The Associate Dean of Operations and Policy is a senior level administrator who will provide leadership in collaboration with colleagues and other administrators focused around internal and external policies and operations, while fostering an environment that is inclusive, trusting, respectful, and collegial. This position will serve as a representative of the Dean in any and all divisional matters.
Reporting directly to the Dean of Cooperative Extension, the Associate Dean serves as a member of the Cooperative Extension Leadership team, and will help to direct the division’s strategic, operational, and financial planning processes. This position is responsible for organizing and overseeing the operational and administrative expenditures for the central administrative functions of the division, while also overseeing field operations for geographically based leadership positions. The Associate Dean provides leadership to the central operational areas of the division, to include the Office of Educational Technology Support (ETS), the Office of Communications & External Relations (OCER), the Office of Financial Services (OFS), the Office of Program Support Services (OPSS), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, who’s goals are aligned in providing exceptional management system services to Cooperative Extension for performance management, strategic planning, hiring practices, budget management, onboarding, recording results, and information technology.
The Associate Dean functions within the broad organizational direction provided by the Dean and Director in the development and implementation of policies, and will advise on the development of program and administrative policy consistent with the University of Wisconsin System and United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The position provides leadership for developing, interpreting, and applying policy within the organization and for interpreting and applying federal, state, and local policies affecting the organization.
The Associate Dean will possess a professional demeanor and demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse set of individuals using discretion, judgment, flexibility, and tact. The Associate Dean will demonstrate effective communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and will exercise judgment and skill in handling sensitive and confidential matters.