Montclair State University

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

3 months ago
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will manage the College’s responsibilities in the areas of academic and career advising and engagement, as well as recruitment and retention of an academically strong and diverse student body. In addition, the Assistant Dean will be the liaison to University offices of the Registrar, Admissions and the Center for Academic Advising. The Assistant Dean will manage the Student Affairs staff and join the Dean’s Leadership team to plan and implement College activities for students.


  • Manage the College’s responsibilities in the areas of academic and career advisement and engagement, as well as in recruitment and retention.
  • Initiate and support the development of appropriate extra-curricular engagement programing that is sensitive to the foundations of the liberal arts and yet purposeful in supporting student success in their academic programs and in their development of career plans.
  • Coordinate departmental advising, providing support to the department chairs and faculty advising coordinators.
  • Manage and support the Dean’s Office in providing advising to students with issues that cannot be resolved at the department level, including the resolution of grade appeals.
  • Manage open houses and transfer events, including recruitment of appropriate faculty and coordination with Admissions on College messaging
  • Communicate Dean’s Office messages to incoming and current students, from welcoming new freshmen to surveying graduating students.
  • Monitor departmental and program undergraduate schedules for enrollment in general education and program required courses, and for appropriate use of human resources.
  • Work with University Advising to plan for transfer enrollments, mandatory advising, and non-registered student outreach.
  • Assist in the coordination of Commencement, the Student Research Symposium, and other major student activities.
  • Serve on key committees within the College and University.
  • Supervise a staff of four career and academic advising professional staff; recruit interns and student assistants to support student affairs activities.
  • Provide input to the faculty as they develop and re-develop academic programs that are responsive to contemporary students’ needs and interests and developing career opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


  • MA or MS degree required, preferably in a discipline from within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 5 to 10 years of experience in higher education positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and experience working with faculty and academic affairs as well as staff in student affairs and other university offices.
  • Experience with management, and demonstrated ability to motivate, support, and manage direct reports.
  • Experience supporting students with diverse experiences and backgrounds, with programming or initiative building experience designed for under-represented populations desirable.
  • The ability to contribute to a collegial and collaborative academic environment.
  • Strong communication skills, able to listen as well as talk to a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Familiarity and facility with learning university administrative software such as Banner, Canvas, and Cognos.


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