Assistant Dean

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JOB TITLE: Assistant Dean

DEPARTMENT:  Ira Brind School of Theater Arts

REPORTS TO: Dean, School of Theater

Summary:  The Assistant Dean serves as a member of the Brind School of Theater Arts leadership team and works alongside the dean of the school in the design, direction and delivery of the day-to-day activities and functions of the school. The Assistant Dean will work with the dean to develop and document all policies and protocols for the creation and administration of Brind School programs; to ensure that processes reflect best practices and adhere to all accreditation and state-wide regulations; to implement the undergraduate curriculum; to consult with the graduate school programs and program directors to manage faculty hiring, evaluation, leaves of absence, and promotion processes. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

In close collaboration and partnership with the dean, the Assistant Dean will:

  • Assists with all aspects of academic policy, marketing, recruitment, and enrollment for all programs. 

  • Fosters, develops, and maintains community partnerships. 

  • Coordinates meetings and communication with community members and institutions to build partnerships. 

  • Leads program directors and faculty in the processes to complete program assessment and annual reviews.

  • Assists with syllabi review with particular attention to DEI policy as it develops. 

  • Oversees reporting for the unit, including data collection for institutional research and federal reporting.

  • Supports academic review, appeals and censure processes

  • Addresses and resolves high-level faculty and student concerns/conflicts

  • Manages projects for the unit with University departments and/or external constituents

  • Works with the Office of Advancement to build new financial partnerships and establish relationships with those individuals concerning special development projects. 

  • Develops and maintains the annual budgets for operations, faculty and staff compensation, and production. 

  • Other duties as required and assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.



  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in higher education/arts administration. 


  • 3-5 years of experience of management in higher education

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, writing and communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel required

  • Experience Creating and Managing Budgets


About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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