Dean of Students
Position Category: Non-Academic
Position Title: Dean of Students
School/Department: Student Affairs
Reports To: The Provost
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:
Information & Responsibilities
Dean of Students
Information & Responsibilities
CalArts seeks an innovative Dean of Students to lead, inspire and support an active and progressive community of students engaged in the arts. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Students provides institutional leadership in organizing and supervising a comprehensive program for student affairs across the complex characteristics of CalArts’ student body. As chief student affairs officer for CalArts, the Dean of Students holds primary responsibility for the ongoing development and improvement to the quality of student life, including advocacy, health and wellness, social life, and integration into the CalArts community. The Dean of Students administers disciplinary policies and manages a slate of services to support students’ co-curricular development. S/he administratively oversees: orientation and graduation programs, Health Services, Counseling Services, Career Services, International Student Services, Student Affairs, and Disability Services.
Essential Job Functions
• Advise and provide consultation for the Provost, other campus administrators, and faculty on matters concerning student affairs, student life policy and procedures, co-curricular student services, programs, and activities.
• Oversee student affairs functional areas: Student Affairs, Health Services, Counseling, Career Services, International Student Services, and Disability Services.
• Principal responsibility for the ongoing improvement to quality of student life—health and wellness, social life, and integration to the CalArts community.
• Supervise the division’s staff members in their work to develop programs and policies that enhance the quality of student life.
• Oversee the development and delivery of robust Orientation Programs.
• Oversee Graduation programs.
• Collaborate with the Office of the Provost, Critical Studies, and other Schools on First Year Experience and CalArts Commons.
• Provide support and leadership to the Student Council.
• Actively engage students through involvement with student leaders, development of student support programs and campus activities.
• Revise and update the online Student Handbook.
• Oversee student disciplinary policies and procedures and alcohol policy law.
• Act as advocate for students on matters of concern and investigate harassment complaints.
• Review and approve emergency and project grants.
• Review and approve student medical leaves and clearances.
• Complete Clery Act reports and WASC reports on Student Affairs. Insure Higher Education Act requirements.
• Serve as the Institute’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
• Represent the Institute with CalArts’ legal advisors on matters pertaining to student affairs.
• Serve as a member of the CalArts Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team for at risk students.
• Provide leadership and crisis management for matters pertaining to student affairs.
• Serve as budget officer for the Student Affairs division and ensure compliance with Institute policy, federal, and state regulations.
• Serve on campus committees including: Deans Council, Security Council, Retention Committee, Equity and Diversity Committee, Task Force for International Students, Commons Advisory Council and Evergreen Fund.
Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, and student affairs best practices regarding student conduct and discipline.
• Ability to work with students to resolve conflict, disciplinary problems and other concerns.
• Ability to organize and lead the Student Affairs Office to achieve its goals.
• Exceptional communication ability across multiple modalities (verbal, writing, etc.) across a broad range of situations and constituencies.
• Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to fostering a culture of diversity and supporting students from unique and varied backgrounds.
• Doctorate or terminal degree (preferred), or Master’s degree (minimum).
• Seven or more years of increasingly responsible experience working with students in a college or university setting.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should send the following materials to the Office of the Provost for priority consideration before April 1, 2013.
The position will remain open after this date until filled.
- Cover letter
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae
- Names and contact information for three references
Dean of Students Search Committee
Office of the Provost
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Materials can also be sent electronically to Diane Hunt, Search Coordinator, email@example.com.
Interviews will begin in April 2013, with an anticipated appointment date of July 1, 2013.
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way.
Applicants are invited and encouraged to fill out our diversity survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div
CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music
and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and
exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in
the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.