1819 Dean of Students


TITLE Dean of Students




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Student Affairs



The Dean of Students is responsible for policy development, administration, supervision of staff, budget development and oversight, and program planning and implementation for the Office of Dean of Students. The Dean of Students is responsible for the management and direction of Office of Student Conduct and serves as advisor to the Student Government Association. The Dean of Students participates in the formation of student personnel policies and procedures and is the point of contact and facilitator for the Behavioral Intervention Team. The Dean of Students serves as an advocate for students and the student voice in University decisions that directly affect students’ education and well-being. Duties include assisting various offices in the interpretation and implementation of federal laws and guidelines such as FERPA, serving on University committees, and performing other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Education: A Master's degree is required. A Doctorate is preferred.

Experience: Requires a minimum of five years of experience in higher education, evidence of an effective leadership style, and a background demonstrating proven success in working with students, parents, administrators, and faculty. Experience in decision-making and evidence of continual educational and professional growth is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge and experience in Student Affairs, excellent writing and inter-personal communications skills, mature judgment, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students are required. Experience working in diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds is required.


1. Enhances academic education through the development of policies and programs which promote the personal growth and development of students.

2. Assures compliance with laws and regulations and minimizes institutional liability by systematically reviewing University compliance with federally-mandated reporting and disclosure requirements, including production and dissemination of the annual notice on Drug Free Schools and Communities, remaining knowledgeable of federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting areas of responsibility, creating and modifying policies, procedures, and practices in order to become/remain compliant, and advising others in the interpretation and application of laws and regulations.

3. Advises the Student Government Association and Campus Judicial Board and co-facilitates the Executive Council of Student Leaders.

4. Develops a competent, productive, and effective departmental staff by supervising, directly and through delegation, administrative, professional, graduate assistant, and clerical support personnel.

5. Assures accountability and proper utilization of funds by overseeing the planning, implementation, and administration of the budgets for the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Conduct.

6. Assures fair and impartial disposition of student disciplinary issues by overseeing the Office of Student Conduct and administration of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

7. Leads the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team and promotes its utilization among students, faculty, and staff to evaluate and appropriately intervene with those whose behavior may be harmful of disruptive to themselves or others.

8. Assists with emergencies involving the death of students, attempted and/or actual suicides, and other emergencies (e.g., bomb threat or possession of weapons on campus or at University activities and events) by coordinating the appropriate response to such emergencies that may include notification of parents, determining what additional University personnel need to be notified and involved, and issuing suspension from classes if necessary.

9. Serves as a resource for faculty and staff on student behavioral issues in the classroom and workplace.

10. Serves as a resource to parents who have concerns about their children who are students at Missouri State University.

11. Supports retention of students through interventions and appropriate referrals.

12. Coordinates Marshals at New Student Convocation and Commencements.

13. Promotes a positive image of the University and provides pertinent information through University publications for students, parents, and student organizations.

14. Promotes a positive image of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students by serving on University committees.

15. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds.

16. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Vice President of Student Affairs.

17. Contributes to the overall success of Student Affairs by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Dean of Students is supervised by the Vice President for Student Affairs and supervises a staff of professional and clerical support personnel.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 3300 Points: Knowledge of the principles and methods of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, information technology, business administration, human resources, engineering, law, social sciences, communications, education, or medicine. Knowledge permits employee to supervise projects and/or departments using standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge at this level requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree with substantial related work experience, including up to two years of administrative or supervisory experience. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical degree beyond the Bachelor's degree with moderate related work experience; knowledge requirements include significant levels of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 4 - 470 Points: Supervision of (a) a moderate number of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a small number of professional employees who exercise limited supervision of others, or (c) large numbers of student workers or graduate assistants, or some equivalent combination of the above. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and generally controls hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 5 - 850 Points: Interactions are highly unstructured and incumbents are often required to resolve difficult and unstructured problems. Interactions are commonly with administrators, cost-center heads, high level committees, or external constituents in order to defend, negotiate, or resolve controversial and/or long-range issues and problems. Interactions occur in situations subject to divergent views, skepticism, resistance, uncooperative attitudes, and conflicting objectives. Interactions often require high levels of interpersonal skill and require the ability to influence, interrogate, or control others through debate, persuasion, or authoritative recognition and require strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 4 - 850 Points: The employee operates under administrative supervision and makes decisions based on broadly-stated University objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are expressed in terms of project or program outcomes and deadlines with few comprehensive guidelines. Decisions are based on inadequate guidelines that require considerable interpretation and force the employee to plan all phases of the assignment. Assignments may be unrelated in function and the work requires many different processes and methods and a great deal of analysis to identify the nature and extent of problems. The work may require the employee to develop new methods and to deal with many variables, including some that are unclear or conflicting. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing large and/or complex programs, projects, or departments in which the work cuts across functional lines or requires dealing with unprecedented issues.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 5 - 2350 Points: Work involves primary accountability for a larger department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University, influences internal or external operations, or impacts students, faculty, and/or staff. Work activities have a direct and significant impact on the department. Work activities also have a significant effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center and represent a relatively major function within the cost center. At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising primary control over a moderately-sized budget.