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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Dean of Students
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E4

Union College (NY) is searching for a Dean of Minerva Program and Class Dean, to work in a newly established team of four class deans starting in summer 2018. The Director reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs (with a dotted line to the Dean of Studies, who sits in Academic Affairs) and is one of four class deans who share responsibility for the academic and personal development of all undergraduate students. The Class Dean oversees a class of students, taking on a class at the beginning of its sophomore year and following the same students until they graduate. This includes helping students make progress toward their educational goals and graduation requirements, working with faculty to support student success in the classroom, facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services, and supporting student transitions year by year through the undergraduate years to life after Union. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter strategies that they use to work with a diverse student body. The Dean is involved with a wide variety of issues, including academic advising and support services, personal and general advising, faculty outreach and communication, crisis management, and disability services, and is part of a periodic rotational on-call staff.

As Dean of the Minerva Program the Dean oversees Union’s innovative Minerva Program, an initiative that promotes intellectual and cultural life outside of the classroom, as well as diversity of social life and community.  The office hosts a range of programs, offering courses, fellowships, speakers and other events; it serves as a resource for students and faculty looking to develop creative programs.  The Minerva Program also includes the Minerva House System, to which all students and faculty belong.  With a residential component and generous programming budget, the Minerva houses themselves host hundreds of programs each year, created and run by students and faculty.

The Dean also manages the Minerva Fellows Program. The program funds recent graduates to work for ten months in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world.  The Fellows then return to Union for a month to share their experiences with students, giving talks in classes and in Minerva houses, serving on panels, and hosting dinners, even visiting local schools in the community.

The Dean is also a member of the team of Student Affairs deans that provides direction for the division.

Dean of the Minerva Program Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in defining an innovative future for the Minerva program.
  • Reach out to and work with faculty to develop programs.
  • Chair the Minerva Council, a committee of faculty and students who oversee program activities and determine policy and future direction.
  • Plan and administer Minerva office programming, communications, assessments, and other services.
  • Directly supervise the Assistant/Associate Director of Minerva Program.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant/Associate Director and the Office of Residential Life to oversee the management of 250 beds across seven Minerva Houses.
  • Supervise all program related financial accounts and reports.
  • Administer the Minerva Fellows program, supporting and working with Fellows from on-campus, managing the program’s budget, traveling to assess individual NGOs in a range of countries, and overseeing the program’s overall safety and direction.
  • Oversee Fellows’ activities once they return to campus.
  • Work with Student Affairs staff, student leaders, and others in the campus community to provide programming that supports academic life, and encourages student growth and development.
  • Plan and execute special projects at the request of the Vice President.

Class Dean Responsibilities

  • Provide personal and academic advising to students. This includes collaborating with advisers, faculty, residential life staff, and other offices to track and coordinate student progress and support. This work involves regular referrals to, and coordination with, the Wellness Center.
  • Participate in regular meetings with other class deans to promote the support and retention of students.
  • Facilitate collaboration across Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to ensure student success.
  • Work with the other Deans, the Health and Counseling Center, Campus Security, the Title IX office, Residential Life, Housing, and relevant departments to respond to student and campus-wide challenges and crises.
  • Serve with faculty, students, and other student affairs staff on a variety of academic and administrative committees, and be an active member of the CARE support team that meets regularly to review students of concern.
  • Address academic alerts provided by faculty for students having trouble in their classes.
  • Provide programming for students aimed at helping them find success in their current class year.
  • Communicate with parents, as necessary.
  • Share supervision of administrative assistants with other Class Deans.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by the Vice President.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Familiarity with higher education as a faculty member, administrator or advisor. At least three years of equivalent experience required.
  • The successful candidate will have strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills, and will be able to work independently, while also operating effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience with, and awareness of, a broad range of student mental health issues.
  • Good judgment, demonstrated by a combination of common sense, sensitivity and understanding of the legal framework for students and the College.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • An ability to work well with students and faculty at an institution committed to high standards in education and research.
  • International experience working with institutions in other countries is preferred.
  • Comfort and facility working with data is preferred.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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