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Dean for the School of Contemporary Arts

Ramapo College
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
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Nov 15, 2021

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Ramapo College is currently operating under the RamaPro model which is a pilot program allowing for a remote component to work schedules where operations support that model

This is a full-time, managerial position and days of work and hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand. Note: This position is in the “NL” category of employment (non-fixed work week), and individuals in this role have no claim or entitlement to time off or cash compensation for hours worked beyond their normal schedule. Compensatory time will not be granted for work done as an extension of the regular work day. It is the policy of the College to grant hour for hour compensatory time off, with advance approval, only when employees are required to work on a holiday. Time earned must be used within one fiscal year from the time it is earned.


Mission: Ramapo College of New Jersey is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo College emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, elementary education, nursing and social work. The College also offers articulated programs, including dental, optometry, chiropractic and health professions, as well as visual arts therapy and law, with colleges and institutions in New Jersey and New York.

Undergraduate students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with over 500 course offerings and more than 40 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and an average class size of 21, which affords students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty

The College offers graduate programs leading to degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work, and Special Education.


Deans are responsible for the overall operations of their respective Units. As such, they are academic administrators of major importance to the College and report directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean has both the authority and responsibility for planning, budgeting, scheduling, personnel matters, programs and services, instruction, development, and other academic matters.


School Vision, Mission, and Planning

  • Develop, articulate, and present a vision for both the School of Contemporary Arts and the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts and translate these visions into strategic goals by developing unit-specific assessment plans in relation to the College’s mission and Strategic Plan goals and objectives.
  • Work collegially with Program Conveners, CA faculty and staff, and the Berrie Center staff to ensure collaboration and successful implementation of the Units’ missions.
  • Prepare reports, plans, and analyses to document and advance CA’s and the Berrie Center’s activities, initiatives, programming, and development.
  • Actively represent CA, the Berrie Center, and the College to students, parents, community patrons, professional organizations, articulation partners, business and industry, and relevant constituencies.
  • Participate in college-wide and Divisional strategic planning activities, especially as related to academic matters.
  • Develop/review academic policies and make recommendations, as appropriate, related to all-college and Division policies and procedures. Communicate with CA faculty and staff and Berrie Center staff on such matters so they are well-informed and have a change to provide input.
  • Regularly meet with the Provost (or Vice Provost) to discuss initiatives, opportunities, and concerns related to CA and the Berrie Center. Actively participate in Provost’s Council, Deans’ Council, and Graduate Council meetings, initiatives, and activities.
  • Participate in Advisory Board meetings, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Assembly and its leadership on college-wide academic issues.
  • Collaborate with other College Division and Units for college-wide alignment on all-college goals and activities.
  • Advocate for CA’s and the Berrie Center’s interests and maintain or enhance the reputation of the School and the Berrie Center and their programs.
  • Develop external relationships for CA and the Berrie Center. Participate or assign a designee to participate in regional, state, and national organizations to further the role of the Arts and performing arts centers.

Curriculum, Academic Integrity, Course Scheduling, and Collegiality

  • Ensure academic excellence and integrity through documented School, program, and course assessment, which includes the development and implementation of operational and student learning outcomes, appropriate strategies, and feedback/close-the-loop activities.
  • Provide curricular leadership in relation to college-wide goals by initiating, sustaining, delivering, or eliminating academic programs and School Core curricula in accordance with Strategic Plan goals.
  • Supervise the Program Conveners in the construction of timely course schedules based on student needs and availability of institutional resources (e.g., faculty, classrooms and other spaces) including advisement and registration.
  • Lead the development of new curricula, programs, and initiatives and review and revise existing curricula, programs, and initiatives with Program Conveners, CA faculty and staff, and Berrie Center staff, which align with student needs, community demand, grant obligations, and available resources.
  • Supervise academic program reviews and administrative assessment of the School and the Berrie Center operations and programming. Facilitate activities at the unit level to seamlessly integrate CA and Berrie Center goals with all-college goals.
  • Contribute to ensuring successful external accreditation.
  • Assume responsibility for the quality and integrity of all credit-bearing portions of study abroad programs developed and administered in conjunction with the Roukema Center for International Education.
  • Mediate between students, CA faculty, CA and Berrie Center staff, and parents in legal and appropriate ways. Facilitate the resolution of disagreement or conflict between faculty, staff, and students.
  • Develop and foster a culture that embraces and supports diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst CA faculty, CA and Berrie Center staff, and students.

Special Programs, Professional Development, and Facilities

  • Supervise the administration and operation of and ensure the academic quality of all CA and Berrie Center programs, facilities, studios, computer labs, and spaces assigned to CA and the Berrie Center.
  • Assume responsibility for human resource management of CA faculty and CA and the Berrie Center staff. In consultation with Program Conveners, develop long-range staffing plans to include new faculty hires, retirements, and adequate support staff who are aligned with program delivery, enrollment, and market projections. Prepare job descriptions/ads and other documentation for all positions; appoint search committees and supervise the search process; recommend the appointment of appropriately-qualified faculty and staff; and render timely, professional judgement on periodic evaluations, reappointment, tenure, promotion, and reclassification.
  • Develop appropriate and judicious staffing plans to maximize services.
  • Support CA faculty and CA and Berrie Center staff in scholarly and professional development. Facilitate ongoing technological training of CA faculty and CA and Berrie Center staff.

Fiscal Accountability

  • Assume responsibility for all fiscal matters at the unit level. Plan for, request, and disburse operational, travel, capital, and other funds legally, responsibly, and fairly within given budget limitations.
  • Provide accountability and transparency in the distribution of resources assigned to CA and the Berrie Center.
  • Develop or oversee the development of SPIF and Capital funding proposals and internal and external grant proposals to meet the needs of CA and the Berrie Center.

Enrollment Management

  • Work closely with the Units within Enrollment Management to recruit, retain, and ultimately graduate students from CA and Ramapo College. Collaborations with Enrollment Management include duties such as:
  • Attending and representing or assigning designees, when appropriate, to attend and represent CA and its academic programs to prospective and accepted students and parents at official recruitment events including but not limited to Open Houses, Admitted Student Days, Presidential Scholarship Receptions, Immediate Decisions Days, and Deans’ Receptions.
  • Coordinating academic advisement training sessions for all CA faculty; overseeing the assignment of faculty advisors; and overseeing the release of advisement holds during mandatory registration;
  • Working with the Office of the Registrar to update the College Catalog, which includes a review of each Convening Group’s/program’s updates to ensure adherence to academic policies and curricular guidelines;
  • Adjudicating student appeals to academic policies and enforcing academic policies including serving as the final sign off on all School graduation applications; and
  • Participating in Academic Affairs and college-wide initiatives.
  • Developing external relationships for CA that support and enhance enrollment efforts.
  • Maintain and expand established alumni networks.

    The Dean of the School of Contemporary Arts is ultimately responsible for all facilities, maintenance, programming, and staffing of all entities related to the School. They include the Berrie Center of Performing & Visual Arts, the Art Galleries and the Rodman collection, the Sculpture Studio, CA facilities in the C and H wings, the Les Paul studio, and more. Supervision of several specialized technical staff positions (e.g., technical directors, photo lab supervisor, facilities manager) and their responsibilities is also included.

    Developing external partnerships is a vital component of the Dean’s function. The Dean will actively engage in maintaining and expanding connections with appropriate regional, national, and international cultural and artistic communities, partnering with the Ramapo College Foundation and interacting with Deans in similar positions at other institutions. The Dean of CA is responsible to maintain and enhance the already excellent reputation of Ramapo’s School of Contemporary Arts and its programs.



    A terminal earned degree in the appropriate academic discipline from an accredited college or university is required. A minimum of five years’ experience at the equivalent of the Associate Professor or Full Professor level in a higher education environment combining academic instruction and administration, as determined by the Provost in consultation with the President.

    If the candidate is from within Ramapo College, the individual must be tenured.


    • A record of teaching, scholarship, service to college and community, and professional responsibility equivalent to that expected at the time of tenure at Ramapo College.
    • Experience with graduate-level, online, and adult completion programs, as well as international education programs and curricula with a global focus.
    • Knowledge of disciplinary/professional trends and higher education activities on the state and national level.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of a liberal arts education.
    • Demonstrated ability to oversee the administration of grants.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Collaborative approach to governance.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment.
    • Continued adherence to high professional and ethical standards.


    Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs, and diversity programs. Ramapo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity.


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