Dean of Students

Title: Dean of Students
Department: Dean of Students
Supervisor: President of CIIS
Classification: Exempt


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco is a pioneer in integrative higher education, providing interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. The school offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Arts completion degree. We are conveniently located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, which is a quick walk from BART, Muni and other public transportation.


The Student Affairs staff at CIIS supports students in a global context, both professionally and personally, with co-curricular resources and programs. A team of 3 full-time staff, one half-time Student Alliance (student government) Coordinator, and several part-time student workers are led by the Dean of Students. The Dean reports to the President and is responsible for the overall vision and administration of this comprehensive Student Affairs Office.

The Dean provides leadership, vision, and administrative oversight for student leadership, student organizations, and campus programs; assists in creating an inclusive and culturally competent campus community; serves a key role in crisis management and response; and conveys a passion for student development and innovative thinking that enhances opportunities for students to succeed in a primarily graduate-level academic and social environment.

Institutional Alliances and Support
The Dean works creatively and energetically with the President, the Academic Vice President, the Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, the Director of Diversity, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, the Director of the Mental Health Services Act Program, the Registrar, Admissions, the Business Office, the Financial Aid Office, academic program chairs, faculty and administrators to achieve CIIS's goals for student learning, success, and academic achievement.


  • Lead, manage, and assess all areas within Student Affairs, including International Student Services, Student Disability Services, an expanding Center for Career and Community Engagement, and a newly forming Student Counseling Center.
  • Develop and implement student affairs strategic goals and objectives, using assessment data to guide continuous improvement of student learning and services.
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, train, and evaluate all Student Affairs staff, ensuring high levels of accountability. Provide information and opportunities for professional development and ongoing training.
  • Provide stewardship of the Student Affairs operating budget. 
  • Lead the coordination of the publication of the annual Student Handbook and other Student Affairs print and electronic materials in association with the appropriate staff.
  • Oversee the Student Emergency Loan process.
  • Oversee the annual Student Satisfaction Survey.
  • Oversee the collection and reporting of area crime statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.
  • Represent the Student Affairs department on institute committees, including the Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees (staff chair); Safety Emergency Response Team; Student Life Strategic Planning Committee (co-facilitator); Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee; Directors' Council; Threat Assessment Team; Commencement Committee; Student Counseling Center Planning Committee; Financial Petitions Committee; Institutional Safety and Security Committee; Technology Advisory Committee; Space Committee; Scheduling Process Team; and Academic Standards Committee. 
  • Lead institutional response in student crisis situations, working with appropriate departments and staff members as needed.
  • Serve as the Institute Disability Officer, providing ongoing management, in conjunction with the Student Disability Services Coordinator, of institutional ADA compliance and accommodation.
  • Serve as the Institute Sexual Assault Coordinator and partner as needed with the Director of Human Resources, who is the Sexual Harassment Officer for the Institute, on student related issues.
  • Collaborate with Admissions to coordinate the dissemination of information and materials regarding campus life and student affairs to prospective and newly matriculated students throughout the recruitment and admissions process.
  • Oversee the annual institute-wide commencement process, and the Fall and Spring new student orientations.
  • Assist with the collection and analysis of data that addresses effectiveness of student services. Coordinate the dissemination of analysis reporting to appropriate faculty and administrative offices.
  • Address student concerns and issues, promoting positive institutional change on behalf of students.
  • Provide facilitation and mediation among students, faculty, and staff as necessary in response to student concerns. 
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs, the Registrar's Office, the Business Office, Financial Aid, and Admissions in facilitating resolution of student challenges and grievances.
  • Administer the institutional response upon student initiation of the Student Complaint Procedure.
  • Advise and collaborate with Student Alliance (student government) and serve as the staff supervisor for the Student Alliance Coordinator.
  • Collaborate on institute-wide efforts towards student success, retention, and timely graduation.


  • Master's Degree Required (PhD Preferred) in higher education administration, counseling, or related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in higher education and student services, with a focus on graduate student populations
  • Strong leadership skills, vision, student-centered philosophy, and enthusiasm to build on the institute's tradition of integral education 
  • In depth knowledge of ADA/504 regulations
  • Ability to effectively manage crisis situations
  • Ability to develop a network across the organization and cultivate strong interdepartmental relationships 
  • Experience with and knowledge of student counseling services
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of established professional codes of ethics and best practices for Student Affairs professionals
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve; and sensitivity to and understanding of historically underrepresented groups, and groups who have experienced discrimination
  • Exceptional mediation and conflict resolution skills
  • Outstanding verbal, writing, and presentation skills. Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with students, staff, faculty, and all external constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience in assessment and evaluation
  • Working knowledge of federal policies, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Title II, and Title IX
  • Proficiency in computer skills including MS Word, Excel, databases, electronic communication, the Internet, and web based applications


Salary will commensurate with experience.


Please submit the following application materials as one document online:

  • Resume
  • Letter of application addressing how you meet the qualifications of the job posting
  • Statement of philosophy and practice of student services
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff.