Associate Dean, WCA
Westminster College of the Arts (WCA) of Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) invites applications for Associate Dean of the College. Reporting to the WCA Dean, under minimal supervision, this position provides high level and confidential academic and administrative leadership. This is a full-time, 12-month, non-bargaining position. The position is open until filled, and the successful candidate will start at the earliest possible time.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of academic, artistic, and administrative abilities appropriate to this position. Success in the position will require significant experience in assessment, curriculum, the student academic environment, accreditation, and administration of policies.

• Faculty, students, staff, and other University offices refer to and work with the Associate Dean in furnishing and/or receiving data
• Accurate information coming out of this office supports the efficiency and effectiveness of the day-to-day operation of the college
• The Associate Dean works closely with the Dean in implementing the institutional initiatives of the academic and artistic life of the College by means of interaction with faculty and through the academic governance procedures mandated by the AAUP Agreement
• In collaboration with the Dean, this position will implement a vision and mission for the WCA units that addresses their roles at Rider University
• The Associate Dean must handle student and faculty issues effectively, efficiently, and compassionately, toward a goal of enhanced enrollment and retention

Specific duties include the ability to:
• Efficiently and effectively supervise the day-to-day academic operation of the WCA
• Supervise professional and clerical staff
• Administer accreditation requirements, develop campus and programmatic initiatives
• Coordinate WCA participation in Admissions/Recruiting, Open House, Admitted Student Days, Orientation, semester course scheduling, and other such activities
• Provide accurate, timely, and useful information to all constituents
• In consultation with the Dean, lead/participate in appropriate School, College and University committees
• Oversee student advising, assessment, and academic progress
• Oversee WCA Articulation Agreements with other institutions

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Terminal degree required in a field of study offered by the Westminster College of the Arts; experience as a faculty member in a discipline offered by the WCA
• Successful experience in higher education administrative positions/responsibilities, preferably in an artistic environment
• Evidence of successful leadership of an appropriate project from conception to implementation
• Successful experience leading a multi-disciplinary organization
• Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills; ability to establish and maintain collaborative and transparent relationships with the campus and external communities
• Strong personal integrity and work ethic
• Data driven decision making supported by attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
• Expertise in computer programming, database and spreadsheet applications
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and exhibit a high level of personal integrity

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Experience working with unions
• Creative problem-solving; ability to lead groups to consensus

To apply for position no. 300087, please visit RiderHires at

Please attach a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, a statement outlining experience with academic and artistic disciplines, a detailed statement describing your commitment to supporting and working with a diverse and inclusive community, and names and contact information for three recent professional references. All materials should be uploaded on the RiderHires site. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit all application materials by September 10, 2021.

The Westminster College of the Arts comprises the School of Fine and Performing Arts,
Westminster Choir College, Westminster Conservatory (community music school), and Westminster Continuing Education. It enrolls 500+ students in undergraduate and graduate programs, and nearly 2000 community members are enrolled in Conservatory programs. Annually, the WCA produces over 150 events, and is one of the most visible operations at Rider University. To learn more about WCA, please visit

The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.

Rider University has been included as one of the nation’s best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its “Best 386 Colleges” in the nation. Both publications have ranked the University favorably in their respective surveys for more than a decade.

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Clarissa Gilliam
[email protected]
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road Human Resources
Lawrenceville, 08648