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Dean, School of Communication
Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 12/19/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Point Park University seeks an innovative, visionary leader to serve as Dean of the School of Communication beginning spring or summer 2020. The Dean will lead talented faculty and staff who provide exceptional experiential education in nine undergraduate programs and three graduate programs. The Dean will oversee the development and implementation of the School's vision and strategic plan, while adapting to the changing higher education environment. We seek an individual with a proven record of leadership success who values the teacher-scholar-practitioner faculty model. The Dean will be responsible for raising the profile of the School of Communication, fundraising, developing a strong alumni network, and creating new opportunities and providing support for faculty and students. Most importantly, the Dean must have an unwavering commitment to student learning and student success.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing full-time and part-time faculty and staff

  • Fundraising to support the School, its faculty, staff, and students

  • Developing significant relationships such as partnerships, co-ops, and internships with media and communication entities throughout the region

  • Creating and maintaining a market and awareness for the School and cultivating and advocating for the School's vision and strategic plans

  • Managing the School enrollment

  • Managing the School budgets and advocating for School resources

  • Leading the continual review, assessment, and renewal of all academic programs

  • Participating as a member of the Provost's senior leadership team and working collaboratively with academic leaders throughout the University


  • Terminal degree and/or significant and relevant professional experience

  • Significant senior-level management experience, academic preferred

  • Record of success and commitment to fundraising

  • Demonstrable experience promoting diversity and inclusion

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Awareness of current trends and best practices in one or more of the School's disciplines and in higher education

  • Strong record of success as a leader

School of Communication

The School of Communication offers a multiplatform B.A. in Journalism that encompasses broadcast reporting, environmental journalism, journalism, and photojournalism, a B.A. in Broadcast Production and Media Management, a B.A. in Multimedia with a concentration in Graphic Design, a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising, and a B.F.A. in Photography.

The School's graduate program offers a variety of concentrations, ranging from traditional journalism to unique offerings that include a dual M.A./M.B.A. degree, a documentary concentration, an online media technology M.A., and partnerships with the Schools of Education, Business, and Arts and Sciences to create in-depth reporting and public relations specialties.

The School of Communication partners with the University's Center for Media Innovation to put media professionals and students together in a variety of academic and professional contexts. Students in the School consistently receive competitive awards and scholarships from regional and national media organizations. In addition, the School's faculty members serve as advisors for the independent student-run media and professional groups.

Point Park University

Founded in 1960, Point Park is a dynamic, urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park enrolls more than 4,200 full- and part-time students in approximately 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. Our students represent 49 states and 37 countries. Educating students in a diverse, urban environment and preparing graduates to apply knowledge to achieve their goals, advance their professions and serve their communities is our daily mission.

Please submit Cover Letter & Curriculum Vitae/Resume to employment@pointpark.edu

Application Deadline: October 14, 2019

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States and not require employer sponsorship.

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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