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Assistant Dean for Graduate Education

Niagara University
Niagara University, New York
Posted Date
Mar 22, 2023

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Under general supervision, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education provides leadership in the development and coordination of registration, communication, retention, satisfactory academic progress, and graduation as well as providing direction on graduate education issues and programs. The Assistant Dean performs administrative duties and provides support for program planning, review, and accreditation.



  • Facilitate graduate program orientations.
  • Coordinate the review of satisfactory academic progress and degree audits for students in all graduate programs within the College of Education.
  • Advise candidates in initial teacher education and ICA programs under the guidance of program coordinators.
  • Collaborate with faculty, chairs, and deans in addressing student and program issues and develop support plans for students on academic probation in collaboration with program faculty and the Office of Academic Support.
  • Communicate information on academic probation, program dismissal, dean's list, etc. to graduate students in collaboration with program faculty.
  • Work with financial aid to coordinate student scholarships and grants related to the College of Education.
  • Serve as a faculty liaison for advisement issues.
  • Facilitate graduation and program completion audits in collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator.
  • Review data on the retention of students and work with faculty to develop and implement strategies to increase retention.
  • Collaborate with faculty, chairs, and deans on developing program information materials, mailings, and websites.
  • Serve as a liaison for students with internal offices (financial aid, health office, visa office, registrar, student accounts office, etc.).
  • Abide by appropriate NCAA rules and regulations by monitoring continued eligibility as it relates to the percentage of degrees completed and GPA.
  • Provide administrative leadership for the College of Education and coordinate day-to-day operations under the supervision of the dean, or the associate dean in the absence of the dean.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.) both during and after their involvement with the University. Any questions regarding the confidentiality of material should be referred to the dean. Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the dean.



  • Knowledge of graduate requirements and general fields of graduate education study, program, and certification requirements.
  • Working knowledge of CAEP, CACREP, and Middles States standards, NYS and Ontario College of Teachers requirements, and counseling/ABA licensure requirements.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to: calculator, copy machine, computer, printer, and scanner.
  • Ability to receive telephone calls and emails, respond to inquiries, and communicate with others by telephone and email.
  • Ability to effectively solve problems in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business.
  • Strong working knowledge of computer systems and programs such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher, MS FrontPage, Macromedia Contribute, etc.
  • Familiarity with certification and standards in both NYS and Ontario preferred



  • A Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, or a closely related field is required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a higher education setting is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in admissions, recruitment, or management in graduate education is preferred.
  • A valid New York State driver's license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada.


Niagara University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, pregnancy-related condition, ex-offender status, military status, veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law.

The university also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This statement protects and covers the conduct of all employees without regard to job title or status.

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