Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the SBS Advising Resource Center

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The Position:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) seeks an innovative and dynamic full-time, calendar year Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the SBS Advising Resource Center (ARC). Candidates should have significant experience in strategic planning for and in leading and assessing undergraduate student success, advising, retention, and graduation initiatives. As a member of the SBS Student Success Team, the ideal candidate will partner with colleagues to develop, implement, and champion SBS Pathways, the College’s leading-edge, proactive student success, advising, and curriculum model. Understanding of and experience with the use of technologies and social media to advance student success and advising effectiveness is essential.

The Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the SBS ARC is responsible for planning, coordinating, and carrying out the activities of the SBS ARC. These activities include leading academic advising for SBS Exploratory Track students and for the Global Education requirement, development of student success initiatives, new student orientation, partnering with student recruitment, and peer advising programs. The Assistant Dean directly supervises 4 staff in the ARC; is the operational and budget lead for all ARC areas, coordinating with the SBS Academic Dean and the SBS Director of Career & Professional Services, who are co-housed in the ARC; and serves as a second Academic Dean for the College. This position also provides support to the SBS Advising Network of 30 academic advisors who are located in and supervised by their academic departments, consults with departments on advising needs, and represents SBS in university-wide student success and advising initiatives. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Development.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences serves 5,000 undergraduate majors in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Legal Studies, Political Science, Resource Economics, Sociology, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sustainable Community Development, and the SBS Exploratory Track.


Candidates for the position must have substantial leadership experience in student success and undergraduate advising program development and management, along with excellent communication and relationship building skills. High-level technological and administrative competencies are required. A Master's degree in a social science discipline or related field is required. Ed.D./Ph.D. is preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time Lecturer position (calendar year or 52-weeks), non-unit, and non-tenure track.  Position start date is negotiable but ideally August 13, 2018 or earlier. 

Salary is commensurate with candidate's experience and qualifications.  

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a letter of application, vita, and names of three professional references through Interview Exchange at:

Review of applicants will begin on June 11, 2018, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Applications received by June 11, 2018 will receive full consideration.




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Job No: Assistant Dean
Posted: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 6/30/2018
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Salary: Salary is commensurate with candidate's experience and qualifications.