Dean, College of Biosciences

The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
Commensurate with experience
Mar 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Outside Academe

The Scripps Research Institute

La Jolla, CA


Dean, College of Biosciences

Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience


The Scripps Research Institute is currently recruiting a Dean to provide leadership and strategic direction for the College of Biosciences and serve as its chief executive officer, with primary responsibility for the implementation and quality of the education programs, their development and expansion consistent with TSRI’s mission, ensuring the adequacy of faculty to achieve the goals of the College and functional integration of all programmatic components. From a practical standpoint, the Dean will be a nexus of communication up, down and across the College and other TSRI operating entities and programs. Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the College, in collaboration with the administration and faculty and informed by the substantive input of various committees and stakeholders. In addition, the following are key responsibilities of the inaugural Dean:

• Alignment of the College with TSRI’s basic and translational research and training programs and its existing Graduate Program. Recognize the crucial interdependence of TSRI’s current research, training and educational programs.

• Establish evaluation criteria and expectations that will take into account the necessity of building effective relationships and promoting collaboration with and among the Institute’s entities and programs.

• Have a strong understanding and belief in the TSRI model. Align her/himself with TSRI’s vision and mission for the College in transforming scientific education and expanding TSRI’s role in creating the next generation of both scientific leaders and community leaders with scientific literacy.

• Fostering Culture. Establish a culture of inclusion, wellness, and effective governance between and among the College administration, faculty, students and the community. Create an environment that promotes student, faculty, staff and leadership wellness and resilience.

• Start-Up and Ongoing Strategic Planning. Be accountable for and lead the implementation and start-up phase of the College of Biosciences. The Dean will be expected to develop a strategic plan for the College and oversee the College’s teaching, research and outreach activities, and accreditation curricular requirements, as well as establishing and managing metrics and data analytics for ongoing assessment and improvement.

• Educational Program. Be responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and ensuring the quality of the College’s educational programs, including development and implementation of online coursework and other innovative programmatic content and content delivery systems.

• Recruitment. Develop and implement student recruitment and enrollment strategies (both domestically and internationally), including financial aid and scholarships.

• Support innovation in teaching and program design through evidence-based assessment and quality improvement. Support the regional, national, and international co-operative education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

• Faculty Appointment and Promotion. Make appointments, reappointments, non-reappointments, and promotions of faculty and other academic staff in a manner consistent with the College’s ratified policies and on advice of appropriate College committees.

• Faculty Development. Advise and collaborate with the TSRI Faculty leadership to promote science education and education faculty development to foster excellence in science education delivery for the College.

• Support of Performance Expectations. In consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, ensure members of the College faculty and staff meet performance and behavior standards.

• Operations. The Dean is accountable for the financial and resource management of the College; overseeing the development of the budget; managing business operations; setting institutional metrics/targets; and setting priorities for resource allocation across the College.

• Strategic Alliances. Build and enhance strategic partnerships amongst TSRI’s academic, foundation, healthcare and industry partners, in both San Diego and Palm Beach, nationally, and internationally.

• External Affairs. Be the “Face” of the College to external stakeholders, supporters and the community. Drive resource development through philanthropic, foundation and governmental relations.


Basic Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the reputation, stature, and credibility within a relevant field to attract strong faculty and students and to garner resources to strengthen the College and enable the achievement of its vision. The following criteria are essential:

• Collaborative, enterprising and progressive leadership that incorporates the highest level of ethical standards;

• National recognition as a leading scholar, and accomplished educator and mentor, in biomedical science;

• Ability to navigate diverse stakeholder interests and priorities to secure resources;

• An understanding of, and the ability to skillfully support, the full spectrum of education, training and research (from basic to applied to translational) that comprise the College’s mission;

• A track record of inspiring and empowering faculty, staff, students, alumni, and strategic partners, across various geographic boundaries;

• Demonstrated experience in recruiting, retaining, mentoring and supporting faculty;

Familiarity with online, self-directed learning models;

• Knowledge of strategic planning processes and implementation;

• An established track record of, and comfort with, administrative, financial, and budgetary responsibilities, including financial aid programs;

• Experience with implementing a student-centered, experiential, and convergence-based learning approach, including online course work;

• Ability to work closely with development officers to secure important gifts, foundation support and state funding;

• Knowledge of program assessment evaluations, quality improvement and accreditation; and

• A commitment to, and demonstrated track record of, creating an atmosphere of collegiality, acceptance, and inclusion, including the promotion of diversity in its many forms.

• A doctorate in biology, health science or life science




The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.

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