Director of Student Academic Affairs and Associate Dean - Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR73351
The College of Arts & Sciences is looking for a versatile and experienced leader to direct and oversee the development, implementation, and management of Student Academic Affairs functions within the College Office. This position is one of the senior leadership roles in the College Office reporting directly to the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. 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; additionally, it engages with pre-college, prospective, post-baccalaureate, and visiting students. Student Academic Affairs (SAA) comprises five central functional areas: four-year advising and the first-year experience; student progress and academic success; academic policies and administration; post-graduate and pre-professional planning; and pre-health advising and programs. The Director of Student Academic Affairs and Associate Dean will translate and implement strategic liberal arts and sciences priorities within Student Academic Affairs (including Literacies for Life and Career, a signature initiative of the A&S strategic plan), integrate and monitor A&S strategic priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion across these functional areas, and serve as a key leader in the Collegeâ™s efforts to support students from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, this position will serve as the principal liaison and strategic partner for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and develop, in conjunction with the Vice Dean, the undergraduate admissions strategy for Arts & Sciences. Twenty-six FTE staff members report through this position with five reporting directly to the Director of Student Academic Affairs. In addition to collaborating closely with the office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences and academic units of the school, the Director of Student Academic Affairs will engage in communication and coordination with campus partners across the university, for example the three other undergraduate schools, the Learning Center, Student Financial Services, and departments within the Division of Student Affairs.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Lead the development and oversight of Student Academic Affairs activities and personnel.
Direct the development, planning, execution, and oversight of programs and events in all five functional areas within SAA (including but not limited to: four-year and post-graduate advising, academic success, academic and curricular policy, and the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program).
Lead, mentor, and coach the senior assistant deans of the five functional areas in their development as supervisors. Identify ongoing opportunities to develop specific management and leadership skills.
Facilitate collaboration amongst the senior assistant deans in cross-functional projects and programs. Oversee, coordinate, support, and provide direction to the senior assistant deans in all collaborative and collective work.
Ensure the alignment of programs and initiatives within SAA with strategic priorities within Arts & Sciences and the University at large, particularly as they relate to the liberal arts and sciences mission of the College.
Lead the assessment of programs within the SAA functional areas. Work with functional leads and team members to ensure program goals are effectively implemented and evaluated and make recommendations for improvement.
Serve as the chief program officer responsible for recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, and general management functions of all SAA personnel.
Represent the College of Arts & Sciences with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and other mission-critical stakeholders.
Support the Vice Dean in the development and implementation of an undergraduate recruitment strategy for the College of Arts & Sciences in collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Develop and participate in recruitment and presentation sessions; coordinate and oversee the training of SAA personnel to give presentations to prospective students.
Work with the Arts & Sciences Communications team on marketing and communications.
In conjunction with other SAA staff, liaise with Arts & Sciences departments and programs to support a holistic student academic experience, including the integration of four-year advising in the College with major advising at the academic unit level.
Serve as a primary point of contact for families of prospective and currently enrolled students.
Participate in various university committees and task forces.
Serve on the senior leadership team of the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs to ensure all areas of the office work collaboratively to align with the mission of the College and implement the strategic vision of the Vice Dean.
Collaborate closely with the Vice Dean and senior leadership in the College of Arts & Sciences in areas of strategic growth, particularly as they relate to the liberal arts and sciences mission.
In collaboration with the Vice Dean support the development and implementation of alumni engagement strategy as it relates to the growth of SAA programs and events.
Work with the Director of Finance and Operations to set financial goals for SAA programs.
Facilitate efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College Office.
Oversee and guide the College Officeâ™s Diversity in Action standing committee.
In close collaboration with senior leadership in the College Office and functional leads in SAA, research and recommend strategies to leverage the strengths of Arts & Sciences in the design of policies, programs, events, and support services to ensure that principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in all SAA activities.
Document, communicate, evaluate, and assess diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within all functional areas of SAA. Ensure collaboration and engagement across initiatives within the College and across the university with campus stakeholders.
Serve as a four-year advisor.
Advise approximately ten undergraduate students in each class.
Â Perform other duties as assigned.
Support the College Office with additional programming and mission critical priorities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions
Cover letter and resume required.
Background in leadership in school and university wide initiatives; experience in a university liberal arts and sciences setting.
Bachelor's degree and ten years of experience in an educational or academic setting or Master's degree and seven years of experience or PhD and four years of experience.
$77,700.00 - $136,700.00 / 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.
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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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