Associate Dean/Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Professional Programs
Within UC Davis, the Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is a $40M self-supporting academic unit reporting to the Provost. The CPE team includes 210 academic and professional staff who collectively serve 60,000 learners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries each year. CPE has one of the university's most extensive educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit professional certificates, on-campus programs for international students, contract programs for government and corporate clients, conferences and boot camps. The division also develops and manages UC Davis' classes and programs on Coursera, which have attracted more than 600,000 students since 2016, and administers two self-supporting master's degrees in collaboration with graduate groups on campus. CPE plays a critical role in advancing the university's outreach mission in service of non-traditional adult learners, and serves as an innovation hub to pioneer new models that may be scaled across the campus.
Responsibilities: The Associate Dean/Senior Associate Dean oversees two large academic centers (professional studies, human services), comprising 100 FTE and $30M in programming which spans disciplines. This position has the responsibility and accountability to drive portfolio strategic planning, including program growth, optimization and sunsetting. In addition to assigned academic portfolios, this position leads the following functions for the Division as a whole under the broad general guidance of the Dean: 1) academic strategic planning, 2) academic governance and policy, and 3) identification, validation and execution of new program innovation. Monitors higher education trends and provides expert insight to the Cabinet and program leaders. Oversees market research to validate demand for new program/business initiatives. Approves new academic courses and instructors on behalf of the Dean. (Programs require Dean approval.) Engages on the system-wide level on programmatic partnerships, policy reforms, and other collaborative initiatives. With the Assistant Dean, Finance/Chief Business Officer, models new business initiatives, negotiates relationships, and liaises with major 3rd party partners (e.g., Coursera, Trilogy). Oversees training and mentorship of program staff to ensure strong capacity for program growth and optimization. Represents the Dean on campus committees and meetings (as needed).
Minimum Qualifications: (must be attained at time of application) -Highest level terminal professional degree (e.g., MBA, MFA, MPH) or academic doctorate.
-10 or more years of progressive leadership experience in continuing and professional education, including experience in a senior-level role.
-Experience leading academic planning and budgeting.
-Experience leading the development of professional programs serving non-traditional adult learners.
-Experience in a self-supporting, entrepreneurial institutional setting.
Additional Qualifications: -Knowledge of adult learning principles, and experience applying those principles to the design of high quality, innovative and engaging learning experiences.
-Experience developing programs for multiple delivery models (online, ground, hybrid)
-Experience assessing risk and validating new program opportunities.
-Experience developing business models and strategies for new program initiatives.
-Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and planning.
-Demonstrated capacity to present complex information in a manner that produces action and results.
-Exceptional creativity and problem-solving skills to develop appropriate solutions to needs/problems.
-Exceptional skill in navigating the campus environment, establishing partnerships, and negotiating business agreements.
-Prior experience leading and managing academic personnel.
Preferred Qualifications: -Demonstrable thought leadership in the field of continuing and professional education evidenced by involvement in conferences, journals, or other relevant outlets.
-Prior experience in a public university-based PCO unit.
-Prior experience developing, or partnering on the development of, degree programs.
Appointment/Compensation: This is a full-time academic term appointment with an initial 1-year appointment, eligible for continued reappointment. Salary commensurate with experience. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is unable to sponsor a work visa (H-1B) to fill this position. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.
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