Job Posting

Dean of Students

Position Type:

  • Full Time
  • Staff


  • OH-Columbus

Franklin University, a private, independent, accredited, not-for-profit University located in Columbus, Ohio invites applicants for its Dean of Students position.  The Dean of Students will be deeply committed to Franklin’s student-centered philosophy and provide strategic leadership to comprehensive efforts that support success, retention, and goal attainment for all students enrolled at the university.  The Dean will create and implement strategies across multiple units to ensure high-quality, comprehensive engagement throughout the student life cycle in support of the university’s enrollment goals.   This role will work an onsite hybrid schedule and will require flexibility to cover the priorities of the Department.  Evening and weekend events may be required.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership of the units and directors within the Dean of Students Office, including the functional areas of Academic Advising, Accessibility Services, Career Development, Current Student Communications, and Community Standards.  
  • Assemble and support a highly skilled and talented team to ensure high quality programs and services for students in support of the Department of Student Affairs purpose and principles.  Develop positive and collaborative relationships with faculty, admissions, financial aid, academic support services, and other key leaders in the University to identify, advocate, develop, and implement strategies that demonstrate an inclusive and equitable learning community for all students, in an effort to positively impact enrollment, retention, and increase student success and satisfaction.
  • Understanding of retention and persistence metrics, student assessment, and their application to the decision-making process.  Leverage data to inform strategy development focused on student success, including a deep understanding of student persistence, retention and completion; the Dean serves as the Co-Chair of the institution’s Student Success Initiative Team (SSI)
  • Promote an inclusive campus environment that meets the needs of all special populations.  Provide leadership and guidance in analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures that ensure external compliance, including the university’s military and veteran support services and 504/ADA compliance as well as serving as University’s Primary Appeal Officer, managing the University appeals and any BBB complaints. 
  • Manage the budget for all Student Affairs functional areas.
  • Temperamental and intellectual agility to respond effectively to urgent items as they arise, while maintaining the division’s central goal of supporting holistic student success.
  • Participate actively in formal and informal professional development, serving as a good consumer of the persistent and emerging research and assessment of the field, and helping team members link theory and research to daily practice.
  • Identify and develop relationships with key community partners to which students may be referred for additional levels of support in collaboration with others in the department.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in ambiguity, creating and implementing new initiatives that improve student success and satisfaction.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree preferred, with a minimum credential of a Master’s Degree required 
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience within student affairs, enrollment management or a related area. 
  • Experience with current student enrollment management and student retention. 
  • Clear student-centered philosophy.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for ambitious adults who must balance their educational goals with other commitments. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin has earned its long-standing reputation as an innovator in online education. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 50,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work.

Franklin offers a competitive benefits package, incentive program and free parking. In addition, Franklin provides free undergraduate tuition for employees and immediate family members, graduate tuition assistance for full-time employees and immediate family members, and a discount on doctoral tuition for employees.

Franklin University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.