Associate Dean - School of Graduate Studies

Excelsior College - Albany, New York - Full time

Closing Date: October 3, 2019

Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies the Associate Dean performs complex duties related to the administration of academic programs and operations in the School of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean works with the Dean as part of the School’s leadership team to foster a culture of innovation and to build a sense of community with instructional faculty and students. The Associate Dean is expected expand new and foster existing relationships with important internal and external stakeholders, and to actively develop practices and policies that promote diversity and inclusion within the School and its programs. The Associate Dean is responsible for supervision and oversight of the faculty, and frequently may be required to resolve personnel problems, and handle high profile meetings. The Associate Dean works in tandem with the other Associate Deans to assure the smooth operation of academic programs both within their school and among the other schools of the College. The Associate Dean will provide administrative leadership in the absence of the Dean.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide academic leadership for the appropriate school and program(s), which includes all general school academic and operational functions, in cooperation with the faculty and dean

•Lead the faculty and staff in carrying out the mission, and achieving the goals of the Graduate school

•Foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship with Deans, Associate Deans, unit managers, and staff throughout the College, as well as community members and leaders

•Participate in development of academic policies and represent degree programs on academic committees

•Interpret academic and employment trends for upper level administration and align programs with market opportunities

•Seek and foster opportunities for growth of the school, including the development of new courses, programs, and other initiatives

•Provide leadership and supervision to the curricula and recommend policies in conjunction with the Faculty and Dean; oversee and continuously improve the academic quality and integrity of the degree programs and recommend appropriate changes, as necessary

•Leads development and implementation of high-quality and innovative online course offerings at the graduate level•Assist the Dean in all activities pertaining to registration and accreditation of degree programs

•Represent Excelsior College at appropriate academic conferences, professional meetings, and community activities

•Seek external funding to support new academic and research initiatives

•Conduct ongoing program development, evaluation, and outcomes assessment activities; utilize results for continuous improvement of curriculum, policies, procedures and processes associated with the school


The Associate Dean will hold a doctorate from a regionally-accredited college or university or comparable non-U.S. institution

•5-10 years of higher education experience, with minimum of 2-3 years of progressive experience as an administrative leader and responsibility for supervising faculty

•Experience with online curriculum and course development, especially at the graduate-level

•The Associate Dean should demonstrate highly effective organizational and written and oral communication skills

•The ability to think strategically about marketing of academic programs; a commitment to non-traditional higher education for adults

•Ability to work with diverse constituencies and staff

•Familiarity with regional and specialized accreditation processes

•The ability to represent Excelsior College within the academic community

•Demonstrated leadership and management ability

Excelsior College values students, instructors, employees, and all members of its world-wide community, and actively develops practices and policies that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Diversity involves recognizing and respecting the richness of ethnic and cultural traditions, and the value of different perspectives related to gender, age, disability, sexual orientation religion, family status, employee tenure, and more. Inclusion is about leveraging these differences and maximizing individual contributions in a way that enhances organizational effectiveness.

At Excelsior, each staff and faculty member contributes to the student experience. Even those of us who may not interact with students are vitally important to creating a positive and successful outcome. The guiding principles ,collectively known as Excelsior CARES, shape the environment in which we work and set the standard to which we hold ourselves. Each Excelsior employee is Compassionate, Agile, Respectful, and committed to Excellence and Service.

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