Dean, College of Education and Organizational Leadership - University of La Verne in La Verne California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The University of La Verne invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Education and Organizational Leadership.

The University of La Verne is a 124 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with an emphasis on research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations.

The La Verne Experience is at the center of a strategic plan that is focused on serving an ethnically and economically diverse student population, one that is representative of the demographics of California. The La Verne Experience pedagogical features include learning communities, theory-to-practice, experiential learning, community engagement and reflective practice. Two prominent annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges – U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes Magazine recognize the University of La Verne as one of the nation’s top national universities.

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The College of Education and Organizational Leadership is recognized as providing premier programs of higher learning engaged in the training of leaders and professional educators throughout California. The College encompasses two of the University’s strongest and most recognized departments: Advanced Studies in Education and Human Development, and Education and Teacher Development. It is renowned for the excellence of the elementary and secondary teachers who complete its Teacher Education program and has maintained this regional reputation for over half a century. In addition, the College has the only approved program for Reading Specialists at a private university in southern California. That program is anchored by a state-of-the-art Literacy Center which serves more than 350 students grades K-12 who are tutored free of charge. As a result of this tutoring, students increase an average of 1.7 grade level equivalents after just ten hours of instruction. Another innovative program, the International Child Life Specialist Program, is one of only two programs of its kind (and the only graduate program of its kind) west of the Mississippi. The program in Child Development is one of the largest in California and has as its centerpiece an award-winning Child Development Center in partnership with The Learning Centers at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. The College has the second largest program in California in Pupil Personnel Services. The College has earned successful state and federal accreditation for all programs ( CTC, CAEP, and WASC).

Advanced Studies in Education and Human Development

The College offers masters programs, certificates, and credentials in a broad range of fields, including Reading, School Counseling, School Psychology, Special Education, Educational Management in Child Development, and Child Life.

Education and Teacher Development

The College offers Child Development and Educational Studies undergraduate programs. The department offers credentials in multiple and single subjects, bilingual authorization, and California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) certification. There are also two masters degrees within this department: Special Emphasis, M.Ed and Advanced Teaching Skills, M.Ed.

Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership

The College has one of the largest and most successful programs in the country for training executive leaders at the doctoral level. More than 125 graduates of the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership are currently superintendents, more than 10 others hold key central office leadership positions, and approximately 165 are serving as principals in California school districts. Over 100 of the doctoral graduates hold leadership roles in higher education while another 40 serve important leadership roles in the California Department of Education. Increasingly, the graduates hold leadership positions in health, law enforcement, and industry.

Specific Duties

The Dean of the College of Education and Organizational Leadership is the chief academic, administrative, and financial officer of the College and reports to the Provost. The Dean assumes responsibility for College accreditation and implements outcomes assessment for all academic programs; insures academic quality; oversees recruitment, evaluation, promotion and tenure of 69 faculty; supports faculty enrichment and development in teaching, scholarship, and solicitation of grants; oversees the planning and execution of the budget, and actively participates in fundraising.

It is expected that the new Dean will be a visionary leader of unquestioned integrity who possesses a collegial management style, and a demonstrated ability to foster relationships with the University community. The new Dean will demonstrate a commitment to building strong relationships with the University’s regional and online campuses (ROC), including regular visitation to all sites. In addition to supporting and implementing the 2020 Strategic Vision and the University’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, the new Dean will possess a passionate commitment to the mission of the University, including support for the University’s emphasis on ethical reasoning, diversity and inclusivity, community and civic engagement, and life long learning.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualification – Education
• Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a field represented in the College or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Qualifications
• Record of successful teaching and service in higher education

• A distinguished record of scholarship and publication

• At least 5 years’ experience in academic leadership in higher education and the P-12 educational system

• Evidence of building partnerships and fostering collaboration between the college, university, P -12 schools and external constituents

• Experience supporting innovative enrollment strategies for undergraduate and graduate students

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in building a multicultural teaching and learning community

• A strong record of leadership and the proven ability to think strategically, prioritize effectively, and act decisively

• Track record of fund raising, including major gifts and grant writing

• Experience and demonstrated leadership in a shared governance environment that supports faculty growth and development in teaching, scholarship, and professional activities

• Evidence of strong budgetary skills and human resource management

• Experience in the delivery of regional programs

• Experience with hybrid and online courses, and meaningful use of technology

• Demonstrated ability in the development of new programs

• Demonstrated skill in team building and working with diverse constituencies

• Experience with state and national accreditation procedures in higher education

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, other administrators and community/school partners

• Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work with faculty to inspire, develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision

Benefits Summary

The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.


La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application process

Expressions of interest (cover letter and CV) and nominations may be sent to the University’s consultant: Elaine Turner, The Turner Group at: (909) 621-2590.

Review of credentials will begin immediately. The preferred start date for the new Dean is July 2015.

All applications and nominations will be confidential.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition and/or sexual orientation,

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  • Employer of Choice
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Hispanic Serving Institution
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  • Education Leadership / Administration
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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