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Associate Dean, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

University of Montana
Missoula, Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 8, 2024

Job Details

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College . Do not apply through or use easy apply through * .

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education invites applications for the Associate Dean to oversee day-to-day operation of the College. They oversee advising, the Office of Clinical Experiences, and the LAB Preschool. They serve on the College's leadership team and work with several centers housed within the College. The associate dean helps with curriculum revisions and proposals, and professional development. They assist the Director of Accreditation, handle all student complaints, oversee the faculty evaluation process, and chair the College's safety committee. The associate dean is a Montana Council of Deans member and occasionally serves on various committees for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. This position operates with a great deal of independence.

Characteristics of a Competitive Applicant:
  • Leadership – understands and encourages others, learns from past experiences, and can make decisions under uncertainty.
  • Communication & Presentation – able to converse with people at all levels, have good persuasive skills, and present material beyond PowerPoint.
  • Change Management – able to identify opportunities for the College and help find a path forward.
  • Strategic Thinking – able to factor in all college sectors' needs and understand the organization as a whole.
  • Decision Making – can make informed decisions in a timely fashion.
  • Employee Development – build a team of people with different strengths and points of view and help employees capitalize on strengths and improve weaknesses.
  • Delegation – understands that delegation does not mean offloading work but rather an opportunity to teach and develop peers.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $90,000 to $100,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • A doctorate in an education-related field.
  • Three years of supervisory experience in an educational setting.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with and leading teams.
  • Experience teaching in a college or university setting (Counseling, Educational Leadership, or Teaching & Learning).
  • Experience with curriculum review and development.
  • Experience with accreditation or program assessment.
  • Experience leading professional development activities.
  • Experience collaborating with school and community partners.
  • Knowledge of P-12 educational systems.

About UM and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

The University of Montana is a flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education is home to three academic departments: Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Teaching & Learning. We are also home to five specialty units: the Learning & Belonging (LAB) Preschool , the University of Montana Institute for Early Childhood Education , the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) , the University of Montana Safe Schools Center , and the National Native Children's Trauma Center (NNCTC) . The College shapes professional individuals that become the teachers and do-ers of our society. Our departments play key roles in a comprehensive system for producing and disseminating knowledge that benefits people and our communities.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

· University of Montana

o Video: Mission First, People Always

o UM on YouTube

· City of Missoula

o Video: There's This Place

o Destination Missoula

o Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce

· The State of Montana

o Visit Montana

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date : Monday, February 5, 2024 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.

· Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position

· Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience

· Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information

* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


University of Montana.

At UM, we approach everything with creativity because that’s what this evolving world needs. We are stewards of this place, its history and our future. We are driving forward together, affecting change that is right for our place and people. We know of no better place than Montana and its university to make a lasting impact on the common good.

As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city with about 80,000 residents – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the arts, sciences, trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

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