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Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education

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General Statement of Duties: The Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education is responsible for the overall coordination of the division’s operations, and provides direct leadership to the staff within the division. Working collaboratively with the Academic Deans the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education will serve as an advocate for the programs in the division, enhance and expand the division’s existing programs as well as its existing external partnerships so as to extend the reach and brand of the University and bring educational opportunities to a diverse community of learners. As the operations leader of the division the dean will provide guidance on instructional strategies to deliver traditional, online, and hybrid coursework, will represent the interest of the University and the constituents we serve, as well as link the work of the division with the needs of the wider community.

Supervision Received: The position reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with the Associate Vice President and the Academic Affairs Team.

Supervises: Subordinate unionized professional, classified, and student employee personnel as assigned.


  1. Works collaboratively with the Academic Deans who oversee undergraduate and graduate education programs.
  2. Provides strategic, entrepreneurial and academic leadership for the programs within the Graduate and Continuing Education division through planning and implementation of educational policies, curricula and programs that support the mission of both UG/GR programs and address the goals of the University’s strategic plan.
  3. Oversees the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation/assessment of continuing education, professional development/extended campus partnerships, as well as graduate programs that are responsive to market-driven educational needs.
  4. Creates and expands high-quality, sustainable, growth-oriented programs that build on the academic excellence and strengths of the University while complementing existing undergraduate programs.
  5. Meets institutional strategic priorities, and achieve financial objectives.
  6. Promotes excellence in the division through regular supervision, thorough program evaluation and constructive feedback that is consistent with a commitment to academic programs of outstanding quality.
  7. Works with department chairs, undergraduate program managers, graduate program chairs, and faculty to ensure that all university programs, services and courses meet the needs of adult/non-traditional learners in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
  8. Responsible for overseeing five semesters of courses (i.e. fall, winter intersession, spring, summer I and summer II).
  9. Provides leadership in creating, developing, and implementing programs and initiatives that will provide multiple different and new pathways that serve the educational and training needs for Massachusetts’ industry leaders and public agencies.
  10. Represents the division to individuals, groups, and offices on campus and to external constituencies, including employers, alumni, government agencies, public schools and foundations in order to serve the community, promote a positive image of Graduate and Continuing Education, and increase student enrollment.
  11. Works with the academic Deans to identify the programs and courses proposed that will best serve the needs and interests of students and faculty and make the most effective use of educational resources and facilities.
  12. Collaborates with the Provost, Deans, department chairs, graduate program chairs, undergraduate program managers, and faculty in the development and revision of undergraduate (day and continuing education) and the graduate degrees and certificate programs.
  13. Manages the resources (including human and budgetary resources) needed to insure the division can thrive; develop and maintain the operating budget for Graduate and Continuing Education.
  14. Acts as liaison between the Graduate Council and other members of the University community.
  15. Explores potential new student markets through research and in collaboration with appropriate administrators, department chairs, graduate program chairs, undergraduate program chairs, and faculty.
  16. Works with Institutional Advancement to identify opportunities for fundraising and resources development for innovative programs.
  17. Participates in the weekly meeting of the Academic Affairs Team and the biweekly meetings of the Academic Programs Team.


  1. The successful candidate holds a master’s degree from an accredited institution in and possess seven or more years of progressive leadership.
  2. Effective communication skills and ability to be both consultative and collaborative with varied constituencies.
  3. Possess a substantive track record demonstrating success in leading, implementing, and evaluating innovative, sustainable graduate and continuing education programs.
  4. Knowledge of best practices in adult education and experience with different delivery mechanisms including distance education platforms.
  5. At least five years of academic administrative experience.
  6. Strong administrative, fiscal management, and proven experience with developing, marketing, and building enrollment for new programs and proven ability to manage staff.
  7. Capacity to set goals, develop/implement actionable plans, inspire others, and make decisions in a collegial educational environment.
  8. Extensive experience in revenue generating educational program development, planning implementation and evaluation.
  9. Experience with establishing and maintaining partnerships and networks with employers, community stakeholders and other educational institutions.
  10. Knowledge of higher education trends and regulatory organizations and structures.
  11. Ability to work collegially with students, undergraduate faculty, department chairs, staff and the community.
  12. Ability to perform the duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  2. Experience raising external funds via grants, partnerships, or cultivation of donors.
  3. Enrollment management, including recruitment and retention of high-quality students.
  4. Leadership in developing and/or facilitating international partnerships in order to enhance international student recruitment.
  5. Experience working within a collective bargaining environment.