Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Success
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

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Job location: Claremont

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-23
Req: REQ-2994
Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement                                    In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.Location:Claremont, CAJob Posting Title:Assistant Dean of Students for Academic SuccessJob Details and Requirement:


Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Success, the Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Success contributes to the creation of a campus environment that supports students' academic success, overall well-being, and retention.

The Assistant Dean will assist in assessment of the academic and personal success and well-being needs of the campus and create programming designed to address identified areas of need and goals. They will be a visible and approachable presence on campus by participating in after-hours programs, events and training sessions to forge relationships with students.

The Assistant Dean develops, implements, and coordinates student success outreach for students with special attention to first-year students and students from first-generation-to-college and low-wealth backgrounds, with a primary focus on connecting them to campus and community resources, and educating and empowering students to navigate their CMC experience. They advise, counsel and coach all students in the development of their individual strategies for academic and personal success.

The Assistant Dean works in close partnership with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Accessibility Services to assist in managing testing services for students with testing accommodations. In this capacity, serving this function in full when the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Accessibility Services is not available.

They manage the Romero Success Consultant (RSC) (soon to be Romero Success Coach) program and supervise the Coaches. They coordinate the Peer Tutoring Support Services within the office of the Dean of Students. In the work with the RSC, they works closely with the Senior Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean for Health, Well-Being and Academic Success, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Accessibility Services, to develop training modules and materials to support the consultants in developing their skills and approaches to student support. In addition, the Assistant Dean will track data for usage and outcomes connected to the RSC program.

The Assistant Dean will coordinate the DOS response to Low Grade Notices, reaching out to all students receiving notices and triaging their connections to the appropriate personnel in the DOS and/or on campus. They will track these contacts in our database for our assessment and outreach efforts. In circumstances where it is necessary to reach out to faculty regarding a student's attendance, They are responsible for this contact and subsequent follow up with faculty and other pertinent campus personnel.

The Assistant Dean will provide faculty outreach in those cases where outreach regarding attendance is necessary (student is not capable of making that outreach on their own due to extenuating circumstances beyond their control).

The Assistant Dean has considerable data collection and reporting responsibilities, tracking not only LGNs, but students on leaves (GLOA, MLOA, conduct, ASC), developing tracking mechanisms for cohorts, low-GPAs, thesis, incomplete grades, and other populations the College decides are important for its enrollment management goals and initiatives. They work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, and other colleagues and programs across the college, to develop and support enrollment and retention initiatives that overall student success.

They will develop and deliver important Academic Success initiatives such as Thesis Surge (once per semester). They develop collaborative partnerships with CARE Center, Residence Life, Student Activities, Case Management, Registrar and Financial Aid, Athletics, Faculty, and many other departments and student organizations.

They will work on antiracism initiatives, and support diversity and inclusion at CMC.


  • Conduct regular student outreach & academic success meetings; coach and advise students in their achievement and success.

  • Employ a coaching model when working with students and develop ongoing academic check-in / monitoring system.

  • Connect students to appropriate resources as needed; follow-up with students regarding networks and connections.

  • Working collaboratively with the CARE Center, Residence Life, CMS Athletics, and other departments and student organizations, develop programming related to academic support, time management, adjustment to college, international students, 1st Gen student concerns, programming specific to class year (sophomore, junior and seniors) and other topics.

  • Provide relevant training sessions and outreach materials for faculty, students, residence halls, Resident Assistants, First-Year Guides and other constituencies.

  • Track and monitor students of concern and maintain real time case records in Maxient system.

  • Respond to consultation requests from faculty, staff, students, and parents and facilitate appropriate action plans.

  • Coordinate the Peer Tutoring and Romero Success Consultants programs: recruiting, hiring and supervising all students serving as tutors and study consultants, assisting in workshop development and tutor training, and tracking student usage and outcomes.

  • Working with the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Accessibility Services during peak testing periods., assist in the coordination and daily implementation of testing services in the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Develop robust data collection and analyses capacities for the DOS. Work closely with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success to analyze data and identify trends related to academic achievement in special populations. Design interventions based on data.

  • Stay abreast of national trends, best practices, and literature related to student success and academic transitions, mental health, federal regulations including Title IX, ADA.

  • Manage the DOS parking exemption process.

  • Assist with Dean of Students Office special projects on and as needed basis.

  • Support the DOS in large-scale event support.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Take and follow directions.

  • Work cooperatively with others.

  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.

  • Display a positive attitude.

  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities.

  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.


Education: Master's degree in Student Affairs/Higher Education, Social Work, Psychology or related social/behavioral science field, or related field required.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience, preferably working in a college environment. Previous experience in student development work, campus programming, academic support and coaching, crisis management, counseling, and case management preferred. A commitment to promoting a proactive and interactive approach to overall student success in the college setting. Familiarity with social media platforms and web content development.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how they will perform the essential functions.

Individual must have familiarity with academic environments at highly competitive, liberal arts college and understand the needs of special populations.

Individual must have superior interpersonal skills, ability to build rapport, collaboration skills, familiarity with the principles and limitations of confidentiality.

Must demonstrate the ability to use tact and exercise a high level of discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.

Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with minimal direction. Individual must have proven ability to prioritize concerns, and respond accordingly using sound judgement.

Must be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and must be able to receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism. Must display a positive attitude.

Must be able to operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint) and any associated professional and/ or department specific software; experience with Maxient and Google platforms highly preferred.

Familiarity with assessment and statistical analyses of quantitative and qualitative data preferred.

Licenses: A valid driver's license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required. A valid driver's license is required to drive College-owned vehicles and the ability to be insured under the College's authorized driver's policy.


Hours: The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours may vary and exceed 40 hours per week due to needs of the College or division. A willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule in order to be available for emergency consultation and planned programming during off hours.

Classification and Status: This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position.

Supervisory Responsibility - AB1825: No

Reports To: Associate Dean of Students for Academic Success

Mandatory Reporter: Yes

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reported under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Claremont McKenna College policies, procedures.

Responsible Employee - Title IX: Yes

Campus Security Authority - The Clery Act: Yes

A CSA is a key partner in helping the College comply with the requirements of the federal Clery Act, the goal of which is to provide information about safety and crimes on campus. Because crimes are often reported to employees who are not law enforcement or campus safety officers, the Clery Act obligates the College to identify who on our campus is likely to receive such reports and inform them of this role and responsibility and train them on what to do with that information. As a result of this designation, upon hire, and periodically thereafter, you are required to take the Clery Act training course. Such online course will be assigned to you and will need to be completed within the first six months of your employment.

Required On-site or Remote Personnel

During an emergency, required on-site or remote Personnel provide services that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the College, ensure continuity of key operations, and maintain and protect College properties.

On-site Personnel are expected to come to work in emergency situations unless they are specifically excused by their departments. On-site Personnel are required to report to Campus to perform required function.

Remote personnel can continue operations without physically reporting to campus.

Is this position:

On-Site No

Remote Yes

IPEDS Category Job Code: 21-0000/23-0000/27-0000

CUPA Code: 412130 Student Success Professional

Physical Requirements: Light (up to 20 lbs.)

GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Duties and responsibilities can change and develop over time, accordingly the College reviews job description on a periodic basis and may make changes of business necessity.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT: Employment with the College is "at-will" meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause. The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.Disability Accommodations                                                                                    In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual's disability.               An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC's discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.

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