Academic Dean

Sommet Education

  • Publication date:

    02 March 2023
  • Workload:

  • Contract:

    Permanent position

Academic Dean

Academic Dean

Permanent contract - 100% - as of 01.03.2023/ Bulle, Switzerland

Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE), in the top 3 for Hospitality & Leisure Management by the QS World University Ranking, is a brand of the Sommet Education Group. Founded in 1962, GIHE is a private Swiss institution offering Bachelor's and Master's degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Glion and Bulle, Switzerland, and London, UK.

You share our values: Development, Distinctiveness, Joint commitment, Openness and Sense of service.

Professional qualifications and experience:

  • Ph.D. in a business related discipline, alternatively a Masters of Business Administration or equivalent degree with significant industry experience
  • Several years of managerial experience in the field of education at university level and business
  • Demonstrated leadership and impact in an academic setting
  • Pragmatic and entrepreneurial
  • Highly developed interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multicultural teams and in an international environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

As Academic Dean, your main missions will be:

  • As part of the leadership team, develop, communicate and promote the School's strategy and program portfolio, on the Swiss and UK campuses
  • Foster a culture and an environment conducive to academic excellence, respect and trust in accordance with the School's spirit and values
  • Implement strategies to ensure cross-campus collaboration and consistency of student and faculty experience
  • Provide leadership to his/her teams in all matters related to academic excellence, delivery and quality; in all accreditation matters for all campuses; for the hiring, development, and allocation of faculty into the graduate and post-graduate programs
  • Lead the development of applied research activities; develop, monitor, run and improve state of the art undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Promote and evaluate student centred learning approach, champion the use of appropriate teaching technology, ensure a seamless student academic experience and enhance student employability
  • Network actively with the hospitality industry to seek external expertise, provide guest speakers for the programs and potential employers for students
  • Participate in external marketing, open days, public relations, and relationship with companies and student recruitment activities as to promote and develop the program
  • In collaboration with HR department, manage his/her direct reports in all processes related to employee's life cycle (hiring, induction, performance)


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