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Assistant Deans

The Division is recruiting as many as 3 Assistant Deans who will report to the Associate Dean of Students leading incident response/crisis management, and work in the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS).  

These Assistant Deans’ primary responsibility will be incident response and crisis management. Assistant Deans will serve on the “Dean On-Call” rotation, and will be expected to respond appropriately to student incidents and crises; coordinate emergency protocols and provide crisis management support. They must also collaborate with and make referrals to University offices/organizations to provide broad-based student support while implementing appropriate administrative processes, as needed.
These Assistant Deans will also have student support responsibilities including triaging student concerns and helping them access appropriate resources, as well as helping students solve problems and respond appropriately to challenges and/or crises.  Through formal and informal interaction, student affairs professionals assist students to achieve their goals.  These interactions may include responding to student walk-ins; responding to questions from parents, faculty, or staff; or meeting with students who have interpersonal problems, policy violations, psychological issues, or other concerns in order to counsel, mediate resolutions, or set expectations for future behavior.

As time permits, these Assistant Deans may have programmatic responsibilities, which may include assistance with program design, implementation, and/or support services related to an assigned program. Often UVA Student Affairs professionals are not managing programs themselves, but are supporting students in designing and implementing the programs. Programmatic activities may include Student Engagement and Inclusion, Public Service, Housing & Residence Life, Orientation & New Student Programs, First Generation & Low Income Student Support, Multicultural Student Services and other programs supporting historically underserved students.

  • Candidates must have the following required knowledge areas, skills and abilities:
    • Excellent judgment, ability to “think on their feet” and be nimble and flexible in high-stress situations/environments;
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, team members, and community/government agencies;
    • Resourceful and collaborative – able to connect and marshal resources across the institution.
    • Strong commitment to the division’s core values of academic rigor, honor, student self-governance, public service, diversity and multiculturalism, and health and wellness;
    • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging
    • Master’s degree or equivalent in Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration, or a degree in a relevant field such as Law
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive relevant experience
  • A competitive applicant for the Assistant Dean position will have many of the following preferred knowledge areas, skills and abilities:
    • A demonstrated mastery of managing student behavioral issues, providing outstanding student advising and support, and excelling in a fast-paced work environment with multiple competing priorities.
    • Knowledge of specific trends and issues affecting student affairs practice, including legal issues.
    • Understanding of psychological support and cognitive development models related to support and development of college students.
    • Strong knowledge of student affairs practices and student development as applied to a diverse range of programmatic areas.
    • Experience with assessment and data-driven decision-making
    • Excellent organizational skills;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills, with ability to present information/facilitate dialogue to a wide variety of stakeholders.

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $ 60,000 to $70,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

With a hiring freeze recently lifted and the fall semester fast-approaching, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by July 23, 2021, though positions will remain open until filled. Requested application materials include a letter of interest or cover letter; resume or curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential.

Located in central Virginia, the University of Virginia is a highly selective public research institution with a major commitment to undergraduate education. The student experience is grounded in the institutional core values of academic rigor, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, honor, public service and student self-governance. For more information about the University of Virginia and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer visit:

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women, racial minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.