Assistant Dean of Student Success

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative, Staff

Position Title: Assistant Dean of Student Success  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

37000 - Pharmacy Deans Office

Advertised Salary: $140,000 - $150,000. Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements.  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The Assistant Dean of Student Success (ADSS) is responsible for directing and coordinating the College's Office of Student Success and provides leadership to ensure compliance with all accreditation standards related to student services. Specific responsibilities related to student success include overseeing recruitment, admissions, student advising, and development and analysis of key metrics that assess student success, well-being, and belonging. The ADSS will provide leadership in planning of key student experiences such as orientation, career fairs, ceremonial events (ex: White Coat Ceremony, Doctoral Hooding Ceremony). In addition, it is expected that a collaborative work environment with College and University faculty, staff, and administration, as well as College committees, will be established. Limited instructional responsibilities as determined to be appropriate based on expertise and academic background. Pursuit of research/scholarly activities is encouraged.
The anticipated start date of this position is July 2024, however this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Terminal degree (Ph.D., Pharm.D., Ed.D.) in higher education, student services, educational administration, pharmacy, or related field.

Required Work Experience: Five or more years of experience in higher education that includes teaching (didactic or experiential), academic advising and/or academic program administration.

Extensive experience in presenting to diverse audiences.

Demonstratable commitment to DEIJ.

Understanding of pharmacy education and the pharmacy profession.

Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Carrying
  • Lifting
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: 1.Terminal degree in a healthcare-related field.
2. Ability to effectively utilize technology and academic, admissions, and assessment databases.
3. Experience in higher education student services in pharmacy, medicine, or related field.
4. Experience in advising/working with pharmacy or pre-pharmacy students in advising activities and career exploration.
5. Knowledgeable of various pedagogical methods currently employed in higher education.
6. Capable of designing research protocols in academic settings.
7. Experience in policy creation and implementation.
8. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
9. Experienced in leading a diverse team of staff members and strong teamwork skills.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 1. Oversee recruitment, orientation, retention, and progression programs/initiatives within the college.
2. Serve as the direct report for the Director of Student Success, recruitment and admissions staff, and office support staff.
3. Serve as a member of the College's Admissions Committee, Progressions Committee, and Executive Council.
4. Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Academics and Admissions (ADAA) to support student academic progression, remediation, and retention efforts.
5. Work directly with students and serve in an advisory role.
6. Oversee compliance with all Federal Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disability Act policies within the College and work directly with the University Office of Educational Counseling and Disability Services.
7. Serve as a liaison between the College and the University's Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs.
8. Oversee student academic, professional, and career success, ensuring that all students gain access to the highest quality faculty advising, career coaching, disabilities, tutoring, and counseling resources as appropriate.
9. Ensure students are orientated to the mission, goals, values, and educational philosophy or the College.
10. Provide required data for reporting to external organizations (e.g. AACP, ACPE).
12. Monitor compliance with codes of professional conduct, honor codes, and professional behavior expectations.
13. Ensure due process for all parties in cases of academic and non-academic misconduct.
14. Maintain an official complaint log as required by accreditation standards and report regularly to the Executive Council regarding student complaints.
15. Oversee/assure consistent student services for both campus locations and for students on experiential placements.
16. Align budgets and human resources to support student academic success.
17. Represent the college at assigned conferences, meetings, and professional organizations.
18. Ensure proper oversight of all registered student organizations (RSO) and compliance with pertinent standards.
19. Collaborate with the Accreditation and Program Effectiveness Committee to develop and interpret relevant metrics to guide quality improvements in student services.
20. Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.
21. Perform all duties in compliance with applicable University policies and procedures and state and federal requirements.
22. Supervise Office of Student Success staff members.
23. Report directly to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.
24. Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
25. Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: 1. Travel as needed, including overnight and weekend assignments.
2. Other duties, as assigned.
Skills and Abilities: 1. Effectively communicate complex topics in an organized and effective manner.
2. Develop and implement effective policies and procedures.
3. Work effectively with diverse groups, including faculty, students, parents, and alumni.
4. Recognize problems, develop effective solutions, and maintain a high level of accuracy.
5. Effectively manage projects and processes to achieve administrative efficiencies.
6. Analyze trends and appropriately communicate observations to colleagues.
7. Lead the development, implementation, and assessment of an effective vision for the Office of Student Success
8. Support and advance the College's culture of wellbeing and belonging.
9. Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Other Additional Document
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of terminal degree.
Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Other Additional Document (REQUIRED): Philosophy of supporting student success in a professional academic program.
Initial Application Review Date:
April 19, 2024  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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