Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Judicial Affairs

Iowa State University in Iowa

Deadline July 03, 2014
Date Posted June 4, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Dean of Students Office at Iowa State University announces an exceptional leadership opportunity in the position of Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Judicial Affairs.

  The University

 Iowa State University offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions. Ranked in the top fifty among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, the University offers rigorous programs of study within seven academic colleges.  Academic enrichment and co-curricular activities are value-added and contribute to a vibrant campus life experience that provides robust and intentional opportunities for student engagement. The University leverages a highly collaborative institutional culture to create innovative partnerships across academic and student affairs that prioritize student success. The comprehensive Division of Student Affairs at Iowa State is recognized as one of the premier student affairs operations in the country and includes enrollment management as well as traditional student service functions.

 Located in Ames, IA, Iowa State University is an international, research and land-grant institution that values open access and profound respect for the diversity of people and ideas. The University reached record enrollment in FY14 with over 33,000 students representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Student engagement and development through involvement in 800+ student organizations, numerous campus traditions and enthusiastic school spirit makes Iowa State University an exciting destination for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike.

 Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

 The Dean of Students Office

 The Dean of Students Office (DSO) at Iowa State University uses an integrated approach to support student-centered learning through personal, community and academic development culminating in a transformative experience.  Reporting through the Division of Student Affairs, the DSO provides numerous opportunities for students to connect beyond the classroom.

 The 14 departments are grouped within four spheres of influence: Student Life, Student Success and Retention, Social Justice and Inclusion, and Wellness. This collaborative model illustrates the dynamic synergy with which DSO units merge to create and support a common community experience for Iowa State University students.

 Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Judicial Affairs

 The Assistant Dean/Director of Judicial Affairs provides administrative leadership for Iowa State University's centralized judicial system and adjudicates cases of academic and non-academic student discipline for graduate and undergraduate students in accordance with the University's Student Disciplinary Regulations.

The position establishes goals, interprets policy, supervises staff, oversees student judicial boards and advises the All-University Judiciary Board. The individual is also responsibility for ensuring students' right to due process when adjudicating student discipline cases and participates in proactive educational efforts to assist students in effective decision-making regarding their behavior.

 The Assistant Dean/Director performs extensive liaison work both on and off-campus entities by serving as a resource for judicial issues occurring on and off-campus.  The position provides training for faculty, staff and students related to academic misconduct, sexual misconduct, and other student behavioral issues and processes.

As a member of the Dean of Students Office (DSO) executive team, the Assistant Dean/Director provides leadership in support of DSO goals, coordinates crisis response as necessary and when serving as Emergency Dean, represents DSO on division and university committees, chairs one or more DSO standing committees and serves as Deans designee at the discretion and/or absence of the Dean.

 Primary Areas of Responsibility

Strategic Planning and Program Development

Provide leadership for educational outreach and preventative efforts including training of targeted student populations (fraternity and sorority leaders, athletes, academic clubs, etc.), providing policy clarification and partnering with relevant self-governing Greek councils. Collaborate with Department of Residence to ensure residential judicial incidents are managed in accordance with the university judicial process.  Determine jurisdiction for all charges on and off campus; prepare administrative hearing notices; make decisions regarding responsibility; and refer cases for adjudication as necessary.  Analyze and interpret existing university policies and procedures. Develop long-range goals and objectives in accordance with strategic plans of the University, Division of Student Affairs, and the Dean of Students Office.

 Administration, Budget and Supervision

Adjudicate administrative hearings for academic and non-academic violations for graduate and undergraduate students. Types of violations include but are not limited to: academic misconduct, computer fraud, child pornography, misuse of alcohol, illegal drug manufacturing, use, distribution and possession, assault, sexual assault, theft, and student organization regulations. Hire, supervise, train and evaluate professional and student. Prepare and manage Office of Judicial Affairs budget. Develop policies and procedures which comply with federal and state legislative reporting requirements (e.g., Family Education Right to Privacy Act, Campus Crime Reporting Act, Board of Regents). Serve as advisor to the All University Judiciary Board (AUJ) for approximately 30 members, which include faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.


Provide consultation for faculty, staff, students, Department of Residence, and Office of Greek Affairs regarding alleged student conduct violations.  Coordinate with internal and external constituents to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file student judicial charges. Consult with university administrators in emergency situations or sensitive student issues which may require interim judicial action.  Collaborate with the Office of Equal Opportunity and other campus partners around issues related to sexual misconduct. Foster and maintain effective relationships with various internal and external constituents including ISU Police, Ames Police, Equal Opportunity, Department of Residence and ACCESS.

Records Maintenance

Direct management for all electronic and paper student disciplinary files for the Office of Judicial Affairs. Place disciplinary holds on student records and review all disciplinary records annually to ensure the holds on student records are current and in accordance with university policies and procedures. Supervise the certification for investigating agencies requesting student disciplinary history. Collect, analyze and disseminate disciplinary data for annual reports.

 Assistant Dean Responsibilities

Serve as a member of the Dean of Students Office Dean Team and provide leadership and support to achieve DSO goals and strategic priorities. Serve as Deans designee at the discretion and/or absence of the Dean. Provide leadership on a variety of university and divisional committees as a representative of the DSO. Write reports and compile DSO information as needed.  Coordinate and represent DSO at various campus and community events.

 Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 5 years; OR Master's degree and 3 years; OR a combination of related education and experience totaling more than 9 years. Professional experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position. Direct experience working with students in the adjudication of conduct code violations in a higher education setting.  Experience supervising professional staff.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education management, educational policy, social work or related field.  
  • Experience applying student development theories. Experience working with legal issues, current trends and best practices that inform judicial case management in higher education.
  • Experience with higher education policy and procedure, specifically as it pertains to due process, hearings, and educational sanctions as developmental opportunities for students in higher education.
  • Experience in budget management.


Minimum $52,374; commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

 Application Information

Applications are accepted online only at:  

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 Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references

 To ensure consideration, submit application by July 3, 2014. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.



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