Dean of Division of Online and Continuing Education (DOCE) – Weber State University

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Dean of Division of Online and Continuing Education (DOCE)

Requisition Number: E00016P: CE Administration

Position Category: Executive

Campus Location: Weber State University – Ogden, UT

Hours Per Week: 40

Months Per Year: 12

Alternate Work Schedule:

Pay Grade:


Hourly Pay Rate:

FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Seeking a passionate, forward-thinking and highly experienced leader that has a strong desire to work on the forefront of higher education and develop solutions that meet the needs of adult, online, or career-focused learners. A unique opportunity for the entrepreneurial candidate, this position will guide a unit designed specifically to develop and deliver market-driven credit and non-credit programs for learners who desire a different educational experience than the traditional classroom.
Working closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of DOCE oversees the creation, implementation, and realization of a strategic vision, ensuring that the organization is responsive to regional workforce patterns and the lifelong learning needs of nontraditional learners. The Dean will lead the development, delivery and expansion of a catalogue of high-quality credit and non-credit programs, and degrees for adult, executive, and online learners across new markets for the university. The position will be expected to coordinate with external stakeholders, including corporations, government entities, and workforce-development organizations, to develop solutions that meet the region’s talent needs. In addition to delivering the division’s own catalogue of programs, the Dean of DOCE will serve as a key leader in guiding the university’s overall strategy for online education and nontraditional program development and collaborate with WSU’s colleges to address markets of mutual interest. The Dean will manage the key functions of DOCE operations, professional development, instructional design and WSU online, and community outreach through WSU centers. The individual will be directly responsible for the long-term academic, fiscal, and reputational health of the organization, as well as management of personnel working within the organization.
Job Duties

• Works proactively and collaboratively with university partners to build and sustain programs and initiatives that serve business/community interests while ensuring a seamless integration of non-credit and credit programs across all locations
• Develops and cultivates relationships with business, government, and community leaders, forging partnerships that serve in the best interest of the University, and that are aligned with the University’s mission/vision
• Plays an active role in community organizations including, but not limited to, serving on board(s) or in leadership positions as appropriate
• Meaningfully coordinates with the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Deans on strategies and initiatives
• Provides leadership in the planning and execution of the instructional process; works closely with each leader in their program areas to ensure instructional quality
• Provides information for the development of proposals for state, foundation, or federal funding; assists in the implementation of student services as they relate to the organization and its staff
• Ensures that workforce and community education programs for adult and youth learners meet the ongoing needs of the community through appropriate assessment and review
• Creates and executes strategic plans in alignment with the University’s priorities regarding providing opportunities for nontraditional learners and the organizations employing those learners
• Develops a vision for five centers within Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties and aligns staff/stakeholders in support of that vision
• Develops and adheres to the divisional budget and works collaboratively with the Provost in this regard
• Serves as a member of Provost Council and Dean’s Council, representing the interests of the organization in a manner that is supportive of broad institutional objectives and that fosters open dialogue
• Participates in high-level, cross-functional strategic planning, assessment, and quality improvement
• Develops a catalogue of high-quality, market-driven offerings including both employer-customized programs and public enrollment programs
• Identifies, hires and works closely with faculty, instructors and other subject- matter experts to design and deliver highly engaging, market-aligned credit and non-credit offerings for the organization
• Ensures continual assessment of programs and outcomes, redesigning, launching and discontinuing programs as necessary to meet learners’ needs
• Coordinates with employers and local and statewide workforce-development organizations to identify and develop markets for new programs and determine how the unit can contribute to the region’s talent needs
• In collaboration with key University partners, provides oversight of the division’s programmatic approval processes
• Has ultimate accountability for the day-to-day operations, fiscal health and personnel management of the organization
• Provides oversight to a team of instructional designers and learning management systems
• Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Provost

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: Deep understanding of best practices for developing high-quality, learner-centered academic programs and proven success in adult and online education, including the areas of competency-based education, alternative credentialing, degree completion, and digital-first learning environments. Knowledge of current concepts in the field of administrative management, training, continuing and adult education, community service, community organization, dual enrollment and nontraditional education. Ability to function effectively as a member of administrative and instructional teams; organize and work effectively with small groups; develop programs in cooperation with others; work effectively with diverse populations including students, faculty, administrators and community groups; and make decisions that will positively affect students and customers of the university. Skills in entrepreneurship, management, budgeting, and marketing. Knowledge of grant preparation and administration. Capacity to juggle multiple projects at different stages of development. Strong desire to create innovative offerings for multiple markets. Comfortable working in a start-up environment. Results-oriented: focused on delivering quality programs with successful outcomes while achieving growth-related, measurable goals. Exceptional relationship-building skills as well as strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated success at building collaboration across internal organizational units and with external constituents. Willing to take risks.

Required Qualifications:

• 7-10 years in administrative or academic leadership roles
• 3 years experience in growing and managing adult and online education offerings.
• Experience building and delivering new academic programs
• Terminal degree
• Teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:

• 7-10 years working within Continuing Education or a similar organization
• Five years experience collaborating with campus communities
• Five years experience working with business, industry, and government institutions
• Five years experience with business practices such as accounting, budgeting, and marketing
• Proven entrepreneurial experience
• Evidence of skills in program innovation and risk management
• Institutional policy, state and federal law compliance experience

Background Check? Yes

Benefits Summary:

WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Job Open Date: 01/27/2022

Review Date: 02/28/2022

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Notes to Applicant:

The position comes with a generous https://www.weber.edu/wsuimages/HumanResources/Benefits%20Overview/Executive%20Benefits%202021-22.pdf. To apply, please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, current resume/CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Screening of applications will begin February 28, 2022. Position will remain open until filled. Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.

Physical Activity of this position: Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. , Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. , Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.

Physical Requirements of this position: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or consistently to move objects, including the human body. Sitting most of the time. Walking and standing only occasionally if ever.

Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2814761

Weber State University is an EOE/Minorities/Female/Vet/Disability employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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