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Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 08/13/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The staff and faculty of Northampton Community College share a single goal: to help students transform their lives through education. It's a goal that reaps rewards thousands of times over the course of a career. Employees at Northampton receive competitive compensation and an array of benefits while working on campuses located in a region with a very high quality of life.

We invite you to consider applying for one of our currently available positions. For more information on the College, please visit www.northampton.edu.


Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)


Please note that this position will remain open until filled.


Inaugural Deanship position for the newly created School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Primary Function: Responsible for providing divisional leadership that supports the mission, vision and strategic goals of the College and Academic Affairs. Responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, evaluation and management of the School’s instructional programs, services, budget and employees of the instructional disciplines/programs in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Mathematics.

Provides leadership in curriculum development and maintenance, academic assessment, strategic planning and budgeting; employs enrollment management and retention strategies to support student success of a dynamic and diverse student population, and program health; and fosters collaborative working relationships with faculty and staff within the school and among internal and external stakeholders.

Responsibilities: (1) Provides strategic, collaborative, innovative leadership and oversight of departmental plans relating to academic programs, curriculum, scheduling and learning environments to assure institutional effectiveness and efficiencies, respond to student needs, and meet accreditation and regulatory requirements. (2) Ensures that School’s plans align with and support the College’s mission, vision, strategic initiatives and the Academic Affairs goals. (3) Provides leadership, supervision and guidance to faculty and staff within the school; supports full-time faculty through the onboarding, tenure and promotion processes; provides ongoing support for all faculty throughout their careers. (4) Provides leadership and oversight of programs and curriculum, instructional delivery across all modalities, and academic assessment activities. (5) Fosters the development of Areas of Study within the school to support Guided Pathways and student success. (6) Enhances non-credit to credit educational pathways for students. (7) Supports enrollment management and marketing strategies to enhance program health, recognition and growth. (8) Models and maintains high performance professional standards and expectations. (9) Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. (10) Actively participates on and/or leads various College committees, meetings, and workgroups. (11) Develops, manages, and plans School’s operating and capital budget(s). (12) Responds to faculty, staff and student concerns in a timely manner, maintaining integrity and appropriate confidentiality throughout the process. (13) Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with business and industry partners, agencies, community organizations and/or education institutions. (14) Actively participates in professional development relevant to higher education and their disciplinary field. (15) Demonstrates and models the College’s competencies: teamwork, initiative, development/supervision of staff, customer service, and continuous professional development and growth. (16) Implements special responsibilities, as assigned by the supervisor.

Organizational Relationships: (1) Responsible to the Vice President, Academic Affairs for performance of assigned responsibilities. (2) Coordinates work with member of the administrative team. (3) Relates role to College goals and mission attainment. (4) Serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Performance Standards: Performance in this position is considered satisfactory when: (1) mutually agreed upon objectives have been attained within a specified time frame, (2) responsibilities of the position have been carried out at a level consistent with performance objectives, (3) effective cooperative relationships exist with the other members of the administrative team.

Qualifications: (1) Education : Master’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution in a field related to an academic area within the School of STEM. Doctoral degree preferred. (2) Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: (a) knowledge of current concepts in the instructional programs of all disciplines under supervision; (b) ability to function effectively as a member of an instructional team; (c) effective work with small groups; (d) ability to develop programs; (e) effectiveness with students, faculty and administrators; (f) ability to adapt to differences and changes in program, colleague, student, and community characteristics; (g) desire and ability to make decisions based on an orientation to people that serves the clientele of the College; (h) skills in interpersonal relations; (i) technical [computer] and managerial skills; (j) ability to work with and relate to community constituencies. (3) Experience: (a) Requires a minimum of three to five [3-5] years of post-secondary teaching experience in a field related to the School; Requires a minimum three [3] years of progressive academic administrative experience in a post-secondary institution. Prefer more than three [3] years of progressive academic administrative experience. (b) Experience teaching or managing delivery of online courses. (c) Community college teaching and/or administrative experience a plus. (d) Demonstrated experience required: Supervise, manage, evaluate and develop faculty; budget development and management; enrollment management, curriculum/program development and assessment; build and foster collaborative community/workforce education partnerships. (e) Experience working and supporting a diverse student and faculty/staff population. An ability to demonstrate inclusive pedagogical approaches to classroom instruction encouraged. (f) Other desired experience: Working with unionized faculty.

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