Job Details

Associate Dean of Transition Studies

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/31/2019

Our Opportunity

This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled with a priority review date of April 8, 2019.

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Associate Dean of Transition Studies in the Applied Technology

The Associate Dean is responsible for the fiscal, personnel, and student management operations to support the pre-college departments (ABE, ESL, Intensive English for international students, and developmental English) and for planning, implementation, and evaluation of Transition Studies.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

And if that isn't enough? We also offer:

The Clipper Café grill specializing in seasonal comfort foods
The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
Starbucks coffee shop
Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond – you receive a FREE State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
FREE parking on campus – permits are not required
On-campus child care
Percival Creek, which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
Many walking paths that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
Gym and recreation facilities
SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
Lots of activities with our Arts and Entertainment series, which are usually free for staff and faculty
Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts

What You'll Do

The Associate Dean of Transition Studies will provide program leadership to support the college's mission, vision, core themes, and strategic plan. This position will supervise and oversee the daily operation of Transition Studies including staff, faculty, program development, and a comprehensive student evaluation process. Subsections of Transition Studies include:

Intensive English (IE) for International Students, and Basic Skills: Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as Second Language (ESL), and Integrated basic education and skills training (IBEST)

The Associate Dean will:

Work with faculty, staff and administrators across campus and the state to continuously evaluate and improve programs and courses to meet the needs of students and increase their success.
Work with faculty on curriculum development and success outcomes.
Collaboratively develop, implement, and monitor college-wide efforts, grants, and state plans.
Maintain compliance with State and Federal reporting requirements.
Manage and oversee annual budgets, tracking monthly expenses; preparing and submitting year-end reports.
Develop, build, and maintain relationships with the internal partners such as Student and Academic Support Services and academic and professional/technical programs and external partners such as community based organizations (CBOs), State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and local school districts.
Conduct research, analyze data, and present reports.
Assume responsibilities for other duties as assigned by the Dean of Applied Technology.
Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational and work environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Support the college's mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking.
Contribute to the appreciation of diversity and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.

The Associate Dean of Transition Studies must have excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to present in front of groups, work well with others, and function as a team member.

This position requires an ability to establish strong working relationships with community partners and to work independently, prioritize multiple tasks, and manage competing priorities and demands. The Associate Dean should exhibit decisiveness, flexibility, and the ability to work in a fast paced environment of growth and change.

Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree or higher in a field taught within or related to the Transition Studies program from an accredited college or university.
Teaching experience or equivalent experience in business or industry or public agencies.
Minimum of two (2) years of leadership and/or supervisory experience.
Advanced knowledge of computers and software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to student success;
Understands through experience students who enter higher education through basic skills and/or pre-college courses;
Understands through experience the role and demands of basic skills and pre-college teaching in higher education and uses that understanding to hire and evaluate faculty;
Demonstrates a familiarity with higher education data (i.e. state and national reporting systems) and facility in their use;
Uses data and research to inform instructional and organizational decisions;
Seeks out innovative teaching and learning strategies (i.e. integrated, contextualized and/or accelerated instruction) and motivates faculty to employ those strategies;
Maintains up-to-date knowledge about educational trends and issues;
Creates collaborative and supportive relationships to achieve college and departmental goals;
Can teach others how to develop and assess effective learning outcomes and assessments.
Experience with grant management and oversight of restricted funds.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.
Copies of unofficial transcripts from institutions of higher education.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. 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 age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The college complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The college is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant's best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.

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