Dean of Academic Affairs
A private, non-profit, two-year college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Urban College of Boston (UCB) exists to provide opportunity to every student seeking a college degree or professional advancement. UCB is seeking a new Dean of Academic Affairs.
General Position Description:
The Dean of Academic Affairs is charged with ensuring that UCB’s academic content is of high quality and meets the needs of UCB’s students. S/he manages the full range of operations of the Academic Affairs Department, including budget management; hiring, supervision, and development of staff and faculty; development of policies and procedures; and implementation of the strategic plan. UCB typically has 90 adjunct faculty teaching over the course of three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). UCB is at an exciting inflection point in its history. The person in this position will lead the effort to expand the certificate and degree programs offered at UCB, put concerted effort into strengthening students’ English and technology skills, and strengthen the professional development and support of the faculty.
Ensure a high quality academic program
• Plan for strategic changes in the curriculum and experiment with new pedagogical approaches;
• Oversee faculty hiring and curriculum design for all certificate and degree programs (including existing Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration, and General Studies programs, as well as any new areas UCB decides to pursue);
• Conduct faculty evaluations, including the use of student feedback, to continually improve academic quality and consistency;
• Manage and evaluate academic affairs staff;
• Design professional development offerings for faculty with faculty input;
• Oversee reaccreditation reviews and ensure curriculum and degrees meet required standards, both internal and external;
• Build on current systems to develop and track metrics on student satisfaction, academic performance, and the long-term impact of a UCB degree; and
• Create and update academic calendar, course schedules, and academic catalogue.
Support student learning
• Provide guidance, training, and oversight for academic advisors;
• Ensure students graduate with full English and technological proficiency;
• Monitor student progress and work with Academic Affairs, Learning Resource Center staff, and Student Services to provide supports as needed; and
• Work closely with the Student Services department to run the Learning Resource Center, including hiring and training the tutors and academic volunteers to advance students’ learning.
Manage academic partnerships
• Facilitate course offerings both on- and off-site with new and existing partners; and
• Cultivate connections with local employers to ensure curriculum aligns with workforce needs.
• Work collaboratively with the President, other Deans, Directors, and staff to ensure smooth operations of the College;
• Manage the Academic Affairs department budget and work closely with the Business Office;
• Ensure UCB’s compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and work with faculty and staff to support students who require accommodations; and
• Assist with grant implementation and reporting related to the academic program.
• Master’s degree with 5+ years of experience in higher education.
• Shows ability to develop and sustain partnerships with outside stakeholders (e.g., other colleges, employers, government, non-profit organizations).
• Experience delivering college-level workforce development programs designed to meet the needs of a non-traditional student body.
• Familiarity with the following would be helpful: dual language instruction methods; integration of technology into curriculum for blending learning; compliance with ADA; and two-year college accreditation requirements and the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Interested applicants should submit a: 1) cover letter and 2) resume. The cover letter may be addressed to Michael Taylor, President.
Please submit your application materials via email by Monday, April 29 at 9 am to Yvonne Abdal, Assistant to the President, at [email protected]
About Urban College of Boston
A private, non-profit, two-year college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Urban College of Boston (UCB) exists to provide opportunity to every student seeking a college degree or professional advancement. The College supports students as they overcome economic, social, and language barriers to achieve academic, personal, or professional aspirations.
UCB grants Associate of Arts degrees in Early Childhood Education, General Studies, and Human Services Administration, and offers nearly 15 certificates. Most courses are offered at the main campus, located in the heart of downtown Boston (2 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor). UCB enrolls over 1,300 students annually, many of whom attend college half-time, while working full-time and raising a family.
Chartered in 1993, UCB has long served an ethnically- and racially-diverse student body; in 2017-2018, 56% identified as Hispanic or Latino, 22% as Black or African American, 16% as Asian, 5% as White, and 1% as multi-racial. In addition, approximately 69% of students speak English as a second language, almost all are women (96%), over 63% are raising families, 98% are working full-time, and the average age of UCB students is 37.
Committed to access, UCB offers college courses in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, alongside contextualized English courses, and accepts any student with a high school degree or equivalent credential. With a focus on affordability, UCB has not raised tuition in the past six years and does not offer student loans; instead, the College provides financial aid and offers flexible payment plans.
The College seeks to expand its daytime programming and diversify its course offerings, including preparing students for careers in healthcare and other growing sectors of the local economy.