Associate Dean, Health Sciences Education

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Hyde Park Campus

2010053 BSD Senior Administration

About the Unit
We encompass a wide range of fields of inquiry spanning the basic biological sciences and clinical disciplines. Our basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise is characterized by a fundamental commitment to original inquiry. We provide a full spectrum of education—collegiate, graduate, medical, and postgraduate—characterized by a passionate commitment to rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary effort. As a community of scholars, clinicians, teachers, researchers, students, and fellows, we actively seek to push the boundaries of biological and medical discovery. This important work would not be possible without donors and our active community of alumni, who believe in and support our mission. We encourage you to learn more and to become a part of the work that we're doing.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Associate Dean maintains, sustains, and supports the academic quality, relevance, and continual growth of the graduate and non-credit programs in the health sciences through oversight of budget, admissions, curriculum, student advising, and supervision of relevant academic and administrative personnel.

This position is a full-time staff, non-tenure track, position at the University.


  • The Associate Dean will be the primary administrative leader providing administrative oversight for newly established BSD programs in Health Sciences Education.
  • The main responsibilities will include developing a strategic plan for the program in conjunction with the Dean of the BSD and faculty leaders.
  • The Associate Dean will collaborate broadly with BSD and other University Faculty, Graduate Faculty Advisory Board members, and industry leaders to identify and develop new education programs in the health sciences.
  • The development of new programs includes leading research, building of infrastructure, and proposal writing.
  • The Associate Dean will oversee the launch of approved new programs and ensure they have the appropriate staffing and academic support to succeed.
  • Specific new program development will include writing program proposals for new Master's programs in Public Health and an accelerated (4+1) degree program for College students to obtain a Master in Biological Sciences.
  • The Associate Dean will oversee the submission to the Faculty Senate for approval of these programs, including attending related meetings and responding to questions and requests for revisions.
  • The Associate Dean will work with the academic program team to staff the administrative functions of new programs and work with the Dean of the BSD and his designee for Health Sciences Education to form faculty oversight committees for each new program including: faculty advisory committee, curriculum review committee, and admissions committee.
  • The Associate Dean will work with relevant teams to develop a marketing and promotion strategy and to recruit students for each new program.
  • Oversight of ongoing program management will include: managing overall curricular quality for the programs; identifying faculty for relevant courses in collaboration with the Dean and faculty advisory committee; integrating feedback from students, board members, and employers into the curriculum for continuous improvement; and, assisting faculty in continuous course review and improvement.
  • The Associate Dean will organize meetings of the programs' faculty advisory committees, at least bi-annually, preparing agendas, materials, data, and evaluations for committee review.
  • Other duties include maintaining regular contact with committee members and filling vacant positions on the committee.
  • The Associate Dean will conduct annual evaluations to measure program quality, and report progress to senior leadership in the BSD, faculty advisory committees, boards, and University officials.
  • The Associate Dean will work collaboratively with academic departments to staff needed faculty teaching positions as appropriate, working closely with department chairs.
  • The Associate Dean may screen and interview lecturers for teaching appointments and schedule and oversee candidate interviews with the faculty committee.
  • In collaboration with BSD finance, the Associate Dean will develop program budgets and monitor programs' fiscal performance within guidelines established by the University and the Division, as well as developing and implement strategies to ensure realization of the programs' annual budget target.
  • The Associate Dean will help create an admissions committee for each program and work collaboratively with marketing promotion to ensure adequate applications for each program.
  • The Associate Dean will oversee the program staff in managing the review and admission of prospective students.
  • The Associate Dean will define program team roles, create new positions in conjunction with the BSD human resources office and supervise the team, conduct annual performance reviews, and revise position descriptions as necessary to ensure compliance and accuracy with job performed.
  • The Associate Dean will collaborate with University offices, including the Registrar, Alumni Services, and Bursar, to execute processes for current students. In addition, the Associate Dean will work collaboratively with directors, administrators, and Deans in the BSD to ensure consistent, high-quality processes, policies, and procedures are implemented for students and faculty.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, students, university administrators, and corporate partners
  • Work collaboratively as well as independently to execute work; multitask
  • Anticipate and manage workload effectively during peak busy seasons
  • Represent the BSD and the University in a positive and professional manner with stakeholders and in public settings
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team required
  • Ability to successfully navigate both an entrepreneurial and process-oriented environment
  • Evidence of project management competence preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Excel, PPT, Word, and Outlook required
  • Experience with/ability to master internal University of Chicago systems

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Masters degree in a relevant field required
  • Ph.D. strongly preferred

  • At least 5 years of relevant management and/or academic administrative experience required
  • Teaching experience at the university level preferred
  • Experience with budget and staff management preferred
  • Ability to manage program finances wisely and within budgetary guidelines required
  • Demonstrated experience developing and launching graduate programs in health and life sciences preferred

Physical Demands:
  • Mainly sedentary work sitting at a desk, working on a phone and computer, and meeting with colleagues
  • Ability to life and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Standing and operating audiovisual equipment for teaching and presenting to various audiences
  • Occasional attendance at meetings at other campus buildings in Hyde Park
  • Teaching at the Gleacher Center
  • Occasional travel to businesses in metropolitan Chicago by car or train

Mental Demands:
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and deal with interruptions
  • Ability to work well under pressure during peak periods
  • Must be able to plan effectively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter preferred

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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