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Dean, University College

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 9:38 AM | Anonymous

POSITION:  Dean, University College   
ORGANIZATION: Washington University in St. Louis      
REPORTS TO:  Executive Vice Chancellor for Civic Affairs and Strategic Planning  with secondary reporting line to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs  
LOCATION:  St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis, a leading national research university, invites nominations and applications for the role of Dean of University College. The new Dean will complete the design, oversee the launch, and establish the excellence of a transformative initiative in community-oriented, career-focused education that is a central component of the University’s expanding commitment to St. Louis.  Washington University in St. Louis (www.wustl.edu) is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University ranks among the world’s leaders in teaching and research and draws students,  faculty, and staff to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 125 nations. The University is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning and research; indeed, Washington University is regularly among the 10 largest recipients of NIH funding in the United States.

As a school of the University, the new University College will have the autonomy to govern its own curriculum; manage its own admissions process; select its own faculty, staff, and administration; and grant its own degrees and certificates in alignment with University policies and protocols.   The College will advance a mission that can be represented in four ways:  
• Provide professional learning opportunities for people to change or advance careers, with an initial focus in data, health/healthcare, and management and administration, all significant and growing employment markets in the St. Louis region. Where possible, these opportunities will be developed in collaboration with community partners, employers, and other regional institutions;  
• Provide accessible enrichment learning, both credit-bearing and not, in select fields, including the liberal arts, with emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and analysis applications, for university employees and residents across the region; 
• Provide a University-wide, working adult learner hub to market all continuing education learning opportunities in a unified way, and to support the professional and learning pathways of all University College students from initial interest to goal attainment;

In developing the new vision for University College, WashU requires a dean who will focus on the impact of the school in St. Louis while also assessing its impacts on the rest of the University. It will take time, outreach, leadership, and energy to develop appropriate metrics and to assess the College’s performance against them.   While University College’s leader and the University leaders supporting the dean’s work will refine these goals and success measures over time, they currently include: 
• Complete the development of University College’s business model, market positioning, and branding;
• Develop and continue to refine a set of innovative, relevant, market-aware degree and non-degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels with market-sensitive tuition rates;
• Establish and refine financial aid and student-support programs that advance the upward-mobility objectives of the College and the broader goals of the WashU Commitment;
• Solidify the College’s leadership and staff cadres, balancing continuity and capacity for innovation
• Connect University College to other schools of the University, securing support and participation while at the same time contributing to those schools’ ongoing excellence;
• Develop and maintain relationships with external partners, including neighboring institutions, employers, and community-based organizations, to ensure that the College reaches and achieves success with students who have not historically seen the University as accessible or appropriate for their needs 
• Over time, achieve financial sustainability for the College, with (ideally) sufficient surplus to continue to fund innovation and growth.

Candidates will possess an earned doctoral degree and a set of qualities, competencies, and experiences that will equip them to lead this novel enterprise to remarkable and sustainable success:  
• The passion and relationship skills needed to attract supporters and champions to University College’s work including donors and alumni;
• The subject-matter expertise and personal qualities that enable success through influence and persuasion as much as through positional authority;
• An enterprising and positive spirit combined with a strong team orientation and a grasp of complex organizational dynamics;
• A track record of developing successful market-aware degree and non-degree programs for in-person, hybrid, and online delivery;
• The ability to set goals and priorities and to make and implement bold decisions in an inclusive and collaborative way;  
• A people-first management style with strong delegation and team-building skills;  
• A verifiable commitment to building and sustaining diversity in faculty, student, and staff communities;
• Demonstrated experience in developing, managing, leveraging, and advocating for resources;
• Familiarity with budgeting and financial planning, and experience managing a large and evolving staff;
• Excellent judgment of character and potential and a proven record of recruiting, mentoring, promoting, and retaining talented people;  
• Excellent management, communication, and organizational skills.

How To Apply:
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to and chris.stadler@opuspartners.net and craig.smith@opuspartners.net

The University has retained Opus Partners ( www.opuspartners.net )  to support this recruitment.  Craig Smith, Partner, and Chri  Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal  employment opportunity.  It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national  origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

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