Associate Dean, School of Public Service

United States, North America
Apr 21, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs

Excelsior College seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Associate Dean, School of Public Service. Excelsior College, a non-profit pioneer in distance education, offers a highly innovative higher education model that meets the needs of today’s adult learners. The College’s work environment values results, teamwork, innovation and diversity.  The School of Public Service opened in the fall of 2013, and houses the college’s graduate and undergraduate Criminal Justice Program and the Military Studies Degree. 

The Associate Dean oversees academic programs and operations in the School of Public Service (SPS), including but not limited to military studies, public administration, graduate and undergraduate criminal justice.  The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of the School of Public Service.  This position holds faculty status without rank or tenure.  Occasional overnight travel is required.

The Associate Dean position is a full-time, 12 month administrative position with competitive compensation located in Albany, New York. 


  1. Supervise program faculty, including full-time program directors and part-time teaching faculty.
  2. Supervise program staff. Conduct annual performance reviews.
  3. Collaborate in the development of program marketing plans.
  4. Identify opportunities for growth of the School of Public Service, including the development of new courses, programs, and other initiatives.
  5. Ensure the quality and integrity of academic programs.
  6. Lead and conduct ongoing program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment activities; utilize results for continuous improvement of curriculum, policies, procedures and processes associated with the School.
  7.  Serve on various school and college committees as appropriate.
  8.  Represent the College at associated professional meetings.
  9.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean.


An Earned Doctorate or Ph.D. in one of the public services, or arts and sciences disciplines (or higher education administration) from a regionally accredited United States institution or an equivalent, nationally recognized foreign institution of higher learning required. Five years of professional experience are also required, including two in a supervisory role; must have online teaching experience.

The Associate Dean should demonstrate disciplinary expertise; highly effective organizational and communication skills; the ability to think strategically about marketing of academic programs; a commitment to non-traditional higher education for adults; the ability to supervise a diverse workforce; the ability to represent Excelsior College within the academic community; the ability to work independently and in collaboration with all levels of professional and support staff; high level of computer literacy skills; and familiarity with online learning platforms, best practices in distance education and outcomes assessment.

Supervisory Relationships

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the School of Public Service, supervises program, professional, and support staff, and coordinates the activities of faculty.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Salary is commensurate with education and experience and is congruent with national standards.  The College offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, salary history, and the names of three professional references.  The candidate selection process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, please submit requested information online via, or by or mail to: 


Excelsior College

Associate Dean, School of Public Service

                                                        Office of Human Resources         

7 Columbia Circle, Albany,

 New York   12203-5159