Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

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

Position Title: Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

36000 - Optometry Deans Office

Advertised Salary: $140,000 - $150,000; 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 Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs performs and oversees all academic and student-related functions at Michigan College of Optometry, an industry-leading optometry college dedicated to producing outstanding clinical optometrists. Academic affairs duties include oversight of the curriculum, assessment, faculty schedules, student schedules, disciplinary actions, development of policy letters, and faculty and student handbooks. Student affairs duties include oversight of recruitment, admissions, registration, financial aid, recruiting, scholarship and awards, counseling, student records, and student organizations. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs assumes the responsibilities and authority of the Dean when the Dean is unavailable.

Big Rapids, Michigan is a small, safe, friendly place to call home with a reasonable cost of living. Michigan College of Optometry is headquartered in a beautiful building with state-of-the-art equipment,and serves its student body of 38 students per cohort.

The anticipated start date of this position is January 2024. However, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: A doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) from an ACOE-accredited institution or a clinical equivalent (i.e. MD, DO)  
Required Work Experience: Demonstrated work experience in a related position, with strong preference given to those with leadership experience.

Solid understanding of the profession of optometry and its place in the United States healthcare system.

Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse workforce.

Must possess comprehensive administrative skills including communication, human resource supervision, and budget management.

Demonstrated leadership and involvement in professional organizations.
Required Licenses and Certifications: At the time of appointment, the applicant must have or be eligible to obtain a Michigan optometry license with TPA/DPA certification, or the medical license equivalent. This status must be maintained for the duration of employment.  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Higher Education experience and/or training specifically in student advising and counseling, is highly preferred.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Directly reports to the Dean

Member of the College Executive Committee, Student Administrative Committee and Faculty Administrative Committee.

Provide administrative guidance for the following standing faculty committees; Academic Review, and Curriculum Review.

Oversee admissions committee process.

Update recruitment materials.

Responsible for compliance with student privacy under FERPA and oversee proper FERPA guidelines and maintenance of student records.

Provide information to the Dean for the creation of Deans List and Academic Honors List.

Directly manage co-curricular elements of the program.

Certify eligibility requirements are met for students for BS for Vision Science & OD degrees.

Serve as the College liaison to: National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Chief Academic Officers group, and the Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS).

Evaluate undergraduate transcripts to determine prerequisite course requirements are met for applicants.

Serve as point of contact for student counseling for personal/academic needs. Provide tutoring when requested or necessary.

Prepare data for assessment purposes based on outcomes/goals for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and ACOE.

Develop the faculty workload and schedules for the academic year.

Work with Dean to develop annual reporting and/or newsletter.

Coordinate the annual new student orientation program.

Work with the Administrative Secretary to the Dean in evaluating staff.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way to modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular illustration shall not be used to exclude non-listed duties of similar kind or level of difficulty.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Ability to:
1) understand and work with faculty and students.
2) evaluate student transcripts and to render decisions on comparability of courses.
3) understand and interpret confidentiality guidelines.
4) be an advocate for students to the faculty and staff of the College.
5) Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY: Applications should include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates is assisting Ferris State University for this search. Please contact Eric Christ, Senior Consultant (, cell: 614-800-9974) for further details. Phone: 614-798-8500.  
Initial Application Review Date:
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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