Associate Dean of Health Sciences, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted
Feb 12, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time


Associate Dean of Health Sciences, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Main Campus - Boston, MA
R07237

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience.

The Health Sciences students, faculty, and staff in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences (CNBHS) are passionate learners, educators, clinicians, and researchers. Our location in Boston's renowned medical area provides unparalleled student training for our campus-based students. We are guided by values of social justice, teamwork, compassion and excellence, and we embrace Simmons' tradition of science and practice for the social good. We are a University community that embraces working collaboratively and across disciplines to solve problems and advance learning and research.

For more information please go to our College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences webpage.

As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

Job Summary

The Associate Dean (AD) is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the Health Sciences (HS) within the College. The Associate Dean provides leadership in the planning, organizing, and managing services for academic and student support. The Associate Dean works in tandem with the Dean to ensure seamless integration of academic and operational systems and serves as a representative of the Health Sciences with external constituents.

Curriculum Management Responsibilities
  • Oversee HS academic programs (Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Health Professions Education, Behavior Analysis online and on-ground) in collaboration with Dean, department chairs, program directors, and coordinators;
  • Devise, monitor and maintain academic policies with the HS;
  • Provide leadership in HS curriculum matters; guide faculty leaders in the development of new programs;
  • Review, evaluate, and manage course offerings and course size;
  • Promote development of interdisciplinary curricula and research;
  • Advocate and support faculty and students in research and scholarship activities;
  • Coordinate and lead faculty mentoring and faculty development programs;
  • Oversee adherence to professional standards and best practices, in consultation with department chairs, program directors, and coordinators;
  • In consultation with Department Chairs, assure that requirements for HS accreditation are being met;
  • Lead and coordinate HS accreditation and/or board approval activities;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of program evaluation plans in each academic unit.


Administrative Responsibilities
  • Ensure welfare of HS through managing and planning budget in coordination with Operations Director and Dean for academic departments;
  • Monitor faculty workload to ensure compliance with University policies and college needs;
  • Coordinate and implement the annual review process for department chairs and program directors;
  • Provide leadership in creating conditions conducive to the improvement of the overall infrastructure of the HS through the development of effective systems and processes within the college;
  • Coordinate and facilitate HS meetings;
  • Maintain active, responsive, and positive communication with faculty, staff, chairs, directors and other university members;
  • Provide leadership in supporting the PLAN curriculum initiatives within the HS, college, and university.
  • Assist the Dean with the development of a culture of quality, trust, and accountability;
  • Work with Academic Departments, Director of Operations, and Dean to strengthen, coordinate, integrate, and implement strategic goals established by the college.


College Management Responsibilities, Including Student-Facing
  • Serve as a resource to liaise with Student Affairs, Accessibility Services, Office of Advising, Career Education Center, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate Program, and other key University offices;
  • Assist faculty leaders with complex student issues;
  • Working with Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, coordinate student success initiatives as appropriate for the HS and College;
  • Advocate for and facilitate a systematic equitable undergraduate research program for students and faculty across departments and programs in collaboration with Department Chairs and Program Directors;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Director in providing leadership for programming, special events and ceremonies, graduation celebrations;
  • Collaborate with the Dean and faculty leaders in the CNBHS wide strategic planning as well as that of individual departments and programs within the HS;
  • Collaborate with the Dean and faculty leaders in the CNHBS to streamline operations management;
  • Participate in the development of strong campus and community partnerships;
  • Provide visionary leadership for the HS and college grant funded educational initiatives and partnerships;
  • Participate (with Dean and faculty leaders) in recruitment and enrollment management of students;
  • Convene an Academic Standards Committee or other HS and College- student review processes, in coordination with Undergraduate Program and the College's graduate programs, taking into consideration both College and accreditor policy requirements;
  • Promote innovative, interdisciplinary research and courses that support new programs and disciplines.


Faculty Management Role
  • Oversee the HS faculty hiring processes (in collaboration with Operations Director, Dean, HR, and the Provost's Office), working with Department Chairs, and Program Directors to promote consistency and policy compliance, strong candidate pools, and success in the hiring of tenure and non-tenure stream, clinical, and adjunct faculty;
  • In concert with the Dean, manages and coordinates the HS faculty review processes, including annual, mid-point, tenure, promotion, voucher, and PDMYR;
  • Work with the academic leadership in relation to sensitive faculty dismissal processes when necessary.
  • Advocate for equitable allocation of capital resources required to support faculty scholarship and student learning objectives consistent with professional standards and best practices (laboratory facilities, instrument facilities, etc);
  • Provides leadership and promotes professional development within the faculty of the college.


Other Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a formal communication link between the HS, college, university, and external constituents including but not limited to employers, alumnae, donors, clinical partners, and professional associations;
  • Act as Dean's representative internally and externally in the Dean's absence;
  • Assume other duties as assigned by Dean.


Qualifications/Skills:
  • Graduate degree in a Health Professions Discipline required (such as Behavior Analysis, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Public Health, etc.)
  • Doctorate Degree required in one of the areas of responsibility or related field
  • 5-10 years of experience as faculty in one of the areas of responsibility or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience leading and coordinating the work of faculty and academic units
  • Previous experience building and managing a budget required
  • Experience with online education and distance learning is a plus
  • Creative problem solver;
  • Strong and effective communicator;
  • Ability to motivate and build consensus among faculty;
  • Collaborate with Associate Deans of CNBHS, Director of Operations, and Dean, or designee to strengthen, coordinate, integrate, and implement the goals established by the college.


Term of Service:

The Associate Dean (AD) will serve at the discretion of the Dean. The AD will receive an annual performance evaluation by the Dean, and feedback from the faculty every 3-5 years. The Associate Dean position is a 12 month administrative role that will hold faculty rank.

Required Application Materials:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter


Salary Grade
S11

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.


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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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