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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Spertus Institute, Chicago

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Position Overview
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs manages initiatives at the heart of Spertus Institute’s mission: the outstanding and relevant graduate, professional, and public programs that are made possible by thoughtfully constructed curricula and outstanding faculty, mentors, and presenters.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs reports directly to the Dean/Chief Academic Officer (CAO).


  • Provide academic advising for graduate Jewish Studies and Jewish Professional Studies (masters and doctoral level) students from diverse backgrounds, with varied academic and professional interests, working in a broad range of professions.

  • Oversee student services functions, especially the work of the Registrar and various associated reporting requirements.

  • Oversee the robust mentorship program that has become the hallmark of professional studies at Spertus, including working with the Coordinator of Mentoring and Executive Coaching to identify and connect students and mentors, to train mentors, and to advance research on and best practices of mentoring in a meaningful way.

  • Teach courses (at least four annually) in the Associate Dean’s area of related research in Jewish Studies and/or Jewish Professional Studies while maintaining a research and publishing presence befitting an accredited and increasingly global institution of higher Jewish education.

  • Oversee the scheduling of adjunct and part-time faculty, who are central to the mission of the Institute, providing them with resources and professional development, and maintaining their files and dossiers.

  • Work with the Dean/CAO on assessment of student learning, including the development and application of assessment tools, the collection of data, and the use of that data to improve extant and develop new programs and services, as well as ongoing program evaluation of Spertus offerings to meet requirements for accreditation, compliance, and quality improvement purposes.

  • Identify needs and opportunities for new programs and educational offering, and develop proposals and curricula.

Position Requirements

  • Earned doctoral degree in a related field.
  • Three to five years of experience in academic affairs or relevant administrative experience.
  • Experience teaching graduate students in Jewish Studies or related fields.

Related Skills or Knowledge

  • Must have strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated teaching and research skills. Proven success in working with diverse constituents.
  • Proven ability to strategically plan and successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects with numerous components and fixed deadlines.

Language skills: Hebrew a plus.
Travel: Minimal, as needed.


  • Salary Range: $100,000-$120,000
  • Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and holiday time off, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, and employee assistance program.

Start Date

  • Flexible, but preferred by July 1, 2020


Submit the following to with the words
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the subject line:

  • Cover letter, including a statement of how your work aligns with Spertus Institute
  • CV with at least three references


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principles that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that:

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

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