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Dean of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Provost's Office
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and within salary guidelines approved
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General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts (UMASS) – Lowell invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences (ZCHS). UMASS Lowell (UML) seeks an accomplished and collegial transformational  leader to serve in this key leadership position to develop and advance a vision of interdisciplinary health education and research and provide support to a talented faculty and staff and a supportive administration. This position represents an opportunity to continue the ZCHS successes with a focus on sustaining and advancing the college's academic excellence, student success, research, and community partnership expansion.

Located  in the heart of Lowell, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, alongside the Merrimack River, UMass Lowell anchors a remarkably diverse city with a thriving economic infrastructure and advancing  arts scene. Ranked No. 87 among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, UML  has nearly 18,000 students and about 600 full-time faculty in five colleges that offer 135 undergraduate, 50 master’s, 28 doctoral degree programs, and 31 certificate programs in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Programs are accredited at the highest levels and incorporate vigorous hands-on learning with personalized attention.

The College of Health Sciences was dedicated to Roy Zuckerberg ’58 in the spring of 2017, is the academic home to more than 1,200 baccalaureate  and 500 graduate students in the Solomont School of Nursing and departments of Public HealthBiomedical and Nutritional Sciences, and Physical Therapy and Kinesiology. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences is a member of the university’s academic leadership team and is the college’s principal academic and administrative officer. The Dean will lead the vision of ZCHS, integrate that vision with the mission of UML and communicate this vision to internal and external partners.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

The University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks a nationally recognized leader with broad intellectual insights, top-tier scholarly credentials, and strong management and leadership skills. The selected candidate will bring successful experience in a university, healthcare, and government environment with a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement; a doctoral degree or equivalent is required. The position requires a leader with strategic capacity and an outstanding record in research, teaching  healthcare and education, superior communication skills, and the ability to inspire and elevate the faculty, staff, and student  members within Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.

The successful candidate will embody many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • A skilled communicator who will continue to strengthen relationships  with healthcare partners, industry, alumni, and friends;
  • someone who can partner with the chancellor, provost and other deans to carry an inspiring message, cultivate key external constituencies, attract partners, raise funds, generate enthusiasm among alumni, and obtain commitments to support the college;
  • Stature: an exceptional record of achievement in the scholarly work, health care or industry;
  • Presence and prescience: the proven ability to envision, identify, and drive new growth opportunities and capitalize on their successes;
  • An appreciation for and a dedication to educational access and the important role universities play in providing opportunity to all members of society;
  • The vision and acumen to guide the college to enhance educational value for an increasing cohort of high-quality students who regard UMass Lowell as the school of choice through the Honors College, study abroad programs, interprofessional education, living-learning communities, and other such initiatives that help recruit and retain this cohort;
  • Proven capacity to craft and implement a strategic vision in an academic setting or a similarly complex environment; the entrepreneurial spirit, an eye for innovation, and the strategic mindset to stimulate growth;
  • A personal and professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion by creating a welcoming culture for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors with a demonstrated record of achievement;
  • High energy and creativity;
  • Outstanding administrative, financial, and management skills;
  • An appetite for, and success with, fundraising;
  • Deep commitment to experiential and interdisciplinary work; the wide-ranging intellectual interests to understand, appreciate, and encourage the varied work within the college and across the university;
  • A collaborative and decisive leader: a record of proactively connecting with faculty or key internal stakeholders, keeping them professionally engaged, and working to develop and nurture their success; the ability to identify, promote, and foster opportunities for collaboration amongst departments or units;
  • Skill in relationship-building: the ability to connect with other deans and other members and constituency groups of the UMass Lowell community and to work effectively across the campus and with external groups;
  • Integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Additional information on the University and the search can be found

The search committee will be reviewing materials immediately, and applications will be encouraged by April 18, 2023. Application materials shall include a CV and a cover letter outlining interest; administrative experience; and academic experience. All applications and nominations will be treated confidentially. For best consideration, please send a cover letter and CV to:


                                                                      Steve Leo, Managing Director

                                                                      Brian Bustin, Senior Associate

                                                                      Storbeck Search



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