Senior Assistant Dean, Pre-Professional and Post-Graduate Planning - College of Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR68390
It is an exciting time to join the College of Arts & Sciencesâ™ new Student Academic Affairs Division. Student Academic Affairs, housed within the College Office, comprises four central functional areas: four-year advising and the first-year experience; student progress and academic success; academic policies and administration; and post-graduate and pre-professional planning. This Senior Assistant Dean position will oversee the functional area of Pre-professional and Post-graduate Planning, lead a team of FTEs, provide comprehensive academic advising to undergraduate students and contribute to the vision for programs and events that enhance the academic mission of the College of Arts & Sciences and guide students from first year through graduation. The largest undergraduate program at Washington University, the College of Arts & Sciences contains approximately 4,600 degree seeking undergraduate students and more than 600 non-A&S second majors and minors.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Leads the Pre-Professional and Post-Graduate Planning functional area with formal supervision duties of four to six direct reports.
Assumes responsibility for individual programs within the functional area, including the development, coordination, execution, maintenance, and assessment of assigned program(s). Programs include but are not limited to Pre-health, Pre-law, and Pre-graduate advising; Mellon Mays and Homer G. Phillips Program; Fellowships and Scholarships, Junior Jumpstart and Praxis.
Makes decisions regarding annual implementation processes of assigned program(s).
Oversees all programs within that functional area ensuring alignment with the strategic vision for Student Academic Affairs.
Collaborates with senior leadership in the College and direct reports to set the direction and goals for programs within the functional area, with special attention to career preparation for liberal arts students within A&S.
Brings a vision for the functional area and serve as a critical thought partner for direct reports in shaping program development.
Manages, builds, and leads strong teams to support the mission and vision of functional area.
Assists direct reports with program implementation and assessment.
Evaluates the impact of the programs within the functional area and communicate with the Director of Student Academic Affairs on outcomes and areas for strategic development.
Works closely with colleagues in the College Office on overlapping projects to ensure a holistic student academic experience.
Works with the Director of Student Academic Affairs and other colleagues to ensure the priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College are embedded in all functional area activities, programs, and events.
In consultation with the Director of Student Academic Affairs, provide training, development, motivation, and supervision of direct reports including employee performance review and maintenance of staffing plans.
Serves as a four-year academic advisor for undergraduate students in each class.
Provides academic advising to a caseload of approximately 80 students to support student retention and graduation initiatives.
Interprets and explains university policies, procedures, and curriculum to students, faculty, staff, and administration.
Identifies and helps resolve obstacles impeding the academic success of students.
Analyzes studentsâ™ academic and personal issues or concerns and provide referral or intervention services.
Supports students in developing a required academic plan to meet graduation requirements.
Coordinates mentoring or specific programming for students within various academic programs.
Guides students through college and university level administrative processes.
Liaises with Arts & Sciences departments and programs to ensure a holistic student academic experience.
Works with campus partners to ensure holistic support and tracking of student progress.
Maintains appropriate student records and documents student interactions.
Supports the College Office with additional programming and mission critical priorities. May serve as an academic advisor across areas of the College Office.
May serve as an academic advisor across areas of the College Office, for example as a progress counselor, pre-professional (pre-health, pre-grad, pre-law) advisor, fellowship advisor, skills coach, and post-baccalaureate premedical advisor.
May serve on department or university wide committees, work collaboratively on student admissions events or support collaborative initiatives and partnerships with key campus partners
Performs other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions
Please submit you cover letter/resume.
Previous experience advising students in a higher education or academic setting.
Experience with career and/or post-graduate or pre-professional programming and support.
Experience working with diverse students and helping drive academic success.
Experience evaluating and developing programs to proactively engage with studentâ™s career and post-graduate preparation plans.
Sound judgment, decision making ability, and high-level maturity in sensitive and confidential situations involving students, staff, and parents.
Proven interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal with students, faculty, staff, and other campus stakeholders.
A strong commitment to cultivating relationships with students in the context of a learning environment and to designing and delivering excellent academic and student affairs.
Ability to build relationships, credibility, and consensus among diverse populations of students, staff, and faculty.
Ability to lead, manage, and build strong teams to accomplish the vision and mission of unit.
Ability to successfully manage complex operations and supervise staff at various levels, including organizing and coaching diverse individuals.
Ability to step in as a strong individual contributor and team member on various projects as needed.
Ability to anticipate issues, properly assess pertinent data, and develop and implement practical solutions to complex issues.
High degree of self-motivation and productivity with an ability to manage time, set and meet deadlines, and follow-through on projects independently and in a timely manner with varying degrees of pressure.
Ability to be highly organized, accurate, detailed oriented, and possess a strong attention to detail.
Ability to project genuineness and warmth as a service-oriented communicator.
Ability to anticipate student needs and act to address them.
Bachelorâ™s degree and seven years of relevant experience in higher education setting or Masterâ™s degree and five years of relevant experience in higher education setting.
Significant knowledge of student academic affairs programs and events, career advising, post-graduate and pre-professional planning, a broad understanding of liberal arts curricula and of concepts, practices, and procedures related to undergraduate education, and the ability to interact with various campus partners.
$70,300.00 - $120,000.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
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