Assistant Dean – PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN

About the Job

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Fundamental to the hospital’s mission, the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is committed to provide exemplary graduate education to advance health and find cures for catastrophic pediatric diseases. The St. Jude Graduate School was founded in 2015 as a degree granting body to enhance training of the next generation of researchers and health care professionals at St. Jude. The Graduate School encompasses three unique degree-granting programs in the areas of biomedical research, global pediatric research and clinical investigations that were built on the hospital’s strengths and history. Our vision is to promote scholarship, innovation, and discovery, and develop inspired graduates who become global and transformative leaders in basic, translational, and clinical research, child health and health policy.


The Graduate School mission is to fundamentally advance global health and to find cures for catastrophic pediatric diseases by enhancing education across disciplines. This encompasses the training of future leaders and innovators, including researchers probing the molecular basis of diseases and therapy, medical practitioners conducting clinical and translational research, and health professionals improving health care systems worldwide.

The Assistant Dean – PhD in Biomedical Sciences Program reports directly to the SVP/COO and the Associate Dean and is responsible for maintaining institutional support for and interest in the PhD degree granting program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The Assistant Dean is responsible for coordinating the annual recruitment of each cohort of students into the program from applicants who are high-achieving students and represent diverse backgrounds. Analyzes recruitment methods and keeps Graduate School leadership abreast of enrollment data. Supports development of staff and students. Demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Communicates with all levels of personnel internally and externally.


The ideal candidate will possess a majority or all the following skills and abilities:

  • Collaborative and transparent leadership style
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with and advise students, student organizations, faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities
  • Ability to collect and use data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives
  • Outstanding organizational, problem-solving, and program development skills
  • In-depth, contemporary knowledge of the culture of higher education and the issues of access, inclusion, diversity, equity, and multiculturalism in a higher education setting
  • Respect for and understanding of shared governance
  • Commitment to and record of exemplary personal and professional integrity

  • Masters required
  • PhD. preferred

  • Five years of administrative experience and familiarity with graduate school operations




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