Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs Student Services

Washington University in St. Louis   •  

Saint Louis, MO

Industry: Education.


8 - 10 years

Posted 245 days ago

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The Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs Student Affairs has comprehensive oversight and management of the student affairs functions for all graduate programs within the Olin School with the exception of PhD.  Currently this would include the MBA, PMBA, EMBA, MACC, MSF, MSF Global, MSCA, and MSSCM, programs. There are approximately 900 students enrolled in these programs in steady state.  The work of the Students Affairs group spans the life cycle of these graduate students and includes: orientation, academic advising, curricular and co-curricular development, tracking academic progress, certifying for graduation, as well as a myriad of other ordinary and extraordinary activities. Ten FTE staff members report through this function and to the Assistant Dean.  This position is one of two senior leaders reporting directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.


  1. Staff supervisor, staff development and general management functions.
  2. Academic Affairs - develop, plan and execute curricular and co-curricular programming. This includes (among others) the development and execution of graduate course related activities in courses such as such as “CrTIC”, (“ICE Week”, “Communications@Olin”) as well as broad support of the Platform Courses across all five areas, Academic Elements of the Preprogram for new admits, and various communication modules for students in all programs. 
  3. Academic advising – primarily for full-time MBA students but may also include PMBAs, SMPs. Transfer students, etc.
  4. Develop, plan and execute comprehensive orientation activities for 7 graduate programs enrolling approximately 400 new students each year. 
  5. Work with the Director of Admissions to execute our strategy for maximizing student yield (admitted students who make tuition deposits) while minimizing “new student melt” (attrition of deposited students prior to the start of classes).  This process is ongoing from the time a student has been admitted until the time they arrive on campus and attend actual classes at Olin.  These efforts include direct involvement with Admit Weekend, planned yield events both in St. Louis and around the country, execution of a plan for appropriate and frequent communication over the months between deposit and the start of class, and finally building and monitoring technology to support media communication with students.  This is an active and critical function right up to the first day of the GO! Orientation program and the start of classes.
  6. Serve on school-wide and university-wide committees as directed by the Associate Dean.  Represent the University on national and international organizations such as the Forte Foundation or GBSSA.  In his absence, serve as the stand-in for the Associate Dean in any and all forums as requested.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned – including active student recruiting at MBA fairs and events when needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 -10 years’ experience in front line higher education student affairs, students services and/or student advising. 
  • At least 3 years in a supervisory/managerial capacity. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or closely related master’s degree strongly preferred.  
  • Previous work expereicne with graduate business students also strongly preferred. 

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.