Dean of Student Affairs, George Mason University Korea

George Mason University Korea in Korea, Republic of

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 14, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Position Title: Dean of Student Affairs, George Mason University Korea

The Dean of Student Affairs serves as a member of the senior administration of George Mason University Korea (GMUK). Reporting to the President of GMUK, the Dean is responsible for providing leadership and supervision for all programmatic, training and student service related functions to optimize the student experience. The primary focal areas include: campus and student safety/well-being, legislative/regulatory compliance, development and implementation of services and programs to support student engagement, retention, persistence and post-graduation success, research, assessment and program evaluation, and liaison to Mason Korea and GMU Fairfax administration, faculty and staff. The initial contract is for two years.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategic plan for enhancing student affairs programming and services that addresses academic success, personal and emotional development, career readiness, civic learning and community engagement, global and multicultural competency, and student health and well-being. Plan to be developed within the context of cultural factors and should align with projected growth in enrollment.
  • Establish organizational structure and supervisory responsibilities for delivery of services and programs: counseling and psychological, sexual assault, disability, student conduct, academic integrity, wellness, alcohol and other drugs, orientation, career services, off campus student support, student engagement, student involvement (registered student organizations, student government), campus recreation, student support, academic support services, and career development center, among others.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of all University Life and University policies and procedures and identify revisions needed to achieve more effective translation and application to Mason Korean population and environment while maintaining adherence to standards. Develop and implement plan for on-going review and revisions as needed.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of robust on-site training to faculty, staff, student leaders, and general student population in all relevant areas, including but not limited to: disability, mental health and suicide prevention, academic integrity, student conduct, sexual assault/interpersonal violence, alcohol/drug education and prevention, student engagement, and diversity/inclusivity.
  • Identify and address all concerns within residential housing to improve the on-campus housing experience
  • Coordinate with on- and off-campus constituencies and community leaders in developing and managing co-curricular learning, career, and service opportunities.
  • Identify cultural and contextual factors to inform development of programming and initiatives to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
  • Successfully facilitate all student transition to and from Mason Korea and GMU Fairfax.


Portfolio to include direct service, supervisory and administrative responsibilities, as well as on-call responsibilities to address crises and emergencies.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree in higher education or a related field that will serve to enhance the stature and academic success of all university students;
  • Demonstrated experience in advising, counseling, program development, global education, or a related field (a minimum of 8 years is strongly desired);
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational setting with an ability to serve as an effective advocate for student success (a minimum of eight years of experience is strongly desired);
  • Working knowledge of mandated educational policies and practices as it pertains to maintaining the well-being of the campus including FERPA, ADA, Title IX and the Cleary Act;
  • Established track record of interpreting and applying institutional policies and procedures from one context to another while maintaining adherence to appropriate standards;
  • Ability to manage difficult conversations, relationships, and other challenging situations that require thoughtful and effective communication, verbal and/or written.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with assessment practices is highly desired;
  • Eight or more years of leadership experience;
  • Solid administrative skills;
  • Program planning and event management experience is strongly desired; and
  • Ability and desire to serve as a strong advocate and coalition-builder, particularly with a range of diverse communities including students, faculty and community leaders;
  • Working knowledge of Korean culture, study abroad best practices, and/or international branch campuses;


About George Mason University, Korea:

Founded in Spring 2014, GMU Korea is an international campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The language of instruction is English. The university delivers an exceptional living and learning environment for students: It includes world-class teaching facilities with state-of-the-art technology, a performing arts center, a library, dormitories, physical fitness and recreational facilities, faculty apartments, and guest housing. The degree programs offer students the unique opportunity to spend three years at GMU Korea in Songdo and one year in the U.S. at the campus in Virginia. GMU is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 34,000 students. GMU Korea students receive the same degree as students from George Mason University. 

GMU Korea is strategically located in the Incheon Global Campus (IGC)—within the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ)—in an area known as Songdo, 30 miles from downtown Seoul and a 20-minute shuttle ride from Korea’s award-winning Incheon International Airport. Songdo is a master-planned community, home to approximately 100,000 internationally-diverse residents and professionals, and host to many global organizations and multinational corporations. Songdo is a leading center for global industries, including high-tech, biomedical, IT, digital, manufacturing, retail, leisure and education. Some of the region’s most highly ranked public and private K-12 schools, including international schools from the U.S. and Canada, are located in Songdo. Incheon International Airport is within a 3.5-hour flight to one-third of the world’s population. 

Enrollment at Mason Korea has grown by more than 600 percent since its opening in 2014 and is projected to grow to 2,000 students within the next few years. The university currently offers five majors—Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics and Global Affairs—and more programs are planned for Fall 2017. Mason Korea also hosts a diverse student body, with students from 22 countries. There are approximately 25 faculty, drawn from half a dozen countries. Other universities operating in IGC, include SUNY (State University of New York) Korea, University of Utah Asia Campus, Ghent University Global Campus, and nearby Korean universities include Yonsei University International Campus and Incheon National University.


About George Mason University:

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., GMU provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, business, organizational psychology, health care, and the visual and performing arts. In 2016, GMU was ranked among the highest research institutions in the United States according to the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy, economics, and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.


To apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents by e-mail to Chair, Search Committee (

  1. A cover letter that explains your interest in the position and highlights your relevant experience;
  2. Current resume;
  3. At least three references with full contact information. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants.

Review of application materials will begin from March 1, 2017. Preferred start date is no later than June, 2017.

More information on Mason Korea can be found at:

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