The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs plays a pivotal role as a member of the Deanâ€™s Leadership Team charged with creating, implementing, and realizing a strategic vision for the Climate School that is driven by academic excellence and educational and technological innovation.
The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, working collaboratively with the Dean and the Co-founding Dean, provides executive leadership for exciting and critical elements of the School that are playing a key role in revolutionizing climate education globally and across Columbia University. As a â€˜school like no otherâ€™ the Climate School will be designing and implementing myriad new innovative educational programs, both within the School and in partnership with schools across Columbia.
The Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be responsible initially for leading curricular planning for the School and for developing and overseeing the following units: Academic Administration, Student Affairs, Admissions, and Career Services. The Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be responsible for supporting the Co-founding Dean in Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Support. These units will develop in time to align with the needs of new and existing degree programs.
The Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will provide curricular leadership to the existing M.A. Climate and Society and develop a number of new academic offerings that are academically rigorous and offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities. The Senior Associate Dean is the intellectual leader of Academic Affairs, focusing on instructional design, outcomes-driven, evidence-based, technology-assisted, curricular offerings.
The Senior Associate Dean represents the School across the University and beyond; manages existing and builds new relationships and partnerships related to the academic mission; establishes and supports an outcomes-oriented educational assessment agenda; oversees institutional, state, and national online regulatory matters. The Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for building coalitions and establishing productive working relationships across a wide variety of individuals and groups, both internally and externally.
Curriculum & Instruction
With the Dean and Co-founding Dean shape the vision and sets strategic goals for the Climate Schoolâ€™s academic mission, with particular attention to academic excellence and innovation in existing and new program areas, collaboration and partnership with other Columbia schools, and sustained long-term strategic growth and development.
Work collaboratively with the Office of the Provost on innovative projects related to establishing new methods of education and developing new programs and certifications that will have a direct impact on realizing the mission of the School and University.
Provide support to academic governance bodies and the regular evaluation of educational programming, providing recommendations for improvements as necessary.
Develop and manage key academic partnerships internally at Columbia University and with colleges, universities, and academic partners around the world.
As a thought leader in Academic Affairs, provide a unified mission and vision for best-in-class face to face, hybrid, and online learning design, production, and research.
Collaborate with Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs to support some key administrative areas, including:
Support efforts for the School to enhance and grow the number and quality of faculty associated with all programs.
Ensure faculty recruitment and selection processes are in line with University policies and procedures.
Establish goals and standards for faculty performance and provide opportunities for faculty development.
Oversee and enhance capabilities to effectively and efficiently review faculty.
Enhance faculty support and development capacity within the School.
Academic Administration and Instructional Support
Lead the development of academic policy that guides Climate School curricular offerings.
Oversee the Schoolâ€™s assessment procedures and coordinate with university personnel for Middle States Accreditation.
Provide support to the Academic Directors, Instructional Support Team, and the Program support team.
Establish long and short-term goals and implement strategies and operational plans to grow educational programs
Model and support an entrepreneurial mindset throughout the organization, inspiring colleagues to produce and deliver academically rigorous, creative, high-quality products and services in support of the face to face, hybrid and online learning mission.
Develop the Academic Affairs team to lead and manage the functionâ€™s growth, balancing expansion and quality control interests, and embracing open-mindedly the challenges of a new school within Columbia and the fast-paced, ever-changing educational landscape to meet the Climate Schoolâ€™s goals.
Attract and retain the talent necessary to achieve the Climate Schoolâ€™s objectives and see that resources are being used effectively.
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or requested.
Masterâ€™s degree and at least 10 years of experience in higher education leading academic programming, curriculum development, and/or faculty affairs.
Proven ability to work with external and internal partners to develop and implement robust academic programs leveraging innovative business models and partnerships.
Demonstrated ability to successfully create and implement a long-term academic strategy. A keen intellect with the ability to conceptualize, anticipate and act on events that may create opportunities or pose challenges. The ability to be an independent thinker and creative problem solver. Demonstrated success in program or business development with a track record of having rolled out new educational programming.
Strong leadership skills with a capacity to engender loyalty to an organization and cause coupled with a collegial management style and proven team-building skills; ability to hire, develop and retain â€œAâ€� players. Proven ability to work effectively in cross-departmental teams and task forcesâ€� in either lead or support roles depending on the project/initiative.
Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills: the ability to persuade and inspire others through verbal and written communications; the ability to be a listener and evaluator with the good judgment to make realistic and clear-cut decisions.
Sound ethical business judgment and experience or familiarity with the higher education culture as well as the regulatory and economic realities of a not-for-profit university.
An entrepreneurial spirit with an ability to thrive in an environment that is characterized by significant growth and change.
Commitment to the power of higher education in its ability to transform knowledge and understanding in the service of the greater good.
They will also demonstrate a track record of successful work advancing institutional goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Extensive leadership experience in academic administration, curriculum design and faculty support.
Demonstrated ability to partner with faculty and program leadership to envision, design, develop, launch, and continuously improve academic programs.
Proven experience leading in-person and technology-enabled course design, development, and execution/support.
Strong project management, writing and editing, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills required.
Experience shepherding educational programs from inception to completion.
Experience as a member of a University Senate Committee member
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