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Assistant Dean for Community Engagement
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Aug. 1, 2019
Title Assistant Dean for Community Engagement
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department School of Public Health and Health Professions
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Health Administration & Policy

Position Summary
The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) is seeking an Assistant Dean for Community Engagement. This highly visible senior leader reports to the SPHHP dean and works collaboratively with school leadership in our dynamic, fast-moving environment. The incumbent will direct engagement and outreach activities focused on advancing SPHHP’s reputation, facilitating accreditation, and building and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations in the community.

Through strong communication, coordination, and planning, this self-directed professional will provide the leadership and direction required to ensure SPHHP builds purposeful relationships within the community, including corporate, public and grassroots organizations, as well as foundations. The Assistant Dean plays a critical role in building sustainable relationships with a variety of audiences, focused on highlighting the work of SPHHP, raising the school’s profile, providing opportunities for collaboration, and enhancing opportunities for deeper, more meaningful partnerships.

As a strong contributor to the school’s strategic plan, the Assistant Dean must be an outcomes-focused professional focused on developing strategic action plans designed to improve results, as well as policy, processes, and budget within this area. In consultation with the dean, the Assistant Dean also will work closely with institutional advancement and communications staff. Although this is not a position with fundraising goals, the Assistant Dean’s efforts in relationship building may very well open doors for philanthropic activity.

SPHHP is committed to developing an excellent and diverse community of administrators, scholars, and students. Applications from individuals who will contribute to this diversity, including from underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply. SPHHP values candidates for this position with an understanding of the needs of and experience working in underserved communities.

UB is the State University of New York’s (SUNY) largest and most comprehensive research-intensive university and is its primary center for professional education and training. We are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. SPHHP offers programs at every degree level and is the home to five departments: biostatistics, community health and health behavior, epidemiology and environmental health, exercise and nutrition sciences, and rehabilitation science. SPHHP is also one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. Faculty and students engage in research and community activities designed to improve the health of populations, communities, and individuals.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • assessing the school’s current community engagement activities and creating a framework that allows SPHHP to be more strategic in developing new and managing existing community relationships
  • building relationships to enhance SPHHP’s reputation as a connected and committed member of the community and in the field of public health, ultimately creating a culture of community engagement (e.g., developing opportunities to participate in or convene projects such as the Refugee Health Summit).
  • building strong community partnerships in Western New York to support teaching, research, and students’ academic experience through experiential learning
  • increasing the school’s visibility in the community and with key partners (e.g., discovering ways to integrate more students and faculty in the Western New York Health Alliance).
  • collaborating with external organizations on an ongoing basis to ensure SPHHP’s programs in each discipline meet or exceed practice expectations, professional standards (including accreditation requirements) and community partners’ needs
  • strengthening the level, impact and awareness of the school’s community and public service
  • serving as liaison to external initiatives developed by UB and the Academic Health Center (e.g., the student-run Lighthouse Free Medical Clinics) to achieve synergies that will best serve mutual interests in improving health and educating practitioners

Depending on qualifications, the Assistant Dean may be eligible for an affiliate faculty appointment, and be assigned duties in support of the academic mission. In this case, they will assigned a "home department" in one of the five academic departments in SPHHP based on fit with the person’s area of expertise.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience building relationships in a field such as health care administration, non-profit leadership, community or business development, external affairs, public relations, community outreach or philanthropy
  • Proven success in developing partnerships
  • A well-established network of Western New York public health and/or healthcare-delivery professionals and organizations or demonstrated ability to create such a network
  • Experience managing multiple highly visible projects and priorities
  • Experience supervising employees and project teams
  • Ability to travel within Western New York, regionally (occasionally) and nationally (on a limited basis)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • More than 10 years’ experience building relationships in a field health care administration, non-profit leadership, community or business development, external affairs, public relations, community outreach or philanthropy
  • Strong understanding of or experience in the work of public health and/or the healthcare practice community
  • Familiarity with and success in the complex environment of a public university
  • Experience with strategic planning and budget development processes

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