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George Warren Brown School of Social Work Dean Position and Candidate Specification

Washington University in St. Louis seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of dean of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Perennially ranked as the first or second leading school of social work in the nation, the Brown School’s mission is to engage multidisciplinary faculty, staff, and students to train the next generation of social
work professionals, engage in pathbreaking research, and create a better and more equitable society. The School recently released its 10-year strategic plan, Driving Equity 2030, which prioritizes rigorous science, transformative educational programs, and mutually beneficial partnerships aimed at advancing social, economic, health, environmental and racial justice in the St. Louis region, the nation, and around the world. A key priority of the plan is to eliminate loans and increase scholarships to meet full financial need for all graduate students throughout their education.


The dean will carry forward the ambitions of the strategic plan, complemented by their own creative vision, to further the School’s preeminence in interdisciplinary research and education. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school and will have executive responsibility for all efforts to advance the educational goals of the school, foster the excellence of its research endeavors, propel its relevance in the wider community, and secure new resources. The dean reports to the provost and serves as a member of the University Council, an advisory board to the chancellor.


The successful candidate will be an intellectually curious, creative, and collaborative leader who values and creates the opportunity for work across disciplines to catalyze positive social change and impact. A successful record as a leader should include experience in curricular innovation, building and maintaining community partnerships, professional training, financial management, enhancing the ability of faculty to obtain research funding, and raising funds from the School’s ardent supporters to finance operations and faculty and student scholarship. Candidates must have an international reputation for their scholarship;
have a strong team focus; be able to recruit and nurture excellence in the school’s faculty, staff, and students; and be able to inspire stakeholders, participants, and collaborating organizations to ensure outcomes that address social and economic justice.

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