Dean, School of Business and Graduate Studies

Mount Ida College
Newton, Massachusetts
Mar 08, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Mount Ida College ( is accepting nominations and applications for a Dean of the School of Business and Graduate Studies. This will be a full-time 12-month position.  

Mount Ida College, founded in 1899, is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, just 7 miles west of downtown Boston that offers professional undergraduate and graduate degrees. Mount Ida provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare students for success in their chosen fields.  Enrolling almost 1,400 students in the 2016-17 academic year, the College has a tight-knit inclusive community, a diverse student body, a winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean administers all School programs, departments, personnel, budget, and facilities in accordance with the College’s strategies, policies and procedures. The Dean will be expected to teach two courses per year at the College after the first year.  A priority of this position will be to grow a small MSM program.

For School of Business:

  • Leads the departments of Business Administration, Sport Management, Accounting, Marketing, and the MS in Management.

Leadership of School and Academic Programs

  • Fulfill school administrative roles and responsibilities, including oversight for the quality and effectiveness of the academic programs and faculty within the School, teaching assignments, curriculum review and development, and student advising.
  • Develop and manage School and program budgets for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Oversee program analysis and revisions, curriculum development and new program initiatives to improve outcomes and grow School enrollment.
  • Collaborate with faculty in the development of ongoing course, program and School level assessment initiatives.
  • Monitor and develop strategies to improve program enrollment, student advising, and retention and graduation rates.
  • Coordinate with Senior Administration, Enrollment and Marketing departments to coordinate and develop recruitment at both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Promote high academic standards and recognition of faculty and student scholarly accomplishments.
  • Foster a collegial environment conducive to open discourse among faculty of diverse strengths and perspectives.
  • Ensure that safety and risk management are properly addressed in all aspects of School and programs.

Management of Faculty and Staff

  • Ensure excellence in faculty and staff recruitment, selection, and supervision in coordination with Program Directors, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Director of Human Resources.
  • Oversee ongoing performance management and formal evaluations of faculty and staff to ensure quality of outcomes and accountability consistent with the College’s goals and policies.

Leadership and Oversight of Quality and Outcomes Assessment Programs

  • Assure program and curriculum excellence through assessment of student learning, academic program reviews, and incorporation of technology into the curriculum.
  • Ensure compliance with all requirements of external accrediting bodies for programs within the School.
  • Provide annual reports and plans for programs within School and the School overall.
  • Maintain and oversee a schedule and submission to the Vice President of Academic Affairs of 5-Year Program Reviews for all programs in the School.

College and Community Collaboration

  • Collaborate with Deans of other Schools and others on campus to increase student and faculty satisfaction and engagement.
  • Develop partnerships with civic groups, industry and others to strengthen ties with the community and enhance the College, School and programs.
  • Seek strategic relationships that can enhance the mission, academic capacity and fiscal sustainability of the School and the College.
  • Work with the Development Office to identify and secure public and private grants, scholarships and other resources to advance the School and College.


  • Teach two courses per year in a program within the School or College in order to stay current with the needs of students and faculty at the College.

Required Qualifications:

The Dean will have teaching experience in at least one field represented among the academic departments within the School while also having familiarity with the other disciplines within the School. The Dean should possess strategic leadership ability and strong management skills, demonstrated intellectual achievement, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, entrepreneurial ambition, collaborative and creative energy, and a passion to further the College’s mission of career-relevant professional preparation.

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution or terminal qualification in a related field.
  • 8 to 10 years’ experience in higher education, including experience managing programs and faculty.
  • Strategic leadership ability combined with a successful record of academic administrative leadership at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including management of fiscal and personnel resources, academic program evaluation and review, strategic planning, and programs for student advisement, recruitment and retention.
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of students and faculty members in the context of the College’s goals.
  • Intellectual accomplishment and a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty governance, positive personnel development, transparent consultative processes, and consensus building.
  • Successful experience collaborating with faculty and administrators from other disciplines and Schools.
  • Expressed commitment to working with an ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse campus and community, and sensitivity to the needs of all students.
  • Experience supporting community engagement and/or service learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of and support for the effective use of technology in instruction, research and administration.
  • Facility with Learning Management Systems and office productivity technologies and applications.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Regular Duties:

  • Ensures ongoing effective communication within the School, including regularly convening School meetings to involve faculty in decision making consistent with the College’s mission; maintains general communication among faculty and with students concerning issues and activities and is an advocate of the faculty with the Provost and other senior leaders.  
  • Oversees advising, academic progression and retention initiatives within the School.  
  • Coordinates and facilitates program and curriculum development within the School and explores coordination with other Schools and programs in the College.
  • Prepares and manages cost center budgets in concert with the Provost and Vice President for Finance and Administration and assures adherence to business services policies.
  • Oversees and makes recommendations regarding recruitment and retention and promotes development initiatives for faculty and staff in collaboration with other College offices and personnel.
  • Evaluates faculty with assistance from program directors and evaluates program directors regarding their administrative performance and performance as faculty.
  • Provides to the Provost an evidence-based Annual Final Report including key outcomes metrics, accomplishments, goals and objectives of the School and each of its programs.
  • Monitors usage, space and equipment that the School and its programs occupy, and reports security, space, or equipment concerns to the appropriate office.
  • Ensures that class schedules and faculty teaching assignments are efficient, equitable and determined in the best interests of students in the School.
  • Ensures that all academic policies and procedures are appropriately implemented.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Development on initiatives as needed and requested.

Mount Ida College is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt - Fennell.  Submit nominations and applications via email to Cheryl Hyatt at Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for three professional references. Each item should be submitted as a separate document. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to April 7, 2017 to receive full consideration.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

For more information contact:
Cheryl Hyatt -  724-242-0476

Mount Ida College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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