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ASSISTANT DEAN FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS INITIATIVES | CLASS DEAN
Office of Dean of Students
A strong compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate, including a salary based on qualifications and experience, an excellent benefits package and a tuition benefit for eligible dependents. An offer of employment is contingent upon a positive background investigation report.
Oberlin has engaged in a two-year strategic planning and re/visioning process related to health and wellness resources and initiatives. We are currently developing a vision that integrates physical with mental and emotional health and wellness. This vision also combines strong clinical care with an emphasis on education and outreach programs especially peer-to-peer support and mentoring initiatives. There are also initiatives under way as part of the institution’s capital campaign to renovate and build new facilities that will enhance physical wellness resources and help integrate them with efforts related to mental and emotional health and wellness. This position will be a key member of new health and wellness initiatives and play an important role collaborating and coordinating with personnel and curricular and co-curricular resources inside and outside of the Division of Student Life.
This position requires a specialist with a strong academic background preferably in advising and mentoring who will function as a class dean, supporting, advising, and guiding the development of students related to academic as well as social and personal matters that can impact academic performance. The position also requires a generalist with a background in the field of health and wellness. A demonstrated track record of successful experience working on the coordination and development of a vision that integrates the physical, mental, and emotional well being of students is strongly desired. Specific areas of experience could include, but are not limited to: academic advising with experience or interest in the impact of personal concerns on academic performance, addressing the evolving developmental opportunities and challenges of emerging adults, developing and strengthening resiliency and life skills among students and student communities, developing health leadership and promotion competencies and capacities as a leader outside of and especially within a collaborative context, supporting students with disabilities, promoting mentorship and peer education of students, and conducting ongoing assessment projects.
Responsibilities: Specific duties include, but are not limited to: serving as a class dean connecting the class dean system to health and wellness efforts; helping to plan and implement, as part of a team of professionals inside and outside of the division, health and wellness education and outreach programs for students including students with disabilities; coordinating and expanding peer mentoring programs and initiatives related to health and wellness; collaborating and helping to coordinate the efforts of numerous offices and resource systems inside the division like the Office of Student Wellness, Counseling Center and Student Health Services, Disability Support Services, Dean of Students Office, Student Academic Services, and Class Dean System and outside the division like Athletics, Dean of Studies Office, and Conservatory Deans Office; participating as a member of the emergency on-call staff as a dean on-call; and complete other duties as assigned
Master’s degree required in higher education, counseling, community health education, disability services, social work, or related academic or professional field; 4-5 years of experience in a professional setting; awareness and track record of success working with, supporting, and advocating for diverse communities including communities historically underrepresented in higher education; ability to work collaboratively with a range of constituencies and partners including students, coaches, staff, faculty and alumni; strong professional skills including supervisory experience, demonstrated ability to solve problems and show leadership within a team context; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; strong computer skills; ability to work independently; experience and willingness to engage in outreach and education especially with students.
Doctorate degree in higher education, counseling, community health education, disability services, social work or related academic or professional field; experience in college support services including people with disabilities; experience teaching in higher education; experience with program development and implementation especially mentoring programs and initiatives; and experience within a liberal arts setting.
Oberlin is a highly selective residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music located in Northeast Ohio, with easy access to the city of Cleveland and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Together the two divisions enroll approximately 2,850 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin was the first college in America to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission - traditions that live on today in advancements in environmentally sustainable community living and in the College’s ongoing commitment to a residential community of learning where scholarship, artistry, access, diversity, and inclusion are central to the curricular and co-curricular educational experience. As a college and as a conservatory of music, Oberlin is committed to academic and artistic endeavor within the context of a rigorous and supportive student-oriented educational environment.
Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong
institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect of differences based on gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Oberlin was the first co-educational institution to grant bachelor’s degrees to women and historically has been a leader in the education of African Americans; the college was also among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our administration
Required Application Materials
Complete applications include a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information including email addresses for at least three references. By providing this information, you agree that we may contact your references. Applications should be sent to: Assistant Dean/Class Dean Search, Office of the Dean of Students, Wilder Hall 105, 135 W. Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074 by May 22, 2012. Position will remain open until filled.
May 22nd, 2013. Position will remain open until filled.
Send Applications To:
Assistant Dean/Class Dean Search
Dean of Students Office, 105 Wilder Hall, 135 W Lorain St
Oberlin, OH 44074
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