Dean, Michigan College of Optometry

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Dean, Michigan College of Optometry  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

36000 - Optometry Deans Office

Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) serves as the chief executive and academic officer for the MCO and the University Eye Center and is responsible for maintaining and advancing the Doctor of Optometry professional degree program. The Dean will plan, supervise, and coordinate all activity within the college, including but not limited to the preparation, implementation, and maintenance of grants; supervision of teaching, service, and research activities of faculty, staff, and students on the Big Rapids campus and all clinical locations; development and administration of academic policy and programs; review, approve, and administer the college budget; maintain accreditation standards and oversee ongoing reaffirmation of accreditation activities. The Dean will serve on the Deans’ Council and other committees as needed and/or assigned.
The anticipated start date for this position is July of 2023. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Professional Optometry degree.  
Required Work Experience: Demonstrated work experience in higher education, to include teaching as well as scholarship, research, professional service, or creative endeavors. Experience as a Department Chair, Associate Dean or similar leadership role. Three years of demonstrated successful experience in academic optometric administration, including evidence of an ability to: recruit, lead, serve and develop a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; promote general and globalized education; and support didactic and clinical education in a variety of delivery modes and learning environments. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated experience with a focus on student success, recruitment, retention and graduation. Demonstrated experience or ability to strengthen enrollment. Demonstrated progression of comprehensive administrative skills, supervision and budget management. Evidence of a strong commitment to shared governance based on respect for faculty and staff. Personal qualities of integrity, organization, and industriousness.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Current active optometric license, and eligible for optometric licensure in the State of Michigan.  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Experience with inter-professional practice or promotion of inter-professional clinical practice. Demonstrated experience in engagement, collaboration and implementation of strategic planning. Postgraduate training (i.e. Clinical Residency, Masters, or PhD). Prior experience with alumni, donor, and community partnerships and engagement. Demonstrated understanding of collective bargaining agreements.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Ensure a high level of service to students.
Direct and coordinate leadership activities within the college.
Work collaboratively within the college and across the university to implement and support programs and services that enhance the university’s mission and goals.
Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Pursuant to policies and regulations, review and approve specific college budgets.
In collaboration with the University’s Strategic Plan develop and manage College Strategic Plan.
In collaboration with other departments and divisions develop and manage College Enrollment and Retention Plans.
In collaboration with the Provost Office and the Diversity and Inclusion Office develop and manage College Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
Advise the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on academic matters, such as accreditation needs, development and assessment of academic programs, budget and personnel matters.
Provide leadership for college fundraising efforts, including grant writing and advancement.
Promote and support program advisory boards and alumni relations.
Ensure that university and academic policies and procedures are followed.
Work with accreditation agencies to achieve and maintain compliance and standards.
Establish necessary communications and coordination with college personnel on all matters within their assigned responsibilities, through written and oral communications.
Advocate College priorities to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Analyze challenges within the college and recommend solutions.
Work effectively with faculty and staff in program planning, assessment, and curriculum development.
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.
Develop and implement academic policy for the College.
Pursuant to policies, procedures and regulations and in collaboration with Human Resources, prepare and manage the College’s hiring process to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.
Provide leadership and vision for instructional activity within the College.
Serve on Deans’ Council and other committees/councils as assigned.
Report directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Maintain the confidentiality of designated information.
Manage and supervise assigned staff.
Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Attend workshops, seminars and conferences related to areas of responsibilities.
Serve and/or chair various University and community committees.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to communicate effectively, with a commitment to transparency and genuine listening.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter 
  • Unofficial Transcript 1 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • License 
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Professional Optometry degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

License (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of their current active optometric license.
Initial Application Review Date:
January 16, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes   
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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