Nov 13, 2022

Dean of Students

  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Steubenville, OH, USA
Full time Education: University/College

Job Description

Date:  November 10, 2022

Position Available:  Dean of Students

Position Reports to:  Vice President of Student Life

Department:  Student Life

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Frequent evenings and weekends required; Occasional travel required


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Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Life (VPSL), the Dean of Students is a key leader of Franciscan University’s one-of-a-kind, vibrantly Catholic culture where students are formed as disciples of Jesus Christ through lives of charity and ongoing conversion to lead and to evangelize each other and the world. The Dean of Students supervises the Departments of Residence Life and the Baron Center for Health and Wellness. The Dean is also the chief conduct officer, crisis response coordinator, and the liaison with the University food service provider. The Dean provides leadership for the Student Life division in the areas of housing, student success, student conduct, student assessment, and compliance. The Dean serves as a member of the VPSL’s Leadership Team and actively engages with other senior leaders to steward the mission of Franciscan University, frame policies and procedures, and strategize on ways to address major issues that affect the student experience. The Dean is a thought leader, trusted adviser, and action partner for the VPSL in tackling challenging student and community issues and collaborates with academic and non-academic departments across the university and represents the Student Life division in various internal and external settings. This position provides advice and counsel to the VPSL regarding the overall student experience and serves as an advocate for the student body. The Dean will provide an executive presence in the leadership of the division across functions in the absence of, and as assigned by, the VPSL.




1.    Provide strategic visionary direction and assessment for several Student Life departments/areas including student conduct, residence life, Baron Center for Health and Wellness; set and achieve long-term and short-term goals that foster the University’s one-of-a-kind student culture and advance institutional priorities.


2.    Encourage authentic Christian maturity and community development through student programming and events. Provide leadership and management for major university events. Serve on Student Success, Threat Assessment, Behavior Intervention, Emergency Response, and other committees as assigned.


3.    Administer Student Life departments in accord with University principles and policies, industry best practices, and federal and state regulations. Serve as a University resource for best practices and legal issues in student success, student conduct, student programming, housing, and assessment..


4.    Manage department within allocated budget; supervise the development and maintenance of student life facilities; identify and manage risks associated with student services and student development programming.


5.    Supervise, motivate, train and evaluate departmental staff (with more than 50 full-time, part-time, and paraprofessional staff).


6.    Develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with other Student Life departments, Physical Plant Services, Campus Safety and Security, Chapel Ministry, Student Academic Support, Student Success, Career Services, other University departments, and the University administration.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University's needs.



Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience

·         5 years experience working with students at the college or university level, preferably in student affairs at a Catholic institution, with demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices in leadership and administration

·         3-5 years of progressively responsible leadership and supervisory experience

·         Demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization and budget

·         Demonstrated knowledge and application of Catholic teaching on the dignity of the human person, morality, human sexuality, and integral human formation; ability to articulate this teaching and translate it into programs, policies and specific situations



·         Understanding of Catholic theology and teaching, particularly as it relates to the human person and morality, and the ability to articulate these principles and translate theme into general policies and particular decisions

·         Action Oriented: Displays initiative; doesn't wait to be told or asked to do something. Comfortable acting in the absence of clear guidance or instructions

·         Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hesitate to take an unpopular or non-traditional stand on a particular issue. Is comfortable sharing one’s point of view around people of higher authority.  Provides direct, unfiltered and timely input or feedback to others. Takes responsibility and ownership for one’s decisions – both good and bad decisions

·         Decision Quality: Effectively blends analysis, experience and intuition in the decision-making process. Has a knack for getting to the most critical or essential point in a situation or problem

·         Teamwork: Appreciates and leverages individual differences in perspective, style and skills. Shares information openly to ensure everyone has what they need to perform effectively. Is effective at gaining cooperation both within and outside of one's own department or area

·         Interpersonal Skills: Finds common ground and gains cooperation with minimal disruption and fall-out. Relates well to all people above, below, at a peer level, inside and outside of the organization. Uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse high-tension situations

·         Written and Verbal Communication: Clearly and comfortably expresses one’s views and thoughts to different listeners/audiences. Presents effectively in multiple settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, peers, staff and managers. Knows when to use written communications instead of verbal communications

·         Motivating and Developing Others. Identifies individual motivational drivers and leverages them to optimize performance and results. Is effective at soliciting and using input from others to create buy-in. Helps others continually reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and development opportunities. Is effective at using delegation, coaching and performance management to help others grow.



·         Master’s degree in relevant field required; doctorate preferred.


Technical Skills

·         Proficiency in standard desktop software applications (e-mail, MS Office, etc.)

·         Proficiency in university administrative software (Jenzabar EX)


Workplace Factors

·         Frequent evenings and weekends required

·         Occasional travel required


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


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Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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