Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Department/Program: College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Location: Pleasant Hill
The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) offers a variety of master’s degrees in management, museum studies, holistic studies and psychology- as well as a doctorate in psychology (PsyD). The College will also house three counseling centers associated with its psychology programs.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Advocate and support the schools’/programs’ mission, vision values and goals in keeping with the overall mission of the University.
- Provide visionary, motivational and collaborative leadership within a complex environment
- Demonstrate a commitment to all forms of diversity
- Advocate interdisciplinary collaboration among programs and schools within the university
- Represent school on committees assigned by VP of Academic Affairs
- Foster transparent and timely communication at university, school and program levels including Program Directors/Chairs, faculty, and staff.
- Support and mentor program chairs
- Balance interest of programs at all program sites
- Ensure quality program offerings
- Foster and maintain academic and professional integrity and quality in the school’s programs
- Possess working knowledge and involvement with accreditation standards and licensing regulations to assure compliance (e.g. BBS, BoP, CBA, WASC)
- Oversee development and support operation of academic, clinical programs in keeping with a commitment to continuous program improvement
- Ensure overall coherence of program portfolio and program related activities
- Oversee the program directors/chairs in the program planning, developing, evaluating of curricula and programs.
- Oversee and work with Program Director/Chair to develop, monitor, and manage program budgets
- Advocate on behalf of the programs, faculty and staff during university budget process.
- Prioritize asset allocation, management & activity, both strategically and operationally
- Sign off authority
- Initiate the search committee to hire Program Director/Chairs
- Develop contract for Program Director/Chairs
- Conduct performance reviews for Program Directors/Chairs
- Receive and provide guidance in program/program, faculty/faculty, faculty/staff, staff/staff grievances, discrepancies, and disagreements
- Oversee recruitment, mentoring, training, professional development, supervision, evaluation, and termination of faculty and staff
- Develop resources and support that will foster a positive and effective work environment
- Oversee and/or contribute to the development of school wide and university level policies and procedures
- Ensure consistent application of and compliance with school wide policies
- Consider and recommend or approve exceptions to policy
- Articulate and ensure the effective representation of the school’s multiple programs in the community’s local, county, state, and national organizations (includes branch campuses)
- Create and guide interdisciplinary advising boards
- Build long term collaborative relationships with alumni, community, org. partners
- Represent the interest of the program/ school in relevant professional/ academic organizations
- Serve on relevant external boards, committees, andrepresent school/program at University open house events
- Provide innovative and strategic planning for increasing enrollment and retention of students
- Communicate to marketing department the program priorities and offerings for potential students, employers and community.
Fundraising & Development -Identify potential grant opportunities
- Pursue external funding resources to enhance current operations and to support the development of new programs and services
- Prepare and communicate various reports and be responsive to info/data requests in a timely manner
- Work with other deans in achieving institutional goals and shared educational objectives
- Ensure that program director/chairs communicate relevant information regarding scholarships and grants to faculty, staff and students
- Support program directors/chairs around each location site needs
- Communications and unification of all sites
- Ensure communication among program sites
Challenges and Opportunities
While not exhaustive, some of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the next dean include:
- Growing programs: Enrollment growth and new program development is critical. The affiliation with the National University System has provided significant resources for marketing and outreach, which will need to be effectively utilized to keep enrollments growing.
- Developing additional resources: Strategies for new revenue streams via these sources will be an important factor in furthering the success of the College.
- Developing high-quality faculty: As a teaching institution, JFKU expects its faculty to be excellent teachers who are committed to the mission and values of the College. The University provides professional development, merit and sabbatical funding that is often underutilized. Finding ways to encourage further professional development will be an important challenge, as will attracting and retaining top-quality faculty.
- Enhancing student success: Assuring student success is often a challenge for places like JFKU that are committed to both quality and access. The College will need to focus attention on how student learning can be enhanced. One component of this challenge might be addressed by partnering with National University’s online writing and math programs. Other avenues need to be explored, as well.
- Providing additional access: JFKU is a learning community that embraces all forms of diversity. Locations, schedules, curricula and technology afford students maximum flexibility. Access is a core value of the institution and should remain a key element in how the College thinks about its future.
- Connecting to the community: Building support for and awareness of the College’s programs is an important contributor to success. Both the dean and faculty must represent the College in a way that brings the community into the life of the College and vice versa. Communicating the College’s value-add proposition to the greater community is key to ongoing success.
Desired Experience and Personal Attributes
Candidates should have experience in an academic setting. Other elements important to success in the position include:
- Leadership and management within an organization of similar size and complexity; minimum of five years
- Experience leading organizational change/restructuring/change management
- Strategic planning and execution experience
- Experience that evinces success in growing and/or enhancing existing programs/services; positive impact on organization served
- Experience with online delivery of products/services
- Resource development experience and a record of ethical and prudent stewardship of resources
- Success in motivating and mentoring others; leadership in professional development of others
- Ability to balance constituent needs with administrative/management objectives while moving forward
- Community relations experience
- Demonstrated understanding of the unique mission of serving adult students
- Three years (or greater) teaching experience
- Doctorate preferred
In addition to specific experience, it is also important that a candidate’s personal characteristics and orientations reflect:
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills; ability to listen
- Transparency and trustworthiness
- Highest ethical standards and personal integrity
- Participatory management style, with willingness to make a decision in the absence of consensus
- Commitment to diversity
- Sense of humor
Applications and nominations may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled.