Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service

New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
May 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service
John S. Watson School of Public Service
315 W. State Street Trenton, NJ 08618

Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 to break down barriers to degree completion. Nearly fifty years later, we proudly serve a diverse body of adult students with innovative and professionally relevant academic programming in a predominantly online delivery. Our team of high-energy student- focused professionals is welcoming new members who are ready to make their mark in education and help change the lives of thousands of adult students across New Jersey and around the world.

If you are excited by changing lives, committed to the success of all, and want to be challenged by new and innovative opportunities, we look forward to receiving your application.


Thomas Edison State University is looking for a student oriented and service driven academic leader for an exciting opportunity to serve as the Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service. We seek a scholar-practitioner possessing the academic leadership experience and expertise to build upon the University’s longstanding commitment to public policy and service. You will play a key role in enabling the University to reimage the school’s strategic direction, academic programming, and community engagement for non-traditional adult students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Dean will work closely with the University and other academic leaders in the strategic planning and visioning of academic and professional programs that facilitate public policy initiatives addressing the changes and challenges emerging in the Post COVID-19 environment. These programs will serve as educational vehicles that enable our adult students to address the needs of communities and engage leaders, helping them develop programs and projects that benefit communities, their citizens, and economies.

We seek applicants who are academically and professionally qualified, including school leadership and professional practice in public service. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to build academic communities, engage students, address the educational needs of the diverse and complex constituencies, and attract outside funding.

The successful candidate will bring a high level of passion for the university’s mission, a deep commitment to the organizational values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and a forward-thinking, student-first approach to their work.

Specific areas of work include the following:

Program and Curriculum Development
• Lead and ensure the quality of programs in public service and associated disciplines through the development, implementation, and academic review of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates.
• Develop academic and professional asset portfolios in high demand, market-relevant degrees, certificates, and customized educational offerings.

School and Student Centric Leadership
• Lead key academic programs responsibilities; strategic planning, hiring, performance management, and enterprise-wide relationship building and donor development. Collaboratively manage program enrollment, retention, and graduation initiatives across academic affairs.
• Create an academic community supporting diverse adult student populations.

Community Engagement
• Conceive, implement, and lead public service initiatives associated with public policy and public affairs,
• Collaborate with Vice President of Community and Government Relations to develop relationships with government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations leaders. Construct partnerships and beneficial relationships, strengthening the University’s educational and service commitment to the greater Trenton area.

Funding Expansion
• Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer on initiatives to advance the mission of the School, including identifying and obtaining funding to expand the work of the School.
• Identify University aligned grant sources and develop grant proposals in a departmentally collaborative environment, working closely with the Provost, Deans, and associated senior staff to expand grant acquisition strategies.


• Strategic planning, implementation, measurement, and recalibration, as aligned with institutional needs.
• Understanding of work in the public sector/government/non-profits.
• Data-oriented planning and coordinating curriculum development, implementation, and review.
• Willingness to engage in student recruitment and retention initiatives.
• Familiarity with current applied public policy.

Minimum Education and Experience:

• Earned doctorate in: Public Affairs/Policy/Service, Political Science, Leadership, Urban Planning or related discipline.
• A minimum of 6 years of experience as faculty or/and administrator in a higher education or similar environment with experience in developing and managing undergraduate and graduate public policy programs.
• Significant leadership experience in a public sector/non-profit setting can replace 3 years of faculty/administrator experience.
• Program oversight experience in public policy, leadership, or similar fields.
• Demonstratable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Experience:

• Experience integrating real word learning opportunities and academic programs.
• Commitment to the public sector/non-profit community.
• Experience writing grants and administering sponsored programs.

This Institution:

TESU is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

How to Apply:

Resumes and applications for this position will only be accepted online through ADP Workforce Now at:


Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer