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Dean of Applied Technology
Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico
Date Posted 08/10/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Oversees Vocational Trade program services. Vocational program includes, but not limited to Carpentry, Electrical Engineering, Automotive, Construction, CDL, and Industrial Engineering. Assists with recruiting students. Assists with recruiting and supervising full-time and adjunct faculty, meeting vocational accreditation requirements, fulfilling Navajo Technical University's assessment program evaluation, and strategic plan elements. Oversees the supervision of staff at the Bond Wilson , Chinle, Teec-Nos-Pos , and Zuni instructional sites. Assists with planning, organizing, staffing and management of campus operations and programs to deliver excellent career education to students. This position description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required or assigned to this position.


  • Develops departmental plans, goals and objectives and ensures compliance to regulations and requirements.

  • Develop programs in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Medical Assistant, Billing and Coding, Dental Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Medical Laboratory Technician, etc.

  • Plans, formulates and recommends policies and programs that will further the objectives of the trade program services.

  • Regularly oversees and supervises Bond Wilson, Chinle, Teec Nos Pos and Zuni Instructional sites.

  • Assists in the development, maintenance, and execution of the department's communication plan to prospective and admitted students.

  • Assists with the supervision of the daily operations of the University and its programs.

  • Ensures University is meeting enrollment goals for assigned target recruitment area.

  • Represents and travels on behalf of the University for recruiting and other University related events.

  • Assists in the development and maintenance of the vocational program and marketing plan with the purpose of promoting the University's visibility and general recruitment efforts.

  • Monitors the quality of Instructional programs and related services

  • Assists with full compliance with regulations and requirements of the accrediting Commission­

  • Higher learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

  • Achieves financial objectives by adhering and administering annual operational and capital equipment budgets; presenting and justifying budget recommendations to appropriate personnel.

  • Ensures the fair administration of the University's published policies and procedures.

  • Maintain a safe and high quality working and learning environment, including the physical facilities.

  • In cooperation with campus leadership, ensure adherence by students to policies and procedures and address student complaints and concerns.

  • Participate in new student orientation, program advisory meetings student appreciation events, etc.

  • Establishes, implements and communicates goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

  • Provides planning and operations assistance to executive management of the University through active participation and leadership on task forces, committees and councils.

  • Develops and presents reports and recommendations for a variety of programs and projects, and integrates the functions of the division in a manner that is responsive to student needs, the campus and the community.

  • Keeps leadership and other departments informed of status of department activities by attending meetings and submitting reports.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Hosts regular faculty and staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding departmental activities.

  • Supervises and manages personnel which include hiring, terminating, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.

  • Oversees the daily operations of vocational trade personnel.

  • Preparing and maintaining departmental budgets and oversee compliance throughout fiscal year; time keeping and approval.


  • Master's Degree in Education, Administration or related field.

  • Five year work experience as a department chair, dean, director or similar position with budgetary and management authority in higher education.

  • Three years in a management or supervisory capacity.

  • Five years teaching experience in a University setting.

  • Three years working with American Indian University student * PhD preferred.

  • Valid and clean state driver's license.

  • Must be able to pass background check, with NO prior convictions of any felonies and no history of child abuse and/or neglect.

The Navajo Nation Preference in Employment Act applies to all hiring, promotions or transfers of individuals into this position.


  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Knowledge of higher education accreditation processes and issues.

  • Knowledge of Navajo Tech University policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of higher education accreditation processes and issues.

  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.

  • Management and organizational skills, including a willingness to explore new paradigms to improve the quality of teaching and efficiency.

  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.

  • Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.

  • Ability to plan, assess, and evaluate programs.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with the individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the Navajo and English language.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently sits, stand, walk, bend, stoop, and squat.

  • Use hands for dexterity of motion, repetitive movement of both hands.

  • Have normal auditory, visual acuity, and verbal communications skills.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and carry up to 15 pounds.


  • Work is typically performed within an office with normal noise levels.

  • Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common.

  • Travel is required.

  • Evening and/or weekend work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.

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