State University of New York at Oswego — Assistant Dean, Extended Learning Division

The Division of Extended Learning at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a full-time Assistant Dean position.

Posting Date: October 25, 2019

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or

Date of Appointment:  As Soon As Possible

Description of Responsibilities:
The Assistant Dean is a key administrative leader for SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning located in Oswego, NY. This position collaborates closely with the Dean in leading the Division and all programs therein, in order to provide access to higher education to nontraditional populations in innovative ways. The Assistant Dean directly supervises the International Language Education Center (ILEC) Program Manager, ESL Instructors, Summer/Winter Sessions Coordinator, High School Programs Coordinator, Program Manager for Professional Development and Extended Learning Division secretarial staff. The Assistant Dean manages associated student related affairs related to these programs such as registration, withdrawal, payment and issue resolution. The position ensures appropriate front desk coverage and staff support at the Oswego campus, and acts as second level supervisor to student workers, interns and graduate assistants.

The Assistant Dean facilitates day-to-day financial, administrative and operational accounts including budget management of the Division’s accounts consisting of over $6 million in revenue and $5 million in expenses, under the direction of the Dean. Additionally, will also communicate and enact departmental operating policies and procedures, conduct targeted analysis, verify personnel and payroll documentation and facilitates contracts/ Memorandums of Understanding, and oversee the maintenance of travel forms and the Division handbook.

This Assistant Dean will collaborate with faculty and staff campus-wide to communicate and improve operational efficiencies, design and implement training resources for staff and serve as a liaison to administrative offices that support Extended Learning programs and initiatives. The Assistant Dean will remain current in the fields of higher education represented in the portfolio, and will implement best practices in order to meet professional obligations, including service to campus committees and membership in work-related local, regional, and national organizations.

The Division of Extended Learning seeks to engage a wide array of diverse populations that include adult career changers and those with socio-economic, cultural and racially diverse backgrounds.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Assistant Dean, Extended Learning Division will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership, Public / Non Profit Administration, Business Administration, Strategic Communication, or related field at time of application
  • 3-5 years of related work experience in a management role in higher education, public education or corporate training 
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Significant experience managing budgets, generating detailed reports, and administering official documentation
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion of underserved populations
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing multiple projects and working with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated written, oral & interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to travel and work evening and weekends as required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven years’ experience of related work experience in a management role in higher education
  • Demonstrated collegiate level teaching, professional training, or staff development experience
  • Prior experience supervising office support staff
  • Prior experience supervising Program Managers
  • Knowledge of the principles of and demonstrated commitment to adult and lifelong learning 
  • Demonstrated work in diversity and inclusion issues, reflective of the Syracuse area, through professional or community service
  • Experience managing facility operations
  • Significant accounting and/or budgetary experience
  • Customer service and event management skills
  • Previous experience teaching or learning via online courses, hybrid courses or blended programs
  • Demonstrated experience actively troubleshooting challenges at all levels
  • Success in cultivating a positive team-oriented environment

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications, including how you see yourself engaging  and serving diversity, inclusion or equity issues within the position and SUNY Oswego;  curriculum vitae/resume, copy of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references one of which is a current or former manager / supervisor, (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) to:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Laura Spenceley, Search Committee Chair at

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:
The mission of the Division of Extended Learning is to expand access to the SUNY Oswego experience through the creation, delivery and support of innovative and responsive credit and non-credit programming for diverse audiences via multiple locations, modalities and services. We cultivate collaborative partnerships and provide superior customer service to ensure high quality, lifelong learning opportunities. The office coordinates offering of a variety of credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses and programs for both nontraditional and traditional students at the Syracuse Branch Campus, Online, during Summer and Winter terms and at offsite locations. The Extended Learning Division is the home to the SUNY Oswego in the High Schools and Oswego County New Visions programs where eligible high school students are able to concurrently enroll in SUNY Oswego courses for college credit. Extended Learning also coordinates the offering of both a year round and our long running Summer Intensive English program for students from around the world and English for Academic Purposes courses during traditional semesters. Professional development programs are available by contract, on site, or online. The Division is proud to have received numerous Veteran Friendly designations and provides services to active duty military and veterans online and face to face as a partner at the Jefferson Higher Education Center in Watertown, on Fort Drum and on main campus. We also provide services such as Testing and Proctoring, International Student Services, Non-Traditional Student Services and Room Rental at our Syracuse branch campus. As such the Division of Extended Learning is committed to the practices of diversity, equality and respect among our staff, faculty, programs, services and students. The Division supports the goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan, available at All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment.

Additional information regarding SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning is available at  

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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