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    2. add key responsibilities to the 35% of the time, specific to your department needs, 
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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.


Dean Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 70001
  • Pay Grade: Exempt Faculty
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Dean
  • Family: Faculty
  • Function: Administrative Faculty


The Dean provides academic management, leadership, and vision to support and implement a college’s strategic initiatives in teaching, service, and research that are all part of Boise State University’s “Blueprint for Success” strategic planning initiative. In addition to these roles, the Dean will cultivate relationships with community partners, donors, and alumni to further address the current and future aspirations of a college. The Dean is typically supported by an Associate Dean and/or an Assistant Dean, a number of Department Chairs, and Administrative/Professional Staff. The Dean facilitates work by guiding the efforts of faculty and staff through a flexible and innovative approach that tackles complex issues specific to the college and certain University initiatives. The Dean can play a variety of directive and collaborative roles in overseeing and guiding their respective college’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs

Level Scope

A Dean is an academic leader who has academic, programmatic, managerial, and fiscal responsibilities for a school or college. Deans may verify the adequacy of instruction, monitor academic integrity, confer degrees, and have some level of responsibility for student recruitment, admission, and academic progress. They are often responsible for the ethical conduct of research and for establishing and maintaining a culture of compliance, collaboration and integrity among faculty, staff, and students. They provide local direction and resources for the education, training, and implementation of federal, state, and local regulations and practices and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in one of the disciplines in their respective college or a closely-related field
  • A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured, full professor within the College.
  • 3-5 years of administrative/leadership experience in higher education overseeing operations of sufficient complexity to prepare the candidate to be successful as Dean of their respective college.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work and collaborate successfully with persons, programs, organizations, agencies and the community with distinctly varied missions, goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated success in educational program design and implementation.
  • A record of personal, professional and academic initiative, flexibility and strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Articulate and persuasive communication skills (written and verbal).

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Dean must:

  • Reporting directly to the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the college, which typically serves hundreds of students, employing dozens of full-time faculty and staff in multiple academic departments.
  • Supervises or leads department chairs, directors, faculty and staff as determined by the Dean’s role and responsibilities in upholding the mission of their respective college, with guidance from the Provost and other University stakeholders.
  • Play a pivotal role in creatively executing the college plan for the advancement of their respective college.
  • Demonstrate a growth mentality and creativity with the acquisition and allocation of resources to address strategic goals that position their respective college within specific niche areas for continued success.
  • Working with University Advancement, the Dean will have the responsibility to generate resources that support students and advance the mission of the college.
  • Play a key role in providing leadership and support to their college faculty as the university continues to increase its research ecosystem and expenditures

35% of Time the Dean

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Dean

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This position is generally in a normal indoor office setting with minimal noise levels and may involve bending, moving, lifting, and carrying materials that weigh up to 15 pounds

Travel Requirement

Travel is typically required for a variety of reasons – to be determined based on specific requirements for the respective College or School


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.