Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G8004 / Dean of Students
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 17

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, directs and oversees a wide variety of programs that serve a diverse student population, to include LoboRESPECT Program, parent programs, judicial affairs, student resources and advocacy, and campus safety programs. Directs and coordinates personal services and programs related to the university's student development and academic success efforts. Sets the strategic direction for the Dean of Student's programing and makes recommendations on related policies. Works in close collaboration with Academic Affairs, main and branch campuses, and the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs, manages, and supervises the Dean of Students Office and all programs reporting to this office.
  2. Establishes and implements short- and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, budgets and operating procedures.
  3. Performs department/program assessments and evaluations to determine effectiveness, and implements corrective action as required for improvement.
  4. Designs, establishes, and maintains staffing and an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the department function; recruits, employs, trains, supervises, and evaluates department staff.
  5. Directs and manages the LoboRESPECT initiatives and Advocacy Center.
  6. Directs and oversees the Students Rights and Responsibilities/Judicial Affairs and the Student Code of Conduct.
  7. Directs and oversees UNM's Women's Resource Center.
  8. Plans and implements the New Student Orientation (NSO), Transfer and Nontraditional (TNT) and Family Connections orientations, and student transition programs.
  9. Directs and oversees Parent and Family programing.
  10. Researches, plans, implements, and assesses student development efforts with all elements of the university community and all facets of campus life.
  11. Represents the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.
  12. Handles emergency and crisis situations that pertain to students and campus life.
  13. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; Serves on university planning and policy-making committees.
  14. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operate.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Knowledge of student support programs and services.
  • Ability to plan, assess, and evaluate programs.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

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