Assistant Dean, GSAS (R0003009)
Brandeis University seeks to hire an Assistant Dean to be part of the GSAS leadership team. The Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs will foster a dynamic community through a diverse, inclusive, and invested student body. The Assistant Dean works with program faculty and staff to create programming, resources, and strategic initiatives that facilitate the success of our underrepresented student populations, including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first-generation students, and international students. They will serve as a primary responder to student crises are the GSAS liaison to the Graduate Affairs Office. The Assistant Dean will supervise the Career and Professional Development staff. In collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean will develop programming around mentoring, networking, and professional development. The Assistant Dean, in partnership with the Office of Graduate Affairs and the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, will develop a robust set of orientation programming and onboarding processes for incoming graduate students. They will also develop and mentor the Graduate Student Departmental Representatives and create a structure for official engagement with the Graduate School. In coordination with the annual GSAS benchmarking process, the Assistant Dean will develop and implement quantitative and qualitative protocols for assessing the quality of student experiences within GSAS programs.
This position is for one academic year.
Examples of Key Responsibilities:
- Serves as a primary responder to student crises and the GSAS liaison to the Office of Graduate Affairs.
- Develops and implements a robust set of orientation programming and onboarding processes for incoming graduate students.
- Collaborates with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to create programming, resources, and strategic initiatives that facilitate the success of our underrepresented student populations, including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first generation students, veterans, and international students. Liaises with the Director of the Intercultural Center to provide cohort support for the DEIS Scholars program, and creates new cohort models for GSAS students.
- Develops and leads the Graduate Departmental Representatives with the goal of becoming a representative voice in GSAS.
- In collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, leads the Graduate and Professional Development team and develops a holistic student professional development program.
- Serves on University-wide committees that touch upon graduate student experience and diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
- Develops and implements a structure for gathering quantitative and qualitative data on student academic, professional and personal experiences within all GSAS programs.
- M.A./M.S. in higher education or an academic discipline required plus 3-5 years; additional experience preferred.
- Experience and training with diversity, equity and inclusion practices and programming, including anti-racist pedagogy and community building. Experience working with international students. Superb communication skills, with the ability to engage a diverse array of stakeholders. Strong knowledge and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion practices in academic settings. Extraordinary communication and collaboration skills needed, including the ability to manage difficult conversations across academic hierarchies.
- Knowledge of trauma-informed student development and pedagogy.