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(Archived) Dean of Academic Affairs

Last Updated: 9/23/21

Job Description

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA (Westchester)

Dean of Academic Affairs

Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of Academic Affairs will be responsible for developing and implementing the quality and coordination of the College’s academic programs, faculty diversity and inclusion initiatives – and related administrative operations – in pursuit of maintaining and improving the College’s excellence in teaching, creative research, and professional practice. The Dean will recruit, support, and advocate for faculty, collaborating with colleagues to cultivate new curricular opportunities and faculty development. The Dean will sustain a productive educational environment that engages the interests of students, faculty, and partners within and beyond the College. With significant administrative experience, the Dean will demonstrate innovative thinking, an inclusive approach to academic leadership, and a strong understanding of art and design as a creative field and education.



• May transition to oversee educational programs, including but not limited to undergraduate and graduate programs.


• Recruit and retain the highest-quality faculty in a variety of specializations offered at the College.

• Oversee faculty contract and equitable workload in partnership with chairs/directors.

• Oversee faculty recruitment, onboarding, evaluation, promotion, and rank processes.

• Take a leading role in diversifying the faculty body.

• Foster a climate that encourages the constructive engagement of all eligible faculty in the College’s system of shared governance.

• Survey faculty for areas of interest and need in creative and professional development, and advocate for support.

• In collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center and other offices, design, develop, and deliver programs and events designed to improve pedagogy and classroom cultural proficiency.

• Promote an inclusive and equitable classroom environment.

• Consult with chairs/directors on faculty performance evaluations and provide support, as needed.

• Provide guidance to faculty-related programs and events.

• Participate in part-time union negotiations along with other College representatives.

Academic Administration/Shared Governance

• Perform a critical role in Academic Affairs initiatives and plans, as necessary.

• Provide guidance to all Academic Assembly sub-committees, Faculty Senate Steering committee, and ad-hoc committees and taskforces to support researching and discussing agendas, and implementing the approved/agreed plans.

• In partnership with the Assistant Provost and Provost, participate in developing and implementing systematic assessment and improvement plans.

• Collaborate with offices and divisions for discussing and implementing initiatives and strategic plans.


• Play a central role in the development of new programs by working in concert with the faculty and in close partnership with chairs/directors and Assistant Provost.

• Promote curriculum and syllabus development in line with the College’s mission and learning outcomes.

• Provide guidance and support in decolonizing curriculum and creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Other Administration

• Oversee administrative provisions as assigned to support the Provost in the advancement of academic priorities and student success.

• In partnership with the Provost, provide leadership in budget and resource planning for the Academic Division.

• May supervise academic staff of various rank and oversee their area.

• Develop and maintain effective communication to all academic departments, programs, committees, and councils, as needed.

• Establish and maintain an appropriate network of professional contacts. Maintain currency through professional organizations and publications.

• Perform other related duties as assigned. Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours, on occasion.

• Additional duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications


• Terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in art and design or related field is required.

• Sustained record of experience in higher education administration and leadership is required.

• Strong record of creative and professional practice is required.

• Strong understanding of and engagement with contemporary art and design is highly preferred.

• In-depth and broad understanding and record of academic enterprise is critical, especially faculty recruitment and retention; academic personnel supervision; diversity, equity, and inclusion; program assessment and performance evaluation; and academic freedom.

• Strong budgetary, financial acumen, and strategic resource allocation skills are desirable.

• Experience managing personnel issues surrounding conflict resolution, grievances, and mitigation is required.

• Previous experience managing the accreditation cycle process is desirable.

• Outstanding communication, relationship-building, and collaboration skills are required.

• Demonstrated leadership abilities and the capacity to facilitate meetings, problem-solve, and build consensus while advancing projects and strategic priorities in collaboration with others is required.

• Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies within Otis’s diverse communities, internally and externally.

• Must be able to work efficiently, cooperatively, and collaboratively in a team environment.

• Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to a changing work environment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must apply via our website at to be considered for the position.

EEO Statement

Otis College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified by law or college policy.

Company Details

Los Angeles, California, United States