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Executive Dean, Student Affairs

Austin Community College District

Job Description

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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college, as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community

  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching

  • Is attracted by the college's mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities

  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations

  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others

  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body as an open-access and low-cost institution. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to our students' diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC's faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:

Executive Dean, Student Affairs

Job Description Summary:

Responsible for providing leadership and supervision of student services in a designated region (north, central, or south) of the Austin Community College (ACC) District and leadership to a districtwide priority which may include but is not limited to one or more of the following areas: Academic Advising, Success Coaching, Testing, Student Conduct, and CARES (behavioral intervention team).

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provides leadership to deans, directors, managers, coordinators and staff assigned to the Student Support Services division in a supervision of student services staff and affairs in a designated region using the Guided Pathways principles.

  • Supervises, oversees, coaches, directs, mentors, counsels and evaluates personnel in concert with college policy; recommends the hiring, progressive discipline, and/or termination of personnel for the positions assigned.

  • Leads, contributes to, and supports policies, initiatives, and strategies throughout the college designed to enhance student access and success, to include leading the regional intervention team.

  • Provides leadership to collegewide efforts in the implementation of Guided Pathways.

  • Collaborates with student affairs leadership to ensure cohesive implementation of Guided Pathways strategies.

  • Uses analytical, empirical, and data-informed approaches to planning, problem-solving and decision making; and promotes a culture that utilizes evidence-based practices among managers, directors, and staff.

  • Addresses the professional development and training needs of all staff.

  • Assumes responsibility for planning that strategically enables the college to address future needs; oversees development and administration of budgets for assigned functions; and, monitors and approves expenditures.

  • Works collaboratively with student affairs and instructional leadership to develop and apply appropriate data metrics to track recruitment, entry, academic progress/persistence, completion, and placement (transfer or job entry) of students.

  • Ensures student rights and responsibilities are followed including providing due process in student conduct matters.

  • Regularly communicates and meets with to update and inform managers, directors, coordinators and staff; and participates in committee, shared, and non-shared governance meetings.

  • Provides leadership and support to campus-based processes in student conduct, appeals, and complaints in designated region.

  • Collaborates with instruction, student affairs, and operations personnel to provide integrated and high quality campus services.

  • Provides leadership for the college's regional outreach to educational institutions, businesses, and community-based organizations to support relationships and partnerships that enhance the college mission.

  • Supports college leadership in strategic and organizational planning processes to increase college completion, graduation, and or transfer.

  • Chairs collegewide shared governance committees and leads other initiatives or committees.

  • Participates in the acquisition and management of grants.

  • Participates in appropriate professional activities to represent the college regionally and/or nationally.


Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Understanding of student development theory and student discipline in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated expertise in project planning, development, implementation, and analysis.

  • Preparing and presenting information and summary reports internally and to the public.

  • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.

  • Handling the demands and requirements of senior-level management in higher education.

  • Effective leadership and ethics techniques, including Servant-Leadership principles.


Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Experience incorporating theoretical and practical competencies involving student development and higher education management.

  • Planning and managing budgets and personnel needs.

  • Demonstrated success in working with student, staff, and faculty regarding student conduct matters.

  • Maintaining confidentiality in work-related information and materials.

  • Working effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff.

  • Excellent communication, written and verbal, and interpersonal skills.

  • Providing leadership at all levels of the college.

  • Planning, managing, prioritizing, and problem-solving.

  • Handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.

Technology Skills

  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

Required Work Experience

  • Five years related work experience including management in a higher education academic environment.

Required Education

  • Master's degree.

Preferred Education
  • Doctorate degree.

Salary commensurate with experience

Number of Openings:


Job Posting Close Date:

June 30, 2023

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

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