Linn Benton Community College — Dean, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

The Dean is responsible for the direct management of division operations, including personnel, budgetary, and curricular functions. The Dean manages appropriate functions to ensure the educational needs of students and the community are met, and serves as principal advisor to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development. Working collaboratively with division personnel, the dean sets goals, direction, and vision for the division, and acts as the senior educational administrator for assigned curriculum. Providing leadership and participating in institutional planning and management of the college. Serves on appropriate college, community, and statewide councils, committees, and task forces.

Perform the full range of supervisory responsibilities for division personnel. Manage the staffing process for the division in cooperation with the Human Resources/Payroll Department, including recruitment, selection, and orientation of full and part-time faculty and staff. Assure all division practices comply with employee contracts, administrative rules, board policies, and state and federal statutes.

Make personnel recommendations to the vice president concerning division employee hiring, termination, and other issues as appropriate. In collaboration with the Dean of Academic Progression, direct the completion of instructor approvals. Review and approve staff assignments and faculty work plans.

Administer the divisions’ performance appraisal process, and assign faculty and staff workloads. Perform required employee appraisals for employees under direct supervision, within institutional policies, procedures, and the agreed-upon timelines. Counsel and advise personnel on performance-related issues. Encourage appropriate professional development opportunities for all employees. Provide awareness of available activities and guidance to accessing available resources.

Serve as principal advisor to the vice president and assist in planning and such other efforts as appropriate to keep the college and division contemporary and effective. Provide leadership in the academic affairs and management of the college. Collaborate with deans and directors on projects and matters that span across functional areas.

Participate in the colleges’ strategic and master planning process. Lead the division in institutional effectiveness processes, including the assessment of student and program outcomes. Collaborate with division staff to define and accomplish division and department goals and objectives to ensure linkage to college wide success indicators and strategic plan. Provide leadership and evaluation in accomplishment of division goals. Provide continuous improvement monitoring.

Assure adequate and accurate information is provided at all levels. Ensure effective communication with other instructional and service areas. Represent the division on various college councils and committees, and the college to community businesses, industries, professional organizations, schools, colleges/universities, and external agencies. Support faculty in the development and effective use of advisory committees.

In collaboration with the department chairs and vice president, establish priorities for, and direct the development of division budgets. Provide leadership and participate in the college annual budget building process. Provide advice and leadership in the identification and cultivation of external resources to benefit the college, the division, and individual programs. Participate in, and encourage division involvement in grant acquisition and contracted education. Represent the department and encourage, promote, and problem-solve on issues related to entrepreneurial development.

Administer all aspects of the division budget. Monitor and control the division budget in accordance with college, state, and federal guidelines. Approve expenditures within guidelines and conduct purchases in accordance with established business office procedures. Administer awarded grants and monitor grant budgets. Manage numerous sources of revenue, including general fund budgets, contracted training accounts, grants, auxiliary accounts, conference funds, and other major contract accounts. Assure grants and contracts follow college policy for approval. Assure funds generated are spent in accordance within established college policy. Evaluate the delivery of all programs and contracts.

Provide leadership and administer of all aspects of the division’s curricular offerings. Coordinate with the Academic Affairs Office to ensure compliance with state and institution guidelines. Encourage and participate in the development of new programs, course offerings, and innovative instructional approaches. Develop and establish new sites for course offerings within the community. Maintain currency in research, theory, and best practices. Ensure preparation and timely review of appropriate course outlines. Recommend additions to, deletions from, and changes in division curricula, and approve graduation checklists.

Oversee the division role in the development of the schedule of classes, college catalog, college and program publications, and other efforts to inform the public about the college. Facilitate leadership team meetings to determine mission, goals, and action plans. In collaboration with other instructional managers and faculty, and in alignment with LBCC academic policies and practices, plan, develop, and deliver appropriate instructional programs through distance education and at all LBCC sites.

Ensure high standards are maintained and appropriate accreditation processes are in place and functioning. Monitor and maintain program compliance to meet accreditation requirements.

Take a lead role in student advising and assure division participation in the college’s student advising plan. Supervise the division processes designed to recruit and retain students. In cooperation with Educational Partnerships office, lead the division’s articulation activities with area high schools and colleges/universities. Identify issues, opportunities, and ways to eliminate barriers that might interfere with college outreach efforts.

Process student complaints and follow student rights and responsibility guidelines. Remain approachable to students and be aware of student needs.

Oversee the use and operation of facilities and equipment and make sure all safety issues are in compliance. Make recommendations to vice president about facility and equipment usage, needs, and safety. Work with industry to obtain equipment and resources, as appropriate. Maintain a liaison with community business and industry leaders, as appropriate. Follow Institutional Advancement division and college procedures for accepting equipment donations.

Develop and maintain trusting relationships with community and state organizations and funders. Participate on a wide variety of committees discussing policy and legislative initiatives and making decisions about issues related to child and family resources and education. Maintain currency in research, theory and best practices. Participate in local, state and national policy, evaluation and research initiatives. Coordinate division participation in meetings with agency partners to ensure strong relationships and coordination of work.

Facilitate communication between centers and division departments to provide for alignment of processes, procedures and decision-making. Work closely with center directors to understand center needs, set goals for course offerings, and problem-solve issues.

Ensure a work and learning environment for staff and students with disabilities, free of physical, programmatic, information, and attitudinal barriers.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with safety regulations, employee safety training, OSHA compliance, and emergency planning related to area of control.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Committee Assignments:

  • Academic Affairs Council
  • Guided Pathways
  • Various state agencies
  • Community organization boards and committees

Education and Training: Requires a master’s degree in a discipline, or related to a discipline, taught at LBCC.

Experience: Requires three (3) years teaching or related instructional experience at the college level, preferably at a community college; minimum of two (2) years supervisory, department chair, or equivalent management experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position requires broad understanding of community college management and administration ranging from academic to financial affairs. The position requires a commitment to, and well-developed teamwork skills, including facilitation of the decision-making process. Requires ability to foster collaboration among diverse personnel. Must have the ability to interact positively with a diverse student population, faculty, staff, and community. Must have ability to develop working relationships with outside organizations and agencies, and design programs to meet specific needs, write competitive proposals, and deliver programs that meet promised outcomes. Highly developed written and oral communication skills are essential. Must be a good listener. Must have good public speaking skills. Requires strong planning, organization, and leadership skills. Creativity, innovation, and flexibility are vital in working with diverse and complex job components. Ability to meet timelines and rushed deadlines is required.

Requires knowledge of instructional delivery and the elements of effective teaching and learning. Must have a thorough understanding of division/program curriculum and college requirements for completion of degrees and certificates. Must be familiar with the preparation of course outlines and course/program approval process. Prefer knowledge of institutional design and academic procedures, general college operations, and administration. Awareness of statewide educational reforms and changing skill requirements within business community. Understanding of the external pressures and trends in community college education. Must have knowledge of community systems policies, practices, assessment, and evaluation strategies.

Must understand personnel practices. Must set clear expectations for employees. Requires an understanding of employee contracts, administrative rules, board policies, and state and federal statutes pertaining to personnel practices. Must have ability to supervise others and to monitor and evaluate the work of a complex organizational entity.

Excellent budget management skills are necessary. Understanding of the legal requirements of the public budget process. Must be able to work comfortably with financial data and have well developed computational skills. Must have knowledge of established business office procedures. Requires knowledge of available sources for grants and familiarity with proposal and grant management processes. The ability to anticipate future needs/goals and to comfortably make decisions that can have substantial impact on students and the financial well-being and the image of the college is required.

Position must be able to secure, maintain and manage grants and contracts. Must be able to maintain a high level of accountability for use of public and private funds, including monitoring service units, accounting for expenditures, maintaining documentation and other records, and providing clear and concise reporting. Must be computer literate, with knowledge of e-mail, internet, word-processing, and spreadsheets. The ability to use systems such as Banner is needed.

Salary range is $91,597 – $128,492 for a 248-day annual contract plus excellent benefits. Management/exempt starting salaries normally fall within the middle of the range.