Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction (0549U) , Haas School of Business 16564

San Francisco
Mar 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction (0549U) , Haas School of Business 16564 About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business offers a unique opportunity to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and continually learn in a workplace committed to increasing diversity and creating a welcoming environment for all. Our distinctive culture is captured within our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles distinguish Berkeley Haas as a unique environment, conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and career growth.

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The Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction (SADI) manages the full general operations of all academic programs at the Haas School. The SADI is responsible for overseeing and implementing the Haas School's teaching mission and student experience across the School's six degree programs. The SADI oversees academic program management, curricular planning, implementation of instructional policies (course content and core offerings) approved by the ladder faculty, student services, and academic advising, student life and development, training, and professional development for both ladder and non-ladder faculty (including monitoring and follow-up on teaching evaluations for all faculty and graduate student instructors), and hiring and evaluation of all non- Senate faculty at the Haas School. General management responsibilities include long and short-range strategic planning in determining the mission and directing all activities of the Haas School's multi-disciplinary academic programs through subordinate management staff. The SADI is one of four key senior executive leaders of the Haas School that have non-overlapping and equally important responsibilities; these senior executive leaders are the Associate Deans for Academic Affairs (2 ladder faculty), and the Senior Assistant Dean and Chief Strategy and Operating Officer. Reporting directly to the Dean, the SADI is also a member of the Dean's management team.

  • Determines and establishes organizational structures and supervisory relationships for the Haas School's degree programs; provides supervision of and guidance to degree and certificate program assistant deans and directors; allocates resources (dollars, staff, instructors) across the programs consistent with the School's academic objectives; thus, responsible for managing a major segment of academic programs on the Campus.
  • As a member of the Dean's Management team and one of four key senior executives at the Haas School participates with other higher-level managers to establish School-wide strategic plans and objectives. Ensures that the curriculum in the School's portfolio of degree and certificate programs is appropriately designed, scheduled, and staffed. Formulates strategic changes to and innovations in the School's instructional programs and then implements them working closely with the Dean and the faculty. Responsible for appointing the degree program committees and serves as ex officio member of those committees and the School's Executive Committee (comprised of the faculty chairs of the School's nine academic groups). When the Dean is unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, represents the Dean by meeting VIPs and by speaking at School and public events.
  • Makes decisions on administrative or operational matters and ensures achievement of operation's objectives (operational and budget processes, academic and/or staff FTE). Oversees all aspects of the hiring, review, and reappointment of non- Senate faculty instructors, including teaching assignments and compliance with the Unit 18 contract. Manages the integration of non-Senate faculty into the School community, including serving as the primary liaison from the School's Management Team to the Professional Faculty Advisory Committee on Teaching (P-Fact) and holding a meeting for all non-Senate faculty at least once a semester. Ensures that non-Senate faculty meet quality standards established by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accrediting body. Oversees all aspects of the hiring, appointment, and review of Graduate Student Assistants (GSI's) and Readers. Works with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the faculty chairs of the School's nine academic groups where there is an intersection of responsibilities involving ladder faculty, such as teaching assignments, teaching quality, and committee assignments. Manages discretionary teaching credit (instructional points) budget and negotiates teaching credit details with individual ladder faculty.
  • Interacts with higher-level management on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other high level managers, including situations involving violations of the student, staff, or faculty codes of conduct or other University policies. In addition to working closely with the Dean, faculty, the other senior assistant dean, and associate deans, the SADI works with the directors of admissions, marketing, and communications, computing, media services, career services, executive education, and development and alumni services to ensure achievement of the objectives of the Haas School's academic programs.
  • May coordinate/oversee activities for other UC campus locations or external universities. Works with other UC business schools to coordinate common instructional issues and activities. Also, consults other national and international business schools to keep informed of trends and innovations in business education.
  • Advises senior managers on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other high level managers. Serves as the person to whom a student can appeal a decision of a degree or certificate program director, request an exception to a policy, or resolve a dispute with an instructor (including an allegation of violation of the honor code).
  • Instills strong management practices among subordinate managers. Meets individually each week and periodically as a group with the degree and certificate program directors to ensure that there is a common understanding of current initiatives, issues, policies, and activities.
  • Represents the Haas School in campus-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions. Works with other Colleges, Schools, and Departments to coordinate common instructional issues and activities (e.g., concurrent degree programs and joint certificate programs, both existing and proposed).
  • Influences and implements campus-wide processes. Works with the Graduate Division to ensure that each of the degree programs conforms to all rules and regulations of the Graduate Division such as graduation requirements, new courses, new degree requirements. Works with other campus units (e.g. Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost; Office of the Registrar; Undergraduate Affairs; Graduate Division) on campus-wide- committees to obtain approval of instructional innovations and to ensure compliance with campus and University policies.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced skills in strategy development, systems planning, and change management. The SADI engages in long-term planning for the Haas School of Business and is one of several drivers of the development of new programs and significant revisions and reorganization of existing activities to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of the School.
  • Excellent leadership acumen to oversee multiple functions or departments through subordinate managers. The SADI must earn the respect and confidence of faculty, instructors, staff, and students, as well as the dean, and University administrators. The SADI needs to be effective in presenting complex and changing concerns of the School to the campus and stakeholders and must have the skills to influence positive instructional and degree program change across organizational entities.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative management theory and how to translate it into practice. The SADI must have command of the principles and practices of effective instruction and management. The position requires broad and advanced knowledge of higher education instruction, degree programs, academic and general administration, and ability to quickly learn related University policies and procedures.
  • Advanced project management skills, including the capability to manage capital projects.
  • Excellent skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques. Political acumen and interpersonal effectiveness on an individual basis, as a member of a group or team, or as its leader, are essential. Problem prevention and resolution require novel processes that cut across organizational boundaries. The SADI is expected to solve unstructured and partially structured problems using diplomacy and judgment about School and campus priorities and availability of resources. The SADI must be able to think clearly and independently about complex instructional/degree program problems and to analyze and offer potential solutions both verbally and in writing.
  • Deep understanding of organizational dynamics. The University of California is a complex system, and the SADI is called upon regularly to analyze complicated problems and make recommendations within the School, the campus, and the University.
  • Advanced knowledge of public university administration, including financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; facilities planning, accounting and payroll.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in a public university.

  • Advanced degree (e.g. MBA) in public, business or higher-education management-related area(s) and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Skills in establishing and implementing customer service standards. Demonstrated knowledge of how to establish metrics for department and employee goals that measure the effectiveness of contributions to efficient operations of the department.
  • Strong knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn common campus-specific and other computer application programs related to the operation of the School's academic program, for example, bSpace, Study.Net, the School's course bidding and course registration systems.
  • Professional school teaching experience.
  • Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or EdD) in public, business, or higher education management-related area(s) and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 23, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.”

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 23, 2021. Please see the How to Apply section for information on how to submit your application.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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