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Dean, Pharmacy

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany, New York
$125,000 - $185,000 annually
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of Pharmacy. This senior administrative position will play a pivotal role in advancing academic excellence, research initiatives, and collaborative efforts within the institution’s Pharmacy programs. This individual will proactively lead the future growth of pharmacy education at the institution and will work to ensure growth initiative align with our strategic plan and foster collaborations with high schools, other academic institutions, and healthcare partners to broaden the opportunities for those seeking a career in pharmacy practice and/or pharmaceutical sciences. Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, this individual will serve as a member of the president’s cabinet and will provide oversight of the Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacy) Programs, departments, faculty, staff, and students. Due to their academic and administrative roles, The Dean, Pharmacy, will interact with a broad range of college constituencies. This includes faculty, students, alumni, trustees, departmental staff (including fellows and residents), and external stakeholders. Working closely with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, other members of the Academic Affairs leadership team, the Dean of Health Sciences and other members of the president’s cabinet and senior leaders, the Pharmacy Dean is expected to drive strategic initiatives and foster interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the institution.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Academic Leadership:
    • Provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for all Pharmacy initiatives, departments, and programs within the institution.
    • Foster a culture of academic excellence, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, and students within and outside the institution.
    • Oversee curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation processes to ensure program quality and compliance with industry standards.
    • Support faculty and staff development, mentoring, and promotion to enhance teaching effectiveness and scholarly productivity.
    • Stay abreast of trends, advancements, and best practices in Pharmacy education and integrate them into the curriculum and program offerings.
    • Work to resolve student issues in collaboration with cabinet colleagues, as appropriate, and in accordance with applicable laws and established programs, institutional, and New York State policies and procedures.
    • Provide oversight of initiatives (accreditation, strategic planning, growth, administration, and operations) that pertain to Pharmacy.

  2. Collaborative Oversight:
    • Collaborate with CORE business operations specialist/liaison and VPAA to oversee the student supported pharmacies, not-for-profit community pharmacies that promote community engagement, serving medically underserved areas of New York’s Capital Region.
    • Develop and implement strategic initiatives to promote collaborative research projects, grant funding opportunities, and industry partnerships.
    • Facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration among the institution’s faculty, staff, students, senior leadership, and external stakeholders by building collaborations on and off-campus: advances in education and instruction, approaches to meet an evolving higher education landscape, approaches to measure and maximize institutional effectiveness, address complex healthcare challenges, and advance knowledge in the field.
    • Works collaboratively with senior leadership, the strategic plan pillar champions and leads to execute key aspects of the strategic plan related to area of expertise and oversight.
  3. Administrative Management:
    • Manage budgetary, personnel, and operational aspects of the Pharmacy programs and initiatives.
    • Develops and executes rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that are useful for the welfare of the institution, its students, faculty, alumni, and other constituents.
    • Recruit, hire, and retain qualified faculty and staff to support the institution’s mission and strategic priorities.
    • Collaborate with academic departments, administrative units, centers, and external stakeholders to promote the integration of Pharmacy education and research across the institution.
    • Liaise with enrollment management as appropriate to maximize growth.
    • Foster a culture of inclusivity, equity, and diversity within the Pharmacy programs and initiatives.
    • Analyze internal processes and in collaboration with cabinet colleagues, make recommendations for process improvement to drive efficiencies and improve execution.
    • Develops and delivers formal reports, proformas and presentations summarizing meaningful findings and recommendations for the President, Board of Trustees, Cabinet, and external stakeholders as appropriate.

4. External Engagement

    • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with healthcare organizations, research institutions, government agencies, and industry stakeholders to enhance experiential learning opportunities, research collaborations, and funding support.
    • Represent the institution and the Pharmacy programs at professional conferences, community events, and other external forums to promote the institution’s reputation and visibility.
    • Collaborate with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and other members of the President’s Cabinet to explore and develop new initiatives, joint programs, and educational pathways that align with the institution’s strategic goals.
    • Develops community relationships and transformational initiatives that align with the institution’s mission.


  • An earned doctoral degree in a Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences discipline or a related field from an accredited institution. Candidate has demonstrated progressive academic leadership with at least 8 years of academic experience. 
  • Candidate must be a Full Professor or eligible to serve as a full professor of the institution.
  • To be successful in this role, the candidate must demonstrate aptitude in the three academic areas of responsibility: teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in academic administration, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Proven record of scholarly achievement, research productivity, and grant funding in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related areas.
  • Proven experience in curriculum development, ACPE accreditation processes, and program assessment within Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences education.
  • Proven ability to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build partnerships, and promote innovation in research and education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated administrative and budget experience.
  • A leader with proven positive interpersonal skills and experience in growing programs. Strong collaborator, strategic thinker, and leader with proven record of getting things done.
  • Familiarity with concept-based curriculums or other innovative curricular models especially related to pharmacy education.
  • Experience with alternative pedagogies such as service-learning, learning communities, distance and hybrid learning, and simulation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and learning management systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written expression.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Experience working in a diverse environment, uniting faculty, staff, and the student body. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of academic and administrative leadership.

Salary Range: $125,000.00 To 185,000.00 annually

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Please note that this posting is not all-inclusive of the job responsibilities or qualifications of the position. The essential functions of the job may or may not have been fully described for purposes of ADA reasonable accommodation. All accommodation requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental and vision benefits, free life insurance and disability programs, tuition assistance programs, retirement plan with employer match and contribution, and generous time off including 20 paid holidays plus paid sick and vacation time. Additional perks include wellness rewards, free gym access, free parking, identity theft protection and many others. Please note, benefits and benefits eligibility can vary by position, and exclusions may apply for some roles.

ACPHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any protected class of job applicant or employee in our hiring and employment practices.

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