Senior Advisor to the Dean

Washington D.C. United States
04 Jun 2019
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04 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Senior Advisor to the Dean in the Milken Institute School of Public Health will serve as the day to day right hand to the Dean.

This position acts as the top consultant to the school or executive, and assists the leader and other members of senior management in analyzing, developing, and implementing all major short term and long term efficiencies and enhancements in the organization. The core responsibilities of this role are typically to provide counsel and advice to the unit executive about all aspects of the operation, to develop, plan, and/or lead various service excellence projects from research/development through implementation and assessment, to design financial, operational, organizational, and/or strategic models in order to make appropriate assumptions and analyze results, to identify key business issues and design strategies and action plans, and to consistently assess operations for enhancement. This role will also participate in the management of projects and ensures that all assigned projects adhere to established milestones and completion dates. This position may be a liaison for the unit to the university community, and often serves on university committees and project teams representing the Dean or VP. This is a single incumbent position for a school or division that typically does not manage.

Responsibilities include:

  • Represents the Dean in key meetings that do not require decanal participation to assure that the Dean is apprised of key issues, challenges and decisions that are made at these meetings.
  • Shadows the Dean at major events/meetings within and outside of the school to assure that appropriate interactions occur prior to, during and after the meetings, successful outcomes, effective communication and adherence to protocol.
  • Assists the Dean in interfacing with major stakeholders including major donors, alumni leaders, and representatives of funding agencies and foundations and the peer community among schools of public health and elsewhere in academe nationally and internationally. Assists the Dean and coordinates with Development and Alumni Relations and External Affairs in strategizing around appropriate and effective communications and connections to assure that the Dean and the SPH leadership team presence is appropriately managed with regard to meetings, events and individual touch points involving the Dean and the Dean’s surrogates.
  • Works with the Dean and the Dean’s Scheduler to prioritize events and issues for the Dean. On behalf of the Dean, makes appropriate decisions about delegation of matters and routine decision making to executive deans, associate deans, department chairs, staff directors when appropriate. 
  • Works with the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs and outside parties as appropriate to understand the Dean’s roles in events, identify speaking and communications opportunities/responsibilities, obtain appropriate background materials and assure that speeches and other communications are drafted. 
  • At the request of the Dean, researches issues by gathering data, investigating situations and/or analyzing activities associated with school or interdepartmental issues. Develops recommendations for further action by the Dean.
  • As assigned by the Dean, assists Staff Directors, Associate Deans, Department Chairs and others with designing and facilitating school and departmental level planning sessions. In so doing, formulates alternative approaches to be taken and methodologies that may be used to address problems and issues. As directed, facilitates fast and effect direct and appropriate actions to address identified problems.
  • On request, monitors work to professional and support staff within the Dean’s Office on a project basis. 
  • As directed, represents the Dean and meetings and seminars and provides appropriate feedback to the Dean.
  • At all times in performance of work serves as an effective advocate for the School and its staff, students and faculty.
  • At all times, assures that GWSPH is compliant with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:    

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 7 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:    

  • Strong communication, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary.
  • Ability to manage and complete complex projects simultaneously is necessary.
  • Proficiency with personal computers and office software is necessary (e.g. spreadsheets that identify financial forecasts and projections).

Typical Hiring Range    

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