Reed College is seeking an experienced student affairs professional interested in making a difference in the lives of students by providing leadership and vision as the Associate Dean of Students for Student and Campus Life. This Associate Dean will be ultimately responsible for welcoming, guiding, and engaging students throughout their time at the College. Joining a Student Life team dedicated to student success in an inclusive environment, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide supervision and support to staff while working regularly with dynamic and high achieving students. The Associate Dean is relied upon to maintain direct connections with students and to build strong networks across campus to support students.

Reed College, founded in 1908, is a coeducational independent liberal arts and sciences college known for high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.  It is a community dedicated to serious and open intellectual inquiry, one in which all students, faculty, and staff can fully participate. The College currently enrolls 1400 students and is located in southeast Portland, Oregon.


Position Summary

The Associate Dean of Students for Student and Campus Life is responsible for developing a strategic, creative, and collaborative approach to co-curricular programming designed to assist students in their transition to the College as well as the transition from their first year to their second year. The Associate Dean is expected to build strong connections with first- and second-year students and to develop effective partnerships within the Division of Student Life and with faculty and staff throughout the College. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Students and is a member of the Division’s senior staff. The Associate Dean supervises the Assistant Dean for Residence Life and the Director of the Office of Student Engagement.

The College’s Student Success strategic plan and the Student Life Curriculum will provide road maps for the Associate Dean’s work in building comprehensive and holistic initiatives designed to enhance student success.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision, oversight, and strategic direction for programs and services that enhance student life and support student learning in and out of the classroom, with particular focus on first-year and second-year students and their transitions, beginning with the orientation program for first-year students.
  • Working collaboratively across the College, develop an overall vision and strategy for programs that introduce students to academic and residential life at the College and that support them through their transition into their second year.
    • Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
    • Meet with first and second-year students to discuss a broad range of challenges, to intervene directly, and/or to refer to other campus resources.
    • Provide leadership for case management for first year students experiencing significant classroom and out of classroom challenges, in collaboration with the Care Team and Assistant Dean for Student Support.
    • Assist in the design of strategic data collection efforts, and the development, implementation, interpretation and evaluation of relevant data as well as policies and procedures.
  • Build a cohesive team among the Student and Campus Life staff and offices, and facilitate collaboration needed to accomplish departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities.
  • Directly supervise the Assistant Dean for Residence Life:
    • Work closely with the Assistant Dean to align the vision and goals of the department with the overall strategy of the Division of Student Life.
    • Serve as a liaison between Residence Life’s implementation of conduct process and the adjudicative and/or administrative portion of the conduct process.  
  • Directly supervise the Director of the Office of Student Engagement:
    • Work closely with the Director of the Office of Student Engagement to align the vision and goals of the department with the overall strategy of the Division of Student Life.
    • Partner with and support the Director in ensuring the programs for incoming and continuing students are consistent with the overall vision and strategy for first- and second-year students.
  • Provide mentorship and oversight for additional staff members, graduate assistants, and student workers employed by offices in Student and Campus Life, in coordination with colleagues and in accordance with college policies and procedures.
  • Lead and coordinate ongoing efforts to develop, implement and assess a division-wide curriculum.
    • Chair the Student Life Curriculum committee.
    • Ensure that the Student Life Curriculum aligns with the College’s Student Success strategic plan.
    • Develop plans for implementing significant portions of the Student Life Curriculum through learning strategies, especially curriculum aimed at first-year students.
    • Serve as a member of the Student Life Senior Staff:
    • Serve in the Dean on-call rotation with Associate Dean colleagues, the Assistant Dean for Residence Life and the Assistant Dean for Student Support.
    • Work in close collaboration with the Director of the Office for Inclusive Community and support the OIC team’s efforts to enhance equity and inclusion on campus
    • Partner with the Dean of Students and others to assist in the revision of relevant codes, policies and procedures.
    • Work with Honor Council to develop programs, policies and procedures that promote a culture of social responsibility among students and educate students about that responsibility within an academic community.
    • Assist all service areas with strategic planning, prioritization and implementation of relevant goals and objectives, including development and assessment of intended student learning outcomes.
    • Identify trends, promising practices, and innovative strategies to assist each area to reach the most successful outcomes for current and future Reed students.
    • Assist in the development and oversight of the budgetary and financial planning process for each area of the Student and Campus Life cluster.
    • Collaborate with other Associate Deans and their teams within the Division of Student Life and with other leaders, students, faculty, and staff across the College to promote and advance the priorities of the Division of Student Life.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Education, or a related field.
  • At least 7 years of progressive and significant leadership in higher education, specifically in a Student Affairs role.
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex issues related to race, socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexuality, disability, and the ways that privilege and power impact relationships.
  • Demonstrated effective administrative, supervisory, organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and/or contributing to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective and productive collaboration with both academic and Student Affairs partners.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student growth and development.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships within a complex environment, while working toward consensus.


Application Process

Reed College has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC for the search to identify the new Associate Dean. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position. Application materials must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to recruiting@KeelingAssociates.com with the subject heading “Reed College –Student and Campus Life.” Review of candidates will begin immediately, and all materials received by August 7, 2019, will receive full consideration.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to the K&A senior consultant leading this search, Dr. Jan Walbert, at jwalbert@KeelingAssociates.com.

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.