The Dean will engage with a multidisciplinary faculty whose research interests span a wide range of areas, with students, and with constituencies within the academy and in the public sphere. As the chief executive and academic officer for the School, the Dean will set the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment by providing a strategic vision for and operational leadership of all school programs. The Dean will serve as a catalyst to link the work of SSW faculty and students to other disciplines in the academy, and to public and private communities and interests outside of the institution. The Dean will be the School's public voice, promoting initiatives within Portland State, and articulating the School's contributions in local, state, regional, and national arenas. The Dean will pursue an aggressive development program to build the School's resources.
The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, strong, self-assured, inclusive, and entrepreneurial leader able to infuse the Portland State University School of Social Work with a sense of common purpose and to create the record of accomplishment that engenders pride. Requirements include a record of distinguished research, teaching, and/or public service; administrative experience; proven success in external fund development; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the School. Experience in addressing the social issues of the widest variety of communities will be highly valued.
The Dean will make critical contributions to the continued development of a distinguished institution. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with the drive, skill, and experience to bring creative leadership to the organization and to play a meaningful role in shaping its future. The new Dean will embrace these opportunities, helping to realize the potential of the Portland State University School of Social Work. The Dean will work collaboratively with the PSU administrative leadership team and other executives at the university. The selected candidate, whose leadership is eagerly sought, will make a meaningful difference to the institution.
In addition, the candidate will possess most if not all of the following:
An outstanding record as an accomplished educator/scholar in order to be eligible for the rank of full professor.
An M.S.W. degree is highly desirable and a doctorate degree in a field related to the School's mission is required.
Leadership to develop a clear vision for the possibilities of the School and the capacity to design and implement a sound strategic plan for the School's future in conjunction with the faculty.
Skills and experience to represent the School effectively to audiences within Portland State University, in Portland, nationally, and internationally.
A demonstrated track record of effectively engaging and partnering with diverse communities and constituents.
A collegial, consultative management style allied with the ability to be a decisive leader within a rapidly changing environment.
A commitment to creating and nurturing a distinguished faculty.
Fiscal planning experience.
Commitment to an intellectually and culturally diverse academic environment.
Commitment to the School's role in addressing the critical policy and social issues of the time.
Innovative ideas for rethinking the curriculum and delivery of programs.
A record as an innovative and creative thinker with the ability to make clear, informed decisions.
An ability to work effectively and collaboratively with people at all levels and different cultural backgrounds and orientations.
A clear understanding of leading-edge methods and instructional technologies to support faculty and students in a large public university.
A proven, demonstrated commitment to shared governance and openness to collaborative relationships with campus unions.
Experience with accreditation processes and the assessment of learning outcomes.
Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, resilience, and a strong work ethic.
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About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state