Dean, Student Services

Lamar State College - Port Arthur - Port Arthur, TX

The Dean of Student Services is the chief student services officer and reports to the President. The Dean of Student Services has overall responsibility of providing leadership, management, and supervision for student services programs, student services personnel, student financial aid, recruiting and retention strategies, and enrollment management practices. The Dean also works to respond to student needs, provides public information to the community, plans for limited advertising, coordinates security for the campus, and fosters institutional development.

A Master’s degree in education, counseling/student services, a teaching discipline aligned with the college’s instructional program, or a closely related field; and increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience in one or more areas of student services; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Doctorate in higher education/educational administration/higher education leadership, counseling/student services, a teaching discipline aligned with the college’s instructional program, or a closely related field with a minimum of seven years increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience in one or more areas of student services and equivalent combination of education and experience with at least three years of experience at the Dean’s level (or equivalent) or higher. Demonstrated understanding of and experience with the assessment of student learning outcomes. Experience with strategic planning and implementation, resource development and allocation, personnel and faculty development, management, and initiation of change. Knowledge and experience with SACSCOC accreditation requirements and processes; knowledge and experience with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and guidelines.

Demonstrated understanding of, a commitment to: community college mission and purpose; teaching and learning; high academic standard; and student success. Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and programs; knowledge of student due process policies/procedures; knowledge and understanding of the current issues and trends in student affairs and student development. Knowledge and understanding of evaluation techniques and methods; skill in supervisory practices and techniques. Strong computer skills; skills in technological support and delivery of student programs and services; knowledge and skill in the use of integrated software systems; and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows, Argos, Banner and/or PeopleAdmin software. Knowledge of mediation and/or conflict resolution strategies and methods; skill in mediating disputes between students, staff and student, staff and student/parents and community representatives. Skill in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with all segments of the college; ability to develop collaboration among diverse groups; ability to think ‘outside of the box’ and to lead and manage change. This position is a 40 hour per week position. Ability to communicate effectively; skilled in presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing. Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse student populations.

1. Knowledge of policies and procedures and laws related to higher education.
2. Good verbal written communication skills.
3. Good time management skills.
4. Ethical and professional behavior.
5. Awareness of national issues and trends.
6. Computer literate.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Travel is required. Work primarily, but not exclusively, in a climate controlled environment with minimal safety/health hazard potential or work hazards; however, there are sometimes stressful conditions.

1. Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy materials weighing up to approximately 25 to 30 pounds. 2. Work may require sitting, near vision use for reading and computer use, lifting, stooping, bending, stretching, walking, standing, pushing, pulling, reaching, and other physical exertion. 3. Ability to meet a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends. 4. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Apply online at: Please provide three (3) professional reference with their e-mail and contact information. Please Note: A criminal background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be competed in full detail (including work history) for your qualifications to be considered. Failure to complete the application completely may result in you not being considered for the vacant position. Your application for the position will not be complete until you receive an online confirmation number at the end of the process of applying for a position.

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