Madison Area Technical College — Associate Dean, School of Business and Applied Arts

Associate Dean, School of Business and Applied Arts

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Job Posting Date:
August 19, 2021

Application Deadline:

Salary Information:
$88,299 – $114,789

School of Business and Applied Arts

Job Description:

Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, invites applicants for the position of Associate Dean, School of Business & Applied Arts. This position is responsible for directing, maintaining, and assessing activities associated with the operations of programs, courses, and services within the school. The position manages and supervises faculty and/or staff. This position advances strategic plans throughout the college and is charged with developing and implementing initiatives aligned with the College Mission, including Equity and Inclusion activities and goals.

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean, School of Business and Applied Arts.

As the Associate Dean, School of Business & Applied Arts you will:

  • Support, design, and oversee a student-centered approach to School business processes and practices so that School operations are efficient, effective, and meet the needs of students, faculty, and the community. Manage the day-to-day operational aspects of the School in collaboration with regional campus managers, faculty, and staff so that School operations are efficient and effective.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate School faculty and staff so that College employees are trained, supported, and performing with excellence, respect, and integrity.
  • Collaborate with the Dean and faculty to implement continuous improvement efforts and unit plans related to School operations, goals, and strategies to ensure that programs, disciplines, and services are responsive to stakeholders' needs and reflect excellence and quality.
  • Manage the program budgets of the School to achieve financial objectives and meet School needs.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing communication with stakeholders served by the School to identify and address stakeholders' needs.
  • Support faculty in the development of curriculum that reflects the needs of our community, business & industry, and higher education partners and ensures students are provided flexible learning opportunities that meet their changing needs. This includes the facilitation, development, and execution of curriculum policies and course delivery strategies.
  • Facilitate course-scheduling processes to ensure that course scheduling reflects the needs of students.
  • Maintains a commitment to the college mission, vision and values. Complies with college policies, directives, and work rules. Engages positively with colleagues, engages in conflict directly and professionally, contributes to team discussions, collaborates and helps colleagues, assumes the best from colleagues, provides and accepts constructive feedback, follows through on commitments, and support final decisions that are made.

If you are looking for a fulfilling career that embodies your passion for working toward the success of our students, apply now!

Madison College's dedication to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity is reflected in our Mission, Vision, and Values. Hiring an inclusive workforce that mirrors our student population is more than just a commitment at Madison College—it is the foundation of what we are striving to do. Come be part of our great team!

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: cover letter, response to 2 supplemental questions, and resume. Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

This position will be open until filled, with a first review date of September 17th, 2021, at 11:59 pm. After this date, the recruitment may close without further notice. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Interviews are expected to take place:

Round One Interviews (Virtual Format): First week of October 2021

Round Two Interviews (Virtual Format): Last half of second week of October into the beginning of the third week of October.

Finalists will be invited to Madison the last week of October or first week of November to meet with stakeholders, tour our Truax Campus, and “virtually visit” the greater Madison area.

*Reimbursement of travel expenses are available for out-of-state candidates.

Anticipated start date is January 18th, 2022, if not before.

Madison College provides a generous benefits package of vacation, holidays, health/vision/dental/life insurance options, and you will be able to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Newly hired managers serve a one-year introductory period.

This position is located in the vibrant and diverse city of Madison, Wisconsin's 2nd largest city and state capital. Nestled between two recreational lakes, Madisonians are offered year-round activities, including the Dane County Farmers' Market located around the Capitol Square, more than 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails, world-class restaurants, and numerous festivals and community events. Madison is consistently ranked as a top community in which to work, live and play. Madison offers a small-town feel, with a big city impression. But, if that's not enough, Madison is just a short 125 miles northwest of Chicago and 77 miles west of Milwaukee. To learn more about what Mad-Town has to offer, see this link:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Skill in communicating effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in relating to and working productively with populations of diverse socioeconomic statuses, races, cultures, genders, abilities, and others.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and technologies of the programs and/or disciplines within the School.
  • Commitment to the principles of the Learning College.
  • Ability to successfully implement the principles and techniques of continuous improvement.
  • Ability to align institutional work with state-wide educational systems and accrediting agencies.
  • Commitment to Equity and Inclusion that furthers student access and success.
  • Knowledge of the principles of competency-based curriculum development and instructional design.
  • Understanding of shared governance principles, including interest-based approaches to problem-solving.
  • Skill at managing and resolving conflict.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education Level: Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution (or from an international institution with official degree-granting recognition by the Ministry of Education or equivalent body authorized to oversee academic tertiary institutions in the country).

Work Experience:

1. Leadership experience in an academic organization OR in a leadership role aligned with the requirements of the Associate Dean position. Some examples of types of things that are meant by leadership role aligned with the requirements of the Associate Dean position:

  • Experience managing a program or department.
  • Experience managing a budget.
  • Experience supervising employees.


2. Teaching or training experience.


As a requirement of this application, please submit a MS Word or PDF document answering the following two supplementary essay questions below.

Question 1: In 500 words or less, please share an experience you've had with working on cross-institutional, cross-functional teams to enact a significant change in your organization's work or practice. What was your role? Who did you work with to achieve this change? What was the change you were working toward? Was the team successful in its work?

Question 2: In 500 words or less, please answer the following question. We are all here for students. The position of the Associate Dean works on initiatives/efforts and projects that enhance the student experience. Our students include first- generation students, students of color, adult learners, and recent high school graduates. How would you incorporate the student perspective into the work efforts associated with this position?

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: cover letter, response to 2 supplemental questions, and resume. Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

If you are experiencing application issues please contact the HR hotline, (608) 246-6900.

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Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Madison College will not tolerate racism or harassment of any kind. We will provide an educational environment that preserves the safety and dignity of our students, staff and faculty. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Rosemary Buschhaus, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources, 1701 Wright St Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246-6900

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As part of the application process, finalists will undergo a background check including criminal history, educational verification, and references. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify you from employment. All cases are considered on an individual basis, and the offense will be compared to the position for which you are applying.