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Dean for the Schools of Arts & Design and Business
Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Date Posted 07/22/2020
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Executive Summary

The Dean possesses exceptional skills to advance the mission, vision and values of Mount Mary University, and leads two Schools, each with distinct characteristics. A strong candidate should understand the rich opportunity to combine leadership for creative curriculum across programs, as well as bring strong business acumen to visualize the possibilities of meeting 21st Century workforce demands.

The Dean provides a supportive climate that fosters collaboration within and between departments, the Schools and the larger university. The Dean must also work effectively with external constituencies to develop strong engagement with industry and community professionals across disciplines

The Dean will encourage differentiation of all programs in the crowded higher education marketplace in order to build enrollment and ensure an outstanding student experience. The position requires advanced project management, communication and problem solving and reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Role of the DEAN

Strategic Functions

  • Establish a vision and operational plans that facilitate innovation, high quality educational outcomes and competitive strategies to strengthen enrollment growth and student retention.

  • Work in partnership with other Deans, Vice President for Academic Affairs and all University constituencies to initiate action planning in support of the University Strategic Plan.

  • Collaborate with academic departments to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, develop new academic programs, evaluate existing programs and integrate changes into overall curriculum across the University.

  • Facilitate data driven decision making, interpreting metrics to ensure quality and integrity of all academic programs

  • Serve as a visible leader of the Schools and develop relationships with industry, alumni, corporate and community partners to further strategic initiatives, fundraising and grant opportunities.

  • Support and mentor faculty and ensure staff development to encourage academic excellence, support service and promote professional growth to maintain high quality educational outcomes and career satisfaction.

Support and Oversight Functions

  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Business Office, Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Marketing and Communications Office, Institutional Research, Financial Aid Office and Alumnae & Donor Relations to develop and support programs that contribute to positive student experiences and high quality learning outcomes.

  • Facilitate growth of resources by working with faculty and the Office of Alumnae & Donor Relations to seek grants or partnerships to enhance academic programs.

  • Review faculty and department assessments of learning outcomes for accuracy and completion. Support the development of strategies to ensure maintenance or advancement of accreditation in appropriate disciplines.

  • Responsible for overall management of fiscal resources of the schools. Work collaboratively with department chairs to develop and maintain department and special programs or event budgets.

  • Advocate for the availability of competitive academic technology that will enhance the integrity of discipline specific curriculum.

  • Ensure effective hiring through mentorship and membership on new faculty and staff search committees.

  • Lead regular meetings of department chairs in each school to build community, ensure and encourage timely communication between disciplines and facilitate the development of school goals and strategies to achieve them.

  • Support the development of, and actively participate in, department Advisory Boards to ensure alignment with university strategic plans.

  • Monitor individual performance and provide informal and formal feedback to maintain a collegial environment and team.

Administrative Functions

  • Prepare reports and interpret metrics provided by Institutional Effectiveness and the Business Office to ensure academic quality, appropriate staffing and resource allocations.

  • Provide oversight and coordination of Academic Bulletins, Course Schedules, Board of Trustee reports and adjunct hiring processes constructed by department chairs. Encourage timely responses to all requests for information from other university offices.

  • Provide leadership and management for supporting Admissions outreach events, tours and meetings aimed at potential new students and their families.

  • Review the academic standing of students and prepare appropriate communications to initiate probation, warnings and dismissals in collaboration with other School Deans each semester.

  • Lead and supervise production of the annual CREO Senior Art Exhibit and hallmark Student Designer Fashion Show. Responsible for management of contractual relationships with event vendors and collaborating with faculty, Alumnae & Donor Relations, Communications & Marketing and Facilities teams to deliver an exceptional showcase of student work.

  • Facilitate the resolution of disagreements or conflicts that involve students, faculty and staff in accordance with University policies and procedures.

  • Conduct first semester classroom evaluations for all new faculty. Review all Course Evaluations and assist department chairs in developing performance improvement plans, as needed.

  • Supervise and evaluate Dean’s administrative assistant.

Education and Experience

  • Terminal degree in a field of the Arts, Design and/or Business with a consistent pattern of exceptional performance.

  • Minimum of three years of experience in senior-level administrative management and leadership in strongly preferred higher education, or equivalent related industry.

  • Higher Education teaching experience strongly preferred.

Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  • Ability to inspire, collaborate and negotiate with diverse and sometimes competing constituencies.

  • Demonstrates servant leadership through reliability, ethical decision making, and respectful consideration of varying perspectives.

  • High level of experience in mentoring and managing others to collaborate, forward creative thinking and maintain enthusiasm to reach goals regardless of challenges.

  • Exceptional communication skill sets to interact with various constituencies from students to CEO’s. Skilled at persuasive writing for a variety of audiences- funders, families, and partners. Highly effective interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated record of fiscal responsibility, business acumen and a high level of accountability.

  • Strong sense of vision, with the ability to see both the “big picture” and focus equal attention to details to achieve strategic goals.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of accreditation and program review processes in higher education.

  • Acute awareness of higher education data and trends to drive strategic direction of academic programs.

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