Associate Dean for Administration, Academic Affairs

Job posted on July 27, 2016.

The New England College of Optometry (NECO) is a small, independent college of optometry located in the beautiful Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. We average an annual total enrollment of approximately 515 students. NECO seeks an Associate Dean for Administration in Academic Affairs who has a strong operations background in higher education, and preferably in Academic Affairs. A key challenge in this position will be to evaluate, introduce, and review effective business processes across academic support departments using one main database source with the ultimate goal of providing superior service to our students and faculty. This position reports to Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.


  • Provides administrative leadership and oversight for the office of Academic Affairs.
  • Reviews processes in various academic support departments and works toward improving efficiency, streamlining functions, and ensuring exceptional service for our students and faculty.
  • Provides administrative support to the VPAA for the academic and strategic direction of didactic, clinical and graduate education programs of the College. Appropriately informs the VPAA of issues and activities related to the Department of Academic Affairs. Performs other related duties as necessitated by the position or as directed by the VPAA.
  • Prepares all required reports, summaries, surveys and web content pertaining to academic affairs.
  • Leads budget creation and forecasting process for the Academic Affairs division.
  • Responsible for compiling, writing, and submitting all accreditation requirements, reports and compliance. Serves as the College representative to accreditation and other such agencies.
  • Develops, reviews, and implements policies. Participates in College strategy planning, discussions and decision-making.
  • Serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee and works with the committee for curriculum review, curriculum (course) proposals and implementation. He/she coordinates outcome assessment initiatives for all education programs including continuing education and assures outcome measures are incorporated into an ongoing educational quality assurance program for both didactic and clinical education. Collaborates with Faculty, Department Chairs and the Office of Clinical Education to assure such.
  • Works closely with the Department Chairs for faculty work plan development and oversees staff responsible for administrative components of promotion and tenure, faculty retreat, student modified programs.
  • Works closely with the Director of Research and research faculty and personnel assuring research activities are administratively in line with the college research mission and facilities.
  • Works directly with the Associate Dean of Students and the Office of Clinical Education assuring administrative processes are in place to provide positive outcomes for student academic and clinical education. Assists where appropriate with the programmatic development and implementation of strategies for student retention. Oversees the development and implementation of modified programs and reviews recommendations from the Student Affairs Committee and implements such, as directed by the VPAA.
  • Oversees the Educational Support Systems within Academic Affairs, facilitates and develops strategies to enhance administrative support systems and oversees the administrative support staff within the Academic Affairs organizational structure.
  • Works with other departments on the use of library and/or information technology and systems to support the academic mission and work with Facilities Department as needed on academic facility issues.
  • Represents the college at local, regional and national meetings as deemed appropriate.


  • B.S. required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong technology skills and business process re-engineering skills required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in higher education administration, preferably in academic operations.
  • Experience overseeing budget development and forecasts.
  • Knowledge of accreditation desired.

The College offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply, send cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references to

The College is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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