Salem College, a liberal arts college for women located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, invites applications for a Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs position. Under supervision of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College, the Dean of Students and Associate Vice President (AVP) for Student Affairs serves as a visionary leader dedicated to providing an enhanced and holistic student experience to the entire student body including traditional aged students, adult students, graduate students, Academy students enrolled in college courses, and international students. The Dean of Students and AVP of Student Affairs is responsible for coordinating programs that merge knowledge and practice and that prepare students for leadership and service. Working with a diverse team of staff and student leaders, the Dean of Students and AVP for Student Affairs will work to establish an inclusive and equitable environment for the student body that aligns with the mission and vision of the institution.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include but are Not Limited to the Following:

  • Works closely with the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College and the faculty to create a learning environment supportive of the College’s values, mission, and vision;
  • Maintains understanding of current issues, trends, and best practices in student affairs;
  • Collaborates with the Fleer Center (adult students), the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Athletics Department on a regular basis;
  • Promotes a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff by serving as a liaison, facilitator, mentor, and advocate for individual students and student groups intentionally inviting collaboration among various constituencies;
  • Provides leadership and support for student affairs programs to include residence life, commuter student support, student activities, counseling services, health services, career development and internships, and international student services;
  • Participates in the governance of the institution on committees/councils including but not limited to the Dean’s Council and serves in a leadership capacity for the student affairs team;
  • Participates in the identification and review of student needs and interests and provides positive responses to changing needs;
  • Fosters a campus climate of inclusiveness and support for the college’s diverse student body ensuring equity, diversity, and civil discourse are an integral part of the student experience;
  • Fosters student engagement and the College’s retention efforts;
  • Manages fiscal resources in all areas of responsibility to include developing appropriate and adequate budgets as required;
  • Works with the Office of Public Safety to establish policies and programs that contribute to a safe and secure campus environment;
  • Prepares reports and presentations for the Board of Trustees and other leadership bodies regarding student affairs issues as requested;
  • Coordinates staff development, supervision, support and evaluation for full-time and part-time members of the student affairs staff;
  • Interprets federal and state guidelines and works with the appropriate college departments to ensure compliance;
  • Maintains awareness of new developments and reviews current literature pertaining to student learning development, student behavior, Title IX, ADA, wellness and prevention education, and federal, state, and local laws and policies affecting higher education and;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in education, education administration, counseling or a similar field;
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible higher education experience working with students and supervising professional staff members;
  • Prior experience in student affairs in a college or university setting to include experience with student programming and event planning;
  • Working knowledge of student development, relevant legal issues, student affairs best practices, learning outcomes and program assessment, challenges and opportunities associated with student leadership theory, campus programming, equity, inclusion, and student retention;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administration, governing boards, and external agencies;
  • Demonstrated respect for the confidentiality of sensitive information;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds including international students and non-traditional students and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus culture;
  • Proven capacity to cultivate trust and credibility with students, staff, and faculty and to build positive and effective relationships with student leaders and colleagues across the institution;
  • Strong interpersonal and administrative skills;
  • Excellent skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution, and knowledge of crisis intervention techniques;
  • Proven ability to make independent judgments under pressure, react calmly, and respond appropriately in emergency situations and;
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in written and oral format to students, staff, professional colleagues, governing boards, and the general public in large or small group settings.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position along with a resume or curriculum vitae to Emily Young, Director of Human Resources and Benefits, at The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Search Committee.” The review of applications will begin on March 2, 2020 and will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Salem College is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.