Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success 5602BR Provost Office of Graduate Education
Detailed Job Description POSITION SUMMARY
The Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success is a strategic partner with the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Education for establishing and achieving the goals and responsibilities of the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). The Assistant Dean is responsible for graduate student support and the professional and personal success of graduate students. The individual in this role manages the development and implementation of all graduate education programming to include Graduate Education Week (GEW) which is the signature event held each academic year. Another key responsibility of this role is the development, deployment, data collection and analysis of graduate student/education surveys. The findings from these surveys will be used to make recommendations for change and improvement to graduate education procedures, processes and polices. Additionally, the Assistant Dean is the primary mentor and liaison to the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC), the Doctoral Student Association (DSA), Tiger Tales and the Student Government Graduate Senator.
Graduate Student Support
The Assistant Dean is the primary liaison from the Office of Graduate Education to the graduate students at RIT. He/she establishes the yearly agenda on initiatives; connects directly with graduate students through regular outreach to individual programs and colleges both on the main and global campuses; works to understand graduate student issues and proposes fact based solutions and improvements. Major areas of responsibility include:
Develop, implement and manage a process for reducing the high percentage of non-registered returning graduate students. This will include consistent assessment, causal analysis and working with all colleges, the university advising office, and student affairs.
Serves as the graduate advising support manager who will establish a graduate advising office with dotted line reporting of the graduate student professional advisors. This area of responsibility involves development of training for graduate directors, faculty advisors and graduate professional advisors. As the graduate advising manager the assistant dean will work closely with colleges to identify and document their current structure and processes for graduate student advising which is necessary to establish a formal college-wide graduate student advising structure.
Manage/Chair the Graduate Education Student Resource Group. The Graduate Education Resource Group is comprised of representatives from over 20 key campus stakeholders that meet year round to share insights and to have meaningful discussion on matters of graduate education and graduate student support at RIT. These discussions result in the development of solutions to problems presented relative to graduate student support and community.
Consults with the Associate Provost and Dean on issues requiring policy changes that impact graduate students or graduate education. Does benchmarking as needed and follows through with leadership on policy and procedural changes.
Manage the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) program for graduate education. This includes partnering with financial aid and conducting training for the appropriate staff in the colleges.
Serve as the Title IX liaison for graduate education to ensure that all graduate students are certified with Title IX training.
Primary advisor and mentor for Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC), Doctoral Student Association (DSA), Student Government Grad Senator and Tiger Tales.
Event Development and Management
The Assistant Dean of Graduate Student success has responsibility for professional development and research programming for graduate students. Additionally, the assistant dean has responsibility for the planning and production of Graduate Education Week which is an annual signature event for OGE.The assistant dean will chair the GEW steering committee, which includes participants from various key stakeholder departments and colleges, for GEW. In addition to responsibilities associated with the Graduate Education Week other programs include the following:
New Graduate Student Orientation (fall and spring)
Professional Development Graduate Workshops (e.g. GTA Training and Certification, writing boot camps, graduate funding workshop, etc.)
Three Minute Graduate Presentation Competition (local and regional)
Graduate Student Mingles
Other events as identified
Graduate Student Surveys
Conducts periodic pulse surveys to gain insights on specific student interests; address issues related to graduate student satisfaction; and gain information which would generate solutions and lead to problem solving. The Assistant Dean will collaborate with Student Affairs on campus-wide surveys involving graduate students. and will manage surveys sent out by the graduate student leadership team.
Service on Committees
Serves as the OGE representative on the following University committees:
Associate Dean's Cabinet
RIT New Student Orientation Committee
Other committees that are directed by the Associate Provost and Dean that focus on graduate student issues or concerns
Department/College Description The Office of Graduate Education at RIT makes resources available to graduate students to foster ingenuity in research, rigor in academics, and ultimate success in their programs of study as well as in their creative and entrepreneurial endeavors.
As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).
We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RITs core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Required Minimum Qualifications Masters degree in higher education, management, or related field
At least 5 years of direct experience with graduate student advising and/or graduate program development/management.
Outstanding communication and project management skills, with focus on student and faculty interactions (advising, mentoring, recruitment and public speaking).
Understanding of graduate student support needs.
Strategic thinking/planning experience in graduate education
Sound knowledge of history, current trends, future trends and opportunities in graduate education
Experience with survey research and data analysis.
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Required Application Documents
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As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
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