Dean of Students

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee have it all. Join the UWM family and the Milwaukee community and grow professionally and personally in your career and life. As the most diverse institution in the University of Wisconsin System, we’re a learning destination for nearly 26,000 students. First-generation college students arrive here straight from high school, or years later – after starting families, changing careers or serving in the military. We make learning accessible at every age, stage of life and location. At UWM, we all share the motivation to learn and to excel. We value unique perspectives and possess the talent and desire to nurture ideas that make global impact. The comforts and connections of a major metropolitan city meet the resources and expertise of a world-class research institution at UW-Milwaukee.

The Dean of Students reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and provides leadership, direction, and oversight for the Dean of Students Office which includes student support and advocacy; student development, student rights and responsibilities, student conduct; ombuds functions; and emergency preparedness and response. The Dean of Students promotes a campus culture that supports and enhances students’ personal and academic success, a campus community that is caring and accessible for students, faculty, and staff, and an office environment that inspires and motivates staff to provide exemplary services to members of the University community.

Job Summary

The Dean of Students is responsible for supporting students through personal, community, and academic development culminating in a transformative learning experience. The Dean creates opportunities for students to be academically successful and challenges students to be independent, responsible learners, and the Dean’s Office implements programs and services that promote a sense of belonging for every student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Further, the Dean of Students is responsible for effective collaboration with the faculty, academic departments and student leaders to help students better understand their learning environment; identifying and communicating student opinions to the faculty and administration and, at the same time, communicating and explaining the reasons underlying university policies and regulations to students; providing leadership for student-oriented functions that promote civility, celebrate diversity and promote an inclusive campus climate; providing consultation on student conflict resolution, student due process and appeals. More generally, the Dean broadly supports the Senior Student Affairs Officer by coordinating special projects and attending official functions as required.

The position requires a commitment to the ideals and principles of student development and leadership development; multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity; strong human relations skills and high emotional intelligence; effective management, motivation, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or terminal degree in Higher Education Field
At Least seven years progressively responsible and relevant experience in student affairs and/or student life post master’s degree

Preferred Qualifications

• A demonstrated record of successful leadership that is visionary, collaborative, and team-oriented preferably within a university with a highly diverse student population.
• Progressively responsible management experience including supervision of professional staff, direct oversight of budgetary resources
• Experience providing programs and services that improve student success and retention, including experience with providing programs and services for multicultural and multi-identity students
• Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with persons of diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, international, and LGBTQ populations within a social justice framework.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and coordinate complex administrative operations
• Demonstrated problem-solving and crisis management skills including ability to communicate effectively with students, family, and community members in crisis and duress
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships and teams with diverse individuals and across a large organization
• Demonstrated ability to provide consultation on student conflict resolution, student due process, and conduct appeals

Application Instructions

This is a continuous recruitment with the initial screening of candidates to begin on September 25, 2018. Applications received after September 24, 2018 may not receive consideration.

Completed application materials must include a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience and knowledge as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications as listed above, a professional resume; and a document listing the names and contact information for three professional references.

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether he/she meets any of the qualifications, he/she will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

All application materials will be further evaluated as evidence of excellent written communication skills. Candidates chosen for an interview will be required to submit official college transcripts. 

For this position, applicants are required to apply online directly at UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.  

Contact Information 
Michelle Hamberlin
Division of Student Affairs

AA/EO Statement
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.