Associate Dean for Health Professions

Job description


Whatcom Community College invites applications for an Associate Dean for Health Professions. The Associate Dean for Health Professions is responsible for the oversight and administrative leadership of Whatcom Community College's (WCC's) allied health professions programs and for strong collaboration and linkages with its nursing program (which has a designated director). WCC currently offers health professions programs in chemical dependency professional, massage therapist, medical assisting, nursing, and physical therapist assistant. This position will oversee WCC allied health professions programs and curriculum; supervise program coordinators, faculty, support and grants staff; lead the development and implementation of WCC-specific and state-wide collaborative health education projects including grant projects; and partner with the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHEC WW--based at Whatcom Community College) on collaborative programming and projects. This position reports to WCC's Dean for Workforce Education.

Job Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, retaining, supervising and evaluating Allied Health Professions program coordinators, faculty and staff (with the exception of the nursing program, which has a designated director); managing hiring processes; creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that values stakeholders; and supporting faculty and staff professional development needs.
  • Coordinating with WCC's nursing director to ensure alignment and collaboration among WCC allied health and nursing programs, and supporting WCC's nursing director on industry engagement, grant opportunities, programmatic or student issues as needed. 
  • Monitoring allied health program performance and budgets; ensuring compliance with program accreditation, state and college standards in collaboration with program and division leadership.  Maintaining appropriate systems for tracking accurate data and information; creating reports that meet college timelines.
  • Supporting new curriculum development, program viability evaluation, program changes, guided pathways initiatives, and scheduling issues. and accreditation of health programs.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW) on common initiatives.  (AHECWW is based at WCC).
  • Establishing and maintaining a broad perspective on emerging community healthcare and workforce needs and trends regionally, across Washington State, and nationally; developing and maintaining critical partnerships in support of projects and collaborations locally and state-wide.
  • Representing WCC professionally and serving on college and state wide committees and councils.
  • Promoting student success across allied health programs by supporting program assessment and revision to reflect innovative pedagogy and advances in health professions, continuous quality improvement, and increased student access and retention.  Supporting enrollment and student recruitment efforts. 
  • Seeking out, collaboratively developing, leading, and implementing grant funding opportunities that support added resources to the college; developing and overseeing project contracts, outcomes and deliverables, overseeing and developing project budgets, reports, data collection and reporting,
  • Conducting research on workforce needs and opportunities.
  • Helping to convene and participate in collaborative efforts and initiatives with industry partners and other educational institutions and agencies in support of meeting community and regional health professions employment needs.
  • Developing, promoting, and supporting college and health program policies; keeping WCC leadership informed of program/project developments.
  • Identifying equipment needs and supporting purchasing processes.
  • Supporting the development of new, continuing-education professional courses and programs for the health industry.
  • Contributing to marketing strategies for professional-technical and continuing education programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution (any field); bachelor's degree in a health professions related field.
  • Three years' experience in a leadership or administrative position.
  • Experience teaching or working in or with higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in a health professions related field.
  • Community college teaching and/or administrative experience in a health professions field;
  • Experience with professional development and support for faculty;
  • Progressively successful administrative and supervisory experience in education or healthcare.
  • Experience supporting state or federal grant projects, grant budgets and grant data tracking and reporting.
  • Experience working with or in K-12 school district.
  • Experience working in or with state or national health professions organizations.

Skills & Abilities
The successful candidate will demonstrate skills and abilities to:

  • Act and behave according to principles of integrity, respect, open and honest communication, and collaboration;
  • Offer creative innovative ideas to develop programming, curricula, and pedagogy--including, for example, cooperative learning, service-learning, online learning, etc.--that incorporate program and general education learning outcomes;
  • Promote an equitable work and learning environment;
  • Adhere to college and state processes, procedures, and deadlines;
  • Resolve conflicts and address faculty, staff and student concerns in a fair, equitable manner;
  • Be creative, energetic, and able to make significant contributions to the continuous improvement of a high-quality faculty and institution, and possess demonstrated leadership
  • Apply knowledge of current theories, research, and high-quality practice in higher education administration;
  • Develop an understanding of a comprehensive community college.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary and Appointment: 

  • This is a full-time Administrative/Exempt position. Exempt from Washington State civil service law with an annual salary based upon a range of $85,000-$88,000. 

Benefits Package:

  • The position comes with a full benefit package, including health, dental, life, long term disability insurance and a retirement plan.  

Start Date:

  • As soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.

Application Due Date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by November 7th, 2018 at 4:59 pm. Position open until filled.

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Job No: 00150
Posted: 11/24/2018
Application Due: 1/23/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $85,000.00 - $88,000.00 Annually