Research Dean, Social Sciences Department

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Job Summary

Director of Recruitment – THE LEAPMAN INSTITUTE
Job no: 2024215
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Dover City, Delaware State
Categories: Social Sciences Department

The Social Sciences Department at The Leapman Institute is at the forefront of exploring society and human behavior. Our aim is to provide comprehensive insights into disciplines such as psychology, sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, and history, fostering an environment that encourages the youth to delve deeply into the social sciences.

We are seeking a visionary Research Dean to lead our Social Sciences Department. This role involves guiding the department’s research agenda, enhancing our educational programs, and fostering an inclusive and dynamic academic environment.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and oversee the department’s research initiatives, ensuring alignment with the institute’s mission and goals.
  • Encourage and support interdisciplinary research projects that encompass the broad spectrum of social sciences.
  • Cultivate an environment of academic excellence, innovation, and inclusivity.
  • Mentor young scholars and researchers, nurturing their potential as future leaders in society and academia.
  • Foster partnerships with other academic institutions, research organizations, and community stakeholders.
  • Ensure the integration of social responsibility and humanistic values in all departmental activities.

Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree or Equivalent

  • Successful candidates must hold a graduate degree relevant to nonprofit organization management and demonstrate dedication to the fields of public policy, political science, and economics. Additionally, candidates must exhibit exceptional academic proficiency or hold an equivalent degree in business, as they are required to demonstrate the intersection between business and society within the social sciences. Responsibilities include research, service to the school, and teaching social science courses for adolescents, with teaching levels not lower than at the undergraduate levels. Candidates may teach core courses, specialization classes, or undergraduate courses aligned with their interests and expertise. Online courses may be offered as needed to meet program and student requirements. Teaching experience on topics related to race and public policy, including artificial intelligence and political strategy, is desirable.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, or articulate potential approaches to achieving this goal if given the opportunity. The Leapman Institute is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, cultivate an inclusive culture supportive of both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals in fostering their growth. We view inclusion as a core strength and an essential aspect of our public service mission.

Other requirements:

  • Ability to analyze data and make data-driven decisions.
  • Effective presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience working with undergraduate, graduate/professional, and international student populations.
  • Well-organized, self-starting, quick-learning, and hard-working multitasker who can thrive in a fast-paced, complex, ambitious, and collegial environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to succeed in one-on-one situations and presentations to larger group gatherings of prospective students, parents, and online constituencies. The successful candidate will have the interpersonal skills necessary to develop and work with an extensive research network of academic leaders, faculty, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends and new developments in the higher education research and innovative approaches to academic programs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate degree.
  • Survey, evaluation, assessment, and analytic skills.
  • Knowledge of student lifecycle management.
  • Ability to effectively manage volunteer and student workers.


Physical Requirements

  • Typically standing, walking
  • Lifting demands up to 50lbs.



Dover City, Delaware State


Additional Information

Compensation for this grade ranges from $77,000 to $113,000 per year. Please note that the offered rate for this position typically aligns with the minimum to midrange of this grade, but it can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review.


Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.


Advertised: Feb 12 2024 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Feb 27 2024 Eastern Standard Time