Assistant Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs

University of CT in Connecticut

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 20, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Graduate School at The University of Connecticut (UConn) is seeking an Assistant Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs. The Graduate School enrolls approximately 6,500 graduate students each year studying fields as diverse as art history, quantum physics, sociolinguistics, environmental economics, materials science, biology, history, early childhood education, and music. In fact, in 2013 there were more than 2,000 new graduate students from 47 countries who joined us. Incoming graduate students made up more than 40 percent of all new students enrolling at UConn. For additional information about The Graduate School, visit http://www.grad.uconn.edu/.

 

UConn has been named the top public university in New England for over a decade and is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. As the states flagship institution of higher learning, we are the school of choice for academically talented students, and our graduate programs enroll students from around the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks UConn number 19 on this years list of the nations best public universities.  For additional information about the University, visit http://www.uconn.edu/.

 

The Graduate School seeks an experienced professional with broad experience in graduate student and postdoctoral affairs who has a demonstrated ability to lead in an academic setting and is willing to start immediately.  The individual in this 12-month management-exempt position will report directly to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School and will deliver best in class services to the UConn community. S/he will work with the Dean of The Graduate School to develop and implement programs to support and enhance the training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

 

Specific duties will include:

Leading and coordinating all activities of the student and postdoctoral affairs division within The Graduate School;

Developing and leading programs to help graduate students acquire the discipline-independent knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success in graduate study;

Developing and leading programs to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars acquire the transferable skills necessary for success in their later careers;

Developing resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as they explore the full range of career and professional opportunities open to them;

Building an engaged community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars;

Facilitating communication with campus offices with programs that affect graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, e.g., the Office of Community Standards, the Center for Career Development, the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, International Student & Scholar Services;

Facilitating communication with faculty about issues surrounding the lives and career preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars;

Participating in decisions that affect the grades and academic standing of graduate students;

Monitoring the satisfactory progress of graduate students towards completion of degree requirements;

Writing grants to support recruitment, retention, and training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; and

Assisting the Dean of The Graduate School and performing other duties as needed.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

  1. Either a doctoral degree in higher education or student affairs or an advanced degree in any discipline and 3-5 years of experience in student affairs in a higher education context, e.g., program development, academic advising, career and professional development;
  2. Excellent writing and communication skills;
  3. Evidence of ability to work independently, including the ability to design and implement programs, workshops, and similar events; and
  4. Evidence of ability to interpret and apply academic and behavioral standards in a higher education context.

 

Preferred Qualifications:  In addition to meeting all of the minimum qualifications, the most competitive candidates will also meet one or more of the following preferred qualifications:

 

  1. 5-10 years of experience in student affairs in the context of graduate and postdoctoral education, with responsibilities that grow in scope and complexity over time;
  2. Demonstrated experience leading and supervising professional staff, especially in a unionized academic setting;
  3. Evidence of ability to secure external funding to support programs that support recruitment, retention, and training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars;
  4. Evidence of ability to create new programs designed to benefit graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across a wide range of disciplines; and
  5. Evidence of ability to mediate conflicts involving any combination of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, graduate programs, and academic departments.

 

This is a full-time management-exempt position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidates background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits, visit http://www.hr.uconn.edu/docs/enrgde.pdf.

 

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a brief summary of experience and qualifications relevant to the position), a statement of views on graduate and postdoctoral education, and the names of and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references. Please apply on-line using the Universitys Husky Hire applicant system. Please reference Job ID #2014521. Screening will begin immediately and applications received by April 14, 2014 will be assured of consideration. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at http://grad.uconn.edu/jobs/