Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.
The Associate Dean of Graduate Student Services within the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is a key member of the Dean's senior leadership team and provides leadership and oversight for The Office of Graduate Student Services activities. The Associate Dean supports the general welfare of graduate students, including advising graduate students individually and in groups, building relationships between the graduate office and graduate students, staff, and faculty, and promoting a culture of success and inclusion in graduate student life. The position provides critical strategic direction, long-term planning, and operational oversight for The Office of Graduate Student Services, reaching across all graduate degree programs under the Graduate School, including those delivered in residence, as well as online. The position will monitor national and global trends, anticipate challenges, identify solutions to complex situations and emerging issues and identify opportunities for improved services. The Associate Dean is also engaged in decision-making, policy development, and problem solving for University-wide graduate student services issues.
Job duties include:
Oversee the management of doctoral student processes including programs of study, comprehensive exams, approval of dissertation committees and the dissertation process, extensions in time, leaves of absence and other doctoral student services processes
Oversee the management of the master's student processes including programs of study, comprehensive exams, course substitutions, academic standards, leave of absence/withdrawal, readmission and other masters student services processes
Oversee grievance processes for graduate students
Convene and Chair the Academic Standards Committee.
Follow-up with implementing remediation plans for undergraduate and graduate students found to be at academic risk or who were placed on academic probation.
Coordinate Student Services for MA and PhD students, including coordination with other BC offices, including GSA, Connors Family Learning Center, University Counseling Services, University Health Services, Disability Services, Office of International Students and Scholars etc.
Faculty Advisor to Graduate Education Association and other graduate student organizations within the Lynch School of Education
Oversee policies and processes for Graduate Programs of Study
Supervise staff responsible for academic advising as well as office support staff
Oversee all graduate student awards with special attention to Commencement-related activities
Work with Faculty Awards Committee to assure timely decision-making on Diversity Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, and Summer Dissertation Development Grant Awards
Oversee graduation clearance for all graduate students and coordinate Lynch School graduation ceremonies (Award Ceremony and Diploma Ceremony)
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $107,700 to $134,650; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Minimum 5-7 years professional level higher education administration experience or similar setting
Doctoral Degree in Education or Psychology, appropriate experience in a leadership role in an academic setting.
Academic background and ability to have an in-depth knowledge of faculty research, an in-depth knowledge of academic programs; and highly specialized knowledge about a wide range of things, such as certification and licensure requirements in states.
Ability to fully comprehend the research of faculties in the significant number of areas within education and applied psychology and present this to students in a way which is comprehensible and exciting.
Excellent communication and writing skills, with ability to make presentations to various groups. Ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key individuals, groups and institutions and build both informal and formal networks with campus departments and relevant community groups and individuals, university community, and external community. Ability to build teams to attain goals
It is essential to have leadership who will care for the whole person in each of the staff members and keep the pressure from turning to tension. This includes mentorship and care for their professional development. It requires an ability to select staff wisely, including the wisdom of seeking diversity among the staff.
The position demands the ability to engage with a wide variety of constituencies with multiple frames of reference. These constituencies include deans and directors, faculty, and students with highly diverse backgrounds and personalities. What unites them is that they are all under some form of pressure. In this environment, the ability to move with ease among all the various groups is very important as is the ability to bypass pressure points to move the collective work forward.
The leadership needs to originate and inspire fresh, innovative ideas with a responsiveness to changing the environment, procedures, and ways of operating.
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.