Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Massachusetts

Deadline November 15, 2016
Date Posted January 5, 2017
Type Executive
Salary 120000-130000
Employment Type Full-time

A special mission college within the Massachusetts state university system

Position: Dean of Undergraduate Studies     

Posting: September 2016           

Start Date: 01 January 2017          

Position Number: FY17-05

Application Deadline: 15 November 2016

Division: Academic Affairs

Union affiliation: Non-Unit Professional

Supervision received: Reports to Vice President of Academic Affairs

Supervision exercised: Supervises subordinate professional, classified, and student personnel in area of Expertise.

General responsibilities:  The dean is the person responsible for preparing and revising academic program plans, promoting and serving as a model for teaching achievement and professional service. The dean also develops strategies to achieve educational goals and objectives; ensures academic integrity and quality education in the college or university by articulating University policy and procedure to members of the school; and sets and establishes academic goals for the division to achieve and also maintain high standards in academics and teaching processes.  The dean may also serve as chief academic officer in the absence of the CAO

The dean helps to provide support to the teaching staff to maintain teaching excellence. The dean is also responsible for maintaining effective communication between students and with other academic personnel. The dean also acts as a liaison between the students and the administration and between the faculty and the administration. An academic dean is responsible for budgeting, setting academic rules and policies.

The position entails working with the nine academic departments which support the seven undergraduate programs to ensure academic integrity is maintained.  This position will have oversight of all personnel actions for the undergraduate faculty and administrators within the academic division. This person will work with the Registrar’s office on scheduling of classes and ensure that faculty loading is consistent with the MSCA contract; assist with the screening and selection process for full-time and part-time faculty and staff; manage the experiential learning program for the undergraduates; work with Career & Professional Services to ensure all co-op and commercial shipping demands are met along with standards established under STCW are being met; and be a direct report to the VP of Academics. 

Qualifications & requirements

  • An understanding of the unique mission of the academy
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated administrative skills in an academic environment (five years)
  • Professional credentials of a terminal degree or MS degree along with upper level USCG marine license
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Prior work experience with collective bargaining agreements
  • Self-starter; ability to work unsupervised and identify priorities
  • Proven ability to take projects from conception to completion
  • Understanding of regional and specialized accreditation standards

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior military or merchant marine service
  • Grant writing/Oversite experience
  • Experience in creating/establishing new undergraduate programs

Desirable qualities

  • Coaching experience
  • Willingness to serves as a liaison to student club(s)
  • Familiarization of DHE Vison Project and ongoing DHE initiatives

Salary:  $120,000 to $130,000   The Academy offers generous benefits policies and a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is exempt under FLSA.  Current MSCA faculty should review Article IV and Article XX of the MSCA Agreement for right-to-return language for faculty regarding academic administrator appointments. The Academy is not sponsoring immigration visas at this time.

Application deadline: 15 November 2016.  To apply, please submit the following documents: cover letter, resume, MMA application, Affirmative Action form, and contact information of five (5) professional references. These forms are located on the employment opportunities under Human Resources on the MMA website: Application materials may be saved, attached, and sent electronically to Alternatively, submit application materials by USPS to: Human Resources Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.  Finalist must complete a drug screening and background check. 

MMA is an AA/EEO, Veteran, and Individuals with Disabilities Employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.