Department: School of Professional Studies Salary/Grade: EXS/11
The School of Professional Studies seeks a dynamic Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs committed to creating outstanding learning experiences for our students. The Assistant Dean will ensure that SPS programs remain some of the finest in the nation. We are looking for an Assistant Dean with a strategic vision of how innovative on-line, part-time and post-baccalaureate programs can benefit new student audiences. The ideal candidate has excellent project management experience in designing and delivering high quality higher education programs, enjoys working with faculty from a variety of disciplines and has a depth of experience in managing collaborative relationships on a university campus. Candidates must be nimble and creative, and not easily deterred by the occasional challenges of developing non-traditional programs in a traditional university.
The Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs provides senior leadership for the creation, development, delivery, and management of undergraduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs offered by the School of Professional Studies. This position collaborates closely with faculty and administrators at the Weinberg College of Arts and Science and the School of Communication, two schools that confer SPS undergraduate degrees, and represents SPS on number of NU academic committees. This position retains oversight for the recruitment of faculty to teach in SPS undergraduate courses, a mix of faculty with academic appointments in other schools and adjunct faculty hired to teach SPS courses based on their professional expertise. The Assistant Dean works closely with the SPS Distance Learning department, managing the development and delivery of high-quality online courses. In addition, the Assistant Dean sits on, and manages, admissions committees to determine admissions and academic standards for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs, works with the Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management to help develop marketing and recruitment strategies and partners with the Associate Dean of Student Services to develop and implement academic policies. The Assistant Dean is responsible for managing the administrative budget for this department and supervises one full-time Asst. Director of Academic Programs and one full-time Program Manager in addition to three Program Advisers and one Program Director. The position reports to the Associate Dean of Academics.
Identifies and develops innovative new academic programs; ensures that the SPS undergraduate and post-baccalaureate program array and courses are informed by best practices in adult education and online education.
Ensures the quality of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs by establishing appropriate program assessment of student learning outcomes and by collaborating with faculty, program advisers/directors, and NU schools to maintain academic excellence and quality instruction in all undergraduate courses,
Oversees recruitment, hiring and onboarding of instructional staff, collaborating with other SPS and NU areas to create effective professional development for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate faculty.
Supervises the development and revision of curriculum in consultation with faculty, program advisors/directors, advisory boards and Distance Learning.
Provide leadership in the development of undergraduate academic policies, procedures, and quality standards for students and faculty; has primary responsibility to investigate and adjudicate all cases of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate academic integrity violations.
Represents SPS in campus committees and initiatives.
Coordinates and participates in admissions meetings and reviews student applications to ensure that admissions standards are consistently applied.
Represents undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs at student recruitment events, and provides training for internal staff (recruiters, advisors, registration staff, marketing team, etc.) to ensure that these programs are accurately and effectively represented.
Advises on marketing and recruitment strategies in collaboration Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management with
Manages program budgets in accordance with university policies and procedures.
Supervises and coaches staff to support academic programs and operations in order to effectively meet the needs of students, faculty, and other SPS areas.
Ph.D. and five years of teaching experience.
Demonstrated success in leading the development of high-quality online courses.
6 years of academic administrative experience, including staff management and new program development.
Demonstrated success in implementing best practices in adult learning and program assessment.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in an academic environment, interpret and establish academic policies, and effectively communicate to multiple stakeholders.
Experience recruiting and mentoring highly qualified instructional staff.
Experience administering and overseeing program budget.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
3-7 years of management experience in higher education environment which involves supervision of staff and in depth knowledge of academic planning policies, procedures, administration and budgeting of degree programs in a university or corporate setting.
7+ years of leadership experience in higher education environment.
Previous experience administering and budgeting of degree programs in a university or corporate setting.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39021
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.