The Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VP/Dean AA) reports to the President of NECO and is the chief academic officer responsible for the faculty and the related administrative departments that support the academic programs of the College. This individual oversees all didactic and clinical education and has a key role in forming and implementing academic policy and programs.
The VP/Dean AA will guide the College toward its goals, and will provide the vision that will establish the direction for future research, expansion of facilities, recruitment of students, hiring of faculty, and the delivery of the didactic curriculum and clinical care and training. The new VP/Dean AA will oversee the implementation of the goals outlined in the strategic plan which include reviewing the didactic and clinical curriculum to remain competitive in the emerging technologically-charged healthcare landscape, focusing on student recruitment and success and overseeing faculty recruitment, hiring and retention. The VP/Dean AA will also oversee the College's owned and operated clinics as well as our expansive clinical system, ensuring our clinical learning opportunities are aligned with the College's didactic programs. The VP/Dean will develop and manage the annual budget for all Academic Affairs departments.
The following individuals currently report directly to the VP/Dean AA: Associate Dean of Academic Administration, the Associate Dean of Student Services, and four Department Chairs. The following departments/areas currently report into this position: Registrar, Research, Specialty Programs, Clinical Education, Residencies, Clinical Director at NECO Center for Eye Care, and Enrollment Management.
Throughout its history, the College has placed a high value on the role of research in the generation of basic and vision science, and clinical knowledge. Research areas include myopia, low vision, basic biomedical science, contact lenses and pediatric care. There is strong interest in re-energizing our clinical research program as a gateway to the use of translational treatments for ocular diseases. The VP/Dean AA, together with the faculty, will work to promote faculty research and scholarship that impacts the quality of optometric care.
Qualifications of the Successful Candidate:
Successful applicants must hold a Doctor of Optometry Degree (OD) and/or PhD in vision science, the life sciences, or public health and possess an outstanding record as an accomplished and compassionate educator and administrator in higher education. Additional qualifications such as a Masters Degree in a related health profession, or a postgraduate residency are highly desirable. Applicants should have significant experience in optometric education and leadership such as:
experience with strategic planning, interdisciplinary education, assessment and outreach activities with industry partners, grant-awarding agencies
creative, innovative and effective leadership in academia;
an ability to work with a diverse group of constituencies with differing opinions to build consensus toward a shared academic goal;
experience in hiring and management of faculty and staff;
experience in budgeting and generating and implementing academic policies;
experience with the accreditation process;
a transparent administrative style that fosters respect and a team spirit among faculty and staff;
an ability to articulate a vision for the College and strategic direction;
a commitment to enhancing research and scholarship;
a commitment to interprofessional education.
In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following personal attributes:
effective communication and negotiation skills;
transparency and diplomacy in dealing with others and a willingness to be accessible and establish an “open door” policy;
ability to resolve conflict;
an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to forge relationships with corporate partners and external funding entities: an interdisciplinary approach that is innovative, creative and resourceful;
strong organizational skills, confident decision-making skills and commitment to achieving goals.
All applications will be held in the strictest of confidence. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday October 26, 2018. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Stacy Lyons, Search Chair, at email@example.com or 617-587-5611. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three professional references via our website.
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