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Associate Dean, Center for Extended Learning

Apply now Job no: 492407
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)


Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

  • Assumes a leadership role in the development of courses, degree programs, and new programming for internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Supervises academic advising staff and instructors for Extended Learning programs
  • Collaborates with University faculty and administration to deliver the curriculum of each program within Extended Learning. 
  • Coordinates hiring and scheduling of adjunct and overload faculty for Extended Learning, including working with the department chairs.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates on-boarding and ongoing professional development for Extended Learning adjunct and overload faculty.
  • Conducts evaluation of teaching and observations of faculty teaching Extended Learning courses.
  • Administers the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program and fulfills regular reporting requirements.
  • Provides leadership for online program partnerships and campus-based online programs, including coordination with the faculty directors for such programs.
  • Collaborates with faculty and administration to assure compliance with the policies and procedures of the University and the School. 
  • Represents Extended Learning on the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans and the Center for Extended Learning Academic Council. 
  • Submits program and course schedules to the office of Registrar. 
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff in preparing and/or updating material for the catalog, handbooks, and website, assuring accuracy regarding the policies, procedures, and curriculum. 
  • Hires, schedules, develops and supervises the Extended Learning academic advising staff.   
  • Oversees all student retention efforts by academic advising staff, including financial aid appeals, students’ failure to progress, and counseling students who are in academic jeopardy as required.
  • Resolves student issues with the support of the Dean as needed.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff in reviewing graduation petitions and puts forward an accurate graduation list for faculty approval each semester. 
  • Collaborates with academic advisors to: facilitate Extended Learning students’ orientation, registration, and plans of progression into the appropriate major, and coordinate course transferability process for majors. 
  • Collaborates with University offices to support special events, including but not limited to admissions events, career services events, honors program events, and tutoring sessions. 
  • Provides input to the Dean regarding resources required to support the Center, including personnel, adjunct faculty, overload faculty, and capital budgets.  
  • Coordinates collection, aggregation, and trending of programmatic data.  
  • Examines aggregate data for trends, preparing reports informing the responsible committees/Faculty, Academic Program Coordinators, and the Dean of the data.  
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff in the identification and development of benchmarks, evaluation tools, and assessment methodologies.  
  • Regularly reviews assessment and evaluation data with the Dean and faculty to assure fulfillment of accreditation requirements.  
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: (Experience, education, skills and abilities)


  • Minimum five years of experience working in a college or university
  • Doctoral degree
  • Experience with adult learners and/or continuing education
  • Supervisory experience
  • Teaching experience, preferably at the college level and with online education
  • Must be organized, flexible and able to handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to quickly pick up new software systems, including student information system and learning management system.
  • An enthusiastic, organized self-starter capable of working independently and as part of a team supporting creative people. S/he should anticipate problems and propose solutions.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, exceptional attention to detail, and correct command of English language grammar and usage are essential to succeed in this position.
  • Superior communications skills - verbal and written - including phone, letters, email, voice-mail, and one-on-one.


  • Experience hiring, orienting, training, and supervising faculty preferred
  • Experience with grant writing

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

  • Usual office environment; some walk-in traffic; high level of interaction with others in person, electronically, or via telephone
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required as determined by student enrollment needs
  • Spending hours looking at a computer screen.
  • May carry files/work items up to 20 lbs.
  • Driver’s license required
  • Ability to travel within a 50-mile radius
  • Ability to be mobile between work station and various campus buildings


*Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.



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