Job Positions

Associate Dean for Student Success

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Farrington College of Education


Sacred Heart University

Date Posted:

Jan 18 2021 12:08PM

Close Date:

Mar 18 2021

Position Description

The Farrington College of Education (FCE) at Sacred Heart University invites applications for a 12-month administrative position. We seek applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in helping students discover their interests and reach their intellectual and career goals. The Assistant Dean for Student Success will work closely with the FCE Dean, Associate Dean, department chair and program directors in the FCE to provide faculty training, student advising, course evaluation, scheduling, strategic planning, academic event planning and management. Additionally, the incumbent will work with colleagues across the university to provide leadership, support and service, as assigned.


- Develop and implement a college-wide advising model, to include strategies that provide meaningful opportunities for students to succeed.
- Develop, organize, and implement individual and group trainings, along with resources, to provide meaningful and consistent advising support to faculty.
- Develop, coordinate, facilitate, and/or present academic planning and career development modules and special workshops for students (e.g., choosing a major, resume development, identifying internship opportunities, etc.).
- Serve on university wide advising and career development task forces.
- Provide support for Commencement, Convocation, and other university wide events.
- Plan and provide support for advising events and initiatives.
- Counsel and advise students, individually or in groups, on issues related to planning an academic program.
- Evaluate and review credits for students transferring to FCE, advise students with academic difficulties, and assist students planning to study abroad and advise appropriately.
- Provide referrals to specific departments, schools or colleges as appropriate.
- Counsel and advise students in making career related decisions, using assessment instruments where appropriate. - Assist students (and alumni) in the use of existing resources for learning about careers of interest to them.
- Critique resumes and assist with programs and services related to placement activities.
- Serve as liaison and resource with academic and/or student services, departments/organizations, including those outside of the FCE (e.g., Graduate Admissions, Registrar’s Office, Transfer Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions, Student Success Center, Office of Global Affairs), as assigned.
- Coordinate revisions to the university catalog for the administration of the college.
- Coordinate and plan college participation in open houses and orientation events, including ancillary advising opportunities.
- Coordinate scheduling of courses with other colleges and SHU campuses.
- Become conversant with the university’s student planning and advising system.
- Contribute to the strategic growth of the FCE in areas that broadly relate to and support the Mission of SHU.

Application Process

Applicants should upload a letter of interest that relates qualifications to the requirements of the position, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and transcripts to Dr. Mel Horton, through the SHU online Application Portal. The search committee will only consider online submissions: see JOBID=127607&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1610993019981

Institution Information

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 9,000 students attend the University's five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides of Best 386 Colleges and Best 248 Business Schools. U.S. News & World Report ranks SHU among the best national universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities. SHU fields 32 division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service.

Additional Information

Ecumenical in spirit and led by the laity, Sacred Heart University is dedicated to excellence in academics and to the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions. We are looking for individuals who value the University’s Catholic identity, tradition and spirit, and support its commitment to the intellectual and ethical development of our students. Sacred Heart University is an EOE/AA employer.

Contact Information

Mel L. Horton, Ed.D. Associate Dean
Sacred Heart University
Isabelle Farrington College of Education


Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree in education, counseling, or related student service area.
- Knowledge and experience in providing faculty support for advising.
- Two years of experience in academic counseling, post-secondary career planning and placement, or related experience.
- Evidence of excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational and record-reviewing skills
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Strategic planning skills. Ability to work collaboratively.
- Command of technological skills (MS Word, Excel, Google Docs, Zoom).

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience leading or working in a college/university advising office or related administrative unit.
- Doctoral degree.