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Job ID: 207727

Special Assistant to the Dean
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 23, 2023
Title Special Assistant to the Dean
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Fletcher School
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations
    Administrative Support/Services


The Fletcher School is the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs. Since 1933, Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in international relations, law, and business, has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.


The primary aim of The Fletcher School is the same as it was when conceived by its founders in 1933: to offer a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging and increasingly global society. The school’s mission remains (a) To educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas; (b) To increase understanding of international problems and concerns through teaching, research and publications; and (c) To serve local, national and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security and justice in an increasingly interdependent world.

What You'll Do

The submission of 2 writing samples, along with your resume and cover letter, are required.


The Special Assistant to the Dean assists the dean with prioritizing and advancing the school strategic initiatives. Directs the executive office operations and manages staff. Oversees, guides, and leads assigned executive projects, monitoring and facilitating resources and ensuring progress to plans. Drafts executive communications collaborating as necessary with unit communication office and represents executive to internal and external constituents. 


Essential Functions:

  • Serves as an advisor and thought partner, advising on policy, procedural, and operational matters
  • Assists with prioritizing and oversight of executive strategic initiatives. Monitors leadership plans and progress, providing executive with timely reports. Facilitates resources as needed
  • Responsible for managing the executive office operations and workflow across multiple workstreams and serves as critical actor in organizing the executive’s time against priority tasks and demands. Works closely with administrative staff to establish efficient executive office operations. Ensures appropriate preparation for meetings, allocation of time, materials, and assessment of issues
  • Leads projects and programs. Creates plans, determines means, develops recommendations for approval, and implements
  • Drafts executive communications collaborating as necessary with unit communication office. Researches and develops briefings, reports, and presentations for executive and varied audiences
  • Represents the executive to internal and external constituents. Attends committee and leadership meetings. Serves as primary liaison between the dean/executive and a wide array of internal and external constituents which may include government officials and dignitaries (both domestic and international), students and alumni, faculty and staff, Board Members, donors, and foundations
  • Manages staff, establishing goals, providing regular coaching, assessing performance, and enabling developmental opportunities

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree and
  • 5 -7 years of related experience
  • Project and people management experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Organizational savvy
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office applications


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Experience within higher education

Pay Range

Minimum $82,600.00, Midpoint $103,300.00, Maximum $124,000.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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