Assistant deans of students function as an intermediary between the student body and the office of the dean. The assistant dean functions as an advocate for students, as well as a conduit that helps create and administer university policy. An assistant dean must work closely with students, bringing forth their concerns, wishes, and expectations from university programs and policy. Then, the assistant must use that input to assess, create, and guide university policy and programs toward students. The assistant dean will also help guide programs throughout the university including academic and financial programs.
The assistant dean is responsible for hiring and overseeing personnel including full-time and part-time employees and student help. They perform data collection and evaluation of university programs and policies. The job involves overseeing discipline, and guiding alcohol and drug policy and prevention programs. The assistant dean works closely with the office of student housing as well as departments regarding student activities. The job entails overseeing and helping in the creation of budgets and sitting in on many committee meetings is a requirement.
An assistant dean must be an excellent communicator and someone who feels comfortable working in groups and with all different personalities. They must also have good leadership skills and be someone who is driven and personable. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are a must. Working hours can be variable and there may be a need to work many nights and weekends. An advanced degree in an area such as student policy is also a must.
Assistant Dean of Students (University) Tasks
- Meet the needs of a diverse campus population, foster student development and promote involvement in campus life.
- Deliver effective and quality services to students including student housing, counseling, student conduct, student activities and programs, disability services, international student advising.