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Assistant Dean of Students

  • Requisition no: 528184
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of General Studies
  • Grade: Grade 12
  • Categories: General Administration

Position Summary

The Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) is the finest liberal arts college in the United States dedicated to making Ivy League education accessible to nontraditional students. GS was founded in 1947 on the mission of expanding access to elite higher education, and it remains the most diverse college in the Ivy League, with many transfer, first-generation, and international students. GS students are fully integrated with Columbia’s broader undergraduate population and are taught by Columbia’s celebrated faculty.

The Assistant Dean of Students has a significant role in key sectors of the GS Dean of Students office working with faculty and students to support and extend the excellence of undergraduate education at Columbia advising students on academic, administrative and personal matters as it relates to students' academic goals and plans of study. 


  • Advises 350 students on academic planning and progress, registration, course selection, GS Core requirements, degree requirement, declaring a major, leaves of absence, academic support services, and other academic and administrative policies.  Includes email, Zoom, and in-person advising with students and contact with faculty members and other university administrators related to individual student cases.
  • Administrative duties associated with advising load include: processing withdrawal and leaves of absences forms and generating follow-up communication; conversations and paperwork related to study abroad, fellowships, special majors, mentoring, and graduation; preparing petitions and reports for review by the Committee on Academic Standing; preparing preliminary graduation check out for senior advisees, responsibility for the orderly maintenance of advisees' educational records and files. 
  • Participates in student and office events including but not limited to Jumpstart, New Student Orientation, graduation festivities, Honor Society events, etc. 
  • Serves on committees as required.
  • Serves as liaison to departments and offices at Columbia as required.
  • Performs other tasks and projects as required. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; advanced graduate degree or equivalent in related experience preferred.  Minimum of 3 years of related experience in teaching or advising in an academic setting required.  Must be able to adjust to multiple demands and shifting priorities and be a team player.  Must possess excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership, and organizational skills.  Knowledge of MS Office required.  Proficiency with SIS (Student Information Services) desirable. 


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