  • Computer, phone, copy machine, basic assistive technology (e.g smart pens, Kurzweil) and other accommodation related equipment. 
  • Assess level of student crisis and distressed behavior. 
  • Master’s Degree required. 
  • Demonstrates the commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Actively engages in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion to increase individual capacity to support institutional changes that create and sustain a more welcoming and inclusive environment across the Macalester Community. Familiarity with residential collegiate living and learning programs, residential curricula. 


Compensation & Benefits: 

The total compensation for this position includes an annual salary which will commensurate with experience and Macalester’s Benefits


Application Guidelines: 

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter in one pdf to the posting on Macalester’s Employment Opportunities page. Priority will be given to candidates who apply by May 9th, and the position will be posted until filled. 


All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to: 


Jaclyn Howard 

Talent Acquisition Manager

Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.

Macalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.

Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:
For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.

Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at