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Portland State University seeks a Dean, School of Social Work
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Location: Portland, Oregon

The Position:
The Dean reports to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Shelly Chabon, and serves as a vital member of the University’s Academic Leadership Team (ALT). As the chief executive and academic officer for the School, the Dean will set the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment by providing a strategic vision for and operational leadership of all school programs.

In addition to the faculty noted above, the Dean manages a total staff of approximately 20 people and direct reports include the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration; the Director of the Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services; the Director of the Regional Research Institute for Human Services; the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; the Marketing and Communications Manager; and the Executive Assistant for the Dean.

The Dean manages a budget of approximately $10 million and will be accountable for the financial well-being of the School. The Dean is expected to actively participate in development, fundraising, and stewardship of donors to the School and is charged with pursuing an aggressive program in collaboration with the PSU Foundation, to support the University’s priorities and advance visionary work in the School. In addition to the Foundation, the Dean will collaborate with PSU leadership, department chairs, faculty, and select school staff, to buoy these efforts for the School.

The Dean will lead a multidisciplinary faculty whose research and scholarly interests are broad and whose work engages constituencies both in the academy and in the public sphere. The Dean will serve as a catalyst to link SSW faculty and students to other departments across campus, to other disciplines in the academy, and to public and private communities outside of the institution.

The Dean will also help realize the SSW’s vision and will function as the School’s public voice, promoting initiatives within Portland State, and articulating the School’s contributions in local, state, regional, and national arenas.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Those received by March 4, 2024 will be given first consideration.

Applicants must submit a CV/resume, a letter of interest that details their related qualifications and vision for the role, as well as a statement (one page maximum) that describes their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion personally and/or professionally.

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Stephanie Rivas-Fowler
Senior Consultant

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
(480) 213-7078

Portland State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and a campus climate that supports equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Institution: Portland State University
This is a full time position

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