Volgenau School of Engineering Senior Director, Office of Graduate Academic Affairs
The George Mason University Office of Graduate Academic Affairs, within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), seeks a Senior Director of Graduate Academic Affairs who can work closely with the VSE Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs to provide proactive wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and accountability for VSE graduate affairs. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Senior Director of VSE Office of Graduate Academic Affairs is expected to provide the bridge for graduate affairs between VSE department-level responsibilities, and university-level responsibilities with regard to student recruitment and admissions; student advising, oversight, and conflict resolution; and academic policy and program development and management. The successful candidate will oversee VSE graduate student and program liaisons for affairs outside the responsibility of VSE departments with the university office of the GMU Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs; the Office of Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics; and the Office of International Programs and Services.
Builds and leads a highly effective team in the VSE Office of Graduate Academic Affairs, dedicated to developing and executing initiatives to support recruitment, retention, and graduation of an academically prepared and diverse graduate student body;
Fosters a climate of innovation, accountability, teamwork and responsive service, working in collaboration with VSE academic departments and programs, and with academic programs in other university academic units as deemed beneficial for the success of VSE graduate affairs;
In association with the Associate Dean; develops and implements proactive initiatives in coordination with VSE department chairs and program directors to build the strength and diversity of the VSE graduate student application pool in line with VSE priorities;
Oversees development of metrics to measure effectiveness and implications of VSE graduate affairs policies and practices; proposes new policies and implementation strategies as appropriate; and ensures implementation of overarching VSE policies;
Ensures administration of the VSE PhD in Information Technology;
Liaises with the GMU Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs, the Office of Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics, and the Office of International Programs and Services;
Monitors and manages the budget in support of meeting goals;
Travels as required and appropriate to represent GMU/VSE, including for sharing and learning best practices; and
Other responsibilities as assigned and appropriate.
Experience working in higher education academic program management;
Highly developed oral and written communication skills;
Understanding of university policies and practices, including a practical working knowledge of federal and state regulations as they relate to university policies and procedures;
Ability to help develop and then implement strategic change to meet organizational goals;
Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals;
Ability to foster development of staff and colleagues, facilitate cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts; and
Ability to manage financial resources strategically.
Graduate studies in higher education administration or equivalent;
Minimum of eight years of experience in higher education administration, preferably with involvement in student recruitment, admissions, advising, new academic program development, program management, and conflict resolution; and
Minimum of two years of staff supervisory experience.
Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here
The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education, with approximately 250 full-time faculty. The school boasts more than 8,170 students in 37 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Volgenau School researchers earned more than $90 million in awards over the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its excellence in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.
George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, classified at the R1 highest research activity level, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university is the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA65GZ at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. For full consideration applicants must apply by December 6, 2019, however the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47128
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.