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Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, 02467
Education Deans
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students.  Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

Job Description

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations serves as a strategist and advocate for the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. S/he directs strategic initiatives at the Lynch School and creates synergies between Lynch School programs and initiatives within and outside BC. Working closely with the Associate Deans, Chairs and other key constituents, s/he provides strategic vision, leadership and direction to link with and respond to new opportunities for the Lynch School. Closely coupled with these responsibilities is the development of new initiatives and revitalization of existing programs that serve K-12 education, higher education, educational leadership, applied developmental psychology, counseling psychology, educational assessment and educational policy. S/he serves as the liaison of the dean's office to Development with a focus on donor and alumni outreach and events. The Associate Dean will research, plan, define, articulate, update, present and manage the Lynch School strategic plan; oversee organizational effectiveness; assess, measure and determine organizational metrics; identify and propose strategic initiatives; and initiate and carry out assessments of the impact of the school's initiatives. 

External Relations
* Provide leadership in identifying, organizing, and implementing community and organizational partnerships for the School
* Provide leadership and supervision of the School's planning and evaluation activities, including identification of external agencies
* Represent the school at external meetings, committees, and boards as needed to help the school advance its strategic initiatives
* Serve as the liaison of the dean's office to Advancement
* Develop and oversee alumni network building
* Accompany the dean to select fundraising events
* Serve as external liaison for the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development with colleges and universities around the country
* Develop conferences, workshops, consortia and thought leadership-oriented events that catalyze existing programs and increase visibility of programmatic offerings for alumni, prospective students, and the larger practitioner-scholar community

Strategic Initiatives
* Lead the development of external strategies, plans, programs (including resource needs) that support the overall strategic goals of the School
* Coordinate with appropriate department chairs and deans to establish a summer course portfolio that serves existing students, attracts prospective students, and meets a particular, strategic market need
* Develop and execute strategies to maximize synergies between Lynch School of Education and Human Development programs and other programs across the Boston College community (including degree programs, center-based initiatives, and professional development opportunities)
* Provide strategic counsel and support, as needed, for outreach initiatives of the School
* Create synergies between the Lynch School programs and initiatives
* Work with the Dean and others to build a more collaborative, team-based culture focused on shared goals
* Provide counsel and support to manage emerging external issues
* Execute other ad hoc and strategic projects related to rankings, reporting, and accreditation
* Conduct research, and synthesize information to facilitate decision-making
* Initiate, plan, and manage special projects and special events
* As requested, manage special projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature
* Work collaboratively on and oversee large research initiatives that involve other BC Schools together with other institutions

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $151,300 to $189,150; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



 * 10-15 years of progressively more responsible positions in related organizations
* Master's degree in business, higher education or similar field of study required, doctorate preferred
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required
* Experience with constituent/customer relationship management processes and systems
* Knowledge of K-12 and higher education, educational leadership, applied developmental psychology, educational assessment, related public policy and international education
* Knowledge of web operations, relevant software, and graphic design
* Proven ability to lead external strategy in higher education or nonprofit environment
* Experience translating complex ideas and topics into accessible, actionable initiatives
* Strong interpersonal communication skills
* Strong record of overseeing programmatic assessment with experience in assessment methodology, educational research design, accountability issues and student learning outcomes
* Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with faculty, administrators and staff across diverse groups
* Proven experience in the design, organization and management of complex projects
* Demonstrated and outstanding analytical skills; experience in collecting and analyzing marketing data and making programmatic decisions based on these analyses
* An ability to strategically build a program, to implement, to drive towards numerical goals and to produce outstanding results

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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