Associate Dean of Continuing and Professional Education

University of California Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE)

United States

Associate Dean, Continuing and Professional Education


Job #JPF03356



Recruitment Period

Open date: January 10th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Within UC Davis, the Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is a $40M self-supporting academic division reporting to the Provost. The CPE team includes 200 academic and professional staff who collectively register 70,000 enrollments from all 50 states and more than 100 countries each year. As the lifelong learning arm of the campus, CPE has one of the university’s most extensive educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit professional certificates, on-campus programs for international students, contract programs for government and corporate clients, conferences and boot camps in a wide array of topical areas. CPE plays a critical role in advancing the university’s outreach mission in service of non-traditional adult learners, and serves as an innovation hub to pioneer new models that may be scaled across the campus.Responsibilities:

The Associate Dean plays a key role in the senior leadership of the Division, with core responsibilities in leading academic strategic planning, program growth and innovation, strategic portfolio management, and academic policy and governance. Works to advance the Division’s professional education portfolio to expand access, enhance student success, and meet the needs of a changing workforce. Collaborates with program leaders across the division to surface and prioritize new program opportunities, and mobilize resources to accelerate new development. Partners with the Dean to support major institutional and campus initiatives in online education and regional workforce development, and to execute the Division’s academic strategic plan. Engages with other academic units on the campus to develop, negotiate and manage academic partnerships. Liaises with regional business leaders and groups to represent CPE’s professional education capacities, and contribute to regional economic and workforce development planning. Directly oversees two large academic departments comprising ~100 FTE and generating $30M in revenue from fee-based open enrollment and contract-funded programs delivered regionally, nationally and online. Serves as strategic advisor to the Dean on academic matters, and oversees academic approval of courses and instructors. Engages in system-wide partnerships, policy reforms, and other collaborative initiatives. Promotes an innovative, performance culture that is strategically aligned and goal oriented. Oversees training and mentoring of program staff to ensure strong capacity for delivering high quality, impactful and sustainable programs. Represents the Dean on campus committees and meetings (as needed). The Associate Dean is a visionary leader, strategic thinker, academic entrepreneur, relationship builder and collaborator.Minimum Qualifications: (must be attained at time of application)

-Terminal degree (e.g., MBA, MFA, MPH) or academic doctorate
-8 or more years of progressive leadership experience in continuing and professional education, including experience in a senior-level role
-Experience in professional and online educationAdditional Qualifications:
-Demonstrated understanding of the mission of university-based continuing education
-Track record leading program growth and innovation
-Track record of collaboration with diverse constituencies
-Exceptional people leadership capacities, experience managing academic personnelPreferred Qualifications:

-Academic doctorate
-Experience that demonstrates a strategic, forward thinking orientation
-Ability to lead/embrace change in a dynamic higher education setting
-Thorough understanding of the needs of post-traditional learners, and evidence of innovative and effective practices in adult and online education
-Exceptional communication and presentation abilities to effectively represent the Division on campus and in the community
-Ability to collaborate with a diverse, multi-cultural college community, including faculty, students, staff, other colleagues and constituentsAppointment/Compensation:

This is a full-time academic term appointment with an initial 1-year appointment, eligible for continued reappointment. Salary commensurate with experience. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is unable to sponsor a work visa (H-1B) to fill this position. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.Benefits:
UC Davis provides 13 paid holidays, 24 days accrued vacation and 12 days accrued sick leave. Position eligible for full benefits/retirement package. For more information about our extensive benefits please visit To learn more about UC Davis and our local communities please visit:


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