Assistant Dean, Falcon Learning Communities
Reference No. IRC45789
Job Title Assistant Dean, Falcon Learning Communities
Posting Date 25-Jan-2021
Department Office of Academic Affairs
Organization Name College of Medicine and Health Sciences
About University

Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. Khalifa University has two campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi – the KU Main Campus and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the latter housing two of KU’s flagship research institutes: Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute.

Brief Description

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for  Falcon Learning Communities at Khalifa University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) assists the Associate Dean in providing administrative leadership, policy development, and implementation of programs and services that support medical education and student success through a model of learning communities.

Detailed Description

Leadership for developing and maintaining CMHS educational programs:

  • Support CMHS accreditation processes and its program of continuous quality improvement
  • Support CMHS educational programs by overseeing all aspects of the Falcon Learning Communities; working with others to foster a climate of academic excellence, collaboration, and interdisciplinary initiatives
  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans, and faculty to plan, develop, implement, assess, and improve courses, programs, and services that support the College’s missions
  • Ensure that medical student programs and services conform to laws, regulations, and policies of the United Arab Emirates

Falcon Learning Communities

  • Participates in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of the Falcon Learning Communities, its programs, and its services in coordination with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and other departments and offices within the CMHS
  • Ensure that the activities of the FLC are in alignment with accreditation guidelines
  • Participates in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of medical student curricular programming under the supervision of the CMHS Curriculum Committee and in coordination with Medical Education, Clinical Skills, and other departments and offices in the CMHS 
  • Oversee the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of FLC co-curricular programs (e.g., Leadership)
  • Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of student support services in coordination with other departments and offices in the CMHS and Khalifa University
  • Supervise FLC faculty advisors and FLC coordinators

Other Responsibilities

  • Participates in planning and implementation of student activities and events, including but not limited to, Freshman Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, and Commencement
  • Develop and integrate effective communication strategies to promote faculty, staff, and student engagement in the FLC and other academic and student support programming consistent with the overall mission of the CMHS
  • Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Curriculum Committee
  • Serves as a voting member of the Admissions Committee
  • Design, implement, and evaluate faculty development programming in coordination with the Office of Teaching and Learning
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans, and Khalifa University’s Office of Research Support to promote and support research activities
  • Support and mentor office faculty, staff, and students who participate in research

Administrative & People Management

  • In consultation with the Dean and Associate Deans, actively works with the Office of Human Resources to recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff for the FLC
  • Manage faculty and staff (direct reports) by defining job expectations; plans, monitors, and appraises faculty and staff performance; coaches, counsels, and actively participates in the departmental employees’ on-boarding, mentoring, and professional development
  • Assist in scheduling and assigning FLC faculty and staff workload
  • Provide information or prepare reports as and when needed


  • Ensure adherence to the University’s information security policies and procedures and reports breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Ensure coordination with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Dean and his line managers

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provide coaching, guidance, and mentoring as required to enhance the internal capabilities of the team and ensures the achievement of established objectives and plans
  • Recommend appropriate training courses as per pre-determined training needs, evaluates their effectiveness, and monitors their results
  • Carry out performance appraisals for subordinates according to planned schedules and recommends necessary actions as per applied practices
  • Conduct periodic meetings with subordinates to ensure that priorities are clear and workflow is running smoothly
  • Follow-up on employees’ administrative affairs such as vacations, leaves, and other administrative and related affairs
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • MD and/or PhD in a relevant field of study
  • Qualified for faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher
  • Prior leadership role in medical education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior leadership of a learning community
  • Demonstrable accomplishments in teaching, research, healthcare delivery, and/or service at a level commensurate with Assistant Professor or above

Required Experience

  • Strong record reflecting excellence in education, clinical practice, research, and or administration
  • Proven management experience, requisite expertise in working collaboratively with faculty members and medical professionals, strong interpersonal skills, and a thorough understanding of university structure and culture are essential
  • Demonstrable ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership, and management abilities that are sufficient to effectively direct and develop staff and students

Preferred Experience

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in medical student education, medical student support services, and/or learning communities
  • Familiarity or experience with an educational institution in the Middle East
How To Apply A complete application includes curriculum vitae, cover letter, photo, and the names and contact information of three references.
Assistant Dean, Falcon Learning Communities