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Dean of the School of Education
Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska
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Date Posted April 27, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of the School of Education

Peru State College invites applications and nominations from dynamic and inspiring leaders for the position of Dean of the School of Education.

The College
Peru State College (PSC) was established in 1867 as a teacher training school. Nebraska's first college has since transformed into a state-of-the-art institution offering diverse, multifaceted educational programs to more than 2000 students as part of the Nebraska State College System (NSCS). The College has also enjoyed considerable support from the State of Nebraska, alumni and other friends of the College, with more than $85 million of campus renovation projects funded over the last fifteen years. Peru State's beautiful "Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College is an hour from Omaha and Lincoln and two hours from Kansas City.

The School of Education

The Peru State College School of Education is a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited institution. Currently, the School of Education provides teacher certification programs in early childhood, elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, and special education. A variety of field, subject, and supplemental endorsements are available for students to consider. In addition to teacher preparation, the school offers a Kinesiology option that will open doors for students who want a career in sport and exercise science.

The Dean

The Dean will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and provides leadership for a strong School of Education with a rich tradition of preparing leaders for their professions and communities. In the role as a key leader on campus, the Dean will be known for professionalism and a collaborative/accessible style. The successful candidate will be able to articulate a genuine commitment to Peru State's open enrollment mission and have demonstrated passion for engaged teaching and learning and working with diverse populations. The position requires advanced project management, formal communication, and problem solving skills, as well as the capacity for leadership at this level.

Duties & Responsibilities

Establish a vision and operating plans for the School that facilitate innovation, high quality educational outcomes, enrollment growth, and student retention;
Ensure appropriate assessment and program evaluation strategies exist and make data-driven decisions and proposals for program enhancement;
Develop strong working relationships and formal partnerships with a wide variety of internal and external constituencies;
Keep informed and facilitate communication regarding activities and relevant trends for disciplines housed in the School and for higher education in general;
Maintain expertise in institutional and program-specific accreditation and state requirements, and lead relevant review and reporting processes;
Meet with and advise existing and prospective students;
Recommend, supervise, mentor, evaluate and formally develop faculty and staff;
Manage the department's budget and office procedures;
Actively participate in college recruiting efforts and campus events;
Foster an environment in the School that is collaborative and collegial;
Support and administer engaged learning programs and activities in the School; and
Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications

Relevant terminal degree;
Must hold, qualify for, or have held an educator certificate, per rule 20 of the Nebraska Department of Education Administrative Rules for teacher education programs;
Significant teaching experience in PK-12 public schools;
Record of effective teaching experience in higher education;
Experience and/or interest in increasing student success and engagement, particularly of underrepresented students;
Record of scholarly or creative achievement; and
Demonstrated leadership skills, including budget management.
Strongly Preferred Qualifications

Significant leadership experience in public and/or higher education;
Program assessment and development experience, including portfolio planning, standardized testing and data evaluation experience, in the LiveText by Watermark environment;
Significant alternative course format and/or online teaching experience in a higher education setting;
Prior experience with CAEP standards and accrediting processes, or similar experience;
Experience generating and accommodating enrollment growth; and
Deep understanding of technology trends and applications.
For more information about this opportunity, please review the Position Profile. If the direct link doesn't work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click on Open Positions and Higher Education.

Application Process

EFL Associates (, an executive search firm, is assisting Peru State College with its search for this key role. All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. In addition, no contact to references will be made without prior approval of the candidate.

Applications should include:

A letter of introduction outlining the applicant's background, and qualifications for the position. (This letter should specifically address the leadership attributes and professional competencies for this position.)
Curriculum vitae/résumé.
Contact information (e-mail addresses are required) for five professional references, at least one of which is a person who has reported directly to you, a second who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom the applicant has reported directly. Please note that references will not be contacted until further in the search process with prior approval by the applicant.
Please note:

All candidate materials should be submitted electronically as PDF documents through the following website:
Application deadline is January 22, 2020.
The preferred start date is July 2020, but is negotiable.
This position is subject to Veterans Preference.
Nominations & Confidential Inquiries can be directed to:

Steve Waldron, JD
Managing Director, Higher Education Practice
816-945-5423 (direct)

Nominations & Application Questions can be directed to:

Ms. Angela Lilje
Project Manager, Higher Education Practice
816-945-5410 (direct)

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