Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of Phoenix   •  

Phoenix, AZ

Industry: Education


8 - 10 years

Posted 31 days ago

Description and Requirements


The Dean is accountable for overall leadership and oversight of strategy, operations and academic functions within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This position leads the development and implementation of the college’s strategic plan, and is responsible for all academic components of a college, including faculty approval and oversight, student and faculty satisfaction/retention, academic policy and standards, and program evaluation. The Dean develops and implements the college’s budget and ensures budget and P&L goals are met on an annual basis. Must serve as a full-time faculty member.


1. Oversee academic functions within the college. Develop academic program policies, procedures and standards in accordance with University academic standards, including defining, implementing and communicating program philosophy and outcomes; conduct academic policy reviews and render academic policy exception requests, as needed. Oversee all efforts to evaluate, pursue, secure and maintain accreditation, including programmatic accreditation. Support centralized assessment systems for curriculum / programs, including providing input for setting and measuring student learning outcomes to help monitor and ensure academic program quality and progress.

2. Lead the development and implementation of the college’s strategic plan and goals, including strategy regarding programs and student/faculty retention.

3. Manage the student experience within the college, including student engagement, guidance, identification of training and tutoring needs and serving as final escalation point for concerns or disputes.

4. Identify emerging academic issues and recommend appropriate program responses to ensure curriculum and curricular resources are current, relevant, and innovative; coordinate with stakeholders to manage industry relations and incorporate industry needs and trends into the curriculum.

5. Provide direction for faculty personnel matters within the college, including hiring, performance management and evaluation, training, promotion and termination, as well as faculty engagement, through the use of centralized faculty performance data and teams.

6. Develop and implement the college’s budget, goals, and objectives in accordance with and alignment of established University standards, goals, and objectives. Ensure budget and profit and loss (P&L) goals are met on an annual basis.

7. Serve as a full-time faculty member of the University.

8. Perform other duties as assigned or apparent.

9. Includes direct and indirect supervision


Basic Requirements:

• Doctorate degree in appropriate discipline of Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or similar discipline area required

• Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in a progressively-responsible administrative and/or leadership capacity at a regionally-accredited college or university

• Must meet qualifications required to be a University of Phoenix faculty member

• Demonstrated experience in leadership of leaders

Additional Qualifications:

• Proven experience in a field related to the content of the academic program within the college

• Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of academic program development and evaluation, adult learning principles and practices, and curriculum development

• Experience in effectively leading and influencing non-direct reports

• High level of conceptual and strategic thinking to establish and oversee academic program policies, procedures, and standards, as well as strategic and operational goals, objectives and budget

• Demonstrable competence in initiative, logical decision making, and strong program and staff management skills

• Demonstrated critical thinking, political savvy, problem-solving, relationship building, negotiation and anticipatory abilities

• High degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and tact, with strong interpersonal skills, including exceptional communication and collaborative team skills, with an ability to effectively communicate in written and oral formats

• Ability to convey a professional image, and effectively represent the organization as appropriate in its relationship with the business and government community

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