Associate Dean – School of Graduate Studies

Closing Date

October 18, 2021


Full Time


Albany, NY | Remote |

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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. 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. It is preferred that the Associate Dean is located in Albany, NY or the surrounding areas. However, remote work arrangements may be explored. 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
  • Qualifications:
    • An earned doctorate degree 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.

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    Excelsior College offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.


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