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Director and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs

Categories: Northwest Region 8


College of Science and Engineering


Seattle University

Date Posted:

Apr 18 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Director and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs, College of Science and Engineering to join our community.

SUMMARY: The Director and Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs is responsible for results-oriented leadership in the areas of academic advising and services to support the academic success of students in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE). These functions include: providing guidance to students; training and supporting professional and faculty advisors in the college; representing the college on university committees as appropriate; overseeing the academic standing of CSE students and making quarterly probation and dismissal decisions; overseeing pre-health advising; assuming signatory authority for student petitions and registration exceptions; overseeing orientation programs for new undergraduates and families facilitating events; and managing the CSE Advising Center. These functions are carried out in consultation and/or collaboration with the academic departments and programs in the college, the Associate Deans and the Academic Advising staff of the College, the Student Development Division, Enrollment Services, and other SU colleges and schools. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.


Support of CSE students and management of CSE Advising Center:

  • Ensure sufficient office staffing Communicate with CSE students, staff, and faculty regarding registration Implement university-wide advising initiatives, policies and procedures
  • Oversee Advising Center Assessment Oversee Advising Center programming
  • Track services Hire, train and supervise CSE professional advisors, Pre-Health Advisor, and Senior Administrative Assistant

Support Academic Success:

  • Determine academic standing; make probation, dismissal, reinstatement decisions
  • Respond to academic alerts and facilitate follow up
  • Provide support for struggling or disruptive CSE students
  • Serve as primary contact for CARE, Disability Services, ISC Serve as CSE representative on university-wide advising-related committees as appropriate
  • Act as point of contact for other colleges and schools related to CSE advising questions
  • Advise pre-science and pre-engineering students

College decision-making authority regarding student policies and procedures:

  • Receive and review all petitions that pertain to exception to university policies, regulations, hardship withdrawals (and reinstatement), Leave of Absence, etc. to ensure that requests are in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.
  • Take actions on requests.
  • Work with the Registrar and other colleges to determine if policies should be updated
  • Attend meetings as the Dean’s designee as appropriate, particularly those discussing the student experience and university policies and procedures

Support Faculty Advisors:

  • Facilitate support for all college faculty advisors with student-related questions or concerns through in-person, email and phone support
  • Host workshops for faculty advisors and annual training for new faculty advisors
  • Work with faculty and students to properly prepare petitions and educate faculty and students in order to avoid petitions when possible.


  • Conduct and coordinate events in support of college admissions, recruitment, registration and orientation activities

Application Process

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.

Institution Information

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer. In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community. Benefits at a Glance Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit value, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage, and plan for your future with a generous 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits. You may also take advantage of 100% tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break closure, vacation and paid sick leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:

Contact Information

Danika Ham 206-296-5870


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree OR equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position
  • Three to five years of experience in academic advising administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing, implementing and supervising staff and programs in the area of academic advising and support
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and exercise sound judgment

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or EdD with an emphasis in academic advising strongly preferred
  • Experience with Colleague or other student data management systems
  • Proficiency in Excel and all Microsoft Office software packages