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Associate Dean for Administration

Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Ithaca, New York
$160,718 to $196,434 and excellent benefits

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The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) is seeking an experienced college administrator to serve as its next Associate Dean for Administration. As the college's Chief Administrative and Financial Officer, you will oversee the functions of the Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technologies, and Facilities, and ensure that the college operates efficiently and effectively.

In this role you will:

  • Lead and manage the college's administrative functions, including Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technologies, and Facilities, to ensure the smooth operation of the college.
  • Participate in strategic planning and executive decision-making, represent the college on university matters related to administration and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate progress on initiatives of the Dean, in collaboration with Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, and administrative directors.
  • Supervise college staff on matters of Cornell University policy and human resources.
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate administrative policies, procedures, and systems in the college.
  • As a college officer, provide leadership within the broader Cornell Community.

We seek candidates who hold a master’s degree and more than seven years of experience at a senior level in administrative or management roles with substantial financial responsibility, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the following experience:

  • Resource management to deliver high-quality, effective services, and problem-solving, analytical approaches to decision-making, data management, reporting, and strategic planning.
  • Effective financial management, budget preparation, and fiscal operation management, preferably in higher education or the public sector.
  • Human resource management including developing organizational strategies to ensure staffing structure and levels are in line with organizational needs and motivating staff and managing all levels of performance.
  • Facilities operations including capital project management.
  • Demonstrated integrity, communication skills, diplomacy, ability to work collaboratively, sound judgment in handling confidential matters with tact and discretion, analytical and organizational skills, strong supervisory skills, and demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and affect change.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting organizational objectives through negotiation and consensus building with a wide, varied, and diverse constituency.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and well-being.
  • Demonstrated skill in understanding cultural differences.
  • Proven experience connecting diversity, inclusion, and well-being practices to business goals.

In addition, the following preferred qualifications would aid in the transition and onboarding of qualified candidates:

  • MBA.
  • Successful experience of increasing responsibilities in a higher education/university setting.
  • Experience leading and managing a wide variety of responsibilities in multiple functional areas.
  • Awareness and appreciation of art, architecture, planning, real estate, and design practices and pedagogies.

If you are a highly experienced and accomplished administrator, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. We offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and opportunities for professional growth and advancement within our renowned university. Join our team and contribute to our mission of excellence in education, research, and creative practice.

About the College

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) is home to nearly 1000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today's most urgent challenges and advance research, inquiry, and approaches to designing, making, and doing that build a more just and sustainable future.

A vital college at one of the nation's foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 20 degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make change in our cities and communities nationally and internationally.

Cornell AAP's departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business; and the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS; Cornell Engineering; the College of Human Ecology; and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations — Ithaca, NY; New York City; and Rome, Italy — each with world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices; Sustainability + Social Impact; Design + Emerging Technologies; and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day.

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