Assistant Dean and Director Student Academic Affairs and Career Development

School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison

Deadline July 07, 2014
Date Posted June 2, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Degree and area of specialization:

Master's degree required, doctoral degree highly desirable in an academic field represented in the School of Human Ecology or in an area related to educational leadership/policy, student development, and/or student affairs in higher education. Previous leadership experience of a student affairs unit desirable.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Five years of professional experience of progressively greater responsibility in student academic affairs and career development in higher education. Experience must include classroom teaching and/or student development experiences, management and leadership roles, including but not limited to personnel management, strategic planning, development of student-centered support processes, program assessment, and representing the unit to internal and external audiences, as well as direct experience as an advisor or equivalent.

Principal duties:

Assistant Dean and Director, Student Academic Affairs and Career Development

The School of Human Ecology (SoHE) is seeking a dynamic, strategic, and experienced leader whose vision is consistent with the SoHE's faculty and staff in becoming the model for student academic affairs and career development success in Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information about the SoHE, please see the School's website at:

This senior level management postiion reports to the Dean of the School of Human Ecology and is the main liaison to the campus community and external audiences for undergraduate student academic affairs. This position serves as a member of the central SoHE administrative team, School's Academic Planning Council, and works closely with Department Chairs and Center Directors. The Assistant Dean is responsible for the leadership, management, and teamwork development of the unit, including the supervision and mentoring of five academic and career advisors. The School of Human Ecology Office of Student Academic Affairs and Career Development (SAA) serves approximately 1000 undergraduate students in six Bachelor of Science degree majors. The office is responsible for a broad array of services that support the academic mission of the School and student development, including student recruitment, academic advising, dean's office functions, career services, and co-curricular opportunities.

Specific Duties:

- Oversee the SAA strategic plan implementation, assessment, and reporting in relation to the School's OneSoHE21 strategic plan (see OneSoHE21 Vision, Mission, and Strategic plans at:
- Provide leadership for student recruitment, admission, and retention processes and activities for the School of Human Ecology.
- Generate and provide data needed to inform department and School-level decision-making regarding optimal undergraduate enrollment levels and program planning practices.
- Collaborate with department chairs to facilitate undergraduate curriculum development; for example, curriculum reviews, revisions, and new program initiatives.
- Provide leadership for developing and maintaining a diverse student population and supportive school-wide environment for working and learning.
- Participate in the development and implementation of campus-wide student affairs policies and practices by serving on campus leadership committees including the Academic Affairs Policy Leaders (AAPL) and Crossroads for Student Affairs.
- Manage undergraduate scholarship and award processes as well as the emergency loan program.
- Collaborate with the School's departments and Centers to provide leadership for a seamless and cutting-edge career and leadership development program, including internships, student organizations, and career-related events that serve all of the School's undergraduate majors.
- Closely monitor, respond, and assist with student physical and mental health, make appropriate referrals, and follow up to maintain student safety.
- Oversee student degree progress and academic actions; certify student completion of graduation requirements, including eligibility for special recognitions.
- Manage the HR functions for the unit (e.g., adviser assignments, hiring, mentoring and coaching, performance reviews).
- Oversee the scheduling of the School's credit-based instructional programs (course listing and room scheduling), in partnership with academic department chairs and administrative staff.
- Serves as the minority and diversity coordinator (MDC) of the School and coordinate with the Dean to represent the school to external bodies, such as the Office for Equity & Diversity.
- Work with the SoHE Assistant Dean for External Relations and UW Foundation Directors of Development to create an optimal student alumni development system that supports current students and provides opportunities for lifelong alumni engagement.
- Provide oversight for communications regarding SoHE undergraduate academic affairs, including academic check-sheets and school-wide academic policies.
- Represent the unit to external audiences (e.g., parent inquiries, Athletics, Office of Admissions).
- Serves as the SoHE's summer school dean (e.g., approve summer course offerings, monitor enrollment, manage budget).
- Other duties as assigned by the Dean.


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