Associate Dean of Students

Location: Portland, Oregon
Date Posted: 05-14-2018
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description: The Associate Dean of Students is a full-time, benefit eligible role reporting to the Vice President for Student Life.  This role provides strategic leadership and support to multiple areas of the Student Life division with particular emphasis on student success. This position will provide ongoing leadership of and support of high quality Welcome Weekend programming, Enroll to Major first-year and sophomore programs, collaboration with campus partners to create comprehensive calling services, and assisting the Vice President for Student Life with leadership of Student Life initiatives.   
Essential Functions:
  • Supervise 2-3 program areas within Student Life, such as Student Retention and Counseling Center. Provide support, coaching, and feedback, building a culture of excellent student-focused programs that serve a diverse campus community.
  • Develop first-year and sophomore programs and transfer experience. Embed best practices into these programs focused on calling, purpose, and supporting students in the time from enrollment in University to involvement in their majors.
  • Oversee Peer Mentor First Year Learning Community Program, including the selection, training, and regular support of student leaders.
  • Oversee Enroll to Major and Calling and Purpose partnerships within Student Life and with faculty and staff across campus.
  • Partner to support shared ASWPU student leadership training.
  • Oversee fall and spring Welcome Weekends and alignment with New Student Registration and Welcome Week activities.
  • Partner with Director of Learning Community Curriculum to ensure Peer Mentors are integrated into courses and plan shared Faculty/Peer Mentor training
  • Ensure ongoing support and communication with faculty in FYLC aligned courses.
  • Oversee Staff Mentor selection, curriculum, and training.
  • Serve as a Staff Mentor (supporting a group of students as an adviser and success coach).
  • Lead the campus’ Success & Retention Committee.
  • Assist the Vice President for Student Life in leadership of the division, including Student Life initiatives and staff development.
  • Oversee Career and Calling Collaborative by convening campus partners (Student Success, FYLC, and Advising, etc.), developing strategic initiatives and assessment.
  • Supervise departmental budgets.
  • Participate in and contribute to regular Student Life staff meetings and all-Student Life events each semester.
            General Expectations
  • Demonstrate presence and availability for student leaders and students you serve on campus.
  • Create timely, consistent, responsive, and effective communication to students, faculty, and staff concerning the activities and events in your area.
  • Practice regular collaboration with faculty, staff, and students across program areas on both the Mt. Tabor and Centre 205 campuses.
  • Be present in the office on a daily basis unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor.
  • Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  • Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in higher education, organizational leadership, or applicable field.
  • Experience working with, and providing services to, students from diverse backgrounds, ethnic minorities, and religious communities within a multicultural setting. 
  • Excellence in effective oral and written communication, public presentations and customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently.
  • Ability to multitask with accuracy in order to adapt and work effectively in a fast-paced environment with deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Minimum of four years of experience in a higher education or multicultural environment.
  • Tech Savvy - Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite and the willingness and ability to learn additional tech-related tools such as Dropbox, Basecamp, CRM software, social media tools (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and Hootsuite), Smartsheet, and the Campus’ Information System (Colleague).
  • Experience in Student Affairs role.
Physical Demands – Work Environment: The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.
Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.   The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.   A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4. A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Further, to ensure orderly operations and provide the best possible work environment, all Warner Pacific University employees are expected to maintain the highest levels of ethics, professionalism, integrity, and judgment.  Employees must obey all laws governing the workplace and the business of the University, as well as treat others (students, suppliers, and co-workers) with honesty, respect, and personal dignity in all interactions.  Conduct that is malicious, abusive, threatening, dishonest or unlawful is not acceptable.  Employees who feel they are being subjected to conduct of this kind should bring the concern to Human Resources. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs. 
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or marijuana is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Warner Pacific University offers a full range of traditional benefits for qualifying employees, including medical/dental insurance, disability, life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, mission leave, tuition remission, and retirement savings.
To Apply:
In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at  Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references
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