Tufts University's University College (UC) is dedicated to programming that meets the educational needs of learners, wherever they are on their learning journey. Today, UC's programmatic areas include Tufts Professional & Custom Education Programs, Tufts Pre-College Programs, and Tufts Lifelong Learning & Osher Institute. UC has grown quickly since its inception in November 2018 and is poised for substantial medium-term growth with the incorporation of degree and certificate programs through which it hopes to significantly expand access to Tufts' world-class education. UC offers a fast-paced, nimble environment made of highly-trained professionals who love the higher education environment and are committed to providing world class education in the 21st century to a wide variety of students. UC is well-positioned to develop a distinctive presence in the greater Boston landscape as part of a diverse and accessible institution that makes learning and engagement with education of all kinds for all people a part of its core mission.
The Associate Dean oversees academic and student affairs for University College's year-round offerings, developing, reviewing, and implementing academic policies for all of programs as they pertain to both students and instructors. Working closely with the Directors of Pre-College Programs, Lifelong Learning, Marketing, and Professional & Custom Education, and the UC Faculty, leads academic oversight and assessment of existing and new programs, including curricular design, admissions decisions, faculty and instructional hiring, and student affairs issues (petitions, Office of Equal Opportunity, advising, accessibility, and health concerns). Responsible for active problem-solving and helping to drive University College growth, including new degree and certificate programs. Engages with the rest of the unit as a team player, ready to help and put in extra time and effort where needed, and work towards the greater good of the University as a whole. Represents UC in a range of university-wide committees dealing with academic issues impacting students and instructors, proactively supporting the Dean in coordinating with the UC Faculty, and serves on the Tufts Cabinet for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of Master's degree and 7-10 years relevant departmental, school, or university administrative experience in academic and student affairs.
Excellent and demonstrated proactive experience:
Working with school or university-wide committees
Building an understanding of existing academic policies and extrapolating implications for new academic policies
Curricular innovation, data-driven assessment, strategies for improvement
Relationship-building and stakeholder management
Organizational and interpersonal communication (verbal and written)
Critical thinking, process development, and operationalization skills; comfort with indirect management.
Commitment to educational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as to the revenue-generating mission of University College; ability to be an advocate to internal and external stakeholders.
Experience with financial/budget analysis, planning, reporting, synthesis, and data-driven recommendations. Ability to handle multiple projects, priorities, and issues with sensitivity in a fast-paced environment. Experience working as an individual contributor with the ability to execute the day-to-day, while working collaboratively across the school and larger university.
Results-oriented with demonstrated willingness to learn and be hands-on in managing activities. Collaborative, team player.
3-5 years college-level teaching experience (may include undergraduates, graduates, or non-traditional students) including experience in advising.
Doctoral degree or the equivalent.
Experience in continuing education, professional/executive education, corporate partnerships, or with other programs for non-traditional students.
Special Work Schedule Requirements: Availability for on-call for emergency operating issues.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Academic Programs
Organization: Univ College Administration
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 8, 2021, 1:29:15 PM
Internal Number: 21001006
About Tufts University
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.