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Assistant Dean of The Wisconsin BBA Program

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Wisconsin School of Business


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date Posted:

Feb 28 2018 10:00PM

Close Date:

April 2, 2018

Position Description

The Wisconsin School of Business is recruiting an Assistant Dean to lead the Wisconsin BBA undergraduate program office. In partnership with the Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean will provide strategic and operational leadership for the Wisconsin BBA. Such leadership includes effectively engaging a dynamic staff, developing innovative programming, enhancing visibility of the program to both internal and external stakeholders, and stewarding collaborative partnerships in the school and on campus that align with school and university strategy, respectively. In partnership with the Office of the Dean, the Associate Dean of the Wisconsin BBA, School and Campus partners, the Assistant Dean will also contribute to the overall growth of the Wisconsin BBA. We offer ten undergraduate business majors, giving students the specialized knowledge they need to begin a great career. Top employers come to campus every year to recruit interns and new hires. They know our students are well-prepared academically, personally, and professionally. Students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison BBA Program find themselves inspired by peers, faculty, and staff who are focused, collaborative, and engaged in every aspect of the undergraduate experience. This position reports to the Associate Dean for the Wisconsin BBA and directly supervises the Wisconsin BBA directors of the BBA subareas: Academic Advising, Admissions and Recruiting, Career Services, International Programs, Student Life & Pre-College Programs, and the Business Learning Center.


Administration (45%)

  • As the leader of the administrative team in the Undergraduate Program, responsible for the day-to- day operations and cohesion of the unit.
  • Oversee and coordinate activities across BBA sub-units and the respective directors.
  • Ensure the vision of the Dean, Senior Associate Deans, and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program is being carried out.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the school and campus to ensure the undergraduate program areas are meeting students' needs.
  • Provides leadership in program assessment, strategic planning, and process development.
  • Work with the Associate Dean to set rankings/metrics for the program and manage operations related to rankings.
  • Serve as the primary representative in matters related to personnel for the undergraduate program area and problem-solve issues arising out of the five BBA sub-areas.
  • Develop and monitor annual budget with aid of directors, Financial Management Office, and Associate Dean.
  • Interact with students seeking clarification of or challenging BBA policies and oversee, investigate, and address exception requests, or unusual circumstances. -Build relationships with school and campus stakeholders to enhance the programs and services provided to students.
  • In partnership with school and program colleagues, develop a plan to increase recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities within the undergraduate program.
  • Work with students, faculty, staff, and administrators in a collaborative team environment.

Program Leadership (40%)

  • Lead the formulation, development, and implementation of innovative programs and high-quality services that meet the education, student experience, career exploration and job search needs of students.
  • Represent the Wisconsin School of Business through proactive leadership in local, state, regional and national professional associations.
  • Lead, develop, and manage program staff; this includes fostering an inclusive environment for staff and students, managing change, ensuring transparency of decision-making and processes, and empowering staff to do meaningful work. -Work with Associate Dean to develop strategic plan with input from faculty, directors, staff, and WSB administration. Responsible for implementation of strategic plan and assessment to measure success of program.
  • In alignment with the school's vision, work with the BBA unit directors and staff to develop unit key performance indicators and hold staff accountable for meeting and delivering on program progress.
  • Manage and assist academic and non-academic misconduct cases/hearings.
  • Represent BBA Program on WSB or UW undergraduate education committees.

Engagement (10%)

  • Cultivate and build relationships with constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, corporate partners, campus partners, etc.
  • Represent BBA Program needs internally with shared services and other partners. -Work with WSB and Campus Diversity and Inclusion staff to develop and implement opportunities for promoting inclusivity in the BBA Program and outreach.
  • Collaborate with the school's Alumni and Corporate Relations team to create opportunities for alumni to reconnect with each other and the school as part of a life-long relationship.
  • Identify and leverage alumni leaders to connect with and engage alumni with events/activities through the program office and the school.
  • Represent the BBA Program at events, activities, conferences, and programs, internally and externally.

Other duties as assigned (5%)

Application Process

Full position details can be found here: Please complete the online application. You will be asked to provide a cover letter addressing your qualifications and experiences specifically relating to the responsibilities of this position and a comprehensive resume. All application materials will be reviewed by our search committee after the posted deadline. Applicants selected to participate further in the selection process will be notified directly. All applicants will be notified once a final selection has been made and the search has been completed. NOTE: Salary for this position will be at or above the posted minimum rate based upon qualifications and experience.

Institution Information

The primary purpose of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all. The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live and to realize their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human development. Madison is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. A capital city and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison offers ample choices for recreation, culture, and entertainment.

Additional Information

Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the Wisconsin School of Business and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums. Our school is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its staff and faculty members through school-wide forums and professional development opportunities.

Contact Information

Questions about the position can be directed to Nicole Jennings, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration at or 608-890-0535.


Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree required; graduate degree in Education, Business or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years leadership experience required.
  • Preference given for relevant experience in higher education, including student affairs/services, career services, academic affairs, or general higher education administration.
  • Relevant business or industry experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic planning, developing and supervising staff, depth of understanding of higher education and undergraduate student development.
  • Commitment to working with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students, and commitment to an inclusive culture of professionalism with a focus on education, learning, and development.

Preferred Qualifications