Assistant Dean for Student Life and Coordinator of First-Year Initiatives

Luther College

Luther College, a four-year residential liberal arts college, invites applications for Assistant Dean for Student Life and Coordinator of First-Year Initiatives. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Life, the Assistant Dean is an essential position in the life of the college where they will lead the ongoing development of new student transition programs, including orientation. The assistant dean will also be a core member of the case management team in the Student Life Office. Lutherís strategic plan, Inspired. Empowered. Engaged., addresses important issues of student well-being and inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will respectfully develop authentic, supportive relationships with students and possess the capacity to foster personal identity development. A record of commitment to collaborative, intersectional work with measurable results is essential. A Masterís degree is preferred in Student Personnel Administration, Counseling, Higher Education, or a related field. Knowledge of the student development process and Bachelorís degree required. Also required is minimum two years experience in Student Affairs or closely related work experience. In addition to strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to speak Spanish is desired. Luther is located in the city of Decorah in the beautiful northeast Iowa Driftless Region. Ample opportunities exist for employees to meaningfully engage in the local and regional community. With recreation, arts, and a strong local business sector, Decorah is a vibrant small city frequently voted as one of the best small towns in the country. Decorah is centrally located with larger cities such as Rochester, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin just over an hourís drive and the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Madison and Chicago metropolitan areas are reasonably accessible. Luther College offers an excellent benefit package including a generous retirement contribution, competitive health insurance premiums, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependents. Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal. Review of resumes and letters of application will begin on April 24, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 2019. This is an 11-month, exempt position.

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