Dean, Naropa College and the Graduate Collective

$90,000 - $100,000 yearly
  • Naropa University
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Aug 02, 2021
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Job Description


Dean, Naropa College and the Graduate Collective

We are searching for an experienced Dean, Naropa College & the Graduate Collective at our Arapahoe Campus facility.

Position Title: Dean, Naropa College and the Graduate Collective
No. of Positions to Fill: 1
Department/Program: Academic Affairs
Work Location: 2111 Arapahoe
Reports to: Chief Academic Officer & Vice President for Academic Affairs
FLSA Classification: Exempt/Salaried
FTE: 100% (40 hrs/week)
Compensation: $90,000.00 to $100,000 DOE

Who We Are:
Naropa University is the country's leader in contemplative education. We've been at the forefront of the mindfulness revolution since our founding 45 years ago, educating nearly 9000 undergraduate and graduate students. We're equally inspired by our students and faculty and by their impact on the world.

Job Summary:
Naropa University is seeking a Dean of Naropa College and the Graduate Collective, serving all undergraduate and all non-counseling graduate programs.

The Dean is responsible for planning, coordination, and administration of the academic programs as well as offering support and guidance to program Chairs, faculty, and staff to develop and strengthen the university's reputation. In collaboration with Naropa College and the Graduate Collective faculty and staff, the Dean leads efforts in initiating short- and long-term goals, setting vision for the academic program leadership, participating in cross-university collaborations, and implementing all facets of the University's strategic plans. The Dean leads the faculty in maintaining a student-centered culture within all curricular, certificate and co-curricular offerings. The Dean is responsible for fostering and maintaining an inclusive community among faculty, staff and students, with practices and curriculum that affirm Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) values and goals.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
•Provides management and oversight of Naropa College and the Graduate Collective programs and supervises the program chairs.
•Collaborates with chairs to monitor and optimize class sizes and effective and efficient use of resources.
•Collaborates with Admissions, Registrar, Advising, Student Success, Counseling, the Library, and other offices across the university to ensure a high-quality student experience.
•Oversees the curricular development, execution, and assessment of all courses and degree programs; promotes instructional innovation; and ensures compliance with academic and accreditation standards.
•Promotes student retention through fostering collaboration with the office of Student Success.
•Oversees the effective and efficient stewardship of Naropa College and the Graduate Collective and University resources.
•Provides visionary leadership to advance the programs and the University's mission, vision, and strategic and academic plans.
•Strengthens a positive and compassionate culture of faculty, staff and students across the university with students at the center.
•Works closely with Chairs to mentor underperforming faculty and to hold all faculty accountable to university standards.
•Identifies and oversees the development of strategic initiatives, including enrollment and academic planning.
•Oversees management of the instructional and operational budgets and annual program review, ensuring alignment with Contribution to Overhead (CTO) targets.
•Integrates justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) and all learning outcomes throughout the curriculum.
•Manages program Chairs and faculty to ensure the success of the core curriculum, including hiring faculty to teach COR and other courses as needed.
•Ensures robust onboarding and mentoring of new faculty and staff.
•Integrates management of the practicum and internship supervision process into the curricular structure in collaboration with the office of Life and Career Development.
•Collaborates with the CAO/VPAA and the Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology to serve on University level committees and task forces.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
•A doctoral degree from a graduate institution of recognized standing in a liberal arts field, or the equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field, or equivalent leadership and professional experience.
•Demonstrated familiarity with university accreditation standards.
•Five or more years of teaching experience in liberal arts higher education.
•At least five years of demonstrated success in an administrative and academic leadership role.
•A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or professional activity to meet the qualifications necessary for the faculty rank of associate or full professor.
•Demonstrated commitment to and success in co-creating a diverse and inclusive community. Demonstrated skill in recognizing and addressing issues related to privilege, oppression, diversity and inclusivity, especially with regard to curriculum content and classroom facilitation.
•Understanding of and commitment to upholding the vision and mission of Naropa University.
•Collaborative management and leadership experience with the structures and practices of shared governance.
•A willingness to become proficient in online delivery models.
•Demonstrated leadership in the area of curriculum development and assessment.
•Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and collaborative communication skills, and the ability to deeply listen and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff, faculty and students.
•The ability to contribute to a long-term vision and strategic plan for the undergraduate and graduate programs that emphasizes program development, retention, and enrollment growth.
•Experience with supervising faculty and staff, conflict management, and complex student situations.
•Working knowledge of the use of educational technology, including learning management systems and Microsoft Office Suite.
•Demonstrated support of faculty accomplishments in their academic fields.
•Track record of promoting a culture of appreciation.
•Must be authorized to work in the United States; if incumbent holds a visa, visa status must allow incumbent to work at Naropa University.

Application Details

Supervision Received
Intermittent Supervision: The supervisor makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines, and assists the employee with unusual situations that do not have clear objectives. The employee plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practices. The supervisor reviews the work for technical adequacy and conformance with practice and policy
Supervision Exercised
Will have approximately 7 direct reports

Naropa's health and welfare benefits include the following: medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, an employer-sponsored pre-tax retirement savings plan, and a variety of voluntary, employee-paid supplemental insurance plans.

A comprehensive benefits package is available to full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours each week.

Employees who work 20 – 29 hours each week are eligible for only the employer-paid short-term & long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance & accidental death and dismemberment, and the retirement plan.

Employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in Naropa's retirement plan only.

All regular full-time and part-time employees accrue sick leave benefits; accrual rates vary based on the position, hours worked, and years of service.

Naropa University's commitment to diversity aligns with its highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that facilitate collaboration to create a common humanity and a just society. Individuals who have experience with and a commitment to inclusive communities are encouraged to apply. EOE

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual and relationship violence. This law applies to all students, faculty, and staff.

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