School/Unit: L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Department: Provost And Vp Acad Affairs
Purpose of Position:
The dean will provide vision and leadership for academic activities, scholarship, centers and institutes, community engagement, and fund development for the school. The dean will enhance the direction of the school by implementing the vision, defining standards of excellence, and identifying directions for new growth. He or she will advance research, education, and engagement in the government and public affairs arena – in Richmond, throughout the Commonwealth, nationally, and internationally. As a matter of high priority, the dean will secure financial support from a wide range of sources. Promoting excellence and diversity, the dean will be responsible for student and faculty recruitment, development, and retention. He or she will manage the school's resources, academic programs, faculty, staff, students, facilities, and budget.
Reporting to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the new dean will have responsibility for providing leadership in academic, research, community outreach and fund-development activities to sustain and enhance the outstanding reputation of the school. The dean will take the lead in shaping the future of the school, advancing the vision that defines its standard of excellence, the directions of its growth and the new and multidisciplinary connections that are possible across the university and abroad. The dean will nourish and build external partnerships, including engaging the expertise of the faculty to fulfill the schools vision to be the premier resource for public policy expertise and social justice in public safety, governance and economic and community development. Along with the faculty, the dean will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty members, assuring excellence in teaching, research and service. We envision the opportunity to shape new programmatic directions, extend those in place now and build upon existing strengths in the university and the school. The dean also will extend partnerships with the public and private sector, expanding connections in support of the development of the school. The dean will be part of the senior leadership of the university, working with other senior officers and deans to realize the university's promising and challenging future.
Additionally, the dean will be responsible for all matters relating to the management of the resources of the school, including its academic programs, centers/institutes, 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 assure continued focus on our students — both undergraduate and graduate —providing the services and support necessary to ensure their success. Finally, the dean will recognize, reward, facilitate and advance high-level research activities. The university anticipates that the new dean will bring a distinguished record of academic and leadership success and a record of scholarly achievement.
Position Responsibilities:Serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, reporting directly to the provost and vice president for academic affairs
Supervise all full-time instructional faculty, faculty in affiliated centers and staff members within the school
Create a climate that promotes diversity and inclusion and meets the goals and vision of the school's diversity plan
Support student success at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on student quality and diversity, provide services to ensure their success and support innovative teaching that prepare students for success.
Provide leadership in the advancement of a strategic vision for the unit and take responsibility for effectively articulating a shared vision to both internal and external constituents
Oversee curricular planning and development, budget management, external resource development, including extramural research funding and development, and alumni relations initiatives
Recognize, reward, facilitate and advance the scholarship and research endeavors of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Extend partnerships related to government and public affairs in public and private sectors
Develop long-range planning for faculty and staff recruitment, professional development and evaluation
Represent the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs on the Council of Deans and to all external constituents and partners of the school.
The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized entrepreneurial leader able to articulate the narrative of the Wilder School's diverse accomplishments and aspirations with a sense of common purpose and pride. Requirements include a record of distinguished research, teaching, and/or public service; substantial administrative experience, preferably at a research university; proven success in external fund development; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the school. Experience in addressing the social and economic issues in the widest variety of communities will be highly valued. Applicants with strong leadership experience and outstanding accomplishments in government and public affairs are also welcomed and will receive serious attention. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with the drive, skill, and experience to bring creative leadership to a distinguished organization and to play a critical role in shaping its future.
In addition, the dean would have the following preferred qualifications:An earned doctorate in a discipline represented or related to the school
A demonstrated commitment to developing and promoting quality research and scholarship
A strong record and commitment to continuous improvement of student learning and faculty teaching
A strong commitment to fostering community/university collaboration and partnerships
A proven record and commitment sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion
A demonstrated commitment to faculty and programmatic development
Demonstrated leadership in infrastructure development and organizational maintenance
A strong commitment to shared governance
Proven strong communication, management and organizational skills
The ability to articulate the school's vision, goals, accomplishments and needs to constituents
An entrepreneurial, innovative and global orientation
Proven abilities and experience in fundraising
A record of exemplary personal and professional integrity
A demonstrated commitment to cross-disciplinary programs
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.