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Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Takoma Park, Maryland
Position is available immediately
Open until filled

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.
WAU is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial-minded individual to lead the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS).  
  • Provides leadership for the growth, marketing, quality and fiscal vibrancy for the SGPS.
  • Directs academic and administrative planning, operation and budgeting for the school.
  • Provide leadership for the implementation and supervision of a robust online delivery program to meet the needs of the non-traditional student population.
  • Assists the Provost in the recruitment, hiring, orientation, mentoring and evaluation of faculty; coaching, counseling, and rewarding or disciplining faculty and support staff; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Provides general direction and supervision to the Program Coordinators and Recruiters.
  • Oversees academic program assessments and reviews; evaluates viability of programs, recommends closing of existing programs and opening of new programs.
  • Works with the Vice President of Marketing and Recruitment to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan and recruiting strategies for the school.
  • Collaborates with department chairs to identify new programs and courses for the adult student population.
  • Works collaboratively with the other deans to provide input into creating the master schedules and advising of the graduate students.
  • Advises the Provost on academic matters relative to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
  • Provides recommendations on academic and administrative policies and procedures for the University by participating on appropriate committees including Deans’ Council, SGPS Council and faculty assembly.
  • Promotes positive student relations; resolves teacher/student conflicts by collecting and analyzing information; mediates or arbitrates discussion; and makes decisions based on existing policy and information gathered.
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing an annual budget; schedules expenditures; analyzes variances; initiates corrective actions.
  • Provides necessary leadership to ensure timely submission of grades, syllabi, and classroom assessment reports from faculty and staff.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops; reviews professional publications; establishes personal networks; participates in professional societies.
  • Works with the Provost to develop external collaborations and partnerships.
  • Initiates and manage special projects and assignments that are entrepreneurial in vision and activities.
  • Manages space and equipment assigned to the School.
  • Supports and promotes the University mission, visions and values.
  • Supports a spirit of excellence in service.
  • Attends mandatory university sponsored events such as graduation services, president’s convocation, Service Day Events, weekly convocation.
Education and Experience:
  • Doctoral degree from a recognized and accredited institution
  • Four to ten years teaching and administrative experience 
Required Skills:
  • Excellent communication, written and verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Ability to effectively present information to various audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Entrepreneurial in vision and activities
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, and problem-solve
  • Demonstrates and fosters excellence in teaching and service
Benefits package includes:
• Healthcare, including vision, dental and prescription drug
• Flexible Spending Plans
• Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
• Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
• Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
• Long Term Disability
• AFLAC insurance
• Legal Assistance Program
• Employee Assistance Program
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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