Vanderbilt University Senior Assistant/Associate Dean of MBA Operations in Nashville, Tennessee

Senior Assistant/Associate Dean of MBA Operations (Job Number: 1801665)


The Senior Assistant/Associate Dean of MBA Operations plays a pivotal role in the Owen Graduate School of Management's relationship with prospective and current students. Owen’s mission is to deliver world-class business education on a personal scale. The school’s graduate focus and small-scale enable a distinctive end-to-end student experience. Working closely with colleagues in the dean’s office, faculty, staff and student leaders, the Senior Assistant/Associate Dean's focus is to deliver the Owen experience from the moment a prospective MBA student becomes interested in Owen until they graduate. This includes oversight of Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, Shared Services, Extracurricular Learning, and the Career Management Center (CMC).

The Owen Graduate School of Management is a professional school at Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Our size and focus allows us to interact with students, faculty, alumni and recruiters as individuals so that we can better understand and help each achieve their goals. This is how we build our culture – one that is collaborative. We are intensely and proudly competitive with the best. But we also shape leaders who understand that collaboration is essential in today’s connected economy. We develop business people who can lead and manage change, drawing not only on what they learn here about business but also what they learn about themselves.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Overseesstrategic planning for MBA Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, andCareer Management Center (CMC).

  • Inconjunction with the Dean, determines the vision, goals and priorities forAdmissions, CMC, and Academic Programs and Student Life.

  • Overseesshared services functions and operations across all of Owen’s professionalprograms.

  • Supportsthe Admissions team and represent Owen to prospective MBA students.

  • AdvisesOwen’s Marketing and Communications (MarComm) team to develop an effectivemarketing and communications strategy for communicating the Owen experience.

  • Assuresthat programming from orientation through graduation support the vision, goalsand priorities of the Owen experience.

  • Leadsstrategic initiatives related to student satisfaction and communication.Reinforces Admissions and Career Managementcommunications with current students regarding the goals, performance metrics,and statistics.

  • Worksto align Admissions and CMC goals and execution.

  • Servesas surrogate for the Dean in nurturing important corporate relationships.

  • Actsas the Dean of Students in circumstances requiring escalation.

  • Coordinateswith centers and programs delivering extracurricular learning; examples includethe Owen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Turner Family Center for SocialVentures.

  • Collaborateswith academic deans on issues of curriculum and student academic performance.

  • Enhancesrelationships with alumni to accomplish goals of Admissions, CMC, andextracurricular learning.

  • Servesas liaison to Development and Alumni Relations (DAR), Owen Alumni Board, OwenBoard of Visitors, Owen Student Government Associate (OSGA), and other internalconstituents regarding matters related to the MBA programs.

  • Servesas a cultural champion for equity, diversity and inclusion.

SupervisoryRelationships :

The Senior Assistant/Associate Dean of MBA Operations will report to the Dean and serve on the Executive Committee for the Owen Graduate School of Management. This position oversees the Admissions, Academic Programs & Student Life, Extracurricular Learning and Career Management department directors and their teams.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • AMaster’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education isnecessary.

  • AMasters of Business Administration from an accredited institution of highereducation is preferred.

  • ADoctorate degree in an applicable area from an accredited institution of highereducation is preferred.

  • Ten to fifteen years of prior experience at either an academic institution or in applicable corporate experience and a demonstrated track record of success in CareerService, Student Life and/or Admissions (or similar) is necessary.

  • Experiencein building and maintaining a national/international network of externalconstituents is necessary.

  • Anabilitytobalance thediverseneedsofthejobanditsvariousconstituents (prospectivestudents,currentstudents, alumni,faculty,andcorporateclients) is necessary.

  • Outstandingverbalandwrittencommunicationskills are necessary.

  • Excellent interpersonalskills and strong management ability; capabilityto supervise professional staff effectively is necessary.

  • Abilitytoworkin,andappreciateahighlyproductive,changeoriented,and research oriented academiccommunity is necessary

  • Ability to lead an inclusive environment is necessary.

  • Ability to be a teamplayer and work effectively and collaborativelywith Owen faculty andstaffis necessary.

About VanderbiltBenefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 20000 - Owen: Office of the Dean

Job: Student Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action