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Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry, NY

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Mercy College is an independent, nonsectarian New York metropolitan area institution offering over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. The College has a diverse enrollment of over 10,000 students, across four campuses: Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown, and a vibrant online learning community.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences:

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences encompasses a unique constellation of undergraduate and graduate programs in social sciences and human services professional fields, including counseling, psychology, and social work, as well as a new undergraduate program in international relations and diplomacy. Our experienced and nationally recognized faculty, strategic affiliations with employers in human services, and our commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service provide our students with the opportunity to transform their lives and prepare them to achieve or enhance rewarding careers with the knowledge, understanding, and skills of the social and behavioral sciences.

The Dean Position:

Mercy College invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The College seeks dynamic candidates who will join our energetic academic affairs team. Mercy College remains dedicated to its mission to make available the transformational power of a college education and committed to quality, student support, and innovation.

The Dean will provide broad leadership in creating a participatory, scholarly environment characterized by the robust exchange of ideas within a shared governance structure. Reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is responsible for direct oversight of the teaching, research and operational activities of the school. The Dean is expected to collaborate with the faculty to ensure curricular and instructional relevance and currency; propose and develop new, creative programs within and across schools that are responsive to the needs of the community; monitor financial performance and lead efforts to achieve improved performance; play a vital role in fundraising; ensure accreditation compliance; lead efforts in school-wide assessment; lead ongoing initiatives to promote faculty development of scholarship and pedagogy, and foster a culture of innovative teaching and learning.

Education Required or Min Education Required:
Doctoral degree required in one of the programs represented within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A terminal degree in a related discipline may be considered if part of a strong overall package of education and experience.

Experience and/or Skills Required:
The successful candidate will:
- Already hold the rank of associate or full professor;
- Have already served as chair of an academic program represented within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Chair experience in a related discipline may be considered if part of a strong overall package of education and experience;
- Have extensive experience in teaching, scholarship, professional service and academic administration;
- Have a demonstrated record of budgeting, fundraising, personnel management, curricular development, strategic planning and assessment.

The Dean's position requires integrity, stamina, and the ability to build consensus across diverse constituencies. A deep commitment to teaching and research and desire to contribute to the intellectual, moral, and professional development of diverse students is essential. The Dean should be able to effectively advocate for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and effectively collaborate with others in the College. These goals will be met through highly developed interpersonal, written, and oral communication, problem-solving, organizational, and presentation skills. The Dean will possess a vision that is consistent with the mission of Mercy College.

Licenses/Certifications Required:

Preferred Qualifications:

Posting Date:
03-25-2013

Closing Date:
Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:
The College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community.

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. The College has retained Gyres International to assist in this search. Application materials should include:
1. A letter of interest that addresses specifically how the candidate's experiences and qualification
Intersect with the College's mission, strategic priorities, and desired leadership characteristics for the next Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as identified in the position description;
2. A curriculum vitae; and
3. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references for future contact. Please include your professional relationship to each reference listed.
Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: nancy.cook@gyresinternational.com;
(410) 226-5025.

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