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Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life & Campus Safety

Posted: March 5, 2021

Title:               Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life & Campus Safety
Department:  Student Life
Supervisor:   Dean of Students
Category:      Staff
Status/Type:  Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary: The Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life & Campus Safety plays an essential role in creating a sense of belonging and community, and advocating for and responding to the needs of up to 200 residential undergraduate students. The Assistant Dean provides direct supervision to the Coordinator of Campus Housing and the Campus Security Manager and general supervision to a team of hourly and student employees.  This position oversees the day-to-day operations of the Department of Residence Life, including housing contracts, room assignments and changes, cancellations, withdrawals, fee assessments, housing exemptions, and the training and selection processes for resident assistants (RAs). The Assistant Dean is responsible for Clery reporting and Title IX compliance.  In addition, the Assistant Dean of Students follows a leadership model that practices values based and community policing principles when responding to the needs of the campus community. In following this model, the Assistant Dean practices leadership that is collaborative, creative, adaptive, based on influence, is multi-directional, non-coercive and provides services with the understanding that leaders, followers, and participants develop a common purpose to achieve mutual goals.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. 
  2. A minimum of 5 years of proven effectiveness and progressive professional development in student life services. 
  3. Ability to occasionally work evenings or weekends. 
  4. Demonstrated computer and technological skills 
  5. Outstanding people, presentation, and communication skills. 
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated management and organizational skills.
  2. Excellent counseling, problem solving, and referral skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility to complete assigned tasks.
  4. Experience working within a diverse setting with faculty, student affairs staff, students, and family members.


Essential Responsibilities:


  1. Supervises all administrative processing of housing, including but not limited to: contracts, room assignments, room changes, cancellations, withdrawals, fee assessments, housing exemptions, and training and selection processes
  2. Responds to critical incidents on campus.
  3. Collaborates with campus partners to support major campus programs such as but not limited to New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and Sexual Assault Prevention Month.
  4. Acts as liaison between Student Conduct and Residence Life, completing training of Residence Life staff on all conduct policies and procedures.
  5. Maintains a high visibility in the hall and with residents and is approachable and compassionate with all students; knows names and pertinent information about residents.
  6. Addresses student incident reports pertaining to campus housing.
  7. Relies on data to recommend changes to systems, policies, and services.
  8. Supervises Residence Life Coordinator 
  9. Manages Residence Life budget.



  1. Serve as an on-call contact and responds to after-hours emergencies.
  2. Ensures accuracy of Title IX institutional data and oversees compliance with required reporting under applicable state and federal laws; maintains all case files according to established procedures and ensure the Title IX website is updated.
  3. Provides educational programs to the campus community regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault outlining their rights and obligations under Title IX.
  4. Annually, coordinates, helps tailor, and implements the university’s bystander intervention training (Bringing in the Bystander) for students, staff, and faculty.
  5. Manages compliance with federal, state and local reporting requirements, including the Clery Act.
  6. Provides regular training to Resident Assistants and professional staff, including training on Maxient student conduct software and mandatory reporting.
  7. Conducts grant research and prepares and submits requests for funding when appropriate.
  8. Chairs Emergency Management Committee.
  9. Manages Safety and Security budget.
  10. Supervises Safety and Security Manager.
  11. Support institutional identity and mission of Finlandia University “as a learning Community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service”

Application Procedure:

Finlandia University participates in the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

As a learning community Finlandia University recognizes and affirms the dignity and worth of all people and cultures. We will strive to provide an institutional climate that does not perpetuate or tolerate forms of discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a qualified and diverse faculty, staff and student body. 

Finlandia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, religion, veteran status, familial status, height, weight, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law in admissions, employment, athletics, programs, and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or gender equity concerns: Fredi deYampert, Title IX Coordinator, (906) 487-7301, fredi.deYampert@finlandia.edu


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