Open executive Job in Academic & University Dean of Humanities and Communication

Position type: Exempt
Salary: $85,000-$90,000/year; DOQ
Opens: February 27, 2017
Closes: Open until filled; Priority
consideration date for applications: April 6, 2017
Location: Main Campus; Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College
seeks a creative, dynamic, and collaborative individual to fill the position of Dean of Humanities and Communication. The dean supervises
the academic transfer areas of English, Philosophy, Languages, Communication, Humanities, and Fine and Performing Arts.

dean reports to the Vice President for Instruction and is a member of the instructional administrative team. The dean is responsible for
planning, developing, implementing, supervising and evaluating instructional faculty, courses, programs and services to achieve the mission
of the College.

The dean is the lead administrator within the Humanities and Communication division and has primary
responsibility for instructional operations and activities including promoting, budgeting and scheduling; participating in community
outreach activities; and ensuring qualified faculty and staff are recruited and placed to achieve the college and division program goals and
objectives. The work of the dean requires continual collaboration with other instructional deans and representatives across the college

The successful candidate will possess the following essential qualities required of an academic

  • Commitment to the Mission and Core Themes of South Puget Sound Community College.
  • Innovation in supporting
    student success.
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Systems
  • Strong communication skills with a demonstrated ability to bring together multiple perspectives to achieve a clearly
    articulated goal.


  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a
    variety of individuals and groups within and outside of the college.
  • Lead projects with groups of people from different
    perspectives from inception to completion.
  • Mentor faculty in the development of courses and programs and with specific knowledge of
    student learning outcomes, authentic assessments, and strategies that serve a diverse student body.
  • Develop effective community
    connections to support the creation of relevant programs.
  • Identify divisional staffing needs and collaborate in the recruitment and
    retention of highly qualified personnel.
  • Provide supervision, manage change, build teams and resolve conflict.
  • Follow and
    enforce current collective bargaining agreements in the supervision of staff and faculty.
  • Work with a diverse student, staff,
    college community population and the community at large.
  • Promote diversity, equity, and accessibility in all planning and
    operational activities.
  • Professionally develop staff and faculty.
  • Delegate tasks to supporting staff and faculty
  • Plan, develop, manage, and assess program budgets.
  • Use data as a foundation for decision-making that may include
    but should not be limited to enrollment trends, retention and completion rates, student demographic trends, and employment projections.
  • Work with accreditation processes both at the college level and for specific programs.
  • Advocate for a group or organizational
    unit while also understanding that each group or unit is one among many that support an overall institutional mission.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years of
    teaching experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Three (3) years of leadership and supervision experience in an educational
    setting, preferably in higher education.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to establish strong relationships and
  • Deep understanding of and belief in the role of the community college.
  • Advanced knowledge of computers and
    software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Commitment to a working environment that
    values a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational


Required as part of your application, not to exceed 2 pages.

  1. The Humanities division includes a Performing Arts program of Music, Drama, and Film Production. What information about these
    disciplines and their performance components would help you understand and serve as dean for SPSCC’s Performing Arts program?
  2. What
    do you bring in your background and experience that could help develop and grow these programs?


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following required items:

  1. Completed SPSCC Employment
  2. Letter of application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies
    described in this announcement
  3. Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum and
    any preferred qualifications
  4. Responses to the 2 Supplemental Questions listed above, not to exceed two pages total.
  5. Copies
    of unofficial transcripts.

Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:

Fax: (360) 596-5706

Human Resource Office
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities or any other legal protected status are encouraged to apply. SPSCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. South Puget Sound Community College is a drug-free workplace. South Puget Sound Community College employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. New employees must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility.

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