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Posting ID : 2479
Apply By : 5/15/2013
Position Title : Dean of Students (Brantford Campus)
Department : Student Affairs
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Vice-President: Student Affairs
Position Summary : Reporting to the Vice-President Student Affairs, the Dean of Students (Brantford Campus) is accountable for shaping, developing and engaging the student community in Laurier Brantford of approximately 3,000 undergraduates, including 150 Laurier English Academic Foundations (LEAF) students, 25 graduate students through student leadership, development, life and engagement. Responsibility is assigned for the planning and implementation of educationally purposeful programs and developmentally meaningful activities intended to shape and broaden the student experience.

Working with the Laurier Student Affairs team of colleagues in Brantford and in Waterloo, and in collaboration with faculty, staff, student organizations and alumni, the Dean of Students will nurture and develop effective relationships and will be the primary university liaison with student leaders, having ultimate stewardship for the WLUSU, WLUGSA, WLUSP. Responsibility will include supporting students and their various developmental and critical needs, the Student Code of Conduct and serve as chair for the Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT).

The Dean of Students will provide leadership and supervision to the Assistant to the Dean of Students, Manager, Residence; Manager, Wellness Centre; and the Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator. Budget responsibilities accompany the Student Affairs portfolio at the Laurier, Brantford campus.

The Dean of Students is a member of the Laurier, Brantford campus senior management team and works in close association with all faculty and staff.

The Dean of Students is responsible for the effective management of the Student Affairs Administration Agreement (SAAA).

Developing relationships with the other academic institutions located in Brantford is critical. Nipissing, Conestoga, Mohawk and McMaster are all institutions present within the downtown community.
Accountabilities : 1. Stewardship of the Quality of Student Life:
• Stimulating a student experience that puts learning and personal development at the heart of the student experience;
• Promotes student leadership development and involvement including: volunteering, peer to peer mentoring, student/faculty interaction, student centred learning, and experiences with diversity;
• Encouraging students to devote more time and effort to their learning as scholars, and nurturing the development of learning and support networks so that students can be self aware achieve academic success;

2. Vision, Planning and Leadership of Student Affairs
• Directs, Plans and strategically manages the vision of Student Affairs, with a multi-campus lens, through development of goals, action plans and evaluation methods
• Structures, builds and initiates services and programs to develop a leading edge student services comprehensive operation
• Directs priorities to align student affairs with the Laurier, Brantford campus strategic plan.
• Manages and is actively involved with any new construction needed for the continued growth in student services

3. Student Leadership and Recognition:
• Supporting and facilitating meaningful leadership development, competencies, skills, while engaged in service and volunteering that emphasizes reflection, learning and academic integration;
• “SERVE” recognizing service, education, reflection, volunteering and engagement.

4. Student Programming:
• Planning and implementation of educationally purposeful and developmentally meaningful programs and involvement opportunities intended to shape and broaden student engagement that align with desired student learning outcomes, institutional values and expectations of Laurier graduating students
• Work closely with WLUSU on the development and implementation of an effective Orientation Program that meets the diverse needs of the Laurier, Brantford campus student population.

5. Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment:
• Leading the adoption of student learning outcomes for all student involvement initiatives, resulting in enhanced learning in experiential activities;
• Measuring the impact of student engagement on student success and communicating empirical evidence of significance.
• An active member of the First-Year Experience Task Force, a committee designed at researching best practice and implementing a cohesive and intentional first year experience program.

6. Student Liaison and Support
• Primary liaison with student government, working closely with WLUSU and WLUGSA on planning and delivery of undergraduate and graduate transition programs, student involvement and activities.
• Champion student rights, advocacy, promote responsible student behaviour and personal integrity through conflict resolution and restorative justice practices.
• Collaborate with Faculty and Staff at Laurier, Brantford campus to increase the overall awareness of who our student body is and how we can best support them in their academic and personal endeavours.

7. Crisis Management:
• Ultimately responsible for taking charge in crisis management situations involving individual students and groups. Will develop well-established reporting lines during a crisis that informs the VP Student Affairs, Special Constable Services, Academic Deans, Senior Executive Officer, and the Wilfrid Laurier University as appropriate.
• Member of the EOG Team

8. Student Code of Conduct:
• Overarching responsibility, in conjunction with the Assistant to the Dean of Students for student behaviour and the implementation of the Student Code of Conduct.
• Establishes best practice, policy, trains and supervises the Appeals Committee in collaboration with the Assistant to the Dean of Students, Dean of Students (Waterloo), and the Manager, Leadership Centre. Also works with this team to update, refine, and implement the Laurier Student Code of Conduct

9. Collaboration:
• Highly Accessible, available and on call when necessary;
• Establishes excellent working relationships with Mohawk College, Nipissing University, Conestoga College, McMaster University and any future related College and University that we partner with, to collaborate of offer Student Services and to enhance cooperation between all institutions;
• Establish a relationship with the City of Brantford to maintain and enhance Laurier Brantford’s reputation, community involvement and contribution to the greater Brantford Community;
• Represents the campus on the Brantford “Town and Gown” committee.
Qualifications :
  • Doctoral or Masters Degree preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in a leadership role focussed on student support and development in a post-secondary environment.
  • Minimum five (5) years experience providing direct leadership and supervision to senior staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement new programs and interact effectively at all levels within the organization.
  • Proven ability to build and sustain a positive/meaningful relationship with various stakeholder groups
  • Keeps abreast of, and is knowledgeable of, developing trends in the sector
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Outstanding leadership competencies (including quality management, motivation, building team sprit)
  • Empathy, understanding and supportive characteristics
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of the post secondary student experience
  • Ability to manage a budget effectively and seek out opportunities for collaboration to improve services to students
  • Superior conflict resolution and problem solving abilities
  • Crisis management skills
  • Creative, innovative and collaborative
  • Available and approachable
Grade : MG-3A
Salary : $82,300 – $103,000/year
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Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority.  To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007.

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