Dean, School of Applied Sciences

A rewarding opportunity for the right individual looking to bring their proven track record of strategic leadership, development of external partnerships and collaborations, management experience and shared governance to create and grow strong programs. The entrepreneurially minded individual is joining an energetic team of new Deans driven to build collaborative programs to move the college forward. This experienced leader must foster a close and effective alliance between the departments of Math, Biology/Natural Sciences, Applied Forensic Science, Veterinary Technology, Dental Hygiene, and Funeral Service as well as the other schools at Mount Ida College.
The ideal candidate has experience in at least one field represented among the academic departments within the School and familiarity with the disciplines within the school. Familiarity with the accreditation process is helpful.

The Dean possesses strong leadership ability, excellent management skills, an effective interpersonal and communication style, entrepreneurial ambition, collaborative and creative energy and a passion to further the College’s mission of career-relevant professional preparation through existing and new programs. Successful candidates must demonstrate evidence of their achievements in these areas.

This is a full time, 12-month position reporting directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2014.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Leadership of School and Academic Programs
Create a cohesive and unified applied science school and program portfolio that strongly differentiates Mount Ida College.

  • Ensure the excellence of basic science courses and current applied science programs
  • Lead the faculty and college in identifying and implementing new and/or interdisciplinary programs
  • Monitor and develop strategies to improve program enrollment, student advising, and retention and graduation rates
  • Promote high academic standards and recognition of faculty and student scholarly accomplishments
  • Foster a collegial environment conducive to open discourse among faculty of diverse strengths and perspectives

2. Management of Programs, Faculty and Staff
Fulfill school administrative roles and responsibilities, including oversight for the quality and effectiveness of the academic programs and faculty within the School, teaching assignments, curriculum review and development, and student advising

  • Develop and manage school and program budgets for maximum efficiency and effectiveness
  • Oversee program analysis and revisions, curriculum development and new program initiatives to improve outcomes and grow school enrollment
  • Ensure excellence in faculty and staff recruitment, selection, and supervision in coordination with Department Chairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Director of Human Resources
  • Oversee ongoing performance management and formal evaluations of faculty and staff to ensure quality of outcomes and accountability consistent with the College’s goals and policies
  • Ensure that safety and risk management are properly addressed in all aspects of school and programs.

3. Leadership and Oversight of Quality and Outcomes Assessment Programs

  • Assure program and curriculum excellence through assessment of student learning, academic program reviews, and incorporation of technology into the curriculum
  • Collaborate with faculty in the development of ongoing course, program and school level assessment initiatives
  • Ensure compliance with all requirements of external accrediting bodies for programs within the School
  • Compiles annual reports and plans for programs within School and the comprehensive School report
  • Maintain and oversee a schedule and submission to the VPAA of 5-Year program Reviews for all programs in School.

4. College and Community Collaboration

  • Develop strong partnerships with civic groups, industry and others to strengthen ties with the community and enhance the college, school and programs
  • Seek and develop strategic relationships that can enhance the mission, academic capacity and fiscal sustainability of the school and college
  • Work with the Development Office to identify and secure public and private grants, scholarships and other resources to advance the school and College.
  • Collaborate with Deans of other schools and others on campus to increase student and faculty satisfaction and engagement

5. Teaching

  • Based on the needs of the college may teach up to two courses per year in a program within the school or College in order to stay current with the needs of students and faculty at the College.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution or terminal qualification in a field;
  • 8 to 10 years’ experience in higher education, including experience managing programs and faculty.
  • 3 or more years leadership experience.
  • Strategic leadership ability combined with a successful record of academic administrative leadership and experience at the department level or above, including management of fiscal and personnel resources, academic program evaluation and review, strategic planning, and programs for student advisement, recruitment and retention;
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of students and faculty members in the context of the College’s goals;
  • Intellectual accomplishment and a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty governance, positive personnel development, transparent consultative processes and consensus building;
  • Successful experience collaborating with faculty and administrators from other disciplines and schools;
  • Expressed commitment to working with an ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse campus and community and sensitivity to the needs of all students;
  • Experience supporting community engagement and/or service learning;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of and support for the effective use of technology in instruction, research and administration;
  • Facility with Learning Management Systems and office productivity technologies and applications;
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

For School of Applied Science:

  • Leads the departments of Veterinary Technology, Dental Hygiene, Applied Forensic Science, Funeral Service/Funeral Home Management, Biology/Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  • Must be familiar with Biology and Chemistry laboratory oversight and OSHA compliance requirements.

About Mount Ida College and Newton, MA:

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, just minutes from Boston which provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,400 students for success in their chosen fields of endeavor. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves.
Mount Ida College recent achievements include:

  • New President with an ambitious strategic plan
  • $20M in facilities improvements (over past 24 months)
  • Reorganization of academic programs to support mission and growth initiatives
  • 5 new programs introduced over past year
  • New branding and website introduced
  • 42% of enrollment is in Applied Science

Ranked number 4 in Money Magazines 2012 “Top 100 Places to Live”, Newton offers classic New England charm coupled with excellent public transportation, community life, low crime and unemployment rates and access to a wealth of health care, education and government jobs. The school system is nationally ranked year after year.

With a population of about 80,000 residents and approximately 26,000 homes, the City also houses Boston College, Mount Ida College and Lasell College. The Newton Free Library is well respected as one of the largest, most well equipped libraries in the Commonwealth.

To learn more or to apply, please contact Valerie Woodruff at Academic Keys:

Phone Number: (203)693-1101