Vice Dean for Student Success

William & Mary   Williamsburg, VA   Full-time     Management
Posted on January 20, 2023
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Vice Dean for Student Success


Present Position Number



Role Code Title

Professional/Lecturer (Staff)


Position Title

Vice Dean for Student Success


Unit Mission Statement

The Dean of Students Office assists all students, graduate and undergraduate, from their initial orientation though the completion of their academic and personal goals. The Dean of Students Office staff advocates for students needs, acts as liaison between student and academic departments, and provides support designed to enhance personal growth and instill a sense of personal authority and responsibility in each student.


Position Summary

The Vice Dean (VD) for Student Success serves as a member of the Dean of Students Leadership Team and principal advisor to the Dean of Students. The Student Success Thematic Area is a proactive, student-centered group of professionals who support and advise undergraduate and graduate students on their academic journey, both inside and outside the classroom. Focusing on self-awareness, autonomy, accountability, and advocacy, Student Success serves to support each student’s well-being and engagement needs in times of daily support, celebration, and crisis.

Reporting directly to the Dean of Students, the Vice Dean provides secondary leadership to all functions under the Dean of Students and is a primary point of contact for students, staff, faculty, families, and other stakeholders. The incumbent manages the daily operations, administration, and budget for the Dean of Students Office. The Vice Dean will lead with purpose, demonstrating a commitment to furthering our dedication to community care, restorative practice, civil discourse, and belonging.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the operating budget and gifts, including forecasting expenditures and revenues.
  • Supervising the Directors of Care Support Services and Parent and Family Programs.
  • Managing high-level student and family crises and maintaining a strong, visible presence on campus and at student events.
  • Assisting staff in developing grant proposals and participating in external fundraising activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Significant professional experience in Student Affairs, demonstrating increasing responsibilities.
  • Leadership experience that includes experience managing professional-level employees, as well as fiscal oversight/budget management.
  • Experience with emergency and crisis management.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to successfully work with a diverse population of students, faculty, parents, and constituents.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, or a related field.
  • Experience with program planning and implementation.
  • Experience with and demonstrated understanding of FERPA, Title IX, and ADA laws.
  • Significant supervisory experience with a collaborative approach to management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to restorative practice and social justice.

Advertised Pay Range

Up to $105,000 commensurate with relevant education and experience



220000 Dean of Students



William & Mary


Is the position remote work eligible?

Not eligible


Remote Work Disclaimer

Remote work eligibility is not guaranteed and is subject to approval. Employee eligibility depends on the likelihood of the employee succeeding in a remote work arrangement and the supervisor’s ability to manage remote workers. Departments and/or Human Resources may amend, alter, change, delete, or modify eligibility.


University Salary Range



Job Open Date



Open Until Filled



Employment Category

Full Time Professional





Position Term

12 Month - Continuing


Special Application Instructions


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is required to serve on the Dean of Students Office on-call rotation.
  • Requires access to sensitive data; incumbent is required to adhere to confidentiality and security policies. 
  • This position may require additional hours beyond the typical work week, including occasional overnight and weekend work as needed to meet the business needs of the operation.

EEO Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


Benefits Summary Statement

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to: