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Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives - College of Health and Human Services

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 6, 2023

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Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives - College of Health and Human Services

Location: College of Health & Human Svcs
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606956
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

With our new Elevating Excellence Strategic Roadmap, Northern Arizona University is on a mission to transform lives and enrich communities. We aim to become the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

NAU is committed to educating, supporting, and empowering students from all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences to reach their full potential and contribute to a more just, equitable, inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable future.

To help us reach this vision, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is searching for an Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives that shares our aspirations!

CHHS is a key part of NAU New Economy Initiative to prepare more students to stay in Arizona and work in high need and fulfilling careers throughout the state. For this initiative to be successful, CHHS will partner with our community and academic partners to remove barriers and increase access to our programs.

Job Description

The Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the College of Health and Human Services is a full-time appointment that reports to the Dean of the College. This position is a fiscal-year 12-month appointment. The position is eligible for renewal, thereafter, pending satisfactory performance and the needs of the college.

This person will be an integral part of the College's executive team, working closely with the Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, departmental leadership, faculty and staff to advance the educational, scholarship, diversity, and outreach missions of the College of Health and Human Services. The CHHS is responding to the request for the expansion of programs to meet the health workforce needs in the state of Arizona. This position is expected to facilitate the expansion in strategic areas, including the 100% Career Ready Initiative; interprofessional practice and education; aligning programs and creating pathways across regional and statewide ecosystems; and engaging with community and academic partners to nurture reciprocal partnerships.

The new Associate Dean will advance the collective vision in CHHS and assist the Dean in managing strategic planning and projects to further priorities.The following list describes the major job functions that encompass the position responsibilities but will be modified as needed and appropriate by the Dean of the College.

Core responsibilities will include:
  • lead and participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of short/long-range goals and objectives of several key strategic initiatives.
  • Develop, accelerate, and/or expand programs to serve a larger cohort of CHHS students to prepare them for the health workforce
  • identify new opportunities for growth and implement long-term business plans to meet current market trends, especially those that enhance programming for indigenous peoples and rural communities
  • analyze institutional data and make recommendations for improvements to existing program offerings.
  • provide the dean and departments with research and guidance to match CHHS degree and certificate programs to market needs.
  • support fundraising initiatives consistent with CHHS priorities.
  • disseminate best practices in program development.
  • work with chairs and directors to implement stronger project management coordination.
  • develop team reports.
  • facilitate collaborative processes with internal and external stakeholders.
  • assist and ensure compliance with accreditation requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate or Full Clinical Professor (Clinical Track):
  • At least one year of administrative/leadership experience in academic program management.
  • Experience coordinating and implementing a strategic planning process
  • A Scholarship agenda (documented through grants, contracts, and disseminated information) that includes at least two of the following: career services or professional development; interprofessional practice/education; seamless transfer between community colleges and universities; increasing access to higher education; social and economic mobility through higher education; or community engagement
  • Earned Doctoral degree in a discipline within the college or related discipline
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to or exceeding that of associate professor, professor, associate clinical professor or clinical professor

Associate or Full Professor (Tenure eligible): All of the above qualifications AND
  • Prior appointment at an academic institution at a rank equivalent to or exceeding that of associate professor or professor (with Tenure)
  • Record of scholarship including external grant funding and scholarly publications that, as judged by unit criteria and provost official review, meets or exceeds NAU criteria for promotion and tenure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills for effective internal and external partnering with corporate, government, and community partners.
  • Experience partnering with community colleges and in the development of certificates or micro-credentials
  • Administrative/leadership experience in academic program management and for an academic department within a university setting
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, able to work independently.
  • Trained in facilitation methods.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and education.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytic skills and experience using data to inform decisions.
  • Evidence of effective budgetary management.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service. Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on March 6, 2023.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Current Openings' links, locate vacancy 606956, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests; and (5) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Know Your Rights Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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