Director of Student Life, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, MA

Title:               Director of Student Life
Reports to:      Dean of Students/Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Job Summary: 
At the direction of the Dean of Students, oversees all aspects of the School's student life.  Included in these responsibilities are the strategic planning, hospitality, advocacy, and general support of Andover Newton's students.
Major Responsibilities:
Students and Student Groups
  • Respond to non-academic student needs and develop programs and networks to maximize support for student life
  • Serve as school's primary ADA compliance officer, providing accommodations for all disabled students
  • Provide pastoral presence and ensure that various resources are available & accessible for students (e.g. spiritual life/faith crises, counseling, personal support)
  • Develop and implement campus-wide efforts in the area of spiritual and vocational formation (including readiness, call, and spiritual growth)
  • Recruit, train, and support Community Covenant Group Leaders and assess their progress
  • Provide advice and oversight to the Student Association, the school's student governance body, and Student Fellowship Groups
  • Seek out and nurture relationships with other individuals and groups that can enhance student life and provide support for students
  • Support student run worship on campus
  • Plan and implement the fall Community Day, a day of off campus service and learning
  • Provide direct support to minority student populations (racial & ethnic, GLBTQ, religious minorities, and so forth)
New Student Orientation
  • Carry responsibility for the welcoming and orientation of all new students
  • Work with the Academic Dean, Student Association, and Student Fellowship Groups in creation of the fall and Spring Orientation programs
  • Provide welcome and integration for International students
Housing and Residence Life
  • Oversee management of student housing services working in collaboration with Buildings & Grounds team to ensure quality living conditions and general residential safety
  • Hire and train student Resident Representatives, working closely with Director of Housing
  • Develop and maintain other practical student services such as are required to maintain a high quality of life on campus
  • Ensure student concerns/perspectives have a voice in the decision-level areas of ANTS, especially serving as a bridge between the student (non-academic) and the academic areas of school life.
  • Provide support for students going to the Committee on Student Accountabilit
  • Promote student involvement in missions and community
  • Develop and implement placement opportunities
  • Work with Registrar to improve school's retention of students
  • Develop policy as needed in conjunction with DOS
Preferred background:
  • Highly motivated and energetic individual who can fully represent the core values of Andover Newton Theological School
  • Advanced degree in theology, higher education administration, or the equivalent
  • Three to four  years of experience in student affairs, preferably in a theological school setting
  • Excellent administrative and interpersonal skills
  • Proven success in working with diverse individuals and groups
  • Experience with providing ADA accommodations and compliance
  • Skilled in crisis counseling, response, and management, broad knowledge of mental illness, the trauma of  violence, and conflict resolution preferred
  • Fiscal planning and budget management
  • Familiarity with the major faith groups at Andover Newton: United Church of Christ, American Baptist Church, & Unitarian Universalist
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of ecumenical and interfaith relationships
  • Previous work for a seminary, academic institution, denominational office, or other religious organization is desirable
  • Knowledge of computer basics and experience with database systems like CAMS; ability to generate reports, graphs, and so forth
  • Sense of humor, collegiality, and ability to work flexible hours
  • Competitive package, including health benefits, pension and 2 weeks' vacation, moving to 3 weeks eligibility after the 1st year, with a 4th week possible beyond that.
  •  Details made available to all 2nd round candidates
Andover Newton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Send Letter of Application and Resume to Dean of Students:
Physical Mail: 
            Nancy Nienhuis
            Director of Student Life Search
            Andover Newton Theological School
            210 Herrick Road
            Newton Centre, MA 02459
****No phone calls please****
Posted: April 2, 2014