Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, UK Track

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Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, UK Track

American Univeristy of the Caribbean School of Medicne (AUC)

Location: UCLan Campus, Preston, UK

This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer / Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs for AUC (who is a member of the University’s Executive Leadership Council) and serves as a member of AUC’s 4-year Academic and Student Affairs team. The person in this position is responsible for implementing AUC’s UK strategy, including interactions with AUC’s Sint Maarten campus and clinical sites as well as relevant UK educational and government agencies.

The person in this leadership position is based in Preston, UK and oversees all AUC-UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) academic operations and helps to build strategic relationships in the UK. The colleague in this position is responsible for providing strong, dynamic leadership, and for fostering an academic environment which encourages scholarship, teaching, and learning excellence through oversight of critical academic activities which may also include small amounts of direct teaching responsibilities. As an international medical school, AUC’s educational goals are accomplished within an atmosphere of academic excellence, which fosters the highest standards in medical professional competence, humanism, and ethics.

This individual work will collaboratively with UCLan leadership in executing the partnership with AUC via the new track in the United Kingdom. In direct collaboration with the UCLan Academic Lead, will be responsible for the following: Key administrative activities including, but not limited to, review and refinement of academic policies, including criteria for student progression/promotion; review of master calendar, course, and assessment scheduling to ensure alignment between Sint Maarten campus and AUC track; and development of student academic plans. In those activities, this leader will collaborate very closely with his/her counterparts on AUC’s Sint Maarten campus.

The Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs will lead academic efforts for AUC’s UK track by encouraging and fostering an environment that advances the culture of caring and collaboration based on collective success, student engagement and social accountability, and by preparing students for medical licensure examinations, postgraduate training, and ultimately medical practice. Students’ academic experiences and learning outcomes are key measures of success. As the administrative leader for AUC’s UCLan-based offerings, this person is involved in planning, budgeting, and implementing AUC’s mission and goals through the TEACH values (Teamwork, Energy, Accountability, Community, and Heart).

This leader also collaborates closely with the Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs and other AUC executive leaders in matters related to accreditation and new program development, including representing AUC at various local and national levels of UK government, NHS Trusts, Health Education England, and the General Medical Council.

AUC is seeking candidates who are dynamic, globally minded individuals with strong leadership skills and a record of demonstrated achievement working with health care students. The successful candidate should have a record of progressively increasing supervisory experience. The position requires excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills to successfully engage with students, staff, faculty, and the local community. The successful candidate will possess the ability to effectively deal with student issues and to work formally and informally with faculty and students as an administrative professional and leader. AUC is seeking leaders with an interest in and commitment to the values of cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion, community involvement, internationalization, and collaboration with other high performing peers in the academe.


Administrative responsibilities (50%)

  • Expand AUC’s presence in the UK through the formation of collaborative relationships with Health Education England, NHS trusts, and the General Medical Council.
  • Maintain the integrity of the UK Track program, assuring that AUC is able to continue to recruit, enroll, and obtain visas for students.
  • Work collaboratively with SXM colleagues to deliver a comparable medical sciences curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with UCLan colleagues to recruit and staff all medical sciences courses
  • Oversee and manage the Academic Affairs budget for AUC’s UK track
  • Provide oversight to the AUC testing center and ensure ongoing compliance with NBME testing procedures
  • Review and update academic policies related to medical science students, including criteria for student promotion
  • Understand AUC-wide and local student protocols and practices, recommends policy changes and Student Handbook revisions as needed
  • Contribute to quarterly reports for the Board of Trustees outlining the progress of AUC in regard to achievement of the strategic plan. Works collaboratively with other senior leaders to ensure reports are complementary
  • Work with the Director of Admissions on UK materials, attend recruiting events
  • Work with the Director of Accreditation to provide timely information for all accreditation and approval processes, manage local accreditation visits
  • Leverage resources within the broader organization to further AUC’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

Academic Affairs (20%):

In collaboration with the UCLan Academic Lead, will partner to:

  • Evaluate the academic record of all potential transfer students to determine their entry point into the UK track
  • Monitor student academic progress, including examination failures and tardiness in taking examinations
  • Work collaboratively with AUC’s Learning Enhancement Center to provide guidance and counseling for students experiencing academic difficulties
  • Construct academic plans for off-cycle students to facilitate progression through the program
  • Work in collaboration with the UCLan Student Promotion Board
  • Assess and document students’ learning outcomes and implements improvement programs

In collaboration with AUC Academic and Student Affairs Deans:

  • Provide support and guidance to medical sciences students around Specialty Interest Groups on campus, specialty choices, and the US National Residency Match Program (NRMP)
  • Liaise closely with AUC’s Office of Student Professional Development (OSPD) which focuses on specialty choice and subsequent training and career opportunities
  • Support and monitor medical student engagement in scholarly activities
  • Develop strategic initiatives to enhance students’ academic experiences and outcomes inside and outside the classroom


  • Direct teaching, small but impactful, based on the person’s expertise and interests as well as program needs

Student Affairs (20%):

  • Act as a liaison for student affairs-related issues
  • Participate in regularly scheduled medical school campus ceremonies such as orientations, white coat ceremonies, academic excellence celebrations
  • Monitor student satisfaction through direct student feedback and through standardized surveys and .implements initiatives to maximize student satisfaction and retention
  • Ensure institution compliance of all records and files associated with complaints of misconduct/policy violations; prepares case files and end of semester reports
  • Serve as an advocate for students’ needs and concerns with the faculty and administration
  • Assist and respond to faculty concerns relative to students’ unprofessional behavior as needed
  • Participate in Administrative Review Committees as needed

Community and Campus Affairs (10%):

  • Engages with UCLAN and SXM counterparts to develop service learning and community education programs in the Preston, UK area

Completes other duties as assigned.


  • At least ten years of broad and historically expanding relevant experiences
  • Terminal degree in a relevant field, such as MD, MBBS, PhD or EdD from an accredited university. 
  • Strong leadership skills and record of demonstrated achievement
  • Understand the mission and values of AUC and the ability to effectively support and communicate them to internal and external audiences
  • Knowledge of standards and trends in international medical education including faculty and student affairs
  • Knowledge of medical school curriculum
  • Record of progressively increasing supervisory experience
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in health education settings, such as colleges of medicine, dentistry, or nursing

Preferred prior experiences:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and administer an academic budget and to establish and monitor fiscal accountability within the areas of responsibility\
  • Established ability to work with a highly diverse staff, faculty, and student body
  • Aptitude to excel in a demanding, outcome-oriented, and dynamic work environment
  • Evidence of the use of digital technology in higher education