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Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Life

Company: Yale University
Location: New Haven
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Essential Duties

Serves as the initial contact for the dean and the director of professional and community development.

Required Education and Experience

Master's degree and a minimum of five years' experience in higher education administration, public relations, institutional promotion, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, the assistant dean provides leadership and overall responsibility for the strategic direction and implementation of co-curricular GSAS professional development opportunities and oversight of program services and events for 3,300+ students, their partners, and family members.

Design and implement a wide range of professional development programming for Yale GSAS students. Serve as a member of the GSAS Dean's management staff, advising on policy, initiatives, and student concerns.

Serve as a community leader to support excellence in training and professional development for students in the GSAS, especially doctoral students. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life will collaborate with campus constituencies to develop and implement programming that may not be offered in departments/programs (e.g. conflict resolution, time management, organizational skills, leadership development, program/project management, IDP, etc.) to enhance students' life skills.

Collaborate with the Office of Career Strategy (OCS), Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD), and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and their staff and 60+ graduate student fellows.

Advise and coach doctoral students across the divisions. This advising/coaching will involve: making students aware of Yale resources and opportunities beyond their departments/programs and how to make use of them; serving as a confidential sounding board for difficult issues that may be complicated to discuss initially with faculty within a department/program; offering group coaching sessions around key transitions in doctoral training.

Supervise the Director of the McDougal Graduate Student Center. Oversee budgets for all graduate student events and programs.

Manage and lead, with assistance from the Director of the McDougal Graduate Student Center, major GSAS events, such as Dean's receptions, matriculation, orientation, and commencement.

Become acquainted with staff and resources available through various Yale offices and programs such as the Office of International Students and Scholars, Housing, Transit and Security, Yale Health Services, Yale Mental Health and Counseling, Title IX Office, Chaplain's Office, Office of New Haven and State Affairs, sports and recreation programs, Yale WorkLife programs, city-wide and Yale galleries and museums, merchants, and others.

Play a key role in graduate student recruitment and new student onboarding and orientation. Direct the multi-week GSAS orientation program for 650+ new students and families each August and collaborate with Yale and New Haven partners to showcase student services. Triage issues and answer new student questions by email and phone.

Work collaboratively with the Office of the Vice President for University Life, the Deans and Directors of Students working groups and the Advisory Committee for Student Life.

Represent the GSAS on various student life committees.

Manage projects and initiatives upon request.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

PhD and five years of experience in academic administration or management or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with higher education recruiting. Experience with planning large events. Experience with graduate student life.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University's Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

Keywords: Yale University, New Haven , Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Life, Other , New Haven, Connecticut

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