Skip to Main Content
Search Careers

Assistant Dean of Students for Retention and Engagement

Job ID SMU-2121726 Date Posted 11/19/2021 Location Oakland, California Schedule/Shift Full Time/ Day
Position Overview:

Job Summary:

The Assistant Dean of Students role will focus on student retention, success, and equity and inclusion by providing leadership and vision for University’s retention and success initiatives, including campus wide equity, inclusion and recognitions efforts with a particular focus establishing and sustaining structures to support student success and engagement that increases retention and engagement of our diverse student communities. This position leads the University’s Student Success initiative, engagement and retention efforts, and serves as a key resource within the Dean of Student’s office to address issues of inclusion and equity and contributes to a more equitable campus climate through policy consultation and capacity building for students.

The Assistant Dean leads the divisional partnerships with students, faculty, and staff in the development and implementation of student success initiatives, efforts focused on social justice and equity co-curricular activities and educational opportunities. This position serves to infuse principals of excellence to enhance our work with all SMU students acknowledging the particular experiences of our limited income, first generation, and historically marginalized populations. 

The Assistant Dean collaborates with Academic Program Leadership in the design, implementation and assessment of programs and support structures.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Design, lead, and assess the student success initiative as part of the larger success and retention efforts.
  • Serve as Dean of Students’ representative in the partnerships with academic departments and administrative offices to develop and deliver co-curricular programs and services that support the engagement, retention and graduation of students and contribute to the University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.
  • Develop and implement policies, programming and educational opportunities that build capacity around student engagement, leadership, inclusion, equity and social justice and enhance student retention and sense of belonging
  • Assess the student success efforts broadly, analyze the results, and, along with best practices, lead the improvement of established outcomes and services
  • Partner with the office of Diversity and Inclusion on equity issues that impact student retention and success. Serve as a key resource concerning student retention and success for students, faculty and staff, and within the Division of Student Affairs. 
  • Manage administrative and budgetary matters related to the Dean of Students area
  • Participate in department and division meetings for project planning, policy development and direction setting
  • Design and provide resources that enhance students’ personal, academic, and social identity development with a comprehensive lens to the diverse student experience
  • Provide event support for campus-wide programs
  • Represent SMU and the Student Affairs Division in a variety of forums on campus and virtually
  • In partnership with academic departments, coordinate student career services efforts for the universityIn partnership with the Dean of Students, and other Assistant Deans, collaborate with key stakeholders to investigate and resolve problems, refer students for necessary services, including those in crisis, and consult on specific cases. 
  • Other duties as assigned or required



  • Master’s Degree in student affairs, education, counseling or related field required
  • Experience creating and facilitating learning and engagement programs
  • Experience in leading divisional/institutional equity and inclusion efforts
  • Must be able to work independently
  • 5-6 years of related experience preferably in an academic environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to function in an atmosphere of changing priorities
  • Must exhibit tact, discretion, problem solving skills
  • Prior higher education management/leadership experience in student affairs or multicultural affairs
  • Maintain confidentiality

Knowledge of:

  • Student Development, Engagement, and Leadership Development theories
  • Social just training and diversity education
  • Retention and success methodologies and best practices
  • Budgeting
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training
  • Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of university students


  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong budgetary skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
  • Ability to understand the needs of a diverse population, including students of color
  • Ability to engage and work in collaboration
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff  

The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.

Organization:Samuel Merritt University
Employee Status: Regular
Employee Referral Bonus: No
Benefits: Yes
Position Status: Exempt
Union: No
Job Shift: Day
Shift Hours:8 Hour Shift
Days of the Week Scheduled:Monday-Friday
Weekend Requirements: Other
Schedule: Full Time
Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period:80
Applications Accepted:All Applications Accepted

Sutter Health Affiliates are equal opportunity employers EOE/M/F/Disability/Veterans

Apply Later

Fraud Alert: Please be aware of scams involving fraudulent job postings ...Learn more

Sign Up for Job Alerts

Join our Talent Network and get Sutter Health news and job alerts delivered to your inbox.

Sign up now

Customize your job alert by selecting a job category and location. Select specialty and function if applicable to further refine your alert. Then click "Add".

  • Academia, Oakland, California, United StatesRemove
  • Business Professional, Oakland, California, United StatesRemove
Text Opt-in

By submitting your information, you acknowledge that you have read our privacy policy and consent to receive email and/or SMS messaging communication from Sutter Health. You may be charged by your wireless provider in connection with the receipt of the message.

Find a Career at Sutter

Our employees are shaping the future of healthcare. Find a career at Sutter.

Get Started