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Senior Assistant Dean, Graduate and Professional Education

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University of Delaware
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Job Description

University of Delaware

Job Title Senior Assistant Dean, Graduate and Professional Education

Job ID 106345

Location Newark, DE




The University of Delaware invites applications for the position of Senior Assistant Dean. Under the limited direction of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education (VPGPE), the Senior Assistant Dean provides strategic leadership and guidance on a broad range of graduate education programs and services that support the effective and successful recruitment, retention, development, and graduation of an exceptional, diverse, and inclusive graduate student population.

The Senior Assistant Dean assists the VPGPE in formulating policies, procedures, and practices for graduate student success, supervises and works with assigned staff, establishes metrics, drives strategic decision-making, assists in developing long-term organizational goals for the Graduate Office, and acts as a close advisor to the VPGPE. The Senior Assistant Dean is responsible for deploying the best graduate recruitment and enrollment management practices to attract a talented and diverse pool of prospective graduate students. The incumbent collaborates with and advises faculty and staff engaged in graduate admissions on how to continuously enhance the graduate applicant experience by establishing, evaluating, and putting into effect policies consistent with known best practices and competitive standards.

The Senior Assistant Dean is primarily responsible for the oversight and management of “pipeline” programs that have a relationship to, or originate from, the Graduate Office and the University of Delaware (UD). The goal of these programs is to increase graduate enrollments at UD, and help students succeed in attaining graduate degrees at UD. The Senior Assistant Dean works with university stakeholders, external partners, and prospective donors to develop strategies, supporting programs, and student success activities that promote excellence in graduate student life and education. The Senior Assistant Dean plans and executes efforts to increase the number, quality, and diversity of applicants to graduate programs at the University; develops and oversees programs for student success, including improved degree completion and professional development; and provides assessment of recruiting, retention, and professional development activities for graduate students.


  • Master’s degree and at least six years of progressive academic administration experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience leading efforts aimed at recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority, first generation, and low-income students; and ability to understand and communicate complex and sometimes controversial issues of cultural diversity and affirmative action.
  • Experience conducting empirically driven evaluation and assessment of programs; familiarity with quantitative measures of student success.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and judgments related to administrative procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant higher education laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of the operation and administration of academic programs.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement strategic plans and programs.
  • Ability to supervise and provide professional leadership to staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, along with the ability to build relationships with key stakeholders across institutions to establish and coordinate recruiting efforts.
  • Strong oral and written communication and customer service skills.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills, and proficiency in producing technical reports.
  • Successful management of multiple short- and long-term projects.
  • Proficiency with business intelligence reporting tools such as Cognos, higher education enrollment management and advising software tools and applications, statistical packages like SPSS, STATA, or SAS, and Microsoft Office Suite Applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or their equivalent and Qualtrics.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to be detail-oriented and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Budget management skills.

Candidates should upload a letter of interest, a detailed resume, and the names and contact information of three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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