Associate Dean for Engineering & Executive Director of Professional Education

Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 13, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Washington University in St. Louis (, one of the leading independent research universities in the nation, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Engineering and Executive Director of Professional Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).


Reporting directly to the Dean of SEAS, the Executive Director (ED) will join the Schools leadership team and will oversee full-time and part-time Professional Education Masters degrees, technical training, and engineering-leadership education, managing the planning and execution of long-terms goals and focusing upon strategic growth, business development, delivery of high quality offerings, and budgetary and fiscal oversight of the Professional Programs.


The ED works at the executive level with University administrators, deans, academic leaders, faculty members, and staff to establish new opportunities and develops degree and non-degree programs for professional engineers. The ED is responsible for the fiscal health of the department and leads efforts both to generate revenue and to contribute to the mission of the School and the University alike. Leading a team of 21 academic and administrative staff, the ED ensures appropriate business decisions and the necessary business processes are supported and in adherence with the Schools mission.


The successful candidate will have the leadership presence, industry knowledge, academic focus, and business sensibility necessary to build strong relationships and advance the mission of the Professional Education department. S/he will have excellent communication skills and a history of visionary leadership aimed at educational and technological trends, and demonstrated success (for instance through ROI data) developing and delivering masters, professional, and continuing-education programs. Also required is recent industry, academic, and management experience in the areas of information technology, information management, project management, or core areas of engineering such as electrical, biomedical, environmental, and mechanical.


Further, candidates will have experience with online program development and delivery, the demonstrated ability to lead the development of academic programs, the proven ability to develop a positive rapport with adult students currently employed in professional environments, corporate management, and academic leadership at both the School and University level, and skill in human relations and a proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population, with academics, and with professionals in industry.


A Masters degree from an accredited institution, plus 5-10 years of related experience in a professional or continuing education environment is required, while a PhD from an accredited institution is preferred, along with experience in an information technology, engineering, or applied science environment.


The School of Engineering and Applied Science is a top-ranked, dynamic School with 91 tenured and tenure-track professors, 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, 750 graduate students, and more than 20,000 alumni. With approximately $25 million in annual sponsored research, the school focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship, and security. The school is ranked among US News & World Reports top 50 Engineering Schools.


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Please contact WashUs search consultants for further information or to apply:


Craig Smith, Partner, or Courtney Smith, Consultant, at Opus Partners / 971-544-7469


Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from and nominations of women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.