Location: College-wide, based on the North Mankato campus
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Unlimited
South Central College is accepting applications for an unlimited, full-time Dean of Arts and Sciences.
The Dean is a front-line leader of the College, a member of the Deans Council and a member of the College management team. Academic leaders are the facilitating link among faculty members, staff, students, college leadership, and external constituencies. All activities and roles of the Academic Dean aim at furthering the best interests of SCC students to focus on student success, diversity, and institutional sustainability.
The Dean promotes academic achievement and learning consistent with established educational objectives, quality standards and fiscal responsibility, accreditation standards, and the college mission, vision, and strategic priorities.
The position involves significant discretion and substantial involvement in the development, interpretation and implementation of Minnesota State and SCC policies.
CHARACTERISTICDUTIESANDRESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Provide strategic instructional leadership for the college.
Promote and support the college vision for effective teaching and learning in the areas of assessment of student learning, faculty development, curriculum development, instructional technology, instructional design, and online learning.
Identify, collaborate with, and support suitable internship and supervised occupational learning sites.
Promote a positive environment for teaching and learning.
Champion a continuous quality improvement process.
Oversee the implementation of assessment policies and procedures.
Supervise and coordinate the program and regional accreditation activities. Act as a liaison with accrediting agencies and boards and prepare reports for accrediting bodies as needed. Where applicable, oversee accreditation site visits.
Cultivate relationships with business and industry focusing on the college's ability to serve students and businesses. Coordinate the planning of program Advisory Committee meetings and participate in all meetings.
Collaborate with the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs in the identification and selection of new programs to meet market needs.
Work collaboratively with other college deans to provide appropriate courses in support of college programs and to advance the college's mission.
Seek out and utilize data sources and strategies to inform program level decision making. Provide statistics and research guidance to departments to aid in data-driven decision making.
Keep abreast of national, statewide, and programmatic trends, issues, legislation, and political action impacting program accreditation and operations.
Develop, recommend, and implement Minnesota State and SCC policies and procedures for academic affairs.
2. Provide strategic leadership for the college's Arts and Sciences programs through the management of credit and hourly course/program offerings.
Lead curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, and revision which is responsive to practice, student needs, and meets accreditation standards.
Promotes the success of programs across sites.
Review enrollment patterns, cost/benefit information, employment statistics and other data to identify class schedule opportunities, issues, program development, and needed changes.
Coordinate selective admission of students in accordance with program guidelines and accreditation standards.
Implement a student-centered strategic course schedule. Schedule courses and design programs which meet the needs of the students applying a fiscally-disciplined approach to faculty credit loads with alignment to the faculty contract. Monitor faculty instructional loads and schedules.
Support the college's online programs, customized training, adult basic education, and K-12 partnerships. Develop Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and Concurrent Enrollment partnerships with area school districts. Develop, maintain, and promote articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges/universities.
Facilitate marketing and promotion of programs and course offerings.
Maintain accessibility and an open-door policy with students and staff on academic issues/concerns. Take appropriate action to resolve issues of concern.
Address student complaints and oversee student appeal process.
Conduct evaluations of instructional staff and program review of all programs.
Identify staffing needs and recommend staffing plans.
Supervise and coach employees on their job responsibilities and promote and encourage leadership opportunities at the college.
Mediate and adjust employee grievances according to the requirements of the appropriate contract or other formal agency procedure.
Perform all supervisory tasks in accordance with established equal opportunity and affirmative action, non-harassment and employee safety policies and procedures.
Observe, evaluate and review faculty and staff performances for purposes of making recommendations in the areas of staff development, staff promotion and staff retention.
Supervise faculty and staff at multiple locations. Foster strong working relationships and open lines of communication encompassing multiple college campuses. Provide leadership and support to department chairs and departments to ensure all are working towards college goals.
Work collaboratively with the college administration, faculty and staff to implement college initiatives and Minnesota State goals to support student and community success.
Evaluate faculty and staff and develop benchmarks, goals and objectives from which to measure progress and success.
Evaluate workforce planning needs and make staffing recommendations. Responsible for faculty hiring including unlimited and probationary full-time, temporary part-time and adjunct faculty.
Hire, supervise, provide work direction, training and mentoring, evaluate performance, respond to grievances, address concerns, recommend transfer, promotion, rewards, and administer discipline.
Administer applicable labor contracts and/or plans fairly and equitably and in accordance with statewide and Minnesota State policy.
4.General Administrative Duties
Participate in college planning and budgeting processes. Identify, communicate and monitor capital and instructional expenditures, as well as grants.
Interact with the community to foster understanding and to solicit support for overall college objectives.
Solicit additional sources of funding for support of the college's mission. Monitor for compliance with terms of each funding source.
Maintain knowledge of Minnesota State and SCC policy assuring compliance within realm of responsibility.
Manage program budgets, review and revise budgets, contain costs and authorize department purchases.
Maximize use and safety of instructional facilities. Apply strategies which improve facility utilization in instructional spaces. Ensure instructional lab facilities meet compliance standards and reflect best practices.
Provide leadership through representation on college committees.
5.Enforce and implement equal opportunity and affirmative action policies, procedures, and programs as appropriate to academic leadership.
Demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion. Support the college's affirmative action and diversity plans and initiatives. Assure that all Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policies, plans, and procedures are complied with and implemented.
Identify factors that may impede the college's pursuit of its EO/AA goals and objectives and strive to overcome these factors.
6.Other duties as assigned. Perform other functions, at the direction of the President and/or Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, as needed for the benefit of students and the college.
All employees must comply with department and institution procedures and policies, Minnesota State policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws, regulations, guidelines and business and industry standards.
Education: Master's degree in an arts and/or sciences related discipline, education, educational leadership or related field from a regionally accredited college/university.
Type and Length of Experience:
Arts and sciences academic or industry experience
Demonstrated knowledge of teaching or training excellence. Broad understanding of the various disciplines which constitute a strong arts and sciences program and the contributions made to programs outside the division.
Dynamic and innovative leadership experience such as department chair, program director, or other leadership role at a college or university.
Highly effective communication skills.
Ability to manage day to day needs and execute operational requirements.
Demonstrated success in building partnerships and collaborative agreements. Demonstrated passion for community and technical college student success.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully with individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Education: Doctorate degree in an arts or sciences discipline, or doctor of education, educational leadership, or higher education degree.
Type and Length of Experience:
Academic leadership in a community and/or technical college.
Two or more years of experience in supervising professional personnel.
Ability to effectively supervise, evaluate, motivate, and develop employees.
Working knowledge of higher education policies, practices, and procedures.
Experience working in a union environment administering contracts.
Experience in fiscal planning and budgeting.
Experience securing other sources of funding.
Evidence of data-informed decision making and effective strategies to increase enrollment and retention.
Experience building and supporting programs across multiple sites.
Proven success in strategic planning, assessment, and change initiatives.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, resolve conflict, and identify solutions to complex problems.
Established reputation for celebrating and appreciating successes.
South Central College is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (Minnesota State) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State's Vehicle use criteria and consent to Motor Vehicle Records check.
South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. To meet the educational needs of students and our communities, SCC provides lifelong learning opportunities.
SCC is committed to fostering a campus environment of inclusion, knowledge, and understanding in which faculty, staff, and students learn to value diversity and to respect individual differences that enrich our college community.
The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefit package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, a robust retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, and professional development funds, among a variety of other benefits.