Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Date Posted: 09/30/2022
Type/Department:Administrator in Dean of Students
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department:  Dean of Students Office - Division of Student Life 

Job Title: Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $50,000 - $54,000 /Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Anticipated Start Date: Immediately


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. Student Life fosters and supports an optimal educational environment for our students, both inside and outside the classroom. With students as our primary focus, we intentionally create and support opportunities and experiences that promote a diverse community steeped in respect, intellectual and emotional growth, integrity, justice, and safety for all members of the Hampshire community. As part of the dean of student’s team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals.


The assistant to vice president for student affairs and dean of students is a full-time, 12-month, highly motivated, professional staff member who is responsible for providing administrative and organization support directly to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students, manage the daily operations and budget of the dean of students office and coordinate cross-functional collaboration and projects within the division. The assistant addresses student needs, develop initiatives, plan and execute events and projects. Additionally, the assistant will provide support when needed to the director of student affairs housed within the dean of students office.

The assistant is a student development practitioner who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, open to new and challenging experiences directed toward professional growth, and committed to creating and contributing to an inclusive campus community. This position should be a positive role model and needs to be highly visible, maintain high student contact, and work effectively with students, faculty, and staff. The assistant must feel comfortable working in an evolving, face-paced organizational framework with shifting responsibilities. 

This position collaborates with cross-divisional staff to meet the department goals, and further the mission of the division of student life. The assistant will contribute to campus-wide educational initiatives, for instance the ENGAGE Day of Learning, New Student Orientation, Community Orientation, and Community Education Day that advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Participates as a committed member of the student life team in college and division committee work, projects, meetings, retreats, and overall community development: assists in the coordination and facilitation of academic courses, co-curricular activities and services for students. Evening and weekend hours are frequent.   


Must have executive administrative support skills, be detailed oriented with excellent planning, organizational and management abilities, have strong nurturing and excellent interpersonal communication skills both verbal and written, ability to maintain positive student-centered relations, and continuously helpful attitude to both the campus community and external constituents.  Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time.

Possess an understanding of student development, supervisory experience and a commitment to improving the lives of students; the ability to work in a team–oriented environment with an emphasis on partnership and collaboration.

A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization; and tact and diplomacy in handling sensitive and/or confidential matters required; Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments; Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities; Promotes diversity, equity and inclusion activities; Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members; Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.

Exceptional skills in project management and writing required; Proficiency in project analysis, strategic thinking and organizational dynamics; Proven ability to multi-task, work independently, collaborate with various levels of internal and external parties, adapt to changing priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment; Excellent interpersonal skills, along with integrity and a sense of humor.

Ability to respond well to crisis situations. Have the mental agility to exercise judgment and initiative, discern situations that necessitate confidentiality and maintain their confidentiality and, act and determine direction in ambiguous situations.  

Duties require high level of office skills, comfort with using computer systems, including advanced experience in MS Word/Excel, PowerPoint, Qualtrics, Colleague, electronic calendar software, and major social media platform. Excellent judgement and ability to work independently.  


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent preferably in education, liberal arts, creative writing, business administration
  • Three years of job-related experience is required.

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.