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Assistant Dean, School of Business Administration
Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 06/02/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job no: 492654
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University is seeking an Assistant Dean of the School of Business Administration. Reporting to the Dean, this position will provide data analysis, budget preparation, processing, monitoring, reporting, and event and accreditation planning and support for the Dean, Associate Deans, and program directors. This role will direct nondegree and lifelong learning programs for the School. In addition, the Assistant Dean will supervise the Dean’s office administrative support staff in the absence of the Dean.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The division of Academic and Student Affairs holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Provide data and budget analysis for purposes of planning and assessment.
  • Process invoices, reimbursement requests, and contracts that impact the SBA budget.
  • Work with Associate Deans and program directors issue contracts for adjunct hiring, including for lifelong learning and non-degree programs, and faculty overload payments.
  • Lead the administration of nondegree and lifelong learning programs, including market analysis and the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of programs as a key revenue source and enrollment driver for the SBA.
  • Issue contracts and develop schedules for students working for the SBA, including any work stipulated for scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and the like. Requires working with faculty committees/members that recruit and select students and working with the Provost’s Office on student appointments. Ensure that selected students meet program requirements and deliverables.
  • Supervise logistics for SBA-wide events that include alumni events, SBA advisory board events, collaborative events with the Small Business Development Center, Career Design and Development/Industry events, and the like.
  • Work with the Dean and Associate Deans to coordinate the work of SBA administrative support staff.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Approve social media content calendars and posting schedules that SBA graduate students will implement.
  • Develop and publish SBA newsletter in conjunction with University Relations and Widener’s Development and Alumni Offices.
  • Work with University Relations to ensure the accuracy of the SBA’s webpage.
  • Perform background research as needed for grants and projects.
  • Provide support to Associate Deans and program directors when they require data analysis or logistical assistance.
  • Represent the Dean or Associate Deans at meetings and events as necessary.
  • Represents SBA on the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans should the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs require a stand-in.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • Master’s degree; strong analytical, budget, organizational, and communication skills; knowledge of and skill in working with various types of data and software systems; expert knowledge of Microsoft office products, especially WORD and EXCEL. Ability to learn new systems quickly. Demonstrated skills developed in at least three years of paid work experience in higher education.


  • Experience in a school or college of business; experience with lifelong/extended learning programs; knowledge of and experience with AACSB accreditation; ability to work with the online platform called Sedona; experience with external relationship building in the local or regional business community; experience working with career development offices/centers.


  • May be required to work some evenings and Saturdays.

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted.

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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