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Associate Dean of Graduate and Special Programs

Dean of the Faculty Office

Reed College seeks a dynamic and capable Associate Dean of Graduate and Special Programs.  The Associate Dean of Graduate and Special Programs has primary responsibility to direct the college’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.  This position also develops and directs special programs, including outreach programs to local high school students.  This position is a member of the Dean of the Faculty Office team and reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty.

This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour, unpaid lunch.  Starting salary for this position is $65,000.  Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner.

What You Bring

  • Commitment to a liberal arts education at the graduate level.
  • Ability to promote the value of a liberal arts education to high school students.
  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee established programs, including monitoring requirements, budgets, activities, and students, collaborating with other offices, promoting programs, recruiting faculty, overseeing the graduate curriculum, and coordinating logistics. Ability to develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet program needs.
  • Effective communication, both in speech and in writing. Ability to prepare reports and correspondence and to work with public affairs and admissions on publicity.
  • Ability to evaluate operations, and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with faculty, staff, program participants, Portland schools, program alumni, and the general public.
  • Ability to further Reed’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of principles, procedures, and practices utilized in the development and coordination of graduate and outreach program, including admissions.
  • Knowledge of secondary education and related curriculum.

 What You’ll Do

  • Manage the college’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. Conceive, plan and organize curriculum.   Manage recruitment and admission of students.  Manage program events such as orientation, registration, and social gathering.  Manage the MALS budget.
  • Monitor the academic progress of MALS students and participate in their evaluations, from candidacy through thesis oral examinations.
  • Evaluate course and program effectiveness, making adjustments as appropriate. Provide feedback to faculty.
  • Participate in and occasionally host professional conferences. Assist students with conference presentation and journal publications.
  • In partnership with the college’s outreach committee, manage the college’s Young Scholars and other high school outreach programs. Conceive, plan, and organize program content and policy.  Evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Cultivate and maintain contact with school districts. Interview high school students for inclusion in the outreach programs.
  • Identify needs for new outreach programming to high schools or other community groups.
  • Connect local high school students to the college’s Office of Admission. Be an important partner in cultivating prospective Reedies from local high schools.
  • Contribute as member of the Dean of Faculty office and manage Dean of Faculty special projects as needed.


Master’s degree in liberal arts, education or related field and three years administrative experience in secondary or college education; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply.  You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application.  A resume and cover letter are required.  You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best.  In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which recent professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

 As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:

  • If you were selected for the position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

 Applications will be considered starting June 19, 2020.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

 Reed College replies to every candidate.  We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.