The Dean of Students (DOS) is the university’s senior student affairs officer, responsible to the Provost. The DOS provides leadership and strategic direction for co-curricular components and services for students essential for whole-life learning. Specific areas of responsibility include: athletics, chaplaincy, residence life, counselling and mental health, first year experience, commuter student development, international student development, sexual violence prevention, student conduct, and student senate.
Preferred Effective Date: July/August 2019
University Leadership and Administration
- The DOS is the senior student development officer for the university and represents services required for students.
- The DOS directs and provides leadership, motivation and guidance to directors within the division with respect to goals, progress, issues, and challenges of the individual departments within the context of holistic education.
- The DOS provides leadership in meeting the mission and purpose of the institution, particularly as it affects the co-curriculum and services for students.
- The DOS works closely with the leadership to develop and nurture a strong and vibrant integration of learning to achieve a holistic student experience. The DOS is involved in the critical work of direction-setting for all co-curricular programs at the university.
- The DOS ensures that the reporting departments work towards meeting all of the goals described in the university’s strategic plan, especially the goal pertaining to whole-life education.
- The DOS creates a work environment which uses and develops the gifts of the staff and ensures that staff are equipped to do their work.
- The DOS encourages appropriate orientation and professional development amongst departments to create and maintain an environment in which staff acquire necessary knowledge, are motivated and encouraged to improve and develop.
- The DOS ensures that there is a positive environment for students and faculty to interact with the various departments.
- As a member of the academic division’s leadership team (the Academic Affairs Committee) and the President’s Council, the DOS provides information, advice and direction on matters pertaining to student development.
- The DOS represents the student development division to ensure that appropriate resources are available to meet the university’s strategic goals for student development and regulatory requirements for student development. Specifically, the DOS works with directors to create a comprehensive budget for the student development division and oversees the preparation of annual departmental budgets, monitors departmental expenditures and establishes appropriate controls as necessary to keep expenditures within approved budgets.
- As part of the administrative leadership of the university, the DOS communicates university strategy, policies and processes to divisional management to ensure that the university’s response to issues is consistent with the university’s mission and goals, effective, professional, and meets the needs of the students.
- The DOS reviews the hiring of all staff in the student development division.
- The DOS supervises the development, implementation, and reporting of all student development departmental reviews.
- The DOS liaises with government officials, as requested by the President or Provost.
Co-Curriculum and Student
- The DOS provides overall direction and leadership of the various departments within the Student Development Division at the university.
- The DOS develops and leads an effective team to support services provided by the area; ensures effective operation of the Student Development division; fosters communication, coordination and teamwork within it and in relations with other areas of the university.
- The DOS ensures that the university creates and maintains a safe, healthy, supportive Christ-centred culture that promotes and reinforces decisions which foster the healthy emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual development of students.
- The DOS provides vision and leadership such that across the university, there is collaboration to develop programs that support and integrate learning which in turn promotes the mission and purpose of the university.
- The DOS provides vision and leadership to student development departments; to remain current and relevant, to make adjustments as necessary to processes and policy and encourage staff to grow through change.
- The DOS provides leadership for student-related crisis as defined in the Emergency Response Plan and devises creative strategies to resolve potential crises or challenges within the student development division and departments.
- The DOS informs the President and Provost of matters that pertain to student life that may have a significant impact on the university’s reputation or ability to achieve its mission and goals; matters that pertain to student conduct as defined in the Student Code of Conduct, including steps taken to deal with and resolve the matters; matters that pertain to the chaplaincy program at the university, including matters pertaining to the spiritual well-being of the university community.
- Annually oversee the development, edits and communication of student policies, the Student Code of Conduct and the Parent Handbook.
- Manage relationships with external organizations- currently Shalem Mental Health Network, the Youth Wellness Centre (staff from St. Joe’s Hamilton Healthcare) and the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton Area; developing funding proposals, signing off on contracts, liaising with contacts and providing feedback regarding service.
- Consistently look for community partners to provide service to students, particularly in the area of health services.
- Attend Student Senate meetings as a resource, meet weekly with the Student Senate President to discuss issues pertinent to Student Senate and the student body. Facilitate club involvement, connecting club leaders with advisors and showing an interest in club activities.
- Communicate with professors regarding student emergencies, absences etc., recognising that Learning Services does the majority of such communication.
- Deal with serious discipline matters as they arise according to process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, liaising with community services for advice as needed, communicating hearing results and appeals process to respondent.
- The DOS is a visible institutional leader demonstrating commitment to the Reformed Christian faith and academic scholarship; modelling caring relationships with students, colleagues, the constituency and community organizations; and leading in research important to student development in conjunction with board policy.
- Meet regularly with the Provost.
Qualifications and Requirements
- A Master’s degree is required; a Doctoral or terminal degree is preferred
- Five or more years of progressively senior administrative experience and leadership in higher education
- Successful record of leading and developing staff, managing budgets, making financial decisions, and developing and implementing strategic plans
- Demonstrated understanding of higher education student development, integrated co-curricular programs, student culture and sensitivity to student needs
- Thorough understanding of student conduct process and crisis management
- Conversant in student policies and regulations, and understand why policies exist and the context in which they were developed
- Demonstrated ability to lead and offer expertise within collegial and team-based organizational structure
- Innovative vision and experience in cultivating a university community that values a Christ-centred culture
- a strong personal walk with Jesus Christ and a contagion to witness to the transforming power of the Gospel to university students
- Inspired by personal conviction and a vibrant faith-life, the DOS is an approachable individual who is humble, open to questions, inspires through servant leadership, is an effective communicator and speaker, and is able to nurture and navigate a dynamic Christian landscape
- commitment to Redeemer’s Statement of Basis and Principles and to its Reformed Christian identity
- ability to communicate the distinctives of the Reformed faith and its relation to the education and mission of the university
- active membership in a church that nurtures the Christian faith as articulated in the confessional heritage of the Protestant Reformation
- participate in communal activity that supports and encourages a university campus environment where the holistic development of all persons embodies Christian principles that advance the mission and Christian character of Redeemer University College
- demonstrated success in similar positions
Applicants are requested to email their application materials and include a statement that articulates their faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Redeemer University College. A range of qualifications are evaluated including distinguishing characteristics that demonstrate congruence with Redeemer’s identity as a university in the protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Expiry Date: Until position is filled.