Dean of the School of Education

Job description

Category:: Administrative
Department:: School of Education
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Oct 25, 2018
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Mills College invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Education beginning July 2019. Mills College School of Education has an outstanding reputation for offering high quality programs that prepare highly skilled educational leaders in classrooms, school administration, and hospitals and is committed to improving the education and life chances of children and youth in Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. We seek a versatile and experienced educator and leader to join a dynamic academic leadership team engaged in institutional transformation that promotes inclusive excellence and embraces collaboration and innovation in order to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's students.

Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Dean is responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of the School's three departments: Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Early Childhood Education. The Dean also oversees the College's innovative laboratory children's school and our two Federal TRiO programs and supports related projects, including Lesson Study, Mills Teacher Scholars, and OUTR (residency program). The Dean is responsible for communicating the value and vision of the School of Education, both internally and externally, and for building partnerships with schools, community colleges, hospitals, informal learning environments, employers, and other agencies that share our commitment to social justice and educational equity. They are also responsible for ensuring that the School of Education continues to secure robust levels of extramural funding from public and private sources. The Dean teaches in one of the School's programs when appropriate, advises graduate students and supervises doctoral theses.

The Mills College School of Education offers six teaching and administrative credentials, eight master's programs, a doctoral program in educational leadership, three accelerated BA/MA programs, undergraduate programs in Education, Child Development and Urban Education, and several certificates. The School also offers innovative programs in Special Education, bilingual education, and Waldorf education. The School is expanding access to its programs through the development of online programs, beginning with a master's in Educational Leadership, which will launch in January 2019, and seeks to expand into new programmatic areas compatible with our core mission. The School is fully accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and received a positive reaccreditation review in Spring 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Elevate the visibility, value proposition, and mission of the School

  • Communicate the value and vision of the School of Education, both internally and externally
  • Spearhead communications with alumnae/i, employers, and other external stakeholders
  • Engage a diverse student body, culture, and surrounding community that make Mills exceptional
  • Maintain an active scholarly research agenda and visible engagements in the discipline

Provide administrative leadership for the School of Education

  • Build community, trust, cohesiveness, and a shared strategic vision among faculty and staff in the School
  • Support faculty in all aspects of their professional and scholarly development, and guide them through the tenure and promotion process
  • Lead program directors and supervise School of Education staff
  • Manage the School's operating and personnel budgets
  • Oversee communications with students, faculty, and staff
  • Ensure the academic quality and effective community engagement of the Upward Bound and Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) programs.
  • Support the Head of the Mills College Children's School in providing high quality experiential learning for children in Infant/Toddler through 5th grade; and mentoring and development opportunities for students in the early childhood and teacher education programs
  • Manage relationships with other parts of campus, including participating in the academic leadership team with other deans and administrators

Expand and steward enrollment

  • In close partnership with the Enrollment Services Division, oversee all aspects of enrollment for education programs
  • Partner with Marketing and Communications to further School brand and program initiatives
  • In close partnership with the Directors of Admission and Financial Aid, create and implement strategic recruitment and financial plans that will help leverage enrollment
  • Work with staff, faculty, and alumni to engage in recruitment initiatives that extend the reach of the School in both physical and virtual spaces
  • Lead strategic enrollment initiatives, including the development of new programs and delivery modalities, as identified in collaboration with the College's leadership team in partnership with faculty
  • Support the delivery of high quality, relevant undergraduate majors with effective pipelines to graduate School of Education programs

Grow the financial resources required to meet the current needs and future aspirations of the School

  • Lead faculty efforts to cultivate external grant funding and sponsored research opportunities and ensure coordination with the Offices of External Grants and Gifts and Institutional Advancement
  • Ensure that the School's programs anticipate and address educational and demographic trends, workforce patterns, and legislative changes that impact the educational landscape
  • Lead collaborative and data-informed strategic planning to inform the development of new programs, initiatives, and delivery modalities

Support and enhance academic programs

  • Work with faculty to develop mission-aligned, data-informed, and strategic investments in enhancing existing and developing new programs
  • Coordinate and support the development and evaluation of instructional programs
  • Work with program directors and the Office of Institutional Research to oversee the collection, analysis and reporting of data related to program assessment and improvement
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, promotion, and professional development of tenure-line education faculty
  • Facilitate and support faculty scholarly contributions and service activities in the community, School, and College
  • Make strategic investments to ensure academic rigor and CCTC accreditation for the School's credential programs
  • Oversee the development, accreditation and implementation of high quality online programs working closely with the Provost office and external contractors
  • This position may involve some teaching and advising on dissertation committees

Build and maintain partnerships and relationships with external agencies

  • Collaborate with local school districts, museums, hospitals, and other learning environments
  • Maintain productive relationships with accrediting agencies


  • An earned doctorate in one of the disciplines represented in the School of Education from an accredited institution
  • A record of accomplishment in teaching, scholarship and service sufficient to warrant a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor
  • Five years successful senior academic administrative experience, such as director, chair, or dean
  • Ten years teaching experience at the college/university level
  • A demonstrated record of successful administrative experience preferably in an CCTC-accredited institution
  • Experience in accreditation and teacher credentialing requirements
  • A demonstrated record of success in fiscal, personnel, and programmatic management
  • A commitment to shared governance, diversity and social justice, collaborative leadership, and educational innovation
  • An ability to recruit, manage, develop, and mentor faculty and staff
  • Experience in collaborating effectively with Pre-K-12 constituencies, community colleges and other educational partners
  • A successful record of community engagement, partnership-building, and fundraising
  • A record of successful grant-writing to support research and scholarship and/or institutional academic initiatives


  • Teaching experience in K-12
  • Administrative experience in Pre-K-12
  • Experience of teaching and/or administration of online educational programs
  • Experience working with doctoral students and supervising dissertations

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 22 days of vacation per year, 12 sick days and a minimum of 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Nomination Instructions:
Please send nominations to: [email protected]

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • C.V. and
  • Names of three references via the online application system.

Application review will begin November 26, 2018. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.




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Posted: 12/26/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2019
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