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Location:Des Plaines, IL
Company:Oakton Community College
First posted:September 15, 2016

AVP for Student Affairs/Dean AED (Position Code AVPSA-17)


Category: Administrators       

Department: Student Affairs

Locations: Des Plaines and Skokie, IL

Posted: Sep 15, '16

Type: Administrators

Ref. No.: AVPSA-17

About Oakton Community College :

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity.

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago and serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie.  This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and opening of the Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position (Aaa rating), and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks an Assistant Vice President/Dean who is a critical thinker, creative, and an experienced leader with a focused commitment to student success.  The successful candidate balances strategic thinking and problem solving with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills that encourage collaboration.  Oakton values diverse thoughts, and seeks ethical and trustworthy candidates.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Job Description:

The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity ( hereinafter "AVP/Dean" ) works under the general direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs and is a senior member of the student affairs leadership team.  The AVP/Dean serves as the Chief Diversity Officer, and oversees the College's student conduct and Title IX processes.  This position is charged with providing overall leadership and direction for developing, implementing, and monitoring programs and processes that promote and sustain access, equity, diversity, and respect throughout Oakton Community College.  This includes collaboration with various College departments, administrators, faculty, and staff to promote an organizational culture that sets clear expectations, provides appropriate support, and engenders respect for the diversity of cultural background, national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability among Oakton's student body, workforce, and community.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serving as Oakton's Chief Diversity Officer.  This responsibility includes investigating and managing complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts by determining compliance with laws, regulations, or College policy.  In addition, assists in developing and implementing strategies to monitor and evaluate institutional wide progress in creating a diverse and equitable work and learning environment.  Provides technical assistance; advice, coaching, and consultation to individuals and groups regarding cross cultural conflicts and disputes, as well as policies and practices that might have an adverse impact on a particular group(s).

  • Serves as a senior member of the Student Affairs leadership team.  This responsibility includes supporting the leadership, planning, advising, and assessment of Student Affairs divisional activities and priorities.  Active collaboration is engaged with other College leaders (VPs, Deans, Directors, and student leaders) to carry out strategic initiatives that support student success outcomes.  When assigned, acts in the absence of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

  • Oversees the College's administration of the Code of Student Conduct, which includes directing the activities of the coordinator for access, equity, and student rights (the Student Conduct Coordinator).  Monitors, and when necessary, updates policies and procedures to assure due process and equity is afforded to all students engaged in the College's conduct process.

  • Actively oversees and supports the College's effective administration of (and compliance with) Title IX.

  • Advises, collaborates, and initiates strategic processes that support the matriculation, persistence, graduation, and success of Oakton students, with a focused interest in increasing the equity experiences and success outcomes of underrepresented students and those most under served by the college.

  • Collaborates with senior College leaders to integrate diversity and equity practices into institutional employment and workplace practices.  This responsibility includes providing consultation in designing and implementing institution wide changes to ensure diversity, equity and respect for all faculty, staff, and students.

  • Coordinates the development, implementation, and monitoring of diversity working groups, committees and councils.  Supervises the implementation of workshops, presentations, learning modules, and other strategies that promote access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • As directed, produces and contributes to written reports and updates (quarterly and annually).  On behalf of the College, prepares reports and related correspondence required by state and federal agencies that support access, equity, and diversity.

  • Supervises and evaluates departments and staff members assigned to the AVP/Dean.

  • Develops and monitors all operating budgets for the areas of responsibilities assigned to the AVP/Dean.

  • Serves as a member of the President's senior leadership team to ensure that issues of access, equity and diversity are considered in institutional decisions.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.


A Master's degree in Counseling, Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, or a closely related area; at least 5 years of successful college level counseling/teaching/administrative experience, including at least 3 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education, and demonstrated experience working with a culturally diverse student population; at least 3 years of administrative experience including the supervision of exempt professional staff; a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in periods of organizational change; excellent interpersonal, cross cultural communication, diversity, organizational and problem solving skills; and a clear understanding of cross cultural, international and diversity communication theory are required.

An earned doctorate is strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

The salary range associated with the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity is: Minimum annual salary: $101,154. Salary midpoint: $134,136. Maximum annual salary: $167,115.  Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications, related experience, and internal equity.  Usually, new hires into administrative positions are placed into the lower half of the salary range.

The full consideration deadline is October 7, 2016.  The position will remain open until filled.

It is anticipated that screening interviews will be conducted by the search committee between October 14-28, 2016. Upon the conclusion of the initial round of screening interviews, the search committee will likely recommend 3 finalists to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Finalists will participate in a second round of on campus interviews. It is anticipated the finalist interviews will be conducted between November 14-18.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that the appointment will be taken for approval to the Board of Trustees at the December 13, 2016 Board meeting.

The anticipated start date is February 1, 2017, or earlier if appropriate.

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application found on the Oakton website.  Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information, and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website.  Please indicate the position code (AVPSA-17) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.

Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to  Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton Community College
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity Search AVPSA-17
c/o Human Resources
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL  60016

Please contact Craig Ahrndt, Assistant to the Chief Human Resources Officer at 847.635.1676 or if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

The full consideration deadline for this search is October 7, 2016.  The deadline for submitting documents required for an applicant file is also October 7, 2016.  The posting will be removed from the Oakton website when the position is filled.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity employer.


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