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Interim Deputy to the Associate VP for Student Engagement and Dean of Students

Johns Hopkins University
Waverly, MD
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Pharmaceutical, Senior Management
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The Department of Student Life is seeking an Interim Deputy to the Associate VP for Student Engagement and Dean of Students (AVPDOS) who will report directly to the Associate Vice Provost and serves as a key member of the AVPDOS' leadership team. This position will help lead the organization, implementation, and oversight of key strategic initiatives and projects, and serve as a liaison for the AVPDOS to various stakeholders across the institution. This position will work closely with all relevant institutional departments and university-wide constituents, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, families, and friends. The Deputy to the AVPDOS serves as the initial point of contact for the Dean's office in her absence and coordinates with the appropriate members of the Vice Provost's Cabinet, Student Affairs Directors, and others to respond to critical and time-sensitive issues. This senior staff role requires strong organizational and collaboration skills, strategic planning abilities, high emotional intelligence, and ability to navigate political environments. The incumbent must have a background in higher education.

The Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Dean of Students is responsible for many student services that complement the academic infrastructure including student activities, campus programming and traditions, student centers, new student orientation, events and scheduling, civic and democratic engagement, and response to student crises.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities
  • Support the AVPDOS in leading the operations of their portfolio, working in close consultation with the departmental directors.
  • Assist with managing key initiatives and special projects as assigned by the AVPDOS.
  • Lead and/or co-lead key initiatives and special projects.
  • Provide direct support to the AVPDOS, their senior leadership team, and other departmental leaders to develop, implement, and support programs that promote the functions of the Office of the AVPDOS.
  • Assist with managing requests and issues that come to the AVPDOS with a high level of confidentiality, discretion, and professionalism.
  • Provide direct support to the AVPDOS in the management and timely resolution of significant matters including but not limited to the deceased student response protocol, outreach to students impacted by natural disasters, student demonstrations, etc.
  • Assists with the assessment and evaluation of programs and services; information gathering and analysis; drafting correspondence; report writing, and data visualization.
  • On an as-needed basis, provide leadership to departments in the AVPDOS portfolio during times of growth and transition.
  • Represent the AVPDOS in engaging with students, families, administration, faculty, staff, and the public as requested by the AVPDOS.
  • Represent the AVPDOS on internal and external committees as requested by the AVPDOS.
  • Serve as the initial point of contact for the Dean's office in their absence to coordinate with the appropriate members of the Vice Provost's Cabinet and others to respond to critical and time-sensitive issues.
  • Interface regularly with the Chief of Staff to the Vice Provost of Student Affairs around communication requests and other requests.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders and campus partners.
  • Stay abreast of national trends relative to student engagement and student affairs.
  • Review content published by Hopkins student publications on a weekly basis and keep the AVPDOS and Chief of Staff abreast of any content that may be of interest to the VPSA and other University leadership.
  • Participate in the selection process for senior-level management positions and make recommendations to the Dean regarding the selection of individuals to fill such positions.
  • Develop briefings, reports, and web content for the AVPDOS.
  • May require evening and weekend hours.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Organizational savvy.
  • Strong problem-solving skill.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong decision-making and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large and complex initiatives to successful completion.
  • Project management.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Program development and implementation.
  • Flexible, highly skilled and independently able to handle appropriate matters as assigned by the Dean.
  • Knowledge of university policy and experience writing and implementing policy.
  • Knowledge of office management principles and procedures.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated decision-making skills in high-profile, stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated curiosity and ability to innovate.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large and complex initiatives to successful completion.
  • Experience working in an institution of higher education, especially in a student affairs role.
  • Ability to thrive and bring order and direction to ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise discretion and mature judgment and manage multiple priorities at once.
  • Ability to work well with a variety of people in assessing system strengths and weaknesses.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to partner cross-functionally with other departments.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree required in student affairs, student development, counseling or a related area.
  • Minimum 5 years progressively responsible related experience in a higher education setting.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional experience may substitute for required education as permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Eight (8) or more years in higher education is preferred.

Classified Title: Special Assistant, Student Services
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Interim Deputy to the Associate VP for Student Engagement and Dean of Students
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE
Starting Salary Range: Min $72,600 - Max $127,000 Annually ($113,786 targeted; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Mon - Fir, 8:30am - 5pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Homewood Campus
Department name: Student Life
Personnel area: University Student Services

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

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