Dean of Acad Affairs

Hussian College
Nashville, TN, US

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Dean of Academic Affairs 

Location:  Daymar College, Nashville, TN

The Dean of Academic Affairs is responsible for the overall operation and effectiveness of the education department, including the following:


  • providing leadership to program directors, faculty, staff, and students
  • supporting the objectives and strategic direction of the executive leadership team
  • ensuring an engaging, high-quality learning environment 
  • leading and advancing the institution’s vision of the student learning experience and ensuring an engaging, high-quality learning environment that results in established graduation and retention outcomes 
  • collaborating with stakeholders to produce work related to new programs, compliance, reporting, and accreditation needs


The Dean of Academic Affairs also serves as the designated Site Director for the campus.




Student Success 

  • In collaboration with executive leadership, develop and implement initiatives to ensure instructional effectiveness, student success and satisfaction, and program completion.
  • In collaboration with executive leadership, develop and implement initiatives that complement the academic experience.  Works closely with faculty, student services, learning resource center, career services, and curriculum department in developing, implementing and evaluating methods and techniques to help ensure students' success in their program.  
  • Manage efforts to increase student retention and program completion and meet or exceed established metrics.  
  • Responsible for staff providing general advisement to new and continuing students and struggling students regarding campus resources, school/life balance and student services.

    Academic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to and work effectively with the program directors and faculty to collaboratively manage the student educational experience.
  • Direct a diverse portfolio of instructional programs.        
  • Provide leadership in the hiring of program chairs, faculty, student services, and learning resources staff.
  • Manage the development and evaluation of the program chairs, faculty, and learning resources staff.
  • Serves as a liaison to executive leadership as well as staff and leadership of other functional areas at both the campus and overall organizational level.

    Campus Leadership

    • Serves as the campus Site Director.
    • Leads coordination between functional areas for various campus-based activities such as orientation, open houses, community events, and other campus events.
    • Disseminates pertinent information to appropriate campus personnel or functional areas.
    • Creates and maintains a positive, supportive campus climate for Associates and drives employee engagement at the campus.
    • Monitors Associate performance regarding their duties and goals and communicates issues or concerns to appropriate supervisor for the purpose of overcoming obstacles and improving performance to desired levels.
    • Monitors Associate performance and campus activities to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, accreditation requirements, and company policies and procedures; consults with Executive Director of Compliance and Accreditation and/or appropriate functional area Senior Leader to discuss and resolve any issues
    • Coordinates regular staff and faculty meetings for the campus to monitor progress against planned goals; to ensure that all staff and faculty are kept informed of new initiatives; and to coordinate implementation of campus activities.
    • In consultation with executive leadership team, develops, implements, and monitors appropriate plans to sustain or improve employee engagement.
    • Serves as designated campus contact for state, accreditation, and other regulatory agencies.
    • Collaborates with executive leadership to make decisions regarding delayed campus opening and/or campus closure in the event of inclement weather.
    • Monitors facilities needs and coordinates with appropriate corporate personnel regarding maintenance, repairs, or other facilities needs.
    • Other duties as assigned.



    Education Requirements: 

    • Doctorate degree required (Ph.D.; Ed.D; or Professional Doctorate)



    • 5+ years of academic administrative and/or operational leadership experience in higher education as a Dean, Director of Education, and/or Campus President
    • 3+ years of demonstrated successful leadership experience in a distance education environment
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of staff, faculty and students



    • Project a professional image and provide outstanding customer service
    • Keep commitments, meet deadlines and achieve demanding results
    • Organize and execute around multiple priorities
    • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
    • Speak effectively to both large and small groups of people
    • Prepare and conduct effective presentations
    • Demonstrate excellent listening skills
    • Cooperate and collaborate as a member of a team
    • Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to prepare and maintain records, correspondence, reports and other data
    • Relate to and work with all levels of the organization


    Physical and Mental Requirements:


    Physical Requirements:  This job requires normal physical mobility, including the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  Normal hand-eye coordination; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including the ability to grasp and lift up to 40 pounds, is also required.


    Mental Requirements:  This job requires the ability to read, recall, write and understand information.  This job also requires the ability to work under moderate pressure and to manage multiple tasks concurrently. 


    Environment:  This job is normally performed in a clean, well-lighted, heated and cooled office area/classroom. 




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