Dean of Students

At Eastern University


Hours: Full Time

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The Dean of Students, a faculty position, reports to the Vice Provost for Student Development. The Dean of Students manages all aspects of residence life, general student services and student disciplinary matters. With the VP for Student Development the Dean oversees all non-academic, non-financial areas of student life for all programs. The Dean of Students works cooperatively with every department of the University to meet the needs of the student population.

Status: Faculty, full-time, salary, regular, 12 month, 40 hours per week.


1. Supervises and provides leadership to the Residence Life and Student Development Program including, but not limited to the hiring, training, and supervision of Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.

2. Teaches the Residence Life Staff required course, Psychology 110-The Individual and Group Development.

3. Supervises the coordination, implementation, and review of the new student orientation programs for entering undergraduate students, both semesters.

4. Advises the leaders of other/departments programs on orientation methods.

5. Manages assessment tools for student development related areas.

6. Manages student residence buildings.

7. Provides short term and crisis counseling to students.

8. Produces various brochures and publications as needed.

9. Acts as undergraduate ceremony liaison for Commencement Events.

10. Is available to handle student concerns as they arise.

11. Administers all student disciplinary processes. Convene, coordinate and train the Judiciary Board.

12. Directly supervises and supports Commuter Housing Advisor, yearbook advisor, and Residence Directors.

13. Advises and supports, with the VP, all offices under the Student Development department: Activities, Housing, Residence Life, Chaplain, Career Services and Leadership Development, Health Center and CCAS offices.

14. Serves on various committees, representing the Student Development Office and the interest of the students from all programs.

15. Manages all aspects of Student Residence Life Staff (RA) selection process.

16. Manages all arrangements and logistics for the RSL training/workshop events throughout the year.

17. Manages retention-related initiatives for Student Development, including resident and commuter student surveys and interviews, coordination of and record keeping for student withdrawals, LOAs, RAAs and Semester Elsewhere program participants.

18. Acts as a conflict resolution agent for students. Meet with roommates, teammates, floor mates and classmates to resolve conflicts and promote understanding and reconciliation.

19. Is on call for student related emergencies.

20. Plans and implements social activities for the Residence Life staff twice each semester.

21. Updates and produces a revised Student Handbook by August 1st each year.

22. Maintains positive relationships with faculty and administrators.

23. Provides support to the Vice Provost for Student Development as requested.

24. Acts in the capacity of the Vice Provost for Student Development in her absence.

25. Is available to handle other programs, projects and needs as they arise and as requested by the Vice Provost for Student Development.

26. Embodies values of caring and compassion, justice and integrity, competence and affirmation.

27. Seeks to treat each member of the campus community with fairness, dignity and respect seeking a spirit of unity and harmony as we join together to achieve our common mission.


Master’s degree in related field is required. Experience in general student development applications, residence life management and judiciary procedures are required. Experience in individual and group crisis intervention and management is essential, as is understanding of student development theory and practice. Strong written and oral communication skills and experience in teaching, training and course and workshop design is required. High energy, creativity and ability to manage multiple tasks are essential. It is required that the incumbent exhibits an understanding of, and support for, the evangelical Christian mission of Eastern University.

About Eastern University
Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences that integrates faith, reason and justice for students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary, urban, professional and international programs. Applicants should have a religious commitment compatible with our mission and community standards. The university complies with federal and state guidelines of nondiscrimination in employment; members of protected classes encouraged to apply.

Background Checks
In accordance with state laws, Act 73 of 2007 & Act 153 of 2014 (relating to the Child Protective Services Law), school employees of Eastern University who will have "direct contact with children" must complete the background check process prior to employment. University employees must obtain and present directly to the Human Resources department the following three child protection clearances: FBI Criminal Record Check; Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance and Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check. Click here for information on how to obtain these clearances. Employment will be contingent upon successful results of the background investigation.

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This description is intended to describe the general level and nature of work performed by the person/people assigned to this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities of the person/people so assigned.