DEAN, School of Public Health (1176/C0614)

Boston, Suffolk County
Apr 02, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Position Summary: The Dean provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership of the School of Public Health and promotes excellence in all aspects of the School’s teaching, research, and service missions. S/he will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the School, integrate the plans of the School with those of the University, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within and external to BU.

The successful candidate will be nationally recognized with demonstrated leadership and substantial administrative experience, strong scholarly visibility within the public health research community, and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. The Dean will have a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching and public service and lead the School in continuing its mission to improve the health of local, national and international populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable.

Responsibilities: The following describe the primary duties and responsibilities of the Dean:

  • In collaboration with the faculty and staff, imagines, articulates and implements a vision for BU School of Public Health; advocates for and drives strategies aimed at achieving the School's mission and vision; provides leadership in advancing the missions of improving the health of local, national and international populations; establishes the School of Public Health as the source of scientific advances and best practices in public health, now and into the future.
  • Demonstrates a high level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity and pride in the University and its values.
  • Engages in fundraising as part of the University’s ongoing comprehensive campaign.
  • Assesses the institutional and external environments and judges support for initiatives from institutional leaders, faculty and staff, and potential benefactors.
  • Effectively communicates with a wide audience of students, faculty, University administrators, alumni, community members and potential benefactors.
  • Engages in strategic planning from inception to implementation; establishes specific, measurable goals and other performance expectations; employs a systematic review of progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Effectively manages numerous programs and activities within the School, including coordination of curriculum, evaluation of teaching, promotion of pedagogical excellence, and encouragement and enhancement of research and clinical practice.
  • Empowers and supports faculty and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives; consistently "raises the bar" with regard to performance expectations; inspires accomplishment of goals and objectives; models professional excellence.
  • Establishes appropriate mechanisms to select, support and retain highly qualified faculty, department chairs, administrators and other staff; acts to ensure their professional success, maximizing their ability to contribute to the School of Public Health and Boston University.
  • Motivates and facilitates inter-organizational collaboration in research and education between the School and other schools and colleges of the University.
  • Determines, implements, maintains and leads an effective management structure and team.
  • Oversees development and effective utilization of financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure.
  • Creates a positive, diverse and inclusive work environment; ensures all faculty and staff are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with other deans and leaders within the University.
Required Skills
  • A demonstrated track record of progressively responsible administrative experience and academic leadership, and a portfolio of professional successes.
  • Strong and proven capabilities in complex organizational management including strategic planning, financial stewardship, budget creation, resource allocation, human resource management, risk management, and related decision-making.
  • A record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment and a strong commitment to research, teaching and public service in a field appropriate for appointment as a full professor in one of the departments in the School: Biostatistics; Community Health Sciences; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Global Health; Health, Law, Bioethics & Human Rights; and/or Health Policy & Management.
  • Experience and proven success in fundraising.
  • The proven ability to work collaboratively with leaders across organizations.
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Impeccable integrity, sense of professionalism, and sound judgment.


The position offers opportunities for a leader who can:

  • Collaboratively create a vision for the School that continues its established record of excellence in advancing its mission to improve the health of local, national and international populations – particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable – through excellence and innovation in education, research and service.
  • Capitalize on the interdisciplinary environment within the BU School of Public Health and strengthen collaborations with other colleges at Boston University, both graduate and undergraduate.
  • Continue to strengthen masters and doctoral programs and increase the production of knowledge by School of Public Health faculty through basic and applied research; as well as contribute to the overall practice of public health and the reputation of the School.
  • Respond flexibly to the evolving health sector and the related public health needs in the United States.
  • Continue to enhance the BU School of Public Health’s commitment to ensuring affordable, quality health care; creating a clean environment; and promoting health and health care equity in the local, national, and global arenas.


Academic credentials that merit appointment as a full professor in one of the departments in the School of Public Health: Biostatistics; Community Health Sciences; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Global Health; Health, Law, Bioethics & Human Rights; and/or Health Policy & Management.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.