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Associate Dean for Academic Life

Student Life


Reed College seeks a compassionate and strategic leader to be our next Associate Dean for Academic Life. The Associate Dean of Students for Academic Life provides strategic leadership and coordination of the development, implementation and evaluation of academic initiatives contributing to student success metrics, including student retention, progress toward graduation, and degree completion. The Associate Dean for Academic Life is responsible for overseeing the following departments: Disability and Accessibility Resources (DAR), Academic Support and International Student Services. This position reports to the Dean of Students.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Serving in on-call rotation with other student life professionals is a requirement of this role. Community is essential to a Reed education, so staff perform their work on campus. This is not a remote role. The salary for this position is $90,000 per year. 

Who You Are

  • You like to work with students and advocate for them. You enjoy meeting with students individually to provide them with resources and support.  
  • You have five years of experience working with students in an academic environment or in a profession directly related to student success and retention. 
  • You have experience coaching managers and colleagues. You are willing to engage with and support colleagues from all backgrounds.  
  • You have demonstrated experience with assessment. You are relentless in setting goals and realistic benchmarks to measure student success and retention. You are comfortable making decisions and providing feedback with assessment outcomes. You are not deterred by coming into an organization where assessment has not historically been practiced.
  • People would describe you as adaptable in new situations and environments. You are willing to engage with students on their ideas or requests for change. 
  • You are an effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with students, families, faculty and colleagues.
  • In your current role, you have developed strong professional relationships across all areas of the organization. You can build partnerships across campus with departments outside of student life. 
  • You are empathic. You show compassion when assisting students and their families.
  • You are able to understand and interpret data, specific to student success and retention. The idea of leveraging data for meaningful recommendations and action is more exciting than daunting. 
  • You can make meaning from data and brainstorm strategic ideas about how to address student retention.
  • You have a heart to serve students with specific and particular needs in order to help them navigate the Reed culture and be successful. 
  • You are clear about setting and communicating appropriate professional boundaries with students and colleagues and your work ethic supports that. 
  • You are committed to helping staff to identify and remove barriers to better serve students moving toward a more equitable student experience.  

What You’ll Do

  • Provide planning leadership and direction and develop short and long-range plans, goals, and objectives for student life, academic support, international student services, and accessibility resources. 
  • Monitor academic progress of all students and work with faculty advisers to provide academic assistance in support of retention and graduation. Provide direct support to students and faculty on a daily basis. Work with the faculty, admissions and other appropriate departments and committees in these areas.  
  • Assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of supervised staff.  Advise, assist and train supervised staff as necessary. Make decisions regarding the hiring, discipline, transfer, and termination of employees.
  • Program management assessment and evaluation.
  • Maintain and develop records and budgets. Oversee the financial well-being of supervised departments and monitor fiscal operations of programs. 

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.