Exciting and Significant Student Affairs Leadership Opportunity

Manhattan College is pleased to announce its search for an experienced Student Affairs professional to serve the College community as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS). A senior leader in the Division of Student Life, the AVP/DOS will be expected to be an advocate for students, individually and collectively, and to ensure that programs and services reflecting best practices are in place to support their success. Reflecting the mission of the College, the AVP/DOS must possess a passion for meeting the needs of a diverse student body in an inclusive community that thrives in New York City.

The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students’ portfolio includes the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Students, and of the Directors of Residence Life, Counseling, and Health Services. Ultimately responsible for judicial affairs processes, the AVP/DOS has the opportunity to ensure that interactions with students are integrated and developmentally focused. A strong emphasis on working as a team to support these departments in their efforts to reflect and implement best practices in the field will ensure that students have the opportunity to be successful both academically and as citizens who reflect the Lasallian principles that are part of the fabric of Manhattan College.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life, the AVP/DOS has the opportunity and responsibility to share a vision for the future and the needs of the present in a manner that effectively advocates for the departments in the portfolio, while demonstrating how these will benefit the diverse student body. In addition, the AVP/DOS establishes and fosters collaborative efforts within the Division and across the campus that benefit students; for example, this position works with the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts to coordinate the Arches Living and Learning Community. This role is one in which regular direct interaction with students will be expected, as the AVP/DOS must be a visible and active member of the College community. This is an excellent opportunity for a Student Affairs professional seeking a significant leadership role that allows for substantial and substantive interactions with students.

Manhattan College

Grounded in tradition, Manhattan College produces exceptional graduates who not only go on to lead successful careers, but also make a positive impact in the world. The transformative Jasper education is built on a strong liberal arts foundation and paired with hands-on, technical knowledge that evolves and adapts with our world. Guided by history, faith and strong leadership, Manhattan continues to climb in national rankings as a top-valued school. Our picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan. 

Serving over 3,400 undergraduate students and nearly 600 graduate students, Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Lasallian mission drives our focus on quality education for all and service to our neighbors in need. The diverse student body comes from 44 states and over 60 countries around the world, all of whom are encouraged to take advantage of the exciting offerings of New York City.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life, the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students is a senior administrator and the principal student advocate, providing guidance and direction to all students at Manhattan College. As a leader in Student Life, the AVP/DOS works closely with others to ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment for the diverse student body. The AVP/DOS supervises the areas of Residence Life, Counseling Center, and Health Services and upholds the student code of conduct by coordinating all judicial affairs for the College community.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Mentors, supervises, and evaluates 4 director-level reports and manages a professional staff of approximately 75 full-time and part-time personnel.
  • Oversees judiciary hearings, appeals, disciplinary actions and grievances.
  • Oversees and develops the Community Standards and Student Code of Conduct.
  • Coordinates with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Title IX on all cases of sexual assault and sexual misconduct involving students.
  • Fosters and actively supports an inclusive campus community.
  • Represents the College to external constituents, especially community and neighborhood groups regarding student off campus conduct.
  • Remains current with best practices in student affairs management and with trends and issues as they relate to today’s college student.
  • Engages in ongoing benchmarking of best practices to implement and support strong evidence-based services and programs.
  • In collaboration with the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts oversees “The Arches” living-learning community.
  • Develops and implements appropriate staff development for the Division.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President for Student Life, develops and recommends changes to Student Life policies and procedures.
  • Provides administrative direction to the Student Life division as it relates to the college’s Lasallian Catholic mission.
  • Represents the college at internal and external meetings and conferences.
  • Facilitates open communication and working relationships with other departments.
  • Budget oversight for approximately $1.3 million in annual operating budgets. Plays leadership role in establishing fees for room and board.
  • Serves on various councils and committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Student Life.


  • Master’s degree is required. An earned Doctorate in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressive experience in a student affairs management position with preference for candidates with direct experience with judicial affairs.
  • Must embrace the Lasallian mission of the college and have experience working toward inclusion and diversity.
  • Superior supervisory and management skills to effectively manage student life administrators.
  • Knowledge and prior leadership experience in a higher education position.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills necessary for interaction with students, faculty, staff, parents, and external parties.
  • Working knowledge of FERPA and other Federal, State and local laws that affect student affairs.
  • Knowledge of/certification in Title IX and VAWA sufficient to oversee the adjudication of complex conduct cases involving sexual assault, sexual misconduct and harassment.

Application Process

Manhattan College has partnered with Keeling & Associates in this search process. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, at jfewing@keelingassociates.com.

Applications must be submitted through the Manhattan College Human Resources website – Click Here to Apply – and should include a cover letter addressing the desired experiences and qualifications for the position. Applications received by October 21, 2019, will receive full consideration.

Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. We expect our faculty, administration, and staff to be knowledgeable about our mission and to make a positive contribution to the mission. Applicants from historically under-represented segments of the population are encouraged to apply, as well as those attracted to a college with a Catholic identity. We are committed to a diverse campus community. AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V.

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