Dean of Students

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College
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Claremont, California

Claremont McKenna College (CMC), a world-renowned national liberal arts institution within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, seeks a student-focused leader to serve as its next Dean of Students (DOS). CMC's mission is to prepare its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions, and to support faculty and student scholarship that contribute to intellectual vitality and the understanding of public policy issues. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the DOS is an essential leader in the daily life and program of the College, ensuring a close-knit community of critically-minded and responsible student leaders are engaged in a vibrant academic and social culture, and making meaning of their many curricular, co-curricular, residential, and professional experiences.

CMC currently enrolls approximately 1400 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. Uniquely positioned in higher education, CMC has ambitions to develop the world's most influential and entrepreneurial leaders and has the capacity to attract the very best students due to a clarity of mission, its top ranking for return on investment, and their commitment to supporting a diverse student body. The College has long been one of the most selective undergraduate institutions in the nation and has been consistently rated among the top national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

The next DOS will have the opportunity to serve as a strategic partner to the VPSA and other dedicated and highly collaborative senior leaders at CMC who enjoy deeply engaging with students and are committed to ensuring their success. The DOS will provide intellectual leadership to ensure the success and wellbeing of all students, while also ensuring CMC's social life reflects the broad range of perspectives and attitudes of our diverse student body. The DOS will provide collaborative leadership and support a transformational approach to student affairs work to continue to position the College as a leading academic institution with a close-knit community of thoughtful, productive, and responsible leaders who are prepared for a global society.

CMC seeks a highly collaborative DOS with a minimum of 10 years of higher education administration experience, preferably working in a college environment, and at least 5 years or commensurate experience in a liberal arts environment working directly with students is desirable. A graduate degree is required, with a doctorate degree in education, student affairs, counseling, education administration and leadership, or related field preferred.

The DOS will also be expected to:

• Serve on campus-wide committees and initiatives such as the Academic Standards Committee, the Open Academy Advisory Committee, staff search committees, etc.;
• Manage the on-call dean system, including training, real-time consultations with on-call deans, leading the weekly on-call debrief meetings, and serving on-call as necessary;
• Conduct research on student life and make presentations about student life at the College for a variety of audiences, including prospective and current families, CMC trustees, staff, and faculty;
• Work closely with the Dean of the Faculty's Office to integrate and align academic and co-curricular opportunities; and
• Serve as a student conduct officer for conduct conferences and conduct investigation and review cases. Serve as sanctioning officer when designated by VPSA.

The anticipated salary range for the role is $160-175K, plus housing provided in Arbol Verde, $70 monthly technology stipend, and access of up to 10 meals per week in the dining hall. The DOS is expected to be on-site during the academic year, with flexibility during the summer.

Claremont McKenna College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Lindsay Gold, Brian Burbank, and Julia Hochner
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.


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