The assistant to the dean is the first point of contact for students and lower faculty at colleges and universities and helps the dean with event-planning, scheduling, time-management, student supervision, and other office management tasks.
Deans' assistants may work with computers, multi-line telephones, tablets, smartphones, or planners, and these devices are sometimes provided by the institution. These assistants usually work in an office setting and are employed primarily by colleges, universities, boarding schools, and some private schools. They work with a variety of faculty members, but mainly answer directly to the dean, and also assist students and other faculty members before meetings and other events involving the dean.
Most schools require a master's degree for this position, and other requirements include knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, and Outlook and relevant work experience in an educational field, such as teaching or school administration. An assistant to the dean typically works during regular school hours and is off on national holidays.
Assistant to the Dean Tasks
Conduct financial and web research to create, track, and understand metrics and goals.
Oversee special visits and events.
Coordinate and screen the Dean's schedules, meetings, assessments, and communications.
Handle problems and emergencies and escalate if necessary.