Dean of Students

  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Waterloo, IA
  • Feb 20, 2023
Full time Education

Job Description

Job Summary 

Hawkeye Community College’s Division of Student Affairs & Institutional Diversity is seeking a full time Dean of Students to join their team.  


The Division offers a broad range of support services to help students achieve success as a college student and beyond.  We work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and the community to support student engagement, diversity and inclusion as well as learning and success at Hawkeye Community College.  Our team promotes the continuous improvement of the college experience by helping students to connect, collaborate and commit to engage in activities, programs, and opportunities as they achieve their goals.  If you want to make a difference on behalf of students, then this will be ideal for you!


As the Dean of Students, you are responsible for providing leadership in promoting a comprehensive program of student services that emphasizes a student-centered and holistic approach towards achieving student success.  Additionally, you would administer all student development and services to include but not limited to:  assessment, career planning activities, academic advising, academic evaluations (degree audits), transfer advising, programming, student employment referral, food pantry services, and student support/care.


This role in particular touches so many areas of student services and has the ability to shape the overall experience for current and future students.  You will be able to serve as a leader and liaison between departments, administrators and students in assessing and responding to the needs of the student body.  This work can be very rewarding in being able to mobilize resources or connecting students with colleagues to provide additional layers of support.  It is critical to the mission of the college and the well-being and success of our campus community.  


Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs.  Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.  


Essential Job Functions  

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Students, and is responsible for the Student Conduct Code and student discipline.
  • Oversees the Student Services Office to include Evaluation and Testing, Make-up Testing/Testing Center, Advising and Orientation, Student Care Coordination, International Student Services/Study Abroad, Student Accessibility Services, Career Services, Veterans Services, and Student Activities. 
  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates professional staff including the Associate Dean of Students, coordinators, advisors, and support staff.
  • Prepares and monitors budgets for the various areas of Student Services as well as the Student Activities budget(s). 
  • Maintains collaborative relationship with Academic Affairs Deans regarding transfer issues (course scheduling/registration new course offerings, student issues, Career Exploration) and technical issues (program updates and pre-technical scheduling).
  • Directs an enhanced academic assessment system to include but not be limited to ACCUPLACER, ALEKS, ACT, CLEP, FAA and other professional certifications.
  • Serves as a resource person for international student activities and diversity issues in the academic curriculum and co-curricular programming.
  • Oversees student identification card distribution and Food Pantry.  
  • Administers the student grievance process to include serving as ombudsman for student concerns.
  • Liaison with local, state, and federal agencies and other educational institutions.
  • Responsible for Student Conduct issues and questions. Collaborates with Public Safety regarding student conduct concerns. 
  • Establishes a student culture where diversity is encouraged and where students learn to respect differences, take responsibility for their actions, and exercise leadership.
  • Balances the needs of the individual while upholding the policies and processes of the College while considering equity for all students.
  • Deals effectively with emotionally charged situations and disruptive individuals and uses professional and appropriate language and behavior to provide positive college experiences. 
  • Administers and manages the student emergency fund requests.
  • Collaborates and consults with Deans and with Student Affairs Leadership Team members on academic and/or student issues and concerns.
  • Conducts, arranges, and manages the hearings for Final Grade Appeals, Academic Integrity Violation Appeals, and Student Conduct Code violations.  Directs the Title IX investigatory process for students.
  • Interprets federal ADA and Section 504 regulations and formulates institutional policies and procedures for serving qualified students with disabilities. 
  • Prepares Student Conduct and Title IX (Sexual Harassment) trainings for students. Creates class/program presentations to students along with Public Safety, Student Health Clinic, and local non-profit.
  • Collaborates with legal counsel on Student Conduct Code updates and issues as well as with Title IX -Sexual Harassment Code updates (or rewrite) and issues.  
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with the community, legislative bodies, commissions, accrediting agencies while representing the college and student services.
  • Analyzes data to develop long-range plans, establish objectives, and improve plans in student services. 
  • Participates on internal and external committees or advisory boards as assigned. 
  • Serves on the President’s Leadership Committee. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, or related field.  
  • Five (5) years of experience in a leadership position as a student affairs professional in a post-secondary setting.
  • Must possess supervisory skills. 
  • Working knowledge of pertinent federal statutes and regulations.
  • Knowledge of modern practices and techniques used in student support such as advising, counseling, assessment, and general and student services and practices.
  • Working knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal monitoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain certifications to include Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) OR Designated School Official (DSO) in order to access SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). 
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal statutes and regulations, particularly Title IX as well as SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program).
  • Knowledge of student development theory.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain cooperation from others and build consensus in difficult work situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and video conferencing technology. 
  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a Dean or Associate/Assistant Dean of Students. 
  • Experience in higher education with an emphasis on community/junior colleges.
  • Student Services experience such as registration, testing, veteran services, student activities, student conduct and international student services.
  • Experience with student crisis response best practices.
  • Experience working with BIPOC, first-generation, limited income, non-tradition or disproportionately impacted students in a higher education setting.


Working Conditions

Anticipated schedule is Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with occasional hours during the evening and on weekends.


Work is performed either in or a combination of an office setting, classroom setting using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.   Sit, stand, bend, lift and move frequently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.


Employment Status 

Full-time, exempt position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement and remission; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).


Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at
  • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following: 
  • Please share why you are interested in serving as the Dean of students at Hawkeye Community College as well as how the position fits within your professional goals.
  • Submit/upload a resume. 
  • Submit/upload a minimum of 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor. 
  • Submit an online application and all required materials by Thursday, March 2, 2023.  



Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.


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Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at
  • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following: 
  • Please share why you are interested in serving as the Dean of students at Hawkeye Community College as well as how the position fits within your professional goals.
  • Submit/upload a resume. 
  • Submit/upload a minimum of 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor. 
  • Submit an online application and all required materials by Thursday, March 2, 2023.  


$102,400 - 119,100

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