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Interim Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics/Dean of STEM
Pierce College District in Lakewood, Washington
Date Posted 09/08/2020
Employment Type Part Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Institution:Pierce College District
Location:Lakewood, WA
Executive - Deans - Science
Faculty - Science - Geology, Earth Sciences, and Oceanography
Application Due:09/07/2020
Salary:$8,400.00 USD Per Month


09/07/20 05:00 PM PST


Are you passionate about serving at a college that is centering racial equity, social justice, and intercultural engagement to eliminate equity gaps and advance student success? Are you prepared to provide leadership for faculty in the Natural Sciences Division and as part of a highly collaborative team of deans to foster a student-centered, engaging learning environment and college community? Are you yearning for the challenge of transformation as higher education confronts the Covid-era while maintaining the commitment to championing our most marginalized and vulnerable students? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.

As a leader at Pierce College, an innovative community college committed to anti-racism and excellence, the Interim Dean is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of the division's instructional programs in order to achieve student success outcomes in support of Pierce College's mission, vision, and values. In an individual capacity, as a member of a team of deans, and as an institutional collaborator, the Dean provides leadership, oversight, support, and evaluation for faculty and staff within assigned disciplines, programs, priority teams, and related grants.

The Dean is accountable for managing the development and assessment of curricula and programs, building partnerships inside and outside the institution, and working to dismantle barriers ranging from institutional silos to systemic racism in order to advance equitable student success. Responsibilities also include engaging broad data sets in a highly collaborative environment to advance strategic thinking and innovation that leads to purposeful action. The Dean is an advocate for the district within internal and external groups.

The Dean engages faculty in shared governance and encourages innovation and professional development in both academic and administrative areas of Pierce College. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Learning and Student Success. The position requires consistent and regular attendance. The Interim Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics/Dean of STEM is anticipated to serve from September 16, 2020 to December 31, 2020 (may be extended) for the Pierce College District.

Pierce College will be conducting a nationwide search for the permanent Dean position in September. This position is interim only and the individual hired as the interim Dean cannot be a candidate for the permanent position. We look forward to hearing from qualified applicants interested in this unique, short-term position.

Please note: The health and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities. In order to safeguard the health of our district, all Pierce College employees are working remotely until further notice, with a few exceptions for core staff and labs. More information is located under the "Physical Work Environment" section listed below.

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute's Rising Star Award.

About the District: The college enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. Want a feel for our District, take a peak with aerial campus views!

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site with views of Mount Rainier and recreational Waughop Lake, the campus enjoys modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development center; and a health education center.

Pierce College at Puyallup - Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land including modern facilities and beautiful hideaways.


Instructional Leadership and Supervision:
Provides supervision for faculty and staff within assigned disciplines or programs (recruit, select, train, schedule, and coach/discipline) and provides recommendations for similar actions to reporting supervisors.
Provides leadership, oversight, and evaluation to equitably support faculty within assigned or disciplines or programs, and manages the development and assessment of curricula, programs, and degrees to reduce barriers and advance student success.
Promotes professional development and supports a collaborative climate which fosters innovation and academic excellence while centering anti-racism within and throughout this work.
Supervises course scheduling, faculty assignments, and instructional delivery.
Resolves conflicts in division area in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, the Negotiated Agreement (faculty union), and Pierce College policies and practices.
Resolves complaints arising from division activities, which may include participating in the process of collective bargaining and contract grievances.
Foster Student Success:
Serves as a leader in assuring programs and services equitably support student achievement of educational goals and advance career goals, particularly for historically marginalized and minoritized populations.
In collaboration with faculty, develops an inclusive curriculum that supports a variety of instructional methods and learning opportunities, including computer-assisted instruction and eLearning, in order to minimize barriers to retention and success.
Assesses course and program goals in relation to institutional goals and mission.
Engages faculty in planning, organizing, developing, and assessing programs, activities, and curriculum.
Oversees the development, coordination and publication of the quarterly and annual schedules and other communications.
Manages the operations of the assigned district area(s) in collaboration with the Dean Team and the Executive Team, particularly with regard to items affecting student learning, policy, and union contracts.
Works collaboratively with faculty to plan, organize, develop and evaluate instructional programs.
Demonstrates commitment to centering equity and fully engages in shared governance, consultative processes, and consensus building.
Participates in strategic enrollment management with administration and for faculty and staff within assigned disciplines or programs.
Ensures the college is in compliance with national and state laws, regulations, and guidelines.
Guided by an anti-racist framework, recommends, develops, and implements policies, procedures, and initiatives related to programs that promote student success and continual improvement.
Ensures that strategic integration of emerging technology and contemporary business practices aid the institution in achieving mission.
Assists in the accreditation process.
Represents Pierce College at assigned community, state, and national activities. Actively engages during college and district-wide meetings.
Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Budget and Planning:
Develops, recommends, and manages budget for assigned areas of programs and services. Manages financial resources consistent with district policy and sound financial management principles.
Participates in the collaborative annual planning and budgeting process with other deans and in cooperation with managers, supervisors, faculty, and classified staff consistent with college principles and values.
Facilitates grant applications for assigned area, manages grants, and prepares required reports.
Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution AND one (1) year of administrative management experience in higher education.
Five (5) years' experience as a full-time college or university faculty member.
Demonstrated action to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education with a commitment to being a transformational leader in an anti-racist institution.
Experience leading with a collaborative and engaged management style.
Success in using data to make decisions and guide change.
Demonstrated commitment to the success of historically marginalized and minoritized students and equitable student success.
Experience with innovative teaching and learning strategies.
Demonstrated experience in improving student success and retention.
Required Competencies:

Knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents

Fosters excellence in instruction and programming; uses effective leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring, to support employees in achieving the college mission and their individual professional goals.
Builds consensus around challenging issues and makes informed decisions that resolve conflict; effectively moves processes forward to accomplish goals.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
Exercises strategic thinking and innovation in academic planning; utilizes excellent time management and problem-solving techniques; displays professional judgment in complex and sensitive situations; analyzes problems, identifies alternative solutions and consequences of proposed actions, articulates possibilities, and implements recommendations to support goals; demonstrates critical, creative, and reflective thinking.
Student Focus:
Cooperates with staff and other managers to develop processes that are student friendly and supportive of student success; promotes the welfare and best interests of students at all times; strives for consistency of process across the district.
Works as an integral part of the instructional administrative team for Pierce College District including both colleges, the educational program at JBLM, and other sites; supports shared governance; promotes innovation and professional development in both academic and administrative areas of Pierce College; works collaboratively with Student Services in the identification and implementation of promising practices for student completion.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Values open-mindedness, inclusion, multicultural perspectives, and multiple ways of knowing, thinking, and being.
Actively supports and engages in Pierce College’s mission and core theme for equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners.
Job Knowledge:
Leads development of curriculum, educational policies, and educational assessments.
Applies knowledge of innovations and trends in teaching and learning within higher education.
Ensures college curriculum reflects community, regional, state and national needs.
Able to balance the work of multiple projects from design through completion.
Adept at using data to assess current programs and student achievement and to plan future initiatives.
Manages budgets with understanding of the rules and processes.
Working knowledge of technology tools that support instruction and administration
Familiar with collective bargaining agreements and labor relations principles.
Effective Communication:
Works collaboratively with all areas of the college community to communicate values, outcomes, and priorities and to develop positive relationships.
Advocates for the district with internal and external groups; communicates effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff and leadership.
Uses effective listening skills and applies effective written and oral communication techniques to convey clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
Personal Responsibility:
Exhibits a high level of personal and professional conduct which contributes to the overall mission and goals.
Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; earns the trust, respect and confidence of staff, faculty and students through fairness, truthfulness, honesty, sensitivity, reliability and professionalism in all interactions.

To be considered for this position, applicants must:
*Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
*Complete the online application profile at http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/hr/.
*Apply for the specific job opening.
*Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. Please limit your cover letter to one page. (Cover Letter)
*Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
*Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: www.naces.org/members.htm (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
*Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time (40 hours per week) administrative-exempt position with Pierce College District. Frequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours vary, however, hours are primarily between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings.This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:
The starting salary range of this position is $8,400.00 a month. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr-benefits.

Physical Work Environment:

This position works indoors in an office environment. During this time, core staff approved by their supervisors to come onto campus are covered by a safety plan that follows social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols. This includes minimizing close contact by limiting time on campus; conducting meetings virtually; and implementing other creative strategies to reduce the density of employees on campus to keep everyone safe.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342.Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date, however, we anticipate a very quick turnaround. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.

Conditions of Employment:
*An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
*Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: jobs@pierce.ctc.edu.

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 840-8472

Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229

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