• Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    Location US-FL-Miramar
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Medicine
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    U.S. - Exempt
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), one of the oldest and most accomplished

    Caribbean-licensed and accredited, international medical schools serving students primarily from the U.S., seeks an innovative and experienced medical education leader for the newly created position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. 


    RUSM, part of Adtalem Global Education (formerly known as DeVry Education Group), is committed to educating a diverse group of medical students. RUSM has more than 14,000 alumni practicing all over the United States and Canada. RUSM is also proud to stand out by fulfilling a societal mission of educating large numbers of doctors who principally practice primary care, work in medically underserved areas, and are demographically representative of the US.


    The Associate Dean is responsible for leading the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success. The Associate Dean will provide intellectual leadership and support for all academic departments and linked multi-disciplinary programs at RUSM, and will act as the face of the RUSM academic community to internal and external constituencies. The Associate Dean will report directly to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, RUSM’s Dean & Chancellor. Dean Owen is a globally experienced academic health system leader who is focused on the continued transformation of RUSM to be a forge for pedagogical innovation, social justice in health and healthcare, and to create a medically competent and socially engaged physician workforce. The successful Associate Dean can enjoy individualized training and then consideration to serve as RUSM’s future Dean & Chancellor.  


    The Associate Dean is based in Miramar, FL, USA but oversees academic affairs across all of RUSM’s national locales. The Associate Dean guides medical students sequential training beginning in the basic sciences in the Caribbean (Semesters 1-5) through to their core and elective clinical rotations within a strong network of US teaching hospitals. Travel to the Caribbean campus(es) and RUSM’s US clinical sites is expected.


    The successful candidate for Associate Dean will be an MD with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada; a strong academic record and reputation, as well as a positive track record as an medical school administrator; and academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within a RUSM department. It is preferred that the candidate have at least 10 years of direct participation in medical education that reflects increasing responsibility, authority, and accountability; knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues especially medical education; experience in curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes; experiences with budget development, implementation, and oversight; and familiarity with medical school accreditation.


    Expectations of Leadership 


    The following list represent primary areas of focus and expected impact for the Associate Dean over the first 12 to 18 months in the role and beyond (not listed in any particular order of significance):


    Students’ learning experiences:

    • Lead the development, redesign, and implementation of a highly integrated and comprehensive four year medical education experience that impacts all aspects of the medical school experience. The target outcome is that students will attain a repertoire of entrustable clinical skills for postgraduate medical training, be imprinted with professional and ethical behaviors, and be inculcated with social mindfulness.
    • Work closely and in collaboration with the peer Associate Dean of Faculty, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Campuses, Associate Dean of Clinical Experiences, Associate Dean of Admissions and Career Development, and Associate Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
    • As a member of RUSM’s senior administration and the Dean’s Cabinet, act as the voice for academic affairs and champion for changes and updates. In partnership with the Associate Dean of Faculty, Associate Dean of Clinical Experiences, Associate Dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning, develop an approach to faculty recruitment and professional development that supports success as the updated curriculum and academic experiences are revised and rolled out.
    • Update and expand quality indicators for RUSM’s educational programs and incorporate them into a more robust process for academic continuous quality improvement. For example, working with the Associate Dean of Clinical Experiences, ensure that students’ core clinical experiences are consistent and build upon experiences from the first five semesters.
    • Develop significant, positive and trustworthy relationships throughout RUSM to gain personal and professional credibility, gain respect, and build trust internally and externally. Understand, acculturate, and positively contribute to the culture of RUSM and to Adtalem.

    An important relationship to note is with the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for overseeing RUSM and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Exposure to RUSM’s engaged governance body is a novel added opportunity. To review the current Board of Trustees: http://medical.rossu.edu/medical-school/Board-ofTrustees1.cfm  


    Reporting Relationships


    The Associate Dean will report to Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP, Dean & Chancellor. As a member of the senior administrative team and the Dean’s Cabinet, the Associate Dean works in close collaboration with the aforementioned Associate Deans, the Vice President of Operations, and other operational leaders, such as but not limited to the leaders of finance, human resources, informational technology, communications, and Chief of Staff.



           Develop and implement strategic planning for RUSM educational programs across the organization. 

           Lead the faculty, staff, and administrative teams on academic and instructional matters relevant to student success. 

           Provide oversight and leadership of curricular development (planning, revision, evaluation, and implementation) as well as instructional design and innovation.

           Establish and champion system standards for medical education and ensure accountability to set standards. 

           Ensure a continuous review processes to evaluate education programs across RUSM.

           Aid in creating effective faculty development plans for medical education at all levels. 

           Aid in the review of existing academic partnerships, focused arrangements, and affiliations to evaluate their effectiveness and alignment with academic goals. 

           Determine priorities for medical education based on organization strategic priorities and contemporary learning needs. 

           Aid in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for faculty and students.

           Contribute to successful reaccreditation. 

           Champion RUSM’s academic mission and promote RUSM’s programs.


    Completes other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience


    • MD or equivalent medical terminal degree with an active medical license in the US, UK, or Canada.
    • Active certification by a recognized medical board of the US, UK, or Canada.
    • Strong academic record and reputation, as well as a proven track record as a medical administrator.
    • Academic credentials supporting eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor within an RUSM department.
    • At least 10 years of direct participation in medical education with a demonstrable record of increasing authority, responsibility, and accountability.
    • At least two years of service as a medical school Associate Dean or equivalent is preferred.
    • Knowledge of contemporary medical pedagogical issues impacting medical education.
    • Familiarity with shared faculty professional growth and development,.
    • Experience with curriculum assessment and evaluation with a focus on improving measurable student outcomes.
    • Track record of leading and engaging faculty to achieve successful outcomes.
    • Familiarity with budget development oversight, and implementation.
    • Experience with medical school accreditation.
    • Strong written and large group presentation skills.

    Competencies and Behaviors

    • Highly energetic, innovative and entrepreneurial.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Proven creative thinker in problem resolution and team management.
    • Ability to work very collaboratively, influencing decisions and outcomes, and facilitating consensus.
    • A leader, not a manager.
    • Student centric.
    • Values professional development.
    • Committed to inclusion and diversity.
    • Dynamic, strong leadership skills are required with the ability to work effectively within a multi-facility system.
    • High visibility throughout the organization with an approachable, personable, and positive demeanor.
    • Must be prepared to challenge legacy and conventional wisdom when necessary and have the ability to command respect through presence, academic knowledge, and a practical understanding of the academe.
    • Excellent analytic and complex problem solving skills.
    • A team player and broad thinker who is not only focused on their own areas, but is also aware of the needs of others and acts as a resource, supports the needs of the whole organization, and has respect for the enterprise.
    • Self-confident with the ability to deal with conflict without being adversarial.
    • An outgoing, relatable personality with the ability to engage with people, both internally and externally.

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Medicine is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, Ross is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the U.S. healthcare system. With more than 12,000 alumni, Ross is an important contributor to healthcare in North America. Students complete their foundational studies in Bridgetown, Barbados before completing their clinical training in one of Ross’s affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States.



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