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Associate Dean for Administration - College of Arts & Sciences - Administrator VII

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Posted Date
Jul 22, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Deans
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As the oldest, largest and most academically diverse college at Cornell, the College of Arts and Sciences serves as “the nexus of discovery and impact” and is committed to world-class excellence. The College invites applications and nominations for the critical leadership position of Associate Dean for Administration.

The Associate Dean for Administration (Administrator VII) is the chief administrative officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, a member of the senior staff of the college and a close working partner of the Dean. The successful individual will offer senior level administrative counsel and guidance to the College leadership, Department Chairs, Directors and academic department managers on a routine basis; play a key role in long-term planning, priorities setting and resource allocation; and provide administrative leadership and oversight for the non-academic administration of the college and its departments including budget and finance, human resources and departmental staffing, facilities planning and management, and information technology and reporting. In collaboration with department chairs and directors, the Associate Dean establishes expectations and provides oversight and direction for the work of the academic department managers. In coordination with the Dean’s activities, the AD represents the college in university venues, participates in Cornell’s College Officer’s Group, university committees and other institutional activities, and champions college issues across the university community. The AD must perform with the highest levels of integrity, transparency and excellence and model those expectations for the others. The AD must also demonstrate an earnest commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility initiatives by actively contributing to efforts to foster an academic workplace climate that is welcoming, supportive and creates a sense of belonging for all.

College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University:

Cornell University is both a private endowed university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State. The College of Arts and Sciences remains the center of Cornell’s academic universe. It is the oldest and largest of the University’s colleges located on its main campus in Ithaca. Its research and teaching span the humanities and performing arts, biological and physical sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences. It offers extraordinary breadth and depth in its programs of study, a world-renowned faculty that includes international leaders in their respective disciplines, and cutting-edge research and technical facilities. It provides a high-quality liberal arts education to its own students, and introductory instruction in basic disciplines to almost all undergraduates in the other colleges at Cornell.

The College has over 520 tenure-stream faculty, over 400 other academics and 300 non-academic staff in approximately 40 academic departments and programs, a student population of 4,500 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students spread across 27 academic buildings (~850,000 nsf). The overall College budget exceeds $400M, and total research expenditures by A&S investigators exceed $100M.

Required Qualifications:

The college encourages candidates with a wide range of experiences to apply. The successful candidate will be intellectually curious and engaged, devoted to a liberal arts education, and ready to join a vigorous senior staff by providing thoughtful, energetic administrative leadership. Evidence of a capacity to work successfully in a variety of the relevant areas is welcomed. General qualifications should include a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of management experience preferably at a senior level in an environment related to higher education, strong leadership skills, excellent judgment and negotiating ability, and superior communication skills. Candidates should possess a keen interest in, and enthusiasm for, the overall workings and philosophy of higher education. They should evidence an effective, flexible, and well-disciplined approach to leading and managing the complex, decentralized administration of an Ivy League arts and sciences college embedded in a major research and land-grant university. A strong academic sensibility and a sense of humor are major assets.

EEO Statement:

Located in Central New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, Cornell University is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to diversity. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Applications will be accepted through 8/15/22. To be considered, interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and a brief statement describing their current or previous engagement with DEI efforts at Administrator-VII_WDR-00032316-1. We will begin our review of applications immediately. Interviews will begin mid-August with an intent to extend an offer by late October.

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