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Dean of School of Social Sciences

Job Title: Dean of School of Social Sciences
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Erbil, Iraq
REF: 361
Contact Name: Kanar Mahmoud
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Job Published: over 3 years ago

Job Description

A leading university in Erbil is looking to hire a Dean for its School of Social Sciences. The Dean will be a member of the university's Executive Management Board, and will coordinate the administration of academic programmes offered within the University. Candidates must have a PhD in any area of Social Sciences and at least ten years’ experience in a senior or management position in an institution of higher education.

  • Act as the academic leader of the School; responsible for its day-to-day operations.
  • Oversee the management of academic and professional programmes within the School and monitor students’ academic progress.
  • Lines manage the Chair of departments within the School.
  • Oversee the grading, reporting of standards and the other methods used by faculty members in measuring students’ achievements.
  • Support the recruitment of highly qualified Chair of departments and faculty staff; ensure their professional success, and maximize their ability to contribute to the School. Communicate academic policies, standards and expectations to the Chair of departments and faculty members.
  • Coordinate the assessment and development of academic programmes within the School. Conduct probationary interviews and performance appraisal procedures as notified by HR. Empower faculty and staff members to achieve performance goals and objectives.
  • Serve as a consultant to faculty members in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general School academic and administrative procedures.
  • Prepare and revise academic and professional programme plans for the School.
  • Create and maintain a high quality, productive and supportive educational environment for students.
  • Maintain good working relationships with staff members in all academic and non-academic areas.
  • Maintain effective communication between students, faculty and Chairs within and out of the School.
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal and professional commitment and development. Promote the involvement of the School with the community for academic, research and consultancy purposes.
  • Participate in academic activities on or off campus and act as a team leader for the School faculty and administrative members as well as students.
  • Develop and implement the School’s strategic plans consistent with the University plans. Conduct regular meetings with faculty members and department Chairs, which will stimulate exchange of ideas on issues of educational interest and concern. Coordinate and be responsible for staff requirement within the School and devolved budget.
  • Coordinate School’s external collaborations.
  • Develop strategies for income generation and securing research grants for the School.
  • Ensure all the programmes within the School are validated and/or accredited by internationally recognized institutions.
  • Carry out other tasks as may be requested by line manager.
  • PhD in any areas of Social Sciences.
  • At least ten years’ experience in a Senior or Management position in Higher Education institutions.
  • The ability to continuously develop, monitor and improve academic and professional programmes.
  • An understanding of personnel issues and employment contracts.
  • The ability to think analytically, creatively and present cases in a cogent and clear manner.
  • A good record of academic research, publications and income generation.
  • An ability to combine clear, firm management and a harmonious relationship with academic colleagues and students.
  • Qualifications and experience in subject areas currently taught within the School of Social Sciences.
  • Knowledge and experience in addressing and mitigating student-related problems.
  • Experience in applying instructional technologies to teaching and learning.
  • Knowledge of policy formulation and analytical methods to establish practical policies.
  • Demonstrated ability in building and maintaining partnerships.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to establish personal and professional credibility with internal and external constituencies.
  • Broad knowledge of Higher Education policies, principles, and organization.