Project Description


Paul Quinn College is seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as its Dean of Students. With significant responsibilities related to supporting student success and wellbeing, the Dean will be a key part of envisioning, building, and staffing a revitalized approach to the campus experience. As a Historically Black College and an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution, Paul Quinn College proudly educates a highly diverse student body.  The new Dean must have a deep understanding of and commitment to working with students who may be the first in their family to attend college. It is the role of the Dean, alongside the Vice President, to ensure the systems and people are in place to meet the College’s commitment to providing a quality education while supporting the academic, professional, and social development of students. The banner of the institutional ethos is WE over Me, fostering a dedication to the public good.  

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Experience, the Dean of Students will support all aspects of the student experience in collaboration with the Vice President and campus colleagues. The Dean oversees and manages campus and residential student life functions of the College, including on and off campus housing, student government, student organizations, and activities; sororities and fraternities; and intramural sports.  The Dean of students will support the College’s Work Program through the supervision of student workers assigned to the various offices of Student Affairs.  In addition to providing strategic vision and direction, the Dean of Students is highly visible and accessible to students and is directly involved in the day-to-day work of Student Affairs. As the Dean supports the Vice President in developing a structure and approach to supporting the students at Paul Quinn, the specific responsibilities and areas supervised may be adjusted. 

The College is seeking a collaborative and student-centered professional to: 

  1. Support the Vice President in re-establishing and further developing a Student Affairs structure within Paul Quinn College’s highly innovative environment
  2. Train and support existing Student Experience staff in delivering effective, student-centered service; build capacity for future promotion and expansion of duties; and identify and implement future staffing and hiring needs
  3. Develop and implement a plan for obtaining sponsorships, grants, and fundraising to secure sustainable funding for student activities, student development, and staff professional development

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage, directly and indirectly, all staff and programs within the Dean’s portfolio
  • In the Vice President’s absence, lead the Student Experience division and represent the Vice President as required
  • Build and further develop effective organizational structure, policies, and processes within the Dean of Students portfolio in support of student engagement and success 
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional staff
  • Develop key collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and campus and community leaders to enhance planning and implementation of strategic initiatives, resolve issues, and respond to crisis situations
  • Coordinate, and participate as needed, in a campus coverage schedule for housing locations, all student events, the Student Union Building (SUB), supervise and manage resident assistants and Work Program students, and coordinate and participate in overnight emergency call team
  • Coordinate Student Experience response to major crises and other unusual events impacting students within the College community
  • Provide direction and intervention for students in distress or crisis, including intervening with mental health staff, the Title IX Coordinator, and off-campus resources, such as local police and/or medical professionals
  • Assist in the coordination of random drug testing for students, both in general and in response to disciplinary reports
  • Serve as a Title IX investigator
  • Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation, and interpretation of student policies and procedures for the Student Handbook  
  • Serve as a resource to College faculty and staff in addressing student behavior
  • Develop strategies for promoting student engagement and learning in collaboration with Academic Affairs
  • Communicate effectively with students and other stakeholders
  • Foster an inclusive College community and promote equity for all students
  • Other duties as assigned


Paul Quinn College is a distinctive institution that provides its students with an education and experience that prepares them for future success. This Dean of Students must understand the student population, many of whom have significant financial and other needs, and be prepared to do all that it takes to create an environment that is safe, supportive, and in line with the values of the College. The listed qualifications are a guide; the Dean must ultimately embody the “WE over ME” ethos of Paul Quinn College.

  • Minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in student affairs, higher education, or a related field of study
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the field of student affairs, preferably in a small college setting
  • Strong conduct management and crisis management abilities
  • Experience collecting, interpreting, and using data for decision making
  • Experience working in a multicultural campus setting
  • Working knowledge of Title IX regulations 
  • Proven commitment to the academic, emotional, and social development of all students
  • Passion for working with students to promote learning, leadership, and personal development, in addition to supporting students in achieving their goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative 
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the priorities for an innovative, faith-based, small liberal arts-inspired, Minority-Serving Institution 
  • Ability to understand and work within an inclusive college community that values its history and faith while encouraging students to discover what is meaningful and worthwhile to them
  • Excellent technological skills, including basic knowledge of social media platforms and student communication tools beyond email
  • Valid Driver’s License and full-coverage insurance and the ability to operate a motor vehicle

This is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. It is not intended as inclusive of all duties, an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required now or in the future. 

About Paul Quinn College

By focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship Paul Quinn College has become a model for urban higher education. As the ninth federally-funded Work College in the nation and the first Urban Work College in history (first-ever minority-serving institution (MSI), historically black college, and Texas-based institution), all PQC residential students are required to work 12-15 hours per week in addition to managing their academic course load. As a Work College, PQC provides students with the unique opportunity to spend their college career gaining real world work experience while paying less than $15,000 per year for tuition, fees, room and board. The vision of the Work College Program is to transform ability into action and potential into achievement by encouraging all students to embrace the ideals of disciplined work, servant leadership, and initiative in preparation for lives of financial freedom, community engagement, and outstanding character. 

The Urban Work College model not only makes PQC a unique post-secondary institution, but it is also of material importance for its students given that every year 80 – 85 percent of them are eligible for Pell Grants. Additionally, because PQC students come from families where long-term unemployment and under-employment is prevalent, the work program provides them with the type of internship experience that they have historically been denied.

Under President Michael J. Sorrell’s leadership, Paul Quinn has become one of the most innovative and respected small colleges in the nation. Fortune magazine recognized President Sorrell’s work and the College’s transformation by naming him one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. President Sorrell is also a three-time award winner of HBCU Male President of the Year by HBCU Digest and was named by Time Magazine as one of the “31 People Changing the South.”  

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Application Procedure and Timeline

The College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC, in this search process. Application materials should include a resume and a letter of interest and must be sent to The subject line of the email should read “PQC – DOS.” The review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled; applications submitted by November 16, 2021, will be given full consideration. 

Nominations, expressions of interest, and requests for confidential conversations about the position prior to application are welcome and should be directed to Jeff Ewing (, the Keeling & Associates senior consultant leading this search. 

Successful candidate must submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug test and submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work.

It is the policy of Paul Quinn College not to discriminate against any individual in its educational programs, activities, or employment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, age, religion, or marital status