Campus Dean of Students

New Haven, CT
Full Time
CT State Gateway


Posted: March 13, 2024
Level: Management / Confidential (Mgr3) 
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with materials submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, receiving priority consideration.


CT State Gateway 
20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510
**This position is not remote**
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CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The college supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, and advances positive change for the students, communities and industries it serves.

CT State Community College Vision:

Connecticut State Community College is recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

Connecticut State Community College commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date: 

July 2024

Position Summary*:

The Campus Dean of Students is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the campus's student affairs/services functions in close collaboration with the campus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the CT State administration. Through collaborative work with the campus leadership team, the Dean of Students ensures that all out-of-classroom campus services operate effectively and develops strong relationships with staff and faculty. They shall ensure that students can access all buildings and services necessary to support student success at the campus.  

The Campus Dean of Students will oversee and manage the following campus functions:

  • Student Code of Conduct and Procedures
  • Title IX
  • Disability Services
  • Wellness Services/Counseling
  • Campus Behavioral Intervention Team
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Bookstore
  • Veteran’s Services
  • Food Pantry
  • Testing and Tutoring Services
  • Recruitment and Enrollment Management
The Dean will collaborate with campus leadership and central administrative staff to ensure that the needs of the students on the campus are met for the following functions:
  • Access to admissions, onboarding registration, and financial aid.
  • Student Support programs including but not limited to activities that address food and housing insecurity, mental health, and childcare.
  • Guided Pathways advising
  • Campus Safety
*The position summary and associated job duties are currently under review.

Example of Job Duties:

The following examples of duties and accountabilities illustrate the general range of responsibilities assigned to the position but are not intended to limit the required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the broad scope of the position.     

  • Student Support Services
    • The Dean is responsible for directing activities supporting student development and implementing all compliance policies and processes.
  • Student Relationships
    • The Dean is accountable for building and ensuring a safe and educational campus climate and assuring that students have all appropriate resources available to complete their academic program successfully.
  • Collaboration with Academic Affairs
    • The Dean will work closely with the Dean of Faculty to ensure that the academic and classroom needs of students on the campus or met by working together to create a supportive educational environment, respond to student issues with instructors under the leadership of the Dean of Faculty and working collaborate with appropriate academic leadership.
  • Hiring, evaluation, and professional development
    • The Dean of Students is accountable to the campus President/CEO for the assessment of hiring needs within the campuses and the direction of recruitment, evaluation, and ongoing support of all administrative staff in the student services at the campus.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities
    • The Dean is accountable for fiscal planning related to campus activities and strategic needs of the campus.
  • Community Relationships
    • The Dean is accountable for developing and maintaining connectivity between the Campus and the community, state, and national organizations.
  • Public Relations
    • The Dean will support the campus President/CEO in maintaining community connections, communicating event information, and coordinating campus activities that are open to the general public.
  • Recruitment and Enrollment
    • The Dean is responsible for directing local area recruitment efforts and the student enrollment process under a “One Stop Model” of operations.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.).

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in an appropriately related higher education field with four (4) or more years of managerial experience in Student Affairs/Higher Education, including two (2) years of supervisory experience or a combination of education, training and experience which would provide the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties. 

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Doctoral degree.
It is preferred that the Dean have knowledge and qualifications in many of the below areas:
  • Evidence of knowledge and skills in developing and implementing student conduct matters.
  • Planning, developing, and evaluating academic and student services and programs.
  • Relevant experience in associate degree education and demonstrated understanding of a comprehensive community college.
  • Experience and working knowledge of regional and specialized accreditation, professional standards, and certifications/accreditations relevant to campus services and programming.
  • Leading, directing, and evaluating student support staff in a higher education environment.
  • Management of operating budgets and plans.
  • Research, information, and computer literacy skills, including but limited to:
    • Development of databases in support of outcomes assessment
    • Data analysis and interpretation
    • Evidence-based decision making
  • Proven leadership ability and demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of members of the College community, including those with disabilities.
  • Effective at operating in a matrixed environment with teams from other areas within the college
  • Proven success at problem-solving.

Starting Salary:

$114,110 to $142,637 (midpoint) approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable. 

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter may be entered as text in the corresponding box, or it can be uploaded as a combined file with the resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, PhD, MSW, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ([email protected]).



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