Primary responsibilities of the Executive Associate Dean are to assist and advise the Dean in administration of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential Job Functions
Assist in providing leadership, oversight, and management of the College within the policies and guidelines of WesternU, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the behest of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine by:
Serving as a member of the Dean’s Cabinet which serves to advise the Dean on College operations;
Assisting in an ongoing long-term and strategic planning process, including the development of goals and objectives that will ensure excellence in all missions of the College (teaching, research, outreach, and service), will enhance the reputation of the College, and will attract and retain high-quality faculty, staff, and students;
Serving as Ex-officio member of the Faculty Affairs Committee, as a representative of the administration to assure appropriate two-way communication;
Implementing policies and procedures that support the goals of the College and ensuring that the College is in alignment with WesternU and WesternU policies
Assisting the Dean and the Assistant Dean of Business and Operations in oversight of the College’s budget and development of plans for allocation and reallocation of funds, allocation of positions (new and open), and assurance of budget efficiencies;
Working closely and collaboratively with Curriculum Directors, Assistant Deans, Associate Deans, and Faculty and Staff committee chairs in their leadership and managerial roles by enhancing communications, providing information and guidance on University Rules, ensuring shared faculty governance, and advancing College missions;
Assisting in conducting evaluations of members of the college administration;
Assisting in development, assessment, and oversight of college and department metrics and data;
Make recommendations for the following activities: budget allocations, academic curriculum, student affairs, and college and department metrics.
Impose the highest standards for appointment, development, promotion, and tenure for College faculty members by:
Providing administrative oversight and management of the faculty and staff recruitment process in close association with the Assistant Dean of Business and Operations. This includes the determination and prioritization of college personnel needs; development of job descriptions; formation of search committees; oversight of the recruitment process; and orientation of new college employees.
Assisting the Promotion and Tenure Committee in evaluation and recommendation of prospective faculty based on assessment of the candidate’s scholarly credentials, ability to advance College missions, and compatibility within the College and the academic unit in accordance with university and college faculty by-laws;
Helping negotiate and monitor new faculty salary and startup offers.
Assisting in College professional and leadership development for faculty, staff and students;
Ensuring professional development opportunities, career guidance, and the highest standards for appointment and promotion for employees in the College;
Reviewing recommendations from departmental promotion and tenure committees, coordinating with the College promotion and tenure committee, and assisting with the development of recommendations to the Provost regarding promotion and tenure;
Overseeing faculty development leave by sending requests for review, independently reviewing and ranking requests, and making recommendations to the Dean;
Recommending personnel actions to be taken in faculty-related matters, and in association with the Assistant Dean of Business and Operations staff-related matters;
Advance the College Initiatives and Missions by:
Serving as Director of Diversity and Inclusion, helping ensure a culture of inclusivity, cultural awareness throughout the College, and diversity of faculty, staff, and students;
Assisting the Dean in effectively communicating college accomplishments, plans, and updates of current initiatives to all internal and external college constituents;
Directing AVMA COE accreditation efforts, including preparation of accreditation document, coordination of review process, and coordination of the site team visit;
Creating, implementing, and directing a faculty mentoring program;
Working closely with the Assistant Dean of Business and Operations in creating a staff development program and monitoring staff development;
Assisting in determination of needs for facilities and infrastructure and in their planning and construction;
Assisting with new projects as they arise.
Represent the College and Dean by:
Effectively interfacing with organizations and groups to further the mission and reputation of the College and Western University of Health Sciences;
Providing backup coverage for the Dean when he/she is unavailable;
Travel to meetings, conferences, and events on behalf of the Dean and the College up to 25% of the time.
Perform other duties assigned by the Dean.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
The College adheres to three founding principles in education: 1) Life-long, student centered learning, 2) Reverence for life, and 3) Excellence in clinical education through the creation of strategic alliances. The College is pursuing an individual who will embrace and champion this pedagogy in curricular delivery.
The successful candidate will provide evidence of the following attributes:
Demonstrated administrative success;
Experience in strategic planning and management of human, fiscal, and facility resources;
Experience in accreditation, assessment, and educational technology;
Evidence of successful consensus building;
Demonstrated commitment to community and campus alliances and relationships;
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity.
The Executive Associate Dean is expected to qualify for and will be appointed to the CVM Faculty and may have teaching, research and service responsibilities in addition to the administrative role described above. Therefore candidates must hold professional or terminal degrees in their areas of scholarship (DVM or PhD or their equivalent; a professional degree and post graduate degree and/or specialty certification preferred).
Apply online at http://jobs.westernu.edu/postings/9847 and please include a letter professing interest and relating vision, a curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for three references.
About Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Our College offers an innovative program that graduates veterinarians who are career ready. We use a problem-based approach that stimulates contextual learning and promotes scientific inquiry. Our curriculum develops graduates that are capable of leading and being a part of an efficient health care team, providing excellent patient care, and collaboratively serve in the best interests of the publ...ic health.
The Western U College of Veterinary Medicine also capitalizes on its strategic partnerships to send students into 16 different veterinary enterprises or experiences in their third year of study, and eight or more in their fourth year. These carefully planned -- and closely supervised -- experiences occur with specialists in a real work environment designed to continue the problem-based approach used in the first two years of the curriculum. These real world experiences related to patient care should not be confused with job shadowing or apprenticeships. They are planned, monitored, and assessed.
The result is that WesternU CVM students often average 10 times the clinical skills experiences – and sometimes more – than those in other veterinary medicine programs. Most importantly, since students are exposed to clinical skills required in a real work environment – they are prepared for real work the day after they graduate.
The success of our approach is illustrated by the NAVLE passing rates of our graduates – on average greater than 95% over the past 5 years – and exemplified by high satisfaction ratings by employees of our graduates. Our graduates have been successfully employed in the full range of professional opportunities in veterinary medicine.
WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine follows the founding principles of the University itself, which include a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care. These beliefs are reflected in the College’s own Reverence for Life philosophy, which ensures that animals do not come to any harm for the sole purposes of educating veterinary students.
Our College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in being a force for social good. Our graduates are known not only as great veterinarians, but for their enthusiasm and willingness to improve the health of their communities, and for their commitment not only to their animal patients, but to their fellow human beings.
Phillip D. Nelson, DVM, PhD