Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Development

Saint Michael's College
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The Office of the Associate Dean at Saint Michael’s College is inviting applications for the Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Development position. The role will coordinate the academic advising program and collaborate with offices and staff across the College on issues related to student support, academic advising, and retention.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Reports to the Associate Dean of the College and supports the functions of that office as directed on an ongoing basis, including working regularly with students on academic probation and students in need, advising faculty on student concerns and conflicts, and corresponding regularly with student families

Meets individually with students in need of general academic advising, particularly exploratory students and those wishing or needing to change majors

Revises, produces, and maintains support materials and programs for students and faculty around academic advising and retention, and collaborates with the Associate Dean to provide student and faculty development in these areas

Collaborates with Registrar and Associate Dean to support student degree planning

Collaborates with Registrar and Associate Dean to operate the advising and registration process for incoming first-year students, and collaborates with the Registrar to advise transfer students

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Benefits include health, dental, vision, employer-paid life and disability insurance, voluntary life, critical illness and accident insurance options, parental leave, flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care), 401(k), generous paid time off, paid holidays, employee and dependent tuition benefits, employee assistance program, well-being programs and opportunities, discounted gym membership, paid volunteer time, use of the athletic facilities and the library, and countless opportunities to attend presentations, lectures, and other campus activities.


Applicants should have the following:

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred

Minimum 5 years working with students in an academic or student life capacity

Familiarity with academic preparation; academic engagement; social engagement; family dynamics; financing college; student health and wellness; other issues affecting retention of students

Proficiency in developing strategies for success: setting expectations and then supporting and holding students accountable so that they reach their goals

An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Application Instructions:

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on the Apply Now button:


Cover letter including a statement articulating how you incorporate inclusive and equitable practices into the work of advising and retention of students. Saint Michael’s College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and every member of the Office of the Associate Dean has an important and active role in furthering this commitment

Names and contact information of three references

Review of applications will begin on August 8, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Saint Michael's College delivers a compelling, world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our connected community allows students to form close relationships with each other and accomplished faculty and staff members, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. As a fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, one of the country's top-rated college towns, Saint Michael's offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service and wilderness experiences. Saint Michael's is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus, one of only 20 national Catholic colleges, and one of four in New England. Saint Michael's College was ranked 3rd in Best Colleges in Vermont and No. 59 in the Best Catholic Colleges rankings by Niche, a popular college ranking website. Saint Michael's was also named 120th in Best Liberal Arts College and No. 136 in the Best Small Colleges. The College is included in the Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges, earning a spot on the Green College Honor Roll for demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability and on their list of Best Northeastern Colleges for its academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. Saint Michael's was also named in the 2018 The Princeton Review book "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck." Surrounded by the beautiful Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, and only 3.5 hours from Boston and 1.5 hours from Montreal, the area offers abundant recreational and cultural opportunities. To learn more, visit

At the heart of our Edmundite Catholic mission is a belief that experiencing new perspectives, cultures, traditions and ideas helps us become fuller, more compassionate people. As a Catholic higher education institution with a social justice mission, we are called to be even more intentionally inclusive, celebrating the complexity and individuality that each person brings to our community. Each of us at Saint Michael's carries an obligation to ensure all students, faculty and staff encounter a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing and evolving journey. We are continually striving to ensure our processes, policies and behaviors support and encourage diversity, meeting the needs of all individuals, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Saint Michael's College's vision of inclusion and diversity embraces not only racial and ethnic identities, but also gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, military service, geographic origin, and first-generation/multi-generation college experiences.

Saint Michael's College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in their ability to perform the functions of their job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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