University of Chicago Dean of Students in Chicago, Illinois

*Standard Summary

Oversees a variety of student services within a Dean of Students Office. Performs two or more of the following job duties: recruits prospective students; develops and oversees the implementation of a marketing strategy, including developing recruitment materials and events; assists with developing admissions strategies and provides analysis of admissions projections and class configurations, and evaluates applications; helps formulate levels and configurations of financial aid packages, develops annual tuition and financial aid budgets, and advises faculty and administrators of funding opportunities; advises students on admissions processes, sources of financial aid, course registration, degree requirements, and/or other departmental or University policies and procedures; provides career services, including career counseling, job and internship placement, and developing and maintaining career resources library; plan and implement orientation, convocation and/or activities and events designed to build community and enhance student involvement in the program; acts as a student advocate and counsels students in disputes with university offices such as housing, library, student loan administration, etc.; identifies and oversees the development of technological solutions to improve operating efficiencies and manages transfer of data to central student, financial accounting, and financial aid information services. Analyzes data and develops reports. May serve as primary unit liaison to the Registrar, Bursar, University Counseling Services, or other central student services offices. May supervise support staff.

About the Unit

The University of Chicago Divinity School is a tough-minded, sprawling, rigorous and dynamic conversation about what religion is and why understanding it is so vitally important. At the Divinity School, we believe serious inquiry into the subject of religion requires a university context where all ideas are subject to uncompromising standards of argument and evidence.

Located in the heart of campus, the Div School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Chicago. The dominant ethos of the school ? toward the cultivation of new knowledge through research ? imbues both the PhD and masters programs (MA, MDiv, AMRS), which are taught by the same faculty. The Divinity School and University represent an unparalleled depth of expertise in all five major world religions (Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism), throughout their historical periods, and other religious movements, past and present.

Our faculty and students engage in advanced research in pursuit of new knowledge about the human phenomenon of religion, as viewed from the broadest possible range of perspectives. We train students for all kinds of roles which require thinking and speaking about religion ? in general and specific religious communities, in traditions, texts, rituals, and other realities ? in a manner that is deeply informed, rigorously critical, and honestly engaged.

Unit Job Summary

The position involves chief responsibility and/or oversight for the School's efforts in recruitment and admissions, its financial aid budget, monitoring student progress and related policies, and Ph.D. placement. The position also involves, as an extension of this work, both some advising of students and ongoing consultation and cooperation with the Dean of the School, the administrative staff, and the faculty. Qualifications include: Ph.D. degree; a minimum of three years supervisory experience; demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in admissions and financial aid budgeting preferred; excellent organizational and communication skills mandatory; capacity to work with computer technology (Excel, etc.) preferred.


Ph.D. degree required


A minimum of three years of relevant experience in student affairs or a closely-related area and progressively responsible managerial, budgetary, and supervisory experience in a college or university, preferably in a research institution required.

One year of experience working in higher education research institution preferred. Demonstrated experience at conducting goal setting process for unit preferred. Expertise in data management and analysis preferred.


Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Knowledge of admissions and aid procedures required. Budget management skills required. Decision-making skills required. Ability to effectively communicate with faculty and administrators at all levels within the University required. Excellent organizational skills required. Attention to detail required. Analytical skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to resolve complex problems required. Ability to use independent judgment required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Ability to coordinate the work of others preferred. Supervisory skills preferred. First-hand experience in a graduate program preferred. Knowledge of database management and network software preferred.

Required Job Seeker Documents

Resume Cover Letter

Optional Job Seeker Documents

Requisition Number: 103081

Departmental Job Title: Dean of Students

Type of Position: Staff

Number of Positions Available: 1

Division: Divinity School

Department: 31360-Divinity School

Work Location: Campus - Hyde Park

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Hours/Week: 37.5

If other than regular hours (M-F, 8:30-5:00) please detail: 8:30 - 5:00

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Union (If applicable): Non-Union

Pay Grade: NA

Pay Frequency: Monthly

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?: No

Is a Background Check Required?: Yes

Is Drug Testing Required?: No

Employee Referral Bonus Amount: None

Posting Date: 07-17-2017

Remove from posting on or before: 01-17-2018