The dean will take the lead in shaping the future of the school, articulating a vision that defines its standard of excellence, the directions of its growth and the new and established multi-disciplinary connections that are possible across the university. With the faculty, the dean will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of the faculty, extending a high standard of excellence. Focus on the health sciences is centrally important. The dean will be responsible for all matters relating to the management of the resources of the school, including its academic programs; its faculty, staff and students; its facilities; and its budget. The dean will actively support the university's advancement initiatives and will lead that effort within the school and among its constituents. The dean will also assure continued focus on the students, both undergraduate and graduate, providing the services and the support to ensure their success. Finally, the dean will recognize, reward, facilitate and actively participate in high-level research activities.
Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the dean will have responsibility for providing leadership in academic, research and fund-development activities for one of the largest accredited, comprehensive social work programs in the U.S. Responsibilities include:
Developing budgets, managing the school's fiscal affairs and setting strategic, operational and financial direction for the school
Leading the research/scholarly, teaching and service activities with a focus on the health sciences
Contributing to the leadership and development of new and multidisciplinary connections across the university
Identifying and engaging in activities to increase research funding opportunities through partnerships and community engagement
Recruiting, retaining and mentoring faculty and increasing internal and external opportunities for faculty
Leading and working with faculty in the creation and review of academic and clinical programs
Continuing and refining curricular transformation within the school; the dean will recognize, reward and foster an environment of innovative curricular and teaching practices
Elevating the VCU School of Social Work brand, message and vision through community outreach and networking in Richmond and beyond
Establishing and strengthening relationships with community partners, alumni, potential donors and federal and state agencies
Developing, leading and engaging in philanthropic outreach and public service efforts for the school, cultivating friendships and increasing fundraising activities to support the university's advancement initiatives
Leading and coordinating the shared governance of the school and working to create a diverse, collegial and inclusive environment for faculty and students
Developing and implementing initiatives to increase student success
Serving as a strong representative, advocating for the needs of the school, recognizing and advancing opportunities for partnerships, and increasing the visibility of the school within the university
Overseeing and supporting the maintenance of CSWE accreditation
Demonstrated success in developing external funding and fundraising from private and public sources is highly desired. Experience in administration, research infrastructure development, budget management, personnel management, quality enhancement/accountability and strategic planning is expected. The person selected as dean should be able to collaborate effectively with internal and external partners and have a demonstrated ability to lead a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Demonstrated understanding and effectiveness working in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability and sexual orientation of students, faculty and staff. Experience promoting and enhancing diversity with demonstrated success in working with diverse student populations and a commitment to meeting the needs of all students.
Minimum qualifications for the dean include an M.S.W. from a CSWE-accredited program, a Ph.D. and eligibility for a tenured appointment at the full professor level. The person selected should have a commitment to shared governance and demonstrate a record of building and sustaining a dynamic intellectual community and culture that is characterized by collaboration and collegiality in the pursuit of research, teaching, policy and service goals.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
One of the nation's top research universities, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students on two Richmond campuses the Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus. Situated in the heart of Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779, Virginia Commonwealth University serves an integral role in the economic health of the city educating the current and future workforce, reaching out to the community, advancing research and enhancing patient care.