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Dean for Student Success

Takoma Park, MD
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

Purpose of Job: The Dean for Student Success and Advising furthers Washington Adventist University’s mission and vision by providing leadership for the creation of a Student Success Plan which ensures advising, retention, progression, timely degree completion and holistic learning of the university’s students so they develop as competent moral leaders.

  • Provides leadership for creation and implementation of a Student Success Plan which affirms timely degree completion for “every” student.
  • Provides overall leadership to an outstanding and comprehensive first-year experience program with components intended for both freshmen and transfer students.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships with a variety of campus offices, including Academic Administration and the Office of Student Life.
  • Directs mandatory freshmen and transfer student orientation program.
  • Directs the Bridge Program, an intensive skills building and mentoring initiative.
  • Coordinates the Early Academic Alert system.
  • Oversees the assessment of all components of the First Year experience and utilizes the results to continuously improve the program.
  • Plans, directs, and participates in activities related to student counseling, student advisement, and career counseling services at multiple campuses.
  • Works closely with all university constituencies to enhance student services in the assigned departments and functional areas.
  • Implements strategies and processes to perform and assess outcomes measures for programs and services; makes recommendations for improvements based on assessment.
  • Provides effective management of the University’s fiscal resources including fiscal responsibility for assigned budgets and overall supervisory authority for the budget process in the Center for Student Success.
  • Represents the University at community and external organizational functions.
  • Actively advance the WAU 2030 Vision of Distinctive Excellence in Student Success
  • Evidence commitment to enhancing the WAU Mission to develop competent moral leaders as defined by the institutions Christo-centric values
  • Expressed delight in the refinement of character and competencies of diverse learners 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or related.  PhD preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in creation and implementation of advising program with demonstrated experience affirming the success of first-year, transfer and/or BRIDGE students with active support of internships and career placement.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience addressing student transitional needs and developing, planning, and implementing multi-faceted programs.
  • Three years demonstrated experience teaching at the post-secondary level.
  • Demonstrated work experience that uses excellent communication skills, such as skills in public speaking, negotiation and conflict resolutions.
  • Demonstrated ability in consensus and relationship building with broad based constituents with a University environment.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, and maintain a high level of performance in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Supervisory experience of professional and student staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
 Language Skills:
  • Superior command of the English language. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Exceptional presentation and public speech ability. 
Mathematical and Technology Skills:
  • Minimum knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Basic computational skills
Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to deal with a variety of office situations. 
  • Applies logical or scientific methods to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
 Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated experience with orientation programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with new student seminar programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to staff development and training.
  • Work experience that used analytical, problem solving and organization skills.
 Physical Demands: 
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move weights in excess of 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Salary will be based on candidate’s education and experience.

Full fringe benefit plan includes but not limited to:
  • Health care, including vision, dental, and prescription drugs
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 401K plan
  • Individualized retirement planning sessions
  • Tuition assistance for employees and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies.
  • Long Term Disability
  • AFLAC insurance
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Paid time off
  • Wellness programs
  • Professional Development
Title VII Exception Notice: 
Washington Adventist University is committed to equal employment opportunities, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, race, color, or national origin. The University reserves constitutional and statutory rights as a religious institution and employer to give preference in employment to members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and claims specific exemption from Title IX provisions as set forth in 34 CRF (and subsections), insofar as they conflict with the Seventh-day Adventist teaching and practices.
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