Seattle Colleges — Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Closing Date/Time: 7/3/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
Salary: $115,000.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Seattle, WA

Position Summary
Are you passionate about serving at an institution that has been a historical center of social activism in Seattle, Washington? Would you like to provide leadership within the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (AHSS) division's vibrant, student-centered, and collaborative teaching and learning environment? Are you eager to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and colleagues from varied backgrounds in a climate that advances racial equity, social justice and promotes multicultural understanding and practice? If these questions resonate with you, then Seattle Central College invites applicants to consider joining the AHSS division as Dean.

Seattle Central College has an opening for a full-time, administrative exempt position for Dean of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, a division that encompasses a unique combination of both transfer and professional technical programs. We welcome applicants with the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with students and colleagues from diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds in an urban campus climate that advances all aspects of equity. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. See LINK for an overview of our campus community.

The AHSS division embraces integrated learning, diversity, and multiculturalism as essential components in teaching, working, and hiring. As such, a successful candidate will provide leadership and support for academic and professional innovation and excellence. In this role, you will work collaboratively on strategic planning, development and maintenance of internal and external relationships, oversight for all curriculum, program accreditation and learning standards. Your responsibility will be to respond adaptively and with flexibility to ensure operational effectiveness within the division, across the college and district, and with partners in order to improve faculty and staff capacity across a broad range of division activities and programs. As the senior administrator of the AHSS division, you will be accountable for the implementation of divisional instructional programs and building community for a diverse team of faculty and staff to successfully support students. The AHSS transfer programs include: English, Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The AHSS professional technical programs include School of Apparel Design & Development and the Seattle Central Creative Academy which includes Graphic Design and Visual Media.

Seattle Central fosters a positive environment for students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds. Diversity is understood in terms of intersectional identities defined by but not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class, differing abilities, religion, and age. A successful candidate will be committed to enhancing and supporting students, faculty, and staff and implementing Seattle Central's principles of racial equity and inclusion

Reporting Relationships
The Dean for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences is a full-time, administrative non-represented exempt position at Seattle Central College within the Seattle Colleges District VI. The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President at Seattle Central College. The Associate Dean of AHSS reports to this position. AHSS division staff and faculty report to this position.

Application Procedures:
The following four items must be submitted to be considered for the position:

  1. A completed Seattle Colleges online application, and contact information for three current professional references that include name, organization, title, email address, and telephone number.
  2. A cover letter specifically describing how the applicant's mission addresses the Essential Functions as well as the Required Experience, Skills and Abilities sections for this position as listed on the job posting. Please include this document as an attachment (PDF recommended) in the “Attachments” tab in the online application.
  3. A current resume or CV detailing education and relevant professional experiences. Please include this document as an attachment (PDF recommended) in the “Attachments” tab in the online application.
  4. Provide a response to each of the following supplemental questions:
    1. How have your personal and professional experiences prepared you to support a racially and culturally diverse population of students and employees that spans a broad range of languages, identities, socio-economic levels, and educational experiences?
    2. Please describe how you have advanced equity and diversity to eliminate institutional racism.
    3. Describe a time where you worked effectively with people from varied backgrounds to advance and promote racial equity, social justice and multicultural understanding and practice.
  • **Please include this document as an attachment (PDF recommended) in the “Attachments” tab in the online application. Please copy and paste your response in the Supplemental Questions textbox

Notice to Applicants:
Please note that Seattle Colleges has moved to remote operations through at least April 24, pending public health guidance. Per CDC and WA Public Health directions, at this time we will be practicing social distancing and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.
Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Essential Functions
Personnel Management

  • Standardize an anti-racist, anti-biased search and hiring process to build and retain a diverse workforce.
  • Supervise faculty, staff, Directors, Program Managers, and Associate Dean for AHSS. Serve as Unit Administrator for faculty.
  • Encourage the development of an inclusive working environment in order to recruit, support, and retain employees.

Strategic Enrollment Management

  • Review and analyze enrollment data and implement best practices to increase enrollment, retention, and completion.

Fiscal & Facilities Management

  • Budget over $2.5 million annually for supplies, equipment, special funding, staffing, enrollment, etc.
  • Engage in grants development and management as appropriate.
  • Oversee and plan for facility use and programmatic needs.
  • Act as liaison for maintenance and security issues.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Advocate for AHSS disciplines at the institution, district, and state levels to ensure continued understanding, support, and growth of the division.
  • Collaborate internally with faculty and staff to foster a healthy working environment in order to build community within the AHSS division.
  • Foster relationships with community partners and Technical Advisory Committee members to promote innovative and responsive teaching, learning and an awareness of the Seattle Central College student population.
  • Participate in long and short term planning for the division, college, and district.

Student and Faculty Success

  • Deliver diverse educational resources and services focused on equity and inclusion.
  • Reinforce a culture that supports anti-biased, anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Promote culturally responsive pedagogy and services by increasing opportunities for professional development in these areas.
  • Act as a liaison with faculty coordinators for course schedule development and reports.
  • Support the transfer and professional technical programs in specific ways that promote academic success and employment opportunities for students.

Complete other duties as assigned

Required Education, Experience, Abilities
Required Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree (or Master's equivalency) or higher degree relevant to the position.
  • Leadership experience in higher education, other learning institution(s) or professional organizations.
  • Teaching experience in a student-centered learning environment.

Required Skills and Abilities:
Interpersonal Skills – Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven ability to communicate, work cooperatively, and promote student success with faculty, staff, administrators, and students in a way that supports Seattle Central College's goal of Student Success. See the LINK (Download PDF reader) for an overview of the college's operational plan.
  • Proven ability to support and foster success among students and employees who represent a broad spectrum of academic, professional, and multicultural interests.
  • Proven ability to advocate for and support students and employees through creative engagement.
  • Proven ability to build community in a diverse and complex setting for students, faculty, and staff.
  • A commitment to working in a multicultural and diverse educational setting.

Administrative Experience – Applicants must have experience in the following areas:

  • Budget management, grant acquisition and management, and oversight of other financial matters.
  • Supervision and understanding of contracts and legal issues, mediating con?ict, and decision making that impacts multiple interests. Recruitment and retention of employees.
  • Community college goals, objectives, and issues

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