Sr. Associate Dean & Strategic Planning Director

Jun 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Unit Job Summary: The Senior Associate Dean and Strategic Planning Director is a key member of the administrative executive team of the Institute, reporting directly to the Director of IME. The Senior Associate Dean and Strategic Planning Director will work with the Director of IME to manage the organization's strategic planning and growth efforts. Oversee the analysis of broad and complex information/programs and provide recommendations based on results. Remain aware of the unit's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Provide viable insights, data analysis and process improvement recommendations to drive the strategic direction of the Institute. Provide innovative thought leadership and support for key initiatives to include, but not limited to, Student Services, Visiting committee, development activities and various IME sponsored forums. Continually seek ways to add value as the unit matures. Assist IME executive leadership in redefining organizational goals and strategic plans. Particular focus areas include, but are not limited to, IME governance and educational programs. - In the identified focused areas, the incumbent provides leadership on planning and implementing all operational and administrative components of the strategic planning elements; the tasks include but are not limited to developing financial projections, securing and allocating resources supporting both short-term and long-term goals, evaluating work processes and practices to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in order to provide required service to both internal and external stakeholders. - Direct and manage academic program development, governance structure development, external partnership programs, communication, facility management and other essential administrative functions. - Oversee and/or lead the Office of the Dean of Students responsibilities to include, but not limited to, strategic and operational structure, and policy for student programs, student services, and graduate and undergraduate programs. - Continuously manage and redefine the existing operational structures as the unit matures. - The Senior Associate Dean represents and advances the Institute's interests before the University's central administration, other divisions or academic units, and other administrative offices. - Manage multiple projects simultaneously with impeccable follow-up and execution, effectively engaging, managing and updating stakeholders. - Work closely with the IME director, faculty and staff to contribute to the Institute's collaborative culture. It is also the responsibility of the position to provide ongoing evaluation and report on institutional execution of the strategic goals in his/her responsible areas, to provide informed recommendations on the wide array of issues associated with the Institute's operation, and to ensure new initiatives are carried out. - Advises the leadership of the Institute on a range of policy, strategic, logistical, communications and finance/budget related issues. - As a functional leader, the Senior Associate Dean will train, mentor and advise academic and student affairs staff members regarding job performance and career advancement.

Unit Education: Education: BA or BS required Ph.D. preferred

Unit Experience: - Individual must be an exceptional leader with a Bachelor's Degree and a minimal twelve (12) years of progressively increasing management and administrative experience required. Extensive knowledge with comprehensive understanding of a higher education environment and associated functional areas. - A record of accomplishment in a complex, higher education environment, and a commitment to maintain a sophisticated, effective, and customer-oriented organization. - Previously held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in strategic planning, leadership planning, communications, implementing major initiatives, and managing and motivating others. - Must be able to communicate effectively with and understand the needs of University of Chicago faculty, staff, and students. - Familiarity with the University of Chicago and its organizational structures, processes, and procedures preferred. -Must have a collegial management style, the capacity to motivate others, highly developed communication skills, experience with managing professional staff and establishing institutional process and procedures. - Proven ability to respond to and collaborate with diverse constituencies. - Must be result-oriented, have a high standard of excellence, exceptional planning, execution, analytical and judgment skills, strong analytical skills, and an outstanding commitment to and proven ability to advance an organization's priorities. - Extensive business knowledge with comprehensive understanding of the organization and functional area.

Unit Job Function Competencies: N/A

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