Assistant Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs
Specific duties will include: •Leading and coordinating all activities of the student and postdoctoral affairs division within The Graduate School; • Developing and leading programs to help graduate students acquire the discipline-independent knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success in graduate study; • Developing and leading programs to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars acquire the transferable skills necessary for success in their later careers; • Developing resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as they explore the full range of career and professional opportunities open to them; • Building an engaged community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; • Facilitating communication with campus offices with programs that affect graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, e.g., the Office of Community Standards, the Center for Career Development, the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, International Student & Scholar Services; • Facilitating communication with faculty about issues surrounding the lives and career preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; • Participating in decisions that affect the grades and academic standing of graduate students; • Monitoring the satisfactory progress of graduate students towards completion of degree requirements; • Writing grants to support recruitment, retention, and training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; and • Assisting the Dean of The Graduate School and performing other duties as needed. Minimum Qualifications: 1. Either a doctoral degree in higher education or student affairs or an advanced degree in any discipline and 3-5 years of experience in student affairs in a higher education context, e.g., program development, academic advising, career and professional development; 2. Excellent writing and communication skills; 3. Evidence of ability to work independently, including the ability to design and implement programs, workshops, and similar events; and 4. Evidence of ability to interpret and apply academic and behavioral standards in a higher education context. Preferred Qualifications: In addition to meeting all of the minimum qualifications, the most competitive candidates will also meet one or more of the following preferred qualifications: 1. 5-10 years of experience in student affairs in the context of graduate and postdoctoral education, with responsibilities that grow in scope and complexity over time; 2. Demonstrated experience leading and supervising professional staff, especially in a unionized academic setting; 3. Evidence of ability to secure external funding to support programs that support recruitment, retention, and training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; 4. Evidence of ability to create new programs designed to benefit graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across a wide range of disciplines; and 5. Evidence of ability to mediate conflicts involving any combination of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, graduate programs, and academic departments. This is a full-time management-exempt position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits, visit http://www.hr.uconn.edu/docs/enrgde.pdf. Interested candidates please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a brief summary of experience and qualifications relevant to the position), a statement of views on graduate and postdoctoral education, and the names of and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references. Please apply on-line using the University’s Husky Hire applicant system. Please reference Job ID #2014521. Screening will begin immediately and applications received by April 14, 2014 will be assured of consideration. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.