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Associate Dean, School of Business and Management

Associate Dean, School of Business and Management


School of Business and Management

315 W. State Street Trenton, NJ 08618

Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 to break down barriers to degree completion. Fifty years later, it proudly serves a diverse body of adult students with innovative and professionally relevant academic programming in a predominantly online delivery. Our team of high-energy student-focused professionals is welcoming new members who are making their mark in education and are ready to help change the lives of thousands of adult students across New Jersey and around the world.

Candidates who are excited by changing lives, committed to the success of all and want to be challenged by new and innovative opportunities, should submit an application.

The Position:

Thomas Edison State University seeks a full-time Associate Dean; a member of the leadership team of School of Business and Management. The School of Business and Management is the second largest school with a student population of approximately 1,800 students, offering more than 14-degree programs: Associate through Doctorate and certificates exclusively online. Many of the programs have national recognition for their academic quality and value. Several of the school’s degrees are accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and have partnerships with private and government organizations for developing and improving programs.

Applicants for the Associate Dean will be academically and professionally qualified, energized to work at a face pace, and excited by innovation and the power of education to improve lives. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to build academic communities, engage students, address the educational needs of diverse and complex constituencies, and collaborate with external organizations. The ability to engage in grant writing and external funding opportunities is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will bring a high level of passion for the university and school’s missions, a deep commitment to the organizational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a forward-thinking, student-first approach to their work.

Specific areas of work include the following:


Under the direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean assists in the general administration of all academic and operational dimensions of the school. 

The Associate Dean is responsible for organizing, planning, and coordinating curriculum development and implementation, recruitment, retention, strategy development and implementation, research and development activities for the School of Business and Management. The Associate Dean works as a liaison across the University partnering with other Schools, programs, coordinators, and administrative offices to facilitate the goals and objectives of the school and University.

-Under the direction of the Dean, guide and/or assist in the development of the school’s academic and professional asset portfolios in high demand, market-relevant degrees, certificates, and customized educational offerings.

-Assist in ensuring academic quality, rigor, and application of all degree and certificate programming.

-Ensure that educational programs meet appropriate academic, professional, and accreditation standards and oversee programmatic accreditation activities.

-Proactively engage in student recruitment and retention strategies.

School and Student Centric Leadership and Engagement


-Assist in leading key academic program responsibilities; strategic planning, hiring, performance management, and enterprise-wide relationship building.

-Collaboratively manage undergraduate and graduate program enrollment, retention, and graduation initiatives with the Assistant Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Director of Operations in the School of Business and Management, as well as part of the academic affairs team.

-Proactively contact students, applicants, and prospective students toward program enrollment

-Create an academic community supporting diverse adult student populations.

Community Engagement


-Conceive, implement, and assist in leading innovative initiatives associated with developing and engage external business and management professional organizations, constituencies, and underdeveloped markets.

-Collaborate with the Dean, Vice President of Community and Government Relations to develop relationships with government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations leaders. Construct partnerships and beneficial relationships, strengthening the University’s educational and service commitment.

-Co-develop and lead school-specific school-based communities including curriculum committee, Dean’s Advisory Committee, Dean’s Market Liaison Committee.

Funding Expansion


-Work closely with the Dean and the Chief Advancement Officer on initiatives to advance the mission of the school, including identifying and obtaining external funding to expand the work of the School.

-Assist to identify University aligned grant sources and develop grant proposals in a departmentally collaborative environment, collaborating closely with the Provost, Deans, and associated senior staff to expand grant acquisition strategies.




-Engage in school-based strategic planning, implementation, measurement, and recalibration, as aligned with institutional needs.

-Expertise and experience in business and management and/or related work in industry and agencies.

-Data-driven, market focused decision-making, planning and coordinating curriculum development approach, implementation, and review.

-Experience with student recruitment, reclamation, and retention initiatives.

-Experience with accreditation, especially programmatic accreditation (ACBSP) in business and management

-Course development and instructional delivery experience in the online environment.



Education: Earned doctorate in business, management, or aligned academic discipline.

Experience: A minimum of 6 years of experience as Associate dean, chair, and/or experienced faculty/administrator in a higher education developing and managing graduate and undergraduate market-relevant business, management, and/or related degree and certificate programs.

-Experience recruiting, enrolling, and retaining undergraduate and graduate students; with focus on adult students.

-Significant leadership experience in the business, management, or aligned industry can replace 3 years of faculty/administrator experience.

-Effective working relationship skills with professional and support staff, and the community at large.

-Collaborate and build relationships at a distance with students, mentors and other professionals.

-Use technology to communicate, develop relationships, expand the school’s markets, and advance the school’s growth.

-Demonstratable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Experience and Skills:


-Significant experience developing and leading online business, management or aligned scholar-practitioner degree programs.

-Experience with programmatic accreditation; ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE.

-Instructional experience in distance learning

-Experience integrating real world, practical, and professional experiences learning into academic programs.

-Experience writing grants and administering sponsored programs.

-Experience in developing and managing degree and certificates programs.

*TESU strives to offer a flexible work environment while balancing the operational needs of the University. As such, we have several options for hybrid-work schedules. Positions determine what type of hybrid-work schedule is available and, if necessary, adjustments are made to support University operations. 

How to Apply:


Resumes and applications for this position will only be accepted online through ADP Workforce Now at:


Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Doctoral

Experience Level : Executive

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