Academic Dean

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Institute for Clinical Social Work is looking for an academic dean. The person in this position reports directly to the president, will have a faculty appointment, and serves as an ex-officio member on the board of trustees.  This is a full-time position and the academic dean has oversight of all academic programs.



The Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW), in Chicago, IL, is a private higher education institution offering an M.A. in clinical counseling and psychotherapy and a Ph.D. in clinical social work.  ICSW prepares scholars and practitioners to advance the knowledge and quality of practice in the fields of clinical social work and counseling and to serve diverse communities through professional and academic contributions.  In keeping with our roots in social work and our commitment to social justice, we develop psychodynamically informed professionals who recognize and celebrate diversity, practice compassionately, and have the knowledge and skills to empower people to lead meaningful lives.  For more information about the Institute for Clinical Social Work, visit us at




  • Review academic programs and recommend innovative strategies for institutional growth to the president
  • Identify and recommend strategic academic initiatives to the president
  • Develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate academic and clinical policies and programs
  • Develop, implement, oversee, and evaluate curricular offerings for all academic programs
  • Oversight of faculty, the director of the master’s program, and director of academic affairs
  • Prepare the academic calendar
  • Provide an annual roster of faculty, and other academic appointments, to the president


  • Collaborate with the president to ensure that all professional and academic accreditation standards are met
  • Lead accreditation processes and ensure continuous improvement through regular assessment and meeting accreditation requirements
  • Ensure compliance, in conjunction with president, of all regulatory and corporate regulations


  • Prepare and submit to the vice president for finance and operations an annual budget for academic affairs
  • Collaborate with the president in identifying non-tuition resource streams
  • Review projected expenses to ensure they are in line with the annual budget


  • Recruit and recommend faculty for hire to the president
  • Appoint faculty to academic committees
  • Appoint faculty to leadership positions
  • Appoint, evaluate, and review faculty
  • Chair appropriate academic committees (e.g., curriculum, continuing education, accreditation, progression, etc.)
  • Identify and develop recruitment strategies to increase and maintain a diverse faculty
  • Lead faculty meetings
  • Provide training and support for faculty development
  • Organize annual retreat(s)/ in-service workshops
  • Review of all academic materials to ensure compliance
  • Review the course schedule and assign faculty to appropriate courses


  • Develop and identify educational and community partnerships for continuing education events
  • Cultivate, in collaboration with the president, strong internal and external relationships to increase reputation and visibility
  • Represent the institution, along with the president, at targeted community events, conferences, and meetings that increase reputation and visibility


  • Reviewing student and faculty files and ensuring they are updated
  • Reviewing and updating academic program information
  • Working closely with director of admissions/enrollment in recruiting students
  • Overseeing new student orientation, on-site weekends, fall welcome events, and commencement
  • Other responsibilities as assigned



  • PhD or MA, with advanced training certificate in social work or related discipline and licensure
  • Academic preparation in the psychodynamic framework and understanding of psychodynamic education and experience in psychodynamic practice
  • Demonstrated ability working with a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success
  • Eligibility to work in and travel freely to and from the U.S.
  • Experience with academic advising
  • Experience with accreditation, academic program review and development
  • Experience with field placements
  • Five years of experience in higher education
  • Proven record of excellent teaching
  • Academic supervisory or management experience



  • PhD degree in a mental health discipline with the highest level of licensure
  • Minimum of two years of experience as an academic dean
  • Demonstrated record of academic scholarship
  • Five or more years of experience in higher education
  • Five or more years of experience at the director or department level



  • Strategic thinking and academic innovation
  • Integration of technology in higher education
  • Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A genuine commitment to student service and success
  • Ability to work with the public is required
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with Google products and Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strict adherence to meeting goals and deadlines
  • Confidentiality, punctuality, and dependability are essential
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills



Physical Demands of Position

Ability to move boxes up to 25 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations, within the office and for meetings/events.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.


Diversity Statement:  The Institute for Clinical Social Work is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Institution does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


How to apply:
To apply for this position, please click the following link to submit your letter of interest, resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and five professional references to human resources at:


Application Deadline: Position will remain open until February 28, 2021.

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