POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:
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.
RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY:
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
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
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,
- Actively represent CA, the Berrie Center, and the College to
students, parents, community patrons, professional organizations,
articulation partners, business and industry, and relevant
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Develop appropriate and judicious staffing plans to maximize
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Developing external relationships for CA that support and
enhance enrollment efforts.
Maintain and expand established alumni networks.
- 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
- 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
DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ACADEMIC UNIT:
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.
ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to oversee the administration of
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication
- Collaborative approach to governance.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural
- Continued adherence to high professional and ethical
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