Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

  • University of California, San Francisco
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Oct 06, 2023
Full time Deans & Directors Student Affairs Other Academic Administration & Affairs

Job Description



University of California, San Francisco
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

University of California, San Francisco seeks an experienced and collaborative graduate education leader to join the university as its next associate dean of graduate programs. This is an on-site administrative position, and the anticipated start date for the associate dean is March 2024.

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is part of the 10-campus University of California, the world's premier public research university system, and the only one of its campuses dedicated exclusively to graduate and professional education. From genomics and immunology to specialty care for women and children, UCSF brings together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. Among its 3,400 distinguished faculty are five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, and stem cells. Its educational programs and hospitals consistently rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by U.S. News & World Report.

Driven by its public mission, UCSF is a collection of dedicated scientists, clinicians, students, and staff who strive to make the world a better place through a singular focus on health. The university enrolls over 3,100 professional and graduate students through its schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and the 22 doctoral and 12 master's degree programs in the Graduate Division. In addition to students in its degree programs, UCSF also trains over 1,000 postdoctoral scholars and over 1,600 clinical residents/fellows. It is San Francisco's second-largest employer, attracting talented faculty and staff who mirror the energy and dynamism of the Bay Area.

The Position
Reporting to the dean of the graduate division and vice provost for student academic affairs, the associate dean of graduate programs (associate dean) is a member of the Graduate Division leadership team and plays a critical role in ensuring the academic success of students and the overall academic quality of UCSF's Graduate Division programs. The associate dean will serve as the dean's deputy, both as a key advisor and as a substitute for the dean as necessary on campus and system-wide committees and at community and fundraising events. The associate dean's portfolio includes academic program development, accreditation, and review; faculty development and support; academic policy development; and student academic support, including but not limited to admissions and progression; graduate student data collection, analysis, and reporting; and graduate program administration coordination.

Employing a transparent and collegial leadership style, the associate dean will be the primary liaison and point of contact for internal and external queries about the Graduate Division and its academic programs, practices, and policies. They will lead and facilitate communication among graduate program directors and administrators and work with other senior academic leaders to develop and implement policies that ensure academic quality, fairness, and consistency. Further, the associate dean will collaborate with Human Resources and Labor and Employee Relations, and advise and direct faculty and staff in interpreting, analyzing, and implementing collective bargaining agreements. The associate dean is the business owner of the Graduate Division's admission application and course evaluation systems, supervises and manages a team that supports the administrative processes of admission and student progression, and serves as the primary liaison with the Office of Student Information Systems.



Preferred and Required Qualifications


A terminal degree and ten years of academic experience in graduate education are required. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills; expert negotiation skills; expertise with program building within a leading academic institution for handling administrative, budgetary, human resources, and financial principles and practices; and a record of success in working collaboratively with dynamic and diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students.

The search committee particularly seeks candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to UCSF's commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence—also known as the university's PRIDE values.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Application and Nomination
University of California, San Francisco has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin on Friday, November 3, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume or CV with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel R. Frendian, Senior Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $175,000-$200,000. An offer will take into consideration the experience of the final candidate and the current salary level of individuals working at UCSF in a similar role.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
University of California policy requires employees to be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 before physically accessing University locations or programs. This policy applies to new hires at UCSF who work on-site or come on-site for any activities at a UCSF location. Local and state ordinances may be more restrictive and take precedence. UCSF-affiliated locations may have their own policies for employees working on-site. *This policy allows employees to request approved exceptions for medical or religious reasons.

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The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


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