Associate Dean for Faculty Administration – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Reporting to the inaugural Vice Dean for the Office of Faculty Affairs, Advancement, and Inclusion of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Associate Dean for Faculty Administration sets new initiatives and processes for positive change in the Office of Faculty Affairs, Advancement, and Inclusion and the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM). Directs the creation and maintenance of strategies and oversees program plans to make KSOM a dynamic, innovative leader. Partners with diverse groups of stakeholders internally and externally to provide thoughtful recommendations for efficiency and continuous improvement projects. Prioritizes service excellence, strategic vision and innovation, and operational best practices in all responsibilities, ensuring KSOM and university plans for successful futures.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, exhibit a commitment to collaboration, and possess excellent communication and organizational skills.  They must also demonstrate an ability to work independently, and as part of a team, and exhibit strategic thinking, sound judgment, initiative, flexibility, and professionalism. 

Mission and Vision
We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and society by promoting health, preventing and curing disease, advancing biomedical research, and educating tomorrow’s physicians and scientists through:

  • Groundbreaking discoveries in basic science clinical research
  • Excellence in educating the next generation of academic clinicians and basic scientists
  • Advanced university-level patient care with breakthroughs that fundamentally change the practice of medicine

About the Keck School of Medicine
At the Keck School of Medicine of USC, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and society by promoting health, preventing and curing disease, advancing biomedical research and educating tomorrow’s physicians and scientists.  The Keck School of Medicine converges the strengths of USC, driving innovation in health and medicine to serve our diverse communities.

About the Office of Faculty Affairs, Advancement, and Inclusion

Keck School of Medicine recently welcomed an inaugural Vice Dean to lead its new Office of Faculty Affairs, Advancement, and Inclusion (OFAAI).  OFAAI oversees all faculty appointments & promotions, human resource management (hiring, compensation, terminations, leaves), leadership & faculty development, diversity, equity, & inclusion, well-being, and professionalism for 2600 employed faculty as well as academic appointments & promotions, and electronic resource access for 1000 voluntary faculty.  This large-scale platform requires significant strategic and operational leadership, recruitment and management of a considerable number of personnel, and the creation of 21st-century infrastructure, processes, and data systems.  The new Vice Dean is seeking a senior staff member to partner with her in these endeavors, which will be critical to the sustainability and growth of the medical school.

Role and Responsibilities 

  • Directs internal strategic teams based on data and metrics for measurable success. Implements continuous improvements and industry best practices to contribute to immediate and long-term goals related to strategic initiatives and program planning. Combines strategic innovation with an understanding of the university environment and leadership to maximize efficiency and drive change.
  • Oversees strategic initiatives, personnel, and improvement opportunities for enhanced customer service and departmental efficiencies. Manages deadlines, prioritizing projects and programs with widespread value and long-term positive implications. Interacts regularly with stakeholders to collect feedback and monitor change efforts. Analyzes current and anticipated conditions and limitations that may affect ability to achieve strategic goals.
  • Guides relevant stakeholders on program management and strategic initiatives. Proactively solves issues, addressing any repetitive challenges. Directs and contributes to initiatives and processes, building consensus while making progress toward change. Tailors communications to articulate issues and concerns.
  • Oversees programs with multiple stakeholders that review and evaluate cross functional challenges. Manages data review and interpretation informing decisions and recommendations. Reassigns staff responsibilities and workloads as needed to avoid challenges or roadblocks to success. Continually develops objectivity and critical-thinking skills to make sound judgments based on keen analysis, best practices and an understanding of preferred outcomes.
  • Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics. Stays current with changes in laws, regulations, and best practices which may affect operations. Collaborates with colleagues and leadership to align solutions with university culture and foster a culture of transparency, accountability, and excellence.

Transforming Medicine, Transforming Lives
The future of medicine is rapidly taking shape in laboratories, classrooms, research institutes, and centers at the Keck School of Medicine. Among the top medical schools in the country, the Keck School is poised to play a pivotal role in transforming health for our community and society.

Our vision is to be the heart of the most influential medical center of the Pacific Rim, resulting in an extraordinary transformation in the ways we understand, treat, and cure diseases, thus improving the quality of life for individuals and families.

Preferred Experience

15+ years in higher education, legal compliance, and/or finance.

Preferred Education

Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management or Juris Doctorate


The annual base salary range for this position is $260,000 – $285,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Psychology, Communication, or Related Field(s)
Required Experience
12 years in HR, project management, legal compliance, and/or business administration or business strategy.

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