Dean of Students

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University

Dean of Students

Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University (NSU) is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. NSU is a public, comprehensive university with an enrollment of 5,400 students located in Norfolk, Virginia, a city of 300,000 along the Chesapeake Bay. NSU offers 31 undergraduate, 17 master’s, three doctoral degree programs, and many programs within its academic colleges, schools, and units. In the last decade, NSU has invested significant resources in the campus infrastructure, which led to the construction of a new student center, residential hall community, and several academic buildings. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, assumed the role of President at NSU and is committed to the success of students, strengthening the university infrastructure, and taking the University to the level of national prominence and excellence.

The Position

Reporting to the vice president of student affairs and a member of the division’s executive leadership team, the dean of students is responsible for creating a culture of learning and engagement for NSU students that contributes to personal development, retention, graduation, and overall student success. The dean of students serves as the lead in crisis response, working closely with the chief of police and other staff across the University in responding to situations on and off campus. In addition, the dean supervises four staff, including a director of student conduct, a student conduct coordinator, an administrative assistant, and the Student Advocate/Family Programs. The dean also oversees Counseling Services, Wellness, and OASIS (the Office of Accessibility Services and International Students).


A master’s degree in higher education or student development and at least seven years of related experience in student affairs, with five years at the director level or above (an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered) are required. The successful candidate will possess high personal motivation, self-management, detail orientation, and strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail. Demonstrated knowledge of student success strategies and interventions, strong written and spoken communication skills, and experience in crisis management and student conduct are necessary. The dean must be motivated to be a change agent, with success in effecting large-scale change in previous organizations. Further, the successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, and administration. Outstanding supervisory skills, the ability to work independently and to delegate responsibility, maintain a professional demeanor and uphold confidentiality, and to problem-solve and manage conflict are required of the next dean.

Preferred qualifications include a doctorate in higher education, student affairs, or related field and previous experience at the assistant/associate Dean level.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 7, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The public salary range is $100K – $110K, with relocation assistance and a comprehensive benefit package.

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It is the policy of Norfolk State University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, gender, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation. The University is cognizant of all statues and regulations mandating requirements of equal opportunity and affirmative action and the University, its employees and agents adhere to practices and procedures to insure equal opportunity for all.


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