Associate Dean of Students

Emory University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for its inaugural Associate Dean of Students role focusing on crisis and care.

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Belonging, Engagement and Community and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS), Dr. Kristina Bethea Odejimi, the Associate Dean of Students will serve as a key member of the newly formed Dean of Students Office leadership team, providing visionary, strategic, and operational leadership to ensure all Emory University students have access to essential needs, resources, and support systems for academic and personal success. Oversight includes direct supervision of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) and Student Case Management and Intervention Services (SCMIS). With oversight of a $1.5M portfolio including 12 full-time staff, the Associate Dean of Students will be charged with creating and executing a vision for crisis, care systems and structures that extends across Campus Life and the University enterprise; supporting the evolution of work and oversight for OSC and SCMIS; build a centralized student leave and re-entry process; and championing the role of the new Office of the Dean of Students with on and off campus partners and constituents. Additionally, the Associate Dean of Students plays an active role in a variety of multidisciplinary teams, including Bias Support Services (BSS), the University CARE Team, the Leave Review Team, and the Threat Assessment Team (TAT).

The Associate Dean of Students will be an experienced, collaborative, and agile leader who builds enduring relationships both internally and externally on behalf of the University. The Associate Dean of Students will have a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in the daily lives of students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs; keen understanding of the legal landscape and its impact on student affairs; and a strong grounding in best practices that will contribute to the manifestation of an environment of belonging at Emory, leading to the attraction, enrollment and persistence to graduation of a student population who felt wholly engaged in the life of the university and not only satisfied with their experiences but ready for the next phase of their lives. The successful candidate will have a master's degree in higher education administration or a related field in combination with at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership roles in higher education or related fields as well as experience supervising and developing director-level staff; a terminal degree is preferred.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 1836, Emory University has an international reputation for world-renowned scholarship and research, unparalleled teaching, and a preeminent medical center that provides students with the access to, and opportunity for, hands-on learning experiences with researchers and scholars. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1995, the university benefits from collaboration across its nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. These schools include the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health and Candler School of Theology. With approximately 16,000 students, including more than 8,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate and professional students, Emory attracts students from every state and more than 100 countries. In collaboration with student affairs leads in academic units, the Associate Dean of Students serves all students from all academic disciplines.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited for this role. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile . WittKieffer is assisting Emory University with this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. Expeditious application is encouraged for this role.

Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Meredith Davis, Ph.D. at:

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status.

Inquiries should be directed to the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Telephone: 404.727.9867 (V) | 404.712.2049 (TDD).

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