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Dean for Basic and Transitional Studies
Seattle Colleges in Seattle, Washington
 
 
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Date Posted 02/13/2020
Category
Executive-Dean-Education
Salary $89,000.00 - $115,000.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 03/11/2020
 
 
 
 
 

Position Summary

Seattle Central seeks a Dean for the Basic and Transitional Studies division who will be an unwavering advocate for the division, its students, faculty, and staff. We welcome applicants who will put into practice an understanding of diversity at complex intersectional levels and who will actively lead efforts to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into the division and the college. Seattle Central desires candidates who have demonstrated strong commitment to student learning and success. 

The Basic and Transitional Studies Division includes English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, GED, high school reengagement, transitional English, a Transition Center, a tutoring program, off-site programs, and community partners. As dean, you will provide leadership for positioning the division strategically within the institution and the community, and you will sustain and develop community partnerships. This work includes responsibility for overall planning, development, renewal, and revision of academic programs and services to ensure meaningful academic outcomes, and program quality, effectiveness, and financial viability.  
 
An effective dean will exhibit inclusive and visionary leadership, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. 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, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, ability/disability, 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. 

Application Procedures:

  • Attached current resume

  • Attached cover letter addressing how you meet the required education/experience and abilities

  • Contact information for three professional references

  • Answers to supplemental questions


Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff 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.
 
This is a non-represented, civil service exempt position.

 

Essential Functions

Ensuring Student Success 

  • Ensure an environment of educational support, success, and accessibility for diverse students to pursue and achieve their learning goals 

  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to advance curricula and programs that support student completion and transition to careers and/or college 

  • Cultivate and support professional development of the division's employees, including diverse and equity-focused instructional models that are culturally relevant, accessible, and equity producing to facilitate student success, retention, transition, and completion 

  • Develop strong relationships within internal and external communities and organizations to effectively advocate for student success 

  • Advocate for and support the division's Transition Center to strengthen advising for students in ESL/ABE/GED and pre-college pathways  

  • Meet with students to address needs, complaints, and academic and behavioral concerns 

  • Promote and support the use of equitable and equity-producing curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies 

Advocacy & Relationships

  • Develop and maintain effective collegial relationships with other divisions and organizational components of the college 

  • Advocate for the unique strengths of the division in contributing to the mission of the college 

  • Facilitate inclusive collaboration throughout decision-making processes that impact students, faculty, and staff of the division 

  • Lead the division by means of collaboration, transparent communication, community building, and inclusive practices 

  • Articulate the needs of the division and program to the college administration 

  • Disseminate relevant information from beyond the division to faculty and staff 

 Management

  • Articulate and communicate processes, decisions, and changes that affect the division, its staff, faculty, and students in a timely manner; establish and adhere to policy and procedures as appropriate 

  • Lead efforts to ensure sustainable enrollment in the division's instructional programs 

  • Provide direction and leadership in the management of division resources, including developing and overseeing the division budgets 

  • Manage and renew state grant funding and comply with all requirements to maintain eligibility 

  • Use established practices to plan teaching schedules in conjunction with faculty and according to the contract 

  • Supervise faculty, classified staff, and professional staff 

  • Cultivate an effective and collegial working and learning environment  

 

Required Education, Experience & Abilities

Education and Experience

  • A master's degree relevant to the position?

  • Experience in a student-centered learning environment teaching adults and/or English language learners

  • Administrative experience with responsibilities including faculty and staff supervision and development; budget management; and grant acquisition and management.

Demonstrated

  • Commitment to actively lead efforts to integrate equity and social justice at an institutional level?

  • Understanding of the goals, objectives, and issues related to ESL and basic skills education for adults

  • Advocacy for policies, resources, and recognition that support students and employees??

  • Ability to create a positive environment using anti-racist and culturally responsive practices

  • Ability to support success for a diverse student population that includes immigrants, refugees, and systemically non-dominant students.

  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships?

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