Dean, Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology
Under the general direction of the University Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (“GSCP” or “School”) provides strategic leadership and management oversight of the School. The Dean is responsible for planning, coordination, and administration of the School and its programs as well as offering support and guidance to program Chairs, faculty, and staff to develop and strengthen the School’s academic offerings including degree programs and certificate programs with the goal of strengthening the School’s academic reputation and maximizing enrollments. In collaboration with School faculty and staff, the Dean leads efforts in initiating short- and long-term goals, setting agendas for the GSCP’s academic leadership, managing the administrative leadership of the School, participating in cross-university collaborations, and implementing all facets of the University’s strategic plan that relate to the GSCP. The Dean leads the faculty and staff in maintaining a student-centered culture within all curricular, certificate and co-curricular offerings, including but not limited to student collaboration around curriculum development and assessment.
Working collaboratively with senior University leaders, the Dean manages a robust non-degree program development process that complements and expands the offerings of GSCP and beyond. The Dean’s role is to collaborate with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and other senior staff to establish a process for receiving and reviewing proposals; determine mission-fit and feasibility of proposals as well as potential for involving Naropa faculty and staff; research the market and profit potential; establish an efficient approval process; manage the pipeline of proposals including timeline for implementation; with the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer (CFO/COO) and CAO establish a formula for profit-sharing or compensation; develop and maintain a catalog and calendar for non-degree offerings; and chair a non-degree oversight committee of faculty and staff.
The Dean works closely with program chairs to foster distributed leadership and empowerment and a supportive, collaborative and growth-promoting culture within the School. Likewise, the Dean collaborates with faculty and staff to cultivate opportunities to advance the reputation and reach of the GSCP within online, local, regional, national and international communities.
The Dean is responsible for human resource management of faculty and staff in collaboration with program Chairs, develops long-range staffing plans to include oversight of new core, ranked and adjunct faculty hires, retirement, and support staff that are aligned with the needs of program delivery, enrollment, and market projections. In addition, working collaboratively with other academic leaders, the CAO, Development, the Faculty Affairs Committee, Human Resources, and the President, the Dean seeks opportunities to enhance the career development of all staff and faculty within the school as appropriate to each individual’s career trajectory, aspirations, and rank. The Dean is responsible for fiscal matters of the GSCP, including budget planning and management. In collaboration with the CAO, the Dean supervises a diverse group of faculty and staff and oversees supervision and evaluation processes throughout the School. The Dean takes an appreciative approach to cultivating relationships throughout the school, promotes peer mentoring and collaboration, and takes an interest in the growth and accomplishments of personnel at all stages of career.
Collaborating with School faculty and University leaders, the Dean promotes the external visibility and contributions of the GSCP and Naropa University locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In alignment with this goal, the Dean promotes faculty scholarly, research, activist, and creative (SRAC) publication both in well-established areas within the fields of Counseling and Psychology and also in the specialty areas of the various GSCP degree programs that may not have well-developed venues for publication. The Dean promotes the participation of students in faculty SRAC work and works with Development to locate potential funding, and otherwise locates potential ways to make faculty and faculty-student work visible within and beyond Naropa. In service of these goals, the Dean works with faculty and staff to promote a vibrant and supportive culture within the School to optimize workload demands so that faculty and staff have opportunities to make contributions in alignment with their skills and aspirations.
Essential Job Functions
Collaborates with chairs to oversee the process of monitoring and optimizing class sizes and effective and efficient use of resources.
Collaborates with the Director for Library and Archives to grow and manage collections and library services and access.
Coordinates the offering and assessment of the School’s courses and degree offerings, promotes instructional innovation, and ensures compliance with academic and accreditation standards, other University requirements.
Creates efficiencies in the annual Student Learning Outcomes Assessment process that includes regular meetings to discuss results with faculty, and using assessment results for program improvements.
Ensures GSCP collaboration with the Registrar, Financial Aid, the International Student and Scholars Coordinator, and the Coordinator of Accessibility Resources to promote access and student success.
Facilitates a positive working relationship between Admissions and GSCP faculty and staff to promote student recruitment.
In collaboration with the CAO, supports GSCP Chairs.
Leads Naropa’s application for Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation. Works with program faculty and university senior staff in seeking clarity while sensitive to the needs of the different GSCP concentrations.
Oversees the effective and efficient stewardship of GSCP and University resources.
Oversight of the Independent Study policy within the School.
Plays an active role in strengthening a positive work environment, collaborates with senior leadership and others to promote an appreciative culture across the university.
Provides visionary leadership for the GSCP to advance the School’s and the University’s mission, vision, and strategic plan; develops and oversees the budget and management of day-to-day operations of the School in collaboration with chairs.
Strengthen a positive and compassionate culture of faculty, staff and students across the school with students at the center.
Works closely with Chairs to mentor underperforming faculty and to hold such faculty accountable to School standards.
Works directly with the GSCP chairs to improve and maintain a culture of evidence-based practices.
Works with Facilities, Information Technology (IT), Chairs, and the CAO to optimize use of space and technology.
Works with faculty and CAO as well as the Naropa College Stewards to develop BA-MA programs in alignment with strategic goals.
Works with the Senior Academic Administrator, oversees management of the instructional and operational budgets within the School in alignment with Contribution to Overhead (CTO) targets.
Collaborates with the CAO, the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education, the Diversity and Inclusion faculty committee, and the Sustainability faculty committee to cultivate and grow faculty expertise in teaching the four pillars and unique curriculum and pedagogy in signature contemplative methods.
Coordinate with program Chairs to manage the core curriculum.
Ensures robust onboarding and mentoring of new faculty and staff.
Integrates management of the practicum and internship supervision process into the GSCP structure.
Oversees management of syllabus archives including making syllabi available to alumni.
Locates and strategically prioritizes opportunities to develop certificate programs in collaboration with the CAO, the CFO/COO, Admissions and Marketing, the President and other senior leaders and manage faculty workload to develop and deliver these programs.
Oversees new program implementation, such as the successful launch of the Yoga Therapy program.
Initiatives that the dean is responsible for leading in collaboration with GSCP faculty:
Non-degree professional certificate programs in Counseling and related fields;
Integrate the Yoga Therapy MA program and possibly other professional degree programs into GSCP.
Collaborates with the CAO and Development to pursue grant and other development opportunities.
Participates actively in fund-raising in collaboration with Development and the President’s Office.
Participates in relevant community and professional organizations with an eye toward finding opportunities.
Works with the Alumni and Family Relationship Officer and program faculty and staff to strengthen the participation of alumni in university life.
Maintains commitment to the Dean’s own professional and personal growth.
With support from our marketing department, evaluates current and potential curricular offerings with regard to market demand.
Applications: Application review continues until position is filled. Qualified candidates should apply online and include a letter of interest and resume.
Naropa University is an equal opportunity employer and its commitment to diversity aligns with its highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that facilitate collaboration to create a common humanity and a just society. Individuals who have experience with and commitment to inclusive communities are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualifications and Skills
A Ph.D. in counseling, counseling education or related field and experience as a psychotherapist.
Demonstrated familiarity with CACREP accreditation standards.
Understanding of and commitment to upholding the vision and mission of Naropa University through aligned personal behaviors, actions, and communications
Commitment to co-create a diverse and inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development regarding the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression and the impact these have in the workplace
At least five years of demonstrated success in an administrative and academic leadership role, including strong personnel and budget management skills
A record of collaborative management practices within the School and program faculty and staff, and adherence to both the spirit and structures of shared governance
A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or professional activity to meet the qualifications necessary for the faculty rank of associate or full professor
A record of achievement with adult learners and a willingness to become proficient in alternative delivery models (e.g., off-campus, online, etc.)
Demonstrated leadership in the area of program development
A commitment to diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and in student, faculty, and staff life
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and collaborative communication skills, and the ability to deeply listen, appropriately advocate, and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff, faculty and students
The ability to contribute to a long-term vision and strategic plan for the University and the GSCP that emphasizes program development, retention, and enrollment growth while being responsive to educational trends and the importance of cultivating a student-centered environment.
Proficiency in the use of a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software applications
Must be authorized to work in the United States; if incumbent holds a visa, visa status must allow incumbent to work at Naropa University.
Commitment to contemplative education, student-centered principles, customer service orientation, and understanding of the Naropa University mission
Demonstrated appreciation of faculty accomplishments in their academic fields as well as in the areas of contemplative pedagogy and practice, diversity and inclusion, and ecological sustainability.
Track record of promoting a culture of appreciation.
Familiarity with curriculum development and assessment.
Internal Number: 1037-ACAD-DEANGSC-E
About Naropa University
Naropa University comprises four-year undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine and performing arts, early childhood and K-12 education, writing and poetics, environmental leadership, peace studies, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, psychology and religious studies. It offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and MDiv degrees, as well as professional development training and classes for the community. Naropa enrolls approximately 1100 degree-seeking students, comprised of approximately two-thirds graduate students and one-third undergraduate students.