Northwestern University Associate Dean, Academic Affairs - SPS in Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary:

The Associate Dean provides vision and leadership in the development, delivery and management of undergraduate and graduate degrees, international and professional development programs and summer session. The Associate Dean leads curriculum and faculty development efforts, ensuring superior quality and integrity of the academic experience. The Associate Dean convenes and chairs the academic program planning committee, manages the strategic academic plan, and leads development of new initiatives and programmatic offerings. The incumbent retains primary oversight in academic partnerships with other NU schools and outside entities, and collaborates with faculty and advisory board members to determine admission and academic standards for current and new programs.

The Associate Dean provides leadership for all academic program and distance learning staff, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures governing academic curriculum. The incumbent collaborates with other SPS senior leaders to develop a dynamic recruitment strategy, ensure fiscal compliance, and resolve student academic issues. The Associate Dean has primary responsibility for creating the school’s annual academic and fiscal strategic plan, in consultation with the Dean.

Please Note: Some evening and weekend hours, and occasional travel required.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. Applications and confidential inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Isaacson, Miller via:

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the SPS academic leadership team, SPS faculty, and the distance learning department, to identify new, innovative educational opportunities that increase the SPS portfolio of academic offerings; oversees market research and analysis of economic and workforce development needs to evaluate viability of new offerings; develops and submits proposals for new academic programs.
  • Leads the academic teams in developing annual strategic plans and fiscal budgets designed to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity; monitors and approves existing curriculum revisions; recommends changes in policies and procedures to improve the quality of the academic experience.
  • Provides leadership and management on a daily basis for planning, scheduling, delivery and maintenance of program assessment, activity and accreditation efforts.
  • Partners with faculty and department directors at other Northwestern University schools, departments and units to deliver undergraduate and certificate programs, including online offerings that reflect the academic quality of the programs at Northwestern University.
  • Serves on the Strategic Planning, Administrative Council and the Academic Program Planning Committees
  • Advises applicable staff, faculty and advisory boards about teaching pedagogy, including distance learning, and the appropriate technologies to support instructional design.
  • Organizes and delegates the support staff structure and duties, providing general supervision of staff; formally approves all hiring, promotion and termination of academic departmental staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a PhD; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Five to seven years of senior leadership experience in higher education, including management of staff and in-depth knowledge of academic planning policies, procedures, administration and budgeting of academic programs.
  • Evidence of developing and implementing successful, innovative program and course offerings in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in long-term strategic and financial planning.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Comprehensive knowledge of pedagogy, instructional design, and distance learning in higher education.
  • Understanding of the national and regional landscapes of continuing education, including trends and issues that significantly impact the field.
  • Entrepreneurial and collaborative leadership style; experience working with faculty, students and administrators.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 33317

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Associate Dean, Academic Affairs - SPS