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Associate Dean of Health Sciences

Grand Rapids Community College

Job Description



Date: November 14, 2022

Position Title: Associate Dean of Health Sciences

Department: Health Sciences

Job ID: 1441

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks*

Compensation: Meet and Confer Grade 18 - $99,849

Reports to: Dean of the School of Health Science

Posting Close Date: December 14, 2022

* Willing to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and/or weekends.


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:

● Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
● A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
● Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
● Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
● Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
● Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
● Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


The Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences is a new position at GRCC that was created after a reorganization of Academic and Student Affairs. The Associate Dean position supports the School of Health Science through innovative, collaborative, and student-focused leadership to help shape the future of student success, academic excellence, and community impact at GRCC.

The Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the Health Science programs including; Nursing, Dental, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Allied Health, and Exercise Science. The Associate Dean of the School of Health Science will foster a working environment that demonstrates a spirit of collaboration, innovation, access, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with strong organizational skills and a deep understanding of and experience with education in the Health Sciences or Human Services. The Associate Dean will work in cooperation with Department Heads and Department Chairs to develop class schedules and determine instructional workloads, support the curriculum development process, help to manage departmental budgets, and demonstrates leadership and oversight of faculty professional development, evaluations, and tenure and promotion activities. To successfully achieve these results the Associate Dean will need to cultivate effective and mutually beneficial relationships with faculty and administrators.

Essential Job Functions
Scheduling /Section Management/Assignment

● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, develop a schedule of classes and manage section offerings.

● Assign baseloads for full-time faculty and coordinate overload selections for full-time faculty. Administer adjunct availability and course assignment process.

● Manage room scheduling and facility needs for departments.

● Assure the accuracy of Faculty Information Forms and contractual correctness of faculty loads. Office Oversight, Process Development & Management

● Participate in the supervision and evaluation of office staff.

● Propose, create, implement, and review operational procedures and processes that impact the work of Academic and Student Affairs.

● Conduct mid-year and annual performance reviews for direct reports; review and approve evaluations for academic support staff for departments in the School.

Budget and Finance Management
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, manage departmental budgets.
● Approve payroll and leaves for staff direct reports.


Program/Curriculum Review & Support
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, implement approved new courses and programs.
● Assist in fund-raising and grant development related to academic departments/programs, including Perkins, and assure compliance with grant provisions.
● Collaborate with and support the Dean on curricular processes and decision-making.

Faculty Administration & Support
● Facilitate initial orientation and ongoing support for the work of the Department Heads and Program Directors.
● Approve Faculty Leaves of Absence.
● Administer contract provisions for faculty and direct staff reports.
● Approve adjunct professional development funds.
● Monitor the relationship between the School and the bookstore, particularly as it relates to the availability of educational resources used to support classroom instruction.
● Serves as point of contact to address day-to-day operational issues within the School.

Faculty Hiring
● Establish and maintain processes for hiring new faculty and staff, and regularly review hiring processes to assure maximum effectiveness.
● In collaboration with the Dean, make recommendations for new hires to the Provost.
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, on-board and orient new faculty around professional development and first-year expectations.
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, hire adjunct faculty.
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, form and lead full-time faculty and staff hiring committees.
● Implement agreed-upon hiring standards.


Faculty Evaluation
● Supervise adjunct and full-time faculty in their respective areas.
● Create Performance Improvement Plans (PIP) for faculty and staff and take disciplinary action when needed- collaborating with the Dean as needed.
● Lead and administer the Faculty Performance Evaluation and Tenure Promotion system for the School. This includes providing orientation and training for faculty and working collaboratively with other areas at the college to assure the effective operation of these systems.

● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, form and facilitate tenure and promotion committees, and make tenure and promotion recommendations to the Provost in collaboration with the Dean.

● Conduct faculty classroom observations and provide constructive written and verbal feedback as part of the evaluation process.

● Working with Instructional Support and Department Heads and Program Directors, support program development and evaluation for the School.
● Working with Instructional Support and Department Heads and Program Directors, overseeing course curriculum development and evaluation for programs within the School.
● Represent the School on college-wide curriculum teams.
● In collaboration with Department Heads/Program Directors, assure departments and programs maintain
compliance with the curricular and quality elements of institutional and programmatic accreditations.

Student Conduct and Concerns
● Collaborate with the Office of Student Life and Conduct initiatives to attend to student misconduct.
● Lead School efforts to effectively address student complaints and grade grievances.
● Track student complaints for the School to identify trends and areas for improvement.
● Work with the General Counsel, the Director of EEO Compliance, and equal opportunity labor representatives as needed to address student concerns.

Professional Development
● In collaboration with the Department Heads and Program Directors, identify professional development needs for faculty and staff.
● Serve as Liaison to the Center for Teaching Excellence, collaborating on training and workshops as needed.


Additional Duties

• Serve on cross-college teams, including the Academic Governance Council (AGC) and Strategic Leadership Team (SLT).

• Study Away Advisory Team

• Honors Leadership Team

• Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.

• Persons in this role are identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSA's will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.

• Other duties as assigned by the Dean.

School Specific Duties
● Serve in an advisory capacity to promote and align non-credit instruction with credit programs as required.


● Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline offered in the School of Health Sciences, or a related field is required.
â—‹ Doctorate is preferred.

Work Experience
● Minimum of three years prior experience in a role responsible for leadership and oversight of educational programming or related experience is required.
● Supervisory experience of instructional staff is preferred.
● Three years teaching experience in higher education is required.
● Experience leading Health Sciences programs and accreditation in a higher education setting is preferred.
● Experience working in an industry in one of the Health Sciences is preferred.
● Experience in a community college is preferred.
● Experience working in a collective bargaining environment is preferred.
● Demonstrated experience with developing and moving forward initiatives that advance equity, access, and inclusion.
● Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives.
● Demonstrated successful advocacy for those in need.


The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based
selection process:

Foundational Competencies
● Decisive
● Responsibility
● Achievement
● Adaptability
● Information Skills
● Speaking
● Ingenuity
● Teamwork

Occupational Competencies
● Making Decisions and Solving Problems
● Getting Information
● Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
● Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
● Developing Objectives and Strategies
● Developing and Building Teams
● Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
● Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
● Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
● Analyzing Data or Information
● Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
● Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
● Interacting With Computers
● Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
● Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
● Ability to learn and effectively utilize college Information and Learning Management Systems


Physical Demands
● The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, and writing, listening, and speaking.


Mental Demands
● Proven ability to work effectively as a team leader and player.
● Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
● Highly motivated, focused, and results-oriented.
● Demonstrated understanding of the significance of cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation for equity and inclusion.
● Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
● Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high-stress conditions.
● Ability to be optimistic, positive, and supportive in all interactions with others.
● High level of accuracy and attention to detail.


Working Conditions

● Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.

● Must be able to attend functions off campus and work weekends/evenings as required.

● Professional travel is required.



Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs. Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 4, 2022, at 11:59 PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal-opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an
investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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