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Associate Dean/Dean for Academic Affairs

Gordon College - Wenham, MA
Wenham, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Jul 6, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs directs major policies and procedures related to the recruitment, retention, and review of faculty at the College.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs administers external program assessment (NECHE and BHE), academic research initiatives, and academic affairs incident investigations. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·      Administrates as Accreditation Liaison Officer to NECHE for Gordon College, taking a central role in all reviews, reporting, and correspondence with the College’s primary accreditor.

·      Collaborates with the Provost and department chairs to manage searches for full-time faculty and to negotiate and develop offers for all successful candidates.

·      Partners with department chairs, Human Resources, and other departments and personnel on campus to ensure a smooth transition for incoming full-time faculty to the College community.

·      Develops and maintains records on tenure and promotion clocks for full-time faculty and coaches faculty through each stage of the review process.

·      Serves as the final editor on all proposals for external funding for faculty and works with Advancement staff to encourage and develop grant-seeking activity across the faculty.

·      In consultation with and on behalf of the provost, constructs resolutions for a variety of faculty-related issues and develops pathways for faculty to flourish at the College.

·      Staffs major faculty committees related to personnel, including the Faculty Senate, Faculty Development Committee, and Faculty Welfare Committee; fulfills data requests and interfaces with individual faculty related to committee business.

·      Contributes to policy development and implementation for Sections Three and Four (“Faculty”) of the Administrative-Faculty Handbook.

·      Facilitates interviews and develops policies for all faculty.

·      Coordinates requests for data and reporting on faculty.

·      Oversees incident investigations in the Academic Affairs Division.

·      Carries out special projects and other assigned duties for the provost.

Basic Qualifications

·      Preferred Doctoral/Terminal degree and a minimum of five years’ experience in academic administration and/or teaching

Additional Qualifications

·      Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively.

·      Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

·      Significant experiences with programmatic or regional accrediting agency.

·      High degree of discretion in handling confidential information and ability to earn the trust of colleagues across the College.

·      Ability to digest research and communicate with clarity.

·      Strong written and oral communication skills.

·      Strong technology skills.

·      Ability to multitask, see projects through to completion, and collaborate as part of multiple teams throughout the College.

·      Ability to balance vision with necessary detail for implementation.

·      Attention to detail related to deadlines, policies, procedures and data storage.

·      Must profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord; must accept Gordon’s Statement of Faith; must practice Christian values in daily interactions with students, faculty, staff and the public as outlined by Gordon’s Statement of Life and Conduct; and must work to advance Gordon’s mission through this position. Knowledge of working with faculty and operating in the context of a liberal arts college.

Interested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vita that includes the names of three references and a letter of application addressing their vision for the nature of the position and their fit with the Christian mission of Gordon College.



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