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University of Washington
  • Position Number: 1118133
  • Location: Bothell, WA
  • Position Type: Deans - Other

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell's current enrollment is approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement

UW Bothell has an outstanding opportunity for the Dean of Student Affairs.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Student Affairs (DSA) serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO) of the University, administers the comprehensive student affairs programs of the University, exercises visionary leadership in the fulfillment of the student affairs objectives of the University. The Dean of Student Affairs' office implements programs and services that promote a sense of belonging for every student at UW Bothell (UWB), nurtures and empowers students as leaders within the University, creates opportunities for students to be academically successful, and challenges students to be independent, responsible learners through the lens of our distinctive practices – Cross-Disciplinary, Community Engagement and Connected Learning (3 C's). Responsibilities also include developing collaborative relationships with campus administrative areas, faculty, and senior campus leadership to plan and implement strategic initiatives, develop partnerships, resolve issues, and cultivate seamlessness in our students\\' learning experience. This position works collaboratively with campus leaders, faculty, and staff to promote the development of strategies to support the success of minority students and positively impact the campus climate for diverse students.

The DSA will provide visionary leadership to the division of student affairs and the University (which includes representing UW Bothell on the Tri-Campus University of Washington level) more broadly; work across departments to promote a fully unified student experience; support an increasingly diverse student body and build an inclusive environment. The DSA will work closely with the student affairs leadership staff of Cascadia College which is co-located with UW Bothell.

The DSA exercises oversight of eleven departments: residential life, student conduct, counseling center, diversity center, disability resources for students, recreation and wellness, student engagement and activities, veteran's services, orientation and transition programs, activities and recreation center (ARC) and career services. The Dean is responsible for collaborating with academic departments and student leaders to help students better understand their learning environment; identifying and communicating student opinions to the faculty/administration and explaining the reasons underlying university policies to students; providing leadership for student-oriented functions that promote civility, advance diversity and social justice, and encouraging an inclusive campus climate; providing consultation on student conflict resolution, student due process, and appeals; and advising student government with regards to student issues.

As the chief judicial officer, the DSA outlines the direction of institutional efforts in student behavioral intervention and crisis management and assures policies and protocols are systematic, readily understood, and reflective of best national practice.


Administrative Responsibilities
Responsible for leadership and management the activities of the Division of Student Affairs.
Provide oversight and guidance to the following areas: Residential Life, Orientation and Transition Programs, Career Services, Counseling Services, Student Activities and Engagement, Disability Resources for Students, Veterans Services, Recreation and Wellness, the Office of Diversity, and the Student Diversity Center.
In partnership with Cascadia College, manage and oversee the functions of the joint facility, Activities and Recreation Center.
Engage with the development of new facilities on campus including but not limited activities and recreation facilities, housing, dining and library.
Develop short and long term strategic goals for Student Affairs, ensuring they are in concert with the Universities mission and values.
Provides leadership in and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations pertaining to the student experience.
Responsible for Student Affairs budget management and revenue streams; overall budget management approximately $10 Million.
Represent Student Affairs to the campus community (UW Bothell, UW Seattle and UW Tacoma) and on University Committees.
Foster an environment that enhances the student's educational opportunities by creating exceptional living and learning experiences.
Assists with establishing and developing a student culture where diversity is honored and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
Ensures staff compliance with legal and regulatory standards, including FERPA, Higher Education Act, Clery Act, and Title IX.

Operations management of Student Affairs
Works with the Student Affairs staff, student groups and other members of the University community in developing co-curricular programming assuring integration with the academic life of the institution and encouraging student personal growth and development.
Provide direction for the University when responding to campus crisis and emergencies related to student's well-being; which includes crisis management, etc.
Develop learning outcomes for Student Affairs.

Supervise, recruit, train, and evaluate professional and student staff
Serve as primary supervisor for Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Director of the Activities and Recreation Center, Director of Residential Life and Student Conduct, Director of Diversity, and the Director of the Student Diversity Center. Recruit, train, and evaluate professional and student staff.
Advise the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell.
Advise the Services and Activities Fee Committee.
Develop, assess, and revise learning outcomes for professional and student staff.

Other Duties as Assigned
Serve and participate on University committees as assigned or designated.
Perform additional duties as required.

Manage the following areas - Serve as primary supervisor for Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Director of the Activities and Recreation Center, Director of Residential Life and Student Conduct, Director of Diversity, and the Director of the Student Diversity Center.
Directly supervise and evaluate five (5) professional staff – Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Residential Life and Student Conduct, Director of the Activities and Recreation Center, Director of Diversity Center.


Proven skills as a senior manager; a demonstrated ability to mentor and support staff with diverse needs and responsibilities and provide successful oversight of people, budget, and space.
Experience in responding to campus crises (response and management), crisis management, and emergencies - mental health, classroom behavior, etc.
Staying apprised of professional standards, protocols, and best practices to support and lead campus community.
Some evening and weekend commitments throughout the year and remaining on-call 24/7 for emergencies.
Excellent leadership skills and the capacity to supervise and lead a diverse student affairs staff of over 40 with over 150 student employees/leaders.
Capacity to assess and protect institutional risk, liability, legal compliance and student safety.
Ability to manage and maintain relationships in the University of Washington tri-campus system; and to support colocation with Cascadia Community College, including numerous partnerships and services – Activities and Recreation Center management, Counseling Center services, CARE Team, etc.


Vision, strategic leadership, insight, and energy to advance the University towards its aspirations and goals; the ability to be an engaged and trusted partner as well as a respected, persuasive advocate for student interests.
A deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; a demonstrated track record of advancing equity and enhancing inclusiveness; an ability to bring groups and individuals to common ground across lines of difference, including but not limited to race, gender, class, nationality, and socio-economic status.
A passion for providing and supporting an environment in which all students can thrive; a deep commitment to the mission of the University as well as a vision for increased excellence in the student experience.
Strong communication skills and a proven ability to work with and represent the student experience to faculty, staff, alumni, parents, donors, and other stakeholders.
The commitment to engage collaboratively with faculty and respond effectively to their concerns, and a demonstrated record of partnering with faculty around integration of living and learning, in and out of the classroom.
Proven ability to manage through crises with discretion and a sense of responsibility and respect for students, families, and the institution.
Will be a key point of contact for students, faculty, administration, and staff, to participate in key discussions, and to proactively insure effective communication across campus.
Oversight of staff that respond to issues including and not limited concerning Title IX, medical and mental health emergencies, drug and alcohol issues, violence and sexual assault, and equity and inclusion.
Responsible to lead, continue to develop, and assess Student Affairs as expectations continue to increase in regard to retention and satisfaction.
Must possess strong decision-making skills as well as the disposition and dedication of a natural collaborator, taking leadership of many issues by engaging in dialogue. Wisdom and superb judgment; the capacity to make and stand by difficult decisions always mindful of the need for fairness, consistency, and discretion, and the potential impact of each decision on individuals and the broader community.


Master's Degree in Education, Administration, and Supervision, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, or related field.
10 years experience in Higher Education setting.
Demonstrated record of leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills.
Demonstrated excellence in leadership and managerial skills and the capacity to supervise and lead a student affairs staff.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Doctorate from an accredited institution and related field.
A demonstrated record of leadership, supervisory, and administrative skills.
Demonstrated excellence in leadership and managerial skills and the capacity to supervise and lead a student affairs staff.
Prior responsibility for financial control of operating budgets through various funding sources.


Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

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