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Dean of Students

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responds to students' needs at a college or university and plans programs for campus life and support for students. Supervises student-focused programs on a college or university campus and serves as a liaison between college administrators and student organizations.

Job Outlook

There were 61 Dean of Students job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1500 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Dean of Students career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Dean of Students jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,681.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,223.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Dean of Students postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,168.

Education and Experience

Posted Dean of Students jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree27%
Master's Degree68%
Doctoral Degree4%
Other1%

Posted Dean of Students jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20%
3 to 5 years61%
6 to 8 years13%
9+ years6%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Dean of Students positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (55%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (42%)
  • Planning (34%)
  • Organizational Skills (23%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (17%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Teaching (49%)
  • Budgeting (27%)
  • Conflict Management (11%)
  • Crisis Management (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Staff Management (19%)
  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Strategic Planning (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Mental Health (7%)
  • Higher Education Administration (7%)
  • Student Placement (6%)
  • Special Education (5%)
  • Educational Programs (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Community Development (1%) – marginal value $3,776
  • Staff Development (4%) – marginal value $2,939
  • Child Development (1%) – marginal value $2,659
  • Student Learning Outcomes (1%) – marginal value $2,654
  • Collective Bargaining (2%) – marginal value $2,596

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Dean of Students skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Dean Of Students
  • Assistant Dean Of Students
  • Dean Of Students Sy
  • Associate Dean Of Students
  • Dean Of Academics

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Dean of Students jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Basis Educational Group (35)
  • Uncommon Schools Incorporated (29)
  • University of Chicago (26)
  • Kipp Foundation (21)
  • University Of California (17)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (4)
  • Summit Creek Academy (4)
  • Granville County Schools (4)
  • Wake County Schools (3)
  • Triad Math And Science Academy (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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