Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Tue Mar 16 2021 Job Description:
General Position Overview:
Mount Wachusett Community College seeks a Dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics to lead the academic division in the implementation of excellent teaching and learning through rigorous and vibrant academic programs. The Dean is responsible for the day-to-day administration, management, supervision, and evaluation of the School, including working to increase student retention, decrease the achievement gap, develop a sense of belonging, and improve overall student success. He/she works closely and collaboratively with the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, the academic Deans, the Dean of Students, the Director of Retention, and the academic program chairs and faculty within the School to realize the College's strategic vision and direction for the delivery of creative and student-centered curriculum, instruction, and learning support. The Dean will embrace the significant role that student services plays in student success. Working with faculty and staff, the Dean ensures systematic measurement of student learning outcomes and deployment of assessment results to curriculum and instructional improvement plans. He/she fosters a spirit of innovation in curriculum and instruction and is responsible for promoting excellence in teaching and the use of technology and effective pedagogy in the classroom. The Dean has overall supervision of the following academic programs: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering and Physics, Mathematics, Natural Resources, and Pharmacy.
Supervision Exercised: Academic program chairs, all full-time and part-time faculty within the School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, administrative assistant, and other relevant support staff associated with the academic programs within the School, lab technicians
Duties/Responsibilities: (not intended to be an exhaustive list)
Leadership: Provides passionate leadership in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics; defines new instructional initiatives and plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates all credit bearing instructional programs/course offerings in close cooperation with program chairs and faculty; conducts environmental scans and feasibility studies to validate and support new proposed initiatives.
Retention: Using an outcomes-based approach, increases student retention and reduces the achievement gap within the college through a collective efficacy approach with different stakeholders within and outside of the School.
Students: Meets with students and addresses issues and concerns regarding their courses and programs of study. Serves as a resource for students as they navigate their educational experience successfully, and when necessary, serves as an advocate/mentor who cares about the success of students.
Supervision: Supervises all full-time faculty, part-time faculty, professional staff, and support staff assigned to the School; implements the collective bargaining agreement; works closely with faculty and staff to ensure that various expertise can be used to maximum advantage; actively explores and addresses faculty and student concerns.
Enrollment Management: Works closely with the enrollment management staff, lifelong learning and workforce development, and program faculty in developing creative and student need-based programming, class schedules and instructional learning options to enhance access and student success; designates faculty teaching assignments; assists with marketing and recruiting to ensure enrollments in programs and courses.
Planning and Budgeting: Leads the planning and budgeting process within the academic School ensuring participation of academic program chairs and faculty. Conducts planning and budget sessions with direct report staff to develop annual plans and budgets ensuring that key priorities/strategies are informed and driven by data/market analysis. Prepares a School annual plan and budget for submission to the Vice President with recommendations for key priorities/best practices for quality improvement and advancing responsiveness, relevancy and student success. Identifies and recommends resource needs, including personnel and technology.
Personnel Management: Hires, develops, retains, supervises, and evaluates full-time and adjunct faculty; implements all provisions of the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement such as: evaluations (all faculty, professional staff, administrative assistants, support staff, students, classrooms, course materials, college service, advising, and summary), promotions/rank changes, reappointments (multiple year, tenure, etc.), workloads, merit determinations, professional development activities, travel recommendations, sabbatical leave requests, grievance policies, retrenchments, and others as required by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
Faculty and Staff Orientation: Orients all new employees within the School to the College's mission, philosophy, goals and objectives, responsibilities, and procedures. Orients new faculty and staff to the processes and expectations of the School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
Curriculum Review/Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: Assists program chairs with the annual and five-year program reviews and data analyses; works closely with faculty to ensure learning outcomes are assessed systematically and develops plans to improve student performance including strategies to incorporate across the curriculum more active and collaborative instructional approaches.
Grants Development: Actively encourages and participates in the writing of grants in conjunction with the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and the Planning, Development & Institutional Research. Plays an active role in relevant grants.
Collaboration: Actively participates in all relevant collaborative activities and events; participates on various College committees; schedules and conducts School meetings during the academic year; works cooperatively and collaboratively with other academic Deans and student services departments and staff.
Accreditation: Contributes to institutional accreditation process by providing reports as required; participates in all necessary accreditation visits and activities. Maintains program-level accreditations within the School.
Communication: Demonstrates effective and professional communication skills with faculty, staff and students. Prepares all School correspondence including letters of recommendation for faculty and students and responds to questionnaires and surveys related to the School; meets with students on a one-to-one basis when question/concerns are raised about faculty.
Student Intake, Transfer and Job Placement: Reviews and evaluates substitution of credit; evaluates credit overloads; assigns faculty to evaluate prior learning credit; serves on the enrollment management team; works with advising, transfer, and career to promote transfer and job placement; participates in updating relevant materials such as the catalog and academic program web pages and materials.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in related discipline;
Five years college teaching experience in a related discipline;
Five years of progressive educational administrative or leadership experience;
High level of self-motivation and performance with a commitment to academic excellence, student learning, and improving student performance and success;
Demonstrable record of empowering, purposeful, inclusive, and relational leadership abilities that motivate and influence faculty and staff to achieve common goals;
Demonstrates persistence, tenacity and willingness to do what is best for students;
Demonstrated experience with increasing retention and decreasing the achievement gap;
Demonstrated experience with infusing technology, and learning outcomes in curriculum and instruction;
Values honesty and integrity, maintains confidentiality, and acts ethically; demonstrated ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with faculty, staff and students;
Belief in the mission and philosophy of the community colleges.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE and APTITUDES
Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to effectively recognize, understand and manage one's own emotions, as well as effectively recognize and understand the emotions of others, and the ability to use such knowledge to guide thinking, behavior and problem solving;
Demonstrated ability to envision, lead and manage innovative initiatives;
Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and conditions;
Demonstrated ability to manage and mentor faculty to improve pedagogy, and faculty and staff to improve performance;
Knowledge of nationally-recognized reform efforts in the areas of instructional and curricular innovation practices, developmental education, as well as practices in retention and enrollment development;
Thorough knowledge of and commitment to higher education principles, practices, and procedures, especially as they apply to the mission and philosophy of the community colleges;
Strong customer service orientation;
Proficiency in oral and written expression; and
Knowledge of curriculum and instructional methodology.
Doctorate degree in related discipline.
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $90,000.00- $100,00.00 Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Internal Number: 129108
About Mount Wachusett Community College
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.