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Department: Student Support and Intervention
Salary/Rate: $87,000 or commensurate with experience. (This position may be subject to a 20% furlough)
FTE: 1.0 FTE (May be subject to a 20% furlough)
Reporting directly to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and collaborating with constituents across the campus and in the Ashland community, the Dean of Students and Director of Student Life has responsibility for the following functions: A comprehensive residence life program of roughly 1,200 beds; student involvement, including civic engagement, outdoor and recreation programs, resources for commuter students, and student publicity; and the Stevenson Union. The Dean/Director also provides planning and leadership for student support services at SOU. This includes planning, directing, coordinating, and collaborating on intervention and retention strategies across the University. The Dean of Students and Director of Student Life holds primary responsibility for the leadership and direction of the crisis and behavioral intervention for students and participates with other University leaders on the Crisis Management Team and risk assessment processes for faculty and staff. The Dean/Director provides planning and leadership for the Student Support Network, a multidisciplinary behavioral intervention and threat assessment team. The Dean/Director provides development, planning, and leadership for the online reporting system, SOU Cares, and has primary responsibility for triage, case assignment, and oversight of all interventions involving at-risk students. The Dean/Director serves on the Title IX Team and provides forensic experiential, trauma-informed investigatory services and provides leadership, administrative supervision, and clinical supervision for all behavioral and risk related interventions. The Dean/Director provides leadership and supervision of student conduct as adjudicated through the Student Code of Conduct and the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Title IX. The Dean/Director directly engages in post-hospital discharge care planning and other risk reducing support plans for students. The Dean/Director is responsible for advising the Vice President with regard to at-risk students and institutional protocol. The position supervises the work of the Associate Dean of Students and Directors for Student Life. The Dean/Director collaborates closely with the members of the Student Support Network, as well as other campus resources such as Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, Trio Student Support Services, Disability Resources, and University Housing. The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact for community resource providers, hospitals, and parents. The Dean/Director oversees and manages a budget of approximately $4 million. The Dean/Director will work closely with the Director of Housing as SOU continues planning on a public-private partnership to construct additional campus housing, ensuring that student development goals are fully realized in the project. The Dean/Director will provide oversight of major campus programs and spirit initiatives, including orientation, civic engagement, and recreational opportunities. Additionally, the Dean/Director will ensure that co-curricular programs and activities align with and support institutional goals relating to diversity & inclusion and health & wellness. The Dean/Director will also participate actively in the campus Student Support Network, on-call crisis response team, and work closely with Campus Public Safety and Student Health & Wellness Center staff.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
A master's degree is required, preferably in student development, higher education, counseling, social work, or other related field administration, or a related field, plus at least 5 years progressively responsible experience in residence life, student activities, or a related field within higher education, Individual client assessment, intervention, case management and counseling, program planning and coordination. Experience with/ability to interact with a diverse population. Minimum of five years' experience working with distressed or at-risk students in a higher education setting and serving on or leading a campus behavioral intervention team/threat assessment team.
The ideal candidate will have exceptional written and oral communication skills, have the demonstrated ability to inspire staff and students, be committed to the concept of inclusive excellence, and be able to translate creative thinking into concrete accomplishments.
All Listed Duties:
Supervision: Provide on-going development, training, and feedback and advocacy. Align employee work with departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities. Ensure positive relations with the SEIU union leadership and maintain a thorough understanding of the collective bargaining agreement, as well as all employee-related policies. Ensure a comprehensive training and development program for student RA's and other student leaders.
Provides planning and leadership for Student Support Network (Behavioral Intervention/Threat Assessment Team), the multi-disciplinary body charged with managing student risk/threat assessment and intervention.
Provides oversight and leadership for the SOU Cares online reporting system, which annually generates more than 2,000 reports of student concern, conduct violations, hate/bias concerns, and Title IX concerns. Provides primary oversight, direction, and supervision of triage, case assignment, intervention, documentation, and conclusion of SOU Cares and conduct concerns.
Provides administrative supervision and oversight for the Student Conduct process, including the Student Code of Conduct revision, congruence with University Policy, and adjudication and appeal processes.
Directs and provides administrative and clinical supervision for all clinical interventions with at-risk students as identified through the Student Support Network, SOU Cares reporting, Confidential Advising, and/or as referred by the clinicians at Student Health and Wellness.
Participates in risk and threat assessment for faculty and staff in coordination with Human Resources. Provides leadership for student concerns as a member of the Crisis Management Team.
Provides training and education to the University community regarding reporting requirements and expectations for faculty, staff, and student participation in SOU Cares, Title IX, and other mandatory reporting requirements.
Provides case assignment and directs caseload management for student conduct, intervention, and case management, including determination of short-term and long-term case management needs.
Directs the Medical Withdrawal process and services as the approving authority for medical and mental health related medical withdrawals.
Serves as the primary point of contact for parents, family members, and students with support needs.
Serves as the point of contact for temporary academic interventions, including notification to faculty and temporary academic accommodation requests.
Serves as a member of the Title IX team, including investigation and oversight of Confidential Advising and adjudication processes.
Provides oversight of the records and documentation related to these concerns in the educational record as governed by FERPA and applicable Oregon laws regarding informed consent and release of information.
Engages in regular legal consultation with the Provost's Office and General Council regarding matters relating to risk and liability management.
Conducts program assessment and strategic planning for programs and initiatives.
Directs student success initiatives related to wellness, recovery, veterans, re-entry students, and students formerly in foster care.
Collects and reviews institutional and national data for assessment.
Develops and monitors program budget.
Program Development: Work collaboratively across the institution to develop cocurricular opportunities that are tied to academic and other institutional priorities. Identify best-practices and work toward a coherent, integrated student life program that meets the needs of a diverse student body.
Program Management: Collaborate with faculty, academic deans, student affairs staff and student organizations to foster community, to create opportunities for student learning, and to support success and personal development. Responsibility for New Student Programs, including Raider Orientation and Registration and Week of Welcome activities, as well as orienting new students for Winter and Spring terms. Maintain a presence and rapport with students, parents, staff and other community members. Participate actively in special functions and parent gatherings. Work with Associated Students of Southern Oregon University student leadership on a regular basis to ensure their efforts are adequately supported by the University and assist them with reaching their goals. Provide oversight of a comprehensive student life program including recreational, social, intellectual, service, and other activities for students. Participate as necessary in support of the student conduct process and other student support programs
Program Assessment: Lead regular, systematic efforts to collect and analyze data that relate to performance of units and employees, satisfaction and development of students, and accomplishment of established goals and objectives.
Other Duties: Participate fully in Student Affairs and larger institutional initiatives, committees, and community relationships. Be an active member of the Vice President's leadership team. Perform additional duties as directed by the Vice President.
This position serves as a member of the Crisis Management Team (CMT) which operates the emergency operations center. The CMT is responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness, emergency management or disaster management functions at a strategic level during an emergency to ensure the continuity of the operations of the organization. The common functions of the CMT is to collect, gather and analyze data to inform decision making and protect life and property. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
·Regularly attend and actively participate in monthly CMT meetings, training activities and instructional sessions ·Complete Crisis Management Training as required, including position specific trainings ·Ability to plan, direct and coordinate complex emergency management projects to achieve desired goals ·Familiarity with the Emergency Operations Plan and special communications and instructions ·Ability to physically respond and work at the designated Emergency Operations Center (Lithia Pavilion) ·Ability to safely take charge of a situation while maintaining effective leadership and communication skills during an emergency ·Respond immediately to incidents requiring CMT member response both during business hours and outside of regular business hours: *Members may be placed on “stand-by” or directed to report immediately to a specific meeting location. For those unable to respond immediately, please notify the team lead. Otherwise, once activated, the members of the team set aside all other duties and place the critical incident as their top priority. * ·Ability to comprehend the emergency response methodology and terminology and have the ability to stay focused, to effectively deal with highly stressful conditions and events ·Ability to receive detailed briefings and respond accordingly ·Able to conduct all tasks to ensure the safety and welfare of yourself and others
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
The person holding this position is considered a
Internal Number: 8804
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