Montana State University — Dean of Gallatin College

Dean of Gallatin College
Montana State University

The President of Montana State University (MSU) has announced the opening of the position Dean of Gallatin College, MSU. Gallatin College is Southwest Montana’s comprehensive two-year college. The College offers applied associate degrees and certificate programs, transfer education and associate degrees, dual enrollment courses with area high schools and developmental education courses. Gallatin College collaborates extensively with regional industries to develop new programs and provides responsive training opportunities which continuously meets local workforce needs and enriches the local economy. The College is known for high quality instruction, small class size, and outstanding out-of-class academic support as well as developing nimble and vital workforce training program.

Gallatin College has been the fastest growing college in the Montana University system for the past nine years. It currently serves approximately 1,400 students annually. Organizationally, the College operates as one of the colleges of MSU, Montana’s Land Grant University. The College has four locations in the city of Bozeman with its main site on the MSU Bozeman campus. The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of MSU. Bozeman is truly a “college town” and the community embraces and supports MSU and Gallatin College.

Southwestern Montana, including Gallatin County, is an exceptional region known for its abundance of natural beauty and boasts a rich cultural history and many geological wonders ranging from Yellowstone National Park to rugged mountains to scenic rivers. The region offers some of the nation’s best outdoor recreation opportunities and has become a popular tourist destination. Gallatin County is the fastest growing area of Montana, home of the state’s largest airport, and is attracting new residents and new businesses as it is a great place to live and to work.

General Statement
Gallatin College MSU is the comprehensive two-year college serving the fast growing communities in Southwest Montana. The college provides two-year education through workforce development applied associate degrees and certificate programs, transfer education through associate degrees, dual enrollment courses with area high schools and developmental education courses. Gallatin College has been the fastest growing college in the Montana University System the past nine years and currently serves 700 full time equivalent students. The college is responsive to the needs of the community and operates as one of the academic colleges at Montana State University, Montana’s Land Grant University.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Facilitate the development and implementation of the college’s comprehensive two-year education plan, including the college’s growth plan.
2. Oversee the development of the annual budget and ensure the college operates within budget parameters.
3. Lead college faculty and staff in the development of strong working relationships with area businesses and identify workforce needs of industry. Plan and implement relevant applied workforce programs to meet identified needs.
4. Lead college staff in work with area High Schools in the development of appropriate dual enrollment courses.
5. Work with college’s developmental education staff on implementation of best practices in developmental education, including co-requisite instruction models.
6. Work with MSU Administrators on a facility development plan for Gallatin College.
7. Supervise direct reports, including Associate Dean and other support service and administrative staff.
8. Function as final hiring authority for the college.
9. Lead the college’s advisory board.
10. Serve in MSU Governance structure as the Gallatin College Dean representative.
11. Serve on MUS two-year education leadership team.
12. Supervise managers and activities of grant funded programs.
13. Develop and implement fundraising plan to fund student scholarships and other needs of the college.
14. Provide leadership and advocacy for two-year education across the community.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge and Skills
(“Required qualifications” refers to the minimum and “must have” education and experience standards for an applicant to be considered.)
1. A Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited university.
2. A strong record of community involvement and leadership.
3. Understanding of teaching and learning practices in community, vocational or technical college environments.
4. Progressively responsible administrative experience in education.
5. Fundraising and grant management experience.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge and Skills
(“Preferred qualifications” refers to standards that will improve an employee’s ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position and enhance their performance.)
1. Executive level experience in a two-year college or vocational/technical institution.
2. Teaching experience at a two-year college.
3. A doctorate from a regionally accredited university.
4. Experience in a collective bargaining environment.
5. Experience in business and industry.
6. Leadership of a start-up or fast growing organization.

Required Abilities
The Dean of Gallatin College will lead the implementation of the comprehensive two-year education mission for Gallatin, Park and surrounding counties. The Dean needs to work closely with industry partners, community leaders, K-12 partners and colleagues at Montana State University. Having the ability to develop and articulate a strategic vision for the college while simultaneously managing the day to day operations is critical to success.

The target date for applications is: March 1, 2019

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For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries, contact:
Pamila Fisher, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant,, (406) 570-0516 (mobile)