Associate Dean of Students, Student Life

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Associate Dean of Students, Student Life
Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, Georgia


Full-Time (40 hours/week)



REPORTS TO:         

Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students


February 2019


 The Associate Dean of Students for Student Life works closely with students, faculty, and staff to encourage student learning with primary attention given to new student orientation, diversity support, and cultivating intentional relationships with students. The Associate Dean is responsible to supervise the Coordinator of Student Leadership and Graduate Assistant for Student Life in seeking to define, plan, implement, and assess a variety of programs and leadership opportunities for all traditional students that promote and enhance learning within the academic culture of Covenant College. The Associate Dean of Students for Student Life reports to the Vice President for Student Development and is a member of the Student Development Team.  


New Student Orientation

  • Coordinate New Student Orientation at the beginning of each semester for freshmen and transfer students.
  • Recruit and train orientation team leaders
  • Plan and implement Summer Pre-Orientation
  • Provide all training for staff participants for all orientations.
  • Develop and distribute advertising materials related to all orientations.
  • Evaluate orientation each year.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Admissions to effectively communicate
  • orientation information to new students and their families.

Diversity Support

  • Invest time in culturally diverse students by forming and nurturing relationships
  • Provide leadership to the Multicultural Program in working with student leaders.
  • Plan regular social and educational events and large campus-wide gatherings.    
  • Work with faculty, staff and various administrative offices as an advocate for culturally diverse students and to educate the campus on multicultural issues.
  • Work with the director of academic support in providing advocacy and accountability for multicultural  students on academic probation.
  • Work with the Primary Designated School Official  on support for international
  • students and become a Designated School Official
  • Serve on the Multicultural Committee of the faculty.

Student Life and Leadership

  • Build one-on-one discipling relationships with students
  • Assist the Coordinator of Student Leadership with the oversight of student senate, clubs, and organizations.
  • Attend student senate meetings on a regular basis, and schedule individual meetings with senators periodically throughout the year.
  • Oversee the CC Lead program including the CC Lead Conference each spring for new student leaders and Intro to CC Lead Seminars to equip potential future leaders.
  • Oversee communication to current students about campus programming.
  • Work with the Student Development Office Coordinator to produce a monthly email newsletter for parents of current students.
  • Work with other members of Student Development on student care concerns and mentor specific students as needed.
  • Work with the Associate Dean of Students, Residence Life on discipline cases as needed.
  • Work as a Title IX investigator and remain up to date on Title IX trainings and policy changes.


  • Set goals and objectives for each aspect of Student Life and Leadership.
  • Conduct regular effective evaluation of all aspects of the Student Life area.
  • Participate in professional meetings/conferences as budget and schedule allow.
  • Update and implement policies and procedures that consider risk management issues especially related to off-campus programs and activities.
  • Represent Student Development by attending various campus-wide events and
  • activities such as graduation, prayer meetings, Opening Convocation, chapel, athletic events, etc.
  • Represent Student Development upon request for Admission events.
  • Serve as requested in Student Development meetings, college meetings and committees.
  • Design, implement, and control department budget.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Development.


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively interact with various constituencies of the college, both internal and external.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the willingness to pursue students
  • Engaging presentation skills with the ability to communicate to multiple audiences - staff, students, parents, and faculty - in a variety of settings.  
  • Administrative and leadership skills with the ability to motivate students and student groups, develop student leaders, and creatively solve problems


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in student development, counseling, higher education administration, or related field.
  • Significant experience working with college students and demonstrated leadership in planning and implementing purposeful student events and programming
  • Proficiency with Google Apps or Microsoft Office Suite.


  • At least five years working in college student development with increasing responsibility and scope of influence


  • An acceptance of and commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  • An understanding of the mission and purpose of Covenant College
  • Must be able to assent to Covenant College’s Staff Commitments
  • The ability to relate well with both male and female students from various cultures and a demonstrated openness to interacting with people whose lives have been shaped by cultures different from their own
  • An understanding of and commitment to the Scriptures, the Westminster Standards, the doctrinal standards of the PCA and the mission of Covenant College as a Christian liberal arts college


This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines for at least 75% of the work day.

Remain in a standing or stationary position at least 50% of the work day.


Interested applicants should submit the following application materials to

  • Letter of interest
  • Résumé - including contact information for three references
  • Brief statement (two page maximum) summarizing the applicant’s philosophy of student life, discipleship, and student development.  Of particular interest is how the applicant views these areas complementing the full educational life of the college in light of the college’s motto of “In all things Christ preeminent.”
  • A statement of faith, sharing about his/her ongoing walk with Christ and his/her understanding of and commitment to Scripture, the Westminster Confession of Faith (, and the doctrinal standards of the Presbyterian Church in America ( ).

Dr. Scott Quatro

Dr. Scott Quatro discusses Covenant’s motto and how it is put into practice across the disciplines and departments.
Taken the evening of 10.13.2013 by Matt McLelland.