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Dean School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts
Date Posted 08/19/2020
Salary 90,000.00 - $100,000.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Tue Jun 9 2020 Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

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.

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 accreditation 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.

Job Requirements:


  • 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.


  • 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.

Additional Information:

Salary: $ 90,000.00-$100,000.00
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.

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