dean's office/dean's post

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Gabriel Malheiros

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Portuguese - Brazil
Hi, there

In Brazil, the best universities are public and run by the state. At(In, I don't know which is better in this context) each university, every four years, we elect a new dean. About that, should I say "post" or "office" in the following sentences?

"He should make a bid for the dean's office/post"
"The dean's office/post is very well-regarded"?

Thank you
 
  • Gabriel Malheiros

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    Portuguese - Brazil
    Personal opinion: neither. I would use "job" or "position." I think "post" is more common in British than in American English, though.
    Would you say "He should make a bid for the dean's position/job"?.. What about office? Do you use it only for presidents?
     

    Gabriel Malheiros

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    Portuguese - Brazil
    Not just presidents, but I use it mostly for public officials. I might refer to the Governor's office or the Mayor's office. For other positions, it's too formal for my style (though not an error).
    But would it be fine to say, in something written, "He should make a bid for the dean's job"?
     
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