University of California, Berkeley - Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction, Haas School of Business

CA, Berkeley

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley seeks a forward-thinking and innovative leader to serve as its next Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction (SADI).

UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence, for the opportunities it affords students of all backgrounds, and for pioneering achievements across all disciplines. The Berkeley campus is home to more than 31,000 undergraduates and more than 11,000 graduate students, and approximately 1,500 ladder-rank faculty across 14 schools and colleges.

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has been questioning the status quo since its founding in 1898. At Berkeley Haas, a fundamental step in redefining the business leader is to get the culture right because this culture encourages students to develop the mindset and behaviors of innovative leaders. The Haas School students, faculty, staff, and alumni live out the distinctive culture by embracing four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Haas’ 75 ladder-rank faculty and almost 200 professional (non-Senate) faculty are at the cutting edge of business research and teaching. In addition to two Nobel Prizes, they have earned awards for spearheading research knowledge in game theory, behavioral finance, open innovation, and knowledge management. Berkeley Haas offers six degree programs, executive education, and several certificates and summer programs. US News and World Report ranks Berkeley Haas number seven in best business schools and number two in part-time MBA programs. About 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students come from around the world each year to attend Berkeley Haas. They join a network of more than 41,000 alumni eager to help each other grow and thrive in their professional lives.

Berkeley Haas seeks a passionate Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction who is committed to furthering the Berkeley Haas difference and culture through authentic and empathetic leadership, community building, and a desire to impact the future of education in a public, professional school environment. This new leader – one of four senior executive leaders of the Haas School – will bring a deep understanding of the value and pedagogy of business school education, a genuine commitment to high quality teaching and curriculum, experience to understand the needs of different students in different programs, and the ability to lead and influence stakeholders – especially professional faculty and ladder-rank faculty – with a variety of priorities and expertise. The Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction will play a critical role in developing and executing a vision for the future of instruction at Haas and create greater cohesiveness across Haas programs while developing more formal structures for curriculum planning. The Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction will recruit, lead, and support the professional faculty, cultivate collaborative, collegial relations with the ladder faculty, and lead, manage and support the instruction team responsible for curriculum execution. Concomitantly, it will be essential for the new leader to develop excellent relationships with partners across the Berkeley campus.

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in public, business, or higher-education management or related areas, and/or equivalent experience or training; a doctoral degree as well as teaching experience in a professional school is preferred. The new Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction will have demonstrated advanced skills in strategy development, the leadership acumen required to oversee multiple functions and earn the respect of key stakeholders, and command of the principles and practice of effective instruction and management within higher education. A record of relationship-building typified by a collaborative, open, and accessible approach, a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and the communication and interpersonal skills to lead by influence are essential.

WittKieffer is assisting the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile, which can be found to the right. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 23, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Suzanne Teer and Ashlee Winters,

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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