Colleges of the Fenway Assistant Dean of First Year Programs - Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts

We are looking for an Assistant Dean of First Year Programs to join the Office of Student Affairs. Reporting to the Dean of Students, you will play a pivotal role in creating an engaging, educational and supportive environment for first year students. From First Year Orientation programs to the Simmons Course: Explore, Simmons? First Year Seminar, you will work directly with first year students, and their families, to ensure a smooth transition and successful first year at Simmons.

You will drive the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, creating an environment free from bias, prejudice and discrimination.

The Office of Student Affairs serves as a gateway to a variety of support services and resources designed to maximize the education experience and access for students.


Program Management:

Oversee the Simmons Course: Explore and teach one section of the course

In collaboration with First Year Residence Life Coordinators, create and implement first year programming designed to support the College?s first year retention goals

Create in-time and as-needed programs for first year students as issues or concerns arise

Collaborate with faculty, staff and students on programs designed for first year students

Provide supervisory oversight to departments within Student Affairs, working as a member of the Student Affairs team

Serve in the Administrator for on-call duty rotation

Review and improve first year programming with a focus on enhancing the first year experience

Manage special projects and duties as assigned


Advise and work directly with students in their first year on issues which are social and emotional in nature

Refer first year students to campus departments and other resources designed to support their personal needs and goals

Provide goal-attainment guidance


Master?s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling/Psychology, College Student Development or other closely related field

5 - 7 years? experience working in student affairs, advising and/or higher education setting

Comfortable working with individuals in difficult, complex, and ambiguous situations, personal or academic

Excellent writing and public speaking skills

Experience handling after-hours residential life emergencies through an on-call system

Willingness to learn and accept constructive feedback

Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours, especially during Summer and Fall Orientation

Strong prioritization and multi-tasking skills

Driven, hard-working, and proven experience in taking initiative

Commitment to values of diversity, equity, inclusion, intersectionality and student development

Experience in supporting and working with diverse, marginalized and/or underrepresented populations

Instructions to Applicants: Please submit a resume and cover letter in the Resume/CV section of your application.

As a College committed to diversity, Simmons encourages applications broadly. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body and curriculum.

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Date Posted: 6/29/2018