Assistant or Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Job ID 2021-1383
Job Locations
Regular Full-Time
Budgeted Salary Range
Competitive pay with full benefits package

Location, Job Title, Benefits

A special opportunity as the first Assistant or Associate Dean of Student Affairs to help lead and establish the Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine, a branch campus of Rocky Vista University located in Billings, MT


To be considered for this position applicants should submit a resume/cover letter and salary requirements.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to skill, knowledge, experience, education, and credentials.


RVU offers competitive pay with a full benefits package that includes 401(k), Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.


RVU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Primary Purpose

The Assistant/Associate Dean of Student Affairs is the principal administrator and leader responsible for the full range of development, implementation, coordination, assessment, and management of all relevant services, activities, and support of the students at RVU-MCOM. The position is also responsible for the supervision and professional development of the employees within his/her reporting structure.  

Essential Job Functions

  1. Provide oversight, direction and guidance for the staff of Student Affairs in planning, developing and implementing support services, student activities, and counseling to benefit all students.
  2. Provide leadership to team with regular feedback, assessments and performance evaluations. Assist in recruiting, developing, advancing and retaining team members.
  3. Provide leadership to team to ensure student success through career and academic advising, access to mental and physical health resources, and education and enforcement of professional behavior in a sensitive and confidential manner.
  4. Help build a culture that respects, values, and promotes diversity by recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse talent within an atmosphere of access, equity, and inclusion.
  5. Develop and execute strategies to ensure that budgets, policies, and procedures are followed.
  6. Work collaboratively  with leaders to help manage and support internal departments (Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, etc.), institutions, and other stakeholders to ensure the mission of RVU and MCOM are met in accordance with our core values. 
  7. Ensure relevant academic standards are met as per accreditation requirements of the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission.
  8. Serve as an active participant on committees or task forces or other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Marginal Job Functions

  1. Assist administration, faculty and staff in special projects as required.
  2. Act as liaison between RUV, the professional community, other educational institutions and organizations as indicated and directed by the Dean.
  3. Participate in relevant and appropriate community and professional outreach activities on behalf of the college and the university.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of student services and activities in higher education.
  2. Demonstrate excellent communication skills and established experience in public speaking and writing.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers, electronics, and software (Microsoft products, PDF, etc.) commensurate with the modern work environment.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant laws and regulations regarding students (e.g. FERPA).

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Terminal degree: D.O., M.D., Ph. D., Ed.D, or other equivalent doctorate degree.
  2. Multi-year of experience in higher education administrative student services.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous experience at a health sciences college or university.
  2. Experience in personnel and budget management.
  3. Experience with college accreditations.


Final applicant will be required to pass background check and drug screening.


Qualified applicants will be contacted. There may be an additional video interview for you to complete. Please watch your email including spam and promotions folder.


Rocky Vista University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all position at the University.

  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staff at all levels;
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and /or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties;
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.;
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.


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