Dean of College Transitions and Secondary Partnerships

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Elgin Community College
Elgin, IL
Dean of College Transitions and Secondary Partnerships

Elgin Community College (ECC) is a comprehensive, fully accredited community college located in Elgin, Illinois, one of its most rapidly growing cities. Our district encompasses 360 square miles, serving 400,000 people, 11,000 businesses with four public school districts and 15 high schools. ECC was selected as one of five Illinois community colleges to participate in the national Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative. is a long-term national initiative that collaborates with community colleges to help more students earn degrees, complete certificates, or transfer to four-year institutions to continue their studies. The park-like setting of our 145 acre Main Campus offers instruction spanning nine major buildings with beautiful views. ECC also offers classes throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago with more than 100 off-campus locations.


The Dean provides academic and administrative leadership associated with the Division of College Transitions and Secondary Partnerships, which includes partnerships with District 509 schools, early college experiences (i.e., multiple dual credit programs, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, career pathways, etc.), the Alliance for College Readiness, TRiO grant programs, targeted transition program interventions (i.e., COL101, Talent Search, Transition Academy, etc.), and multiple college readiness programs and grants.

The Dean must manage complex relationships within the College (i.e., president, vice presidents, other deans and administrators, board members, the foundation, faculty, and administrative support staff) as well as with numerous high-level external partners within district high schools, business/industry, and varied state and local organizations engaged in college readiness (i.e., Illinois P-20, Alignment Collaborative for Education, district superintendents, EFE, etc.) to facilitate the smooth transition of students from high school to the college.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Lead cross-functional teams in the development of innovations and practices that promote student success related to college transition, including planning, communication, and implementation with both internal and external partners, e.g. Alliance for College Readiness, Talent Search/Transition Academy, etc.

2. Develop and foster partnerships with internal stakeholders as well as local, state, regional, and national agencies, community partnerships and educational alliances to support efforts to improve student success. Work with school districts to build seamless pathways between secondary and postsecondary education, including expanding opportunities for dual credit.

3. Define processes and procedures, leveraging institutional systems and practices, to ensure high quality programming.

4. Supervise division staff and faculty. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate performance. Provide job training, mentoring, and career development.

5. Provide fiscal leadership for the division including educational fund budgets and external grant development and management in order to support innovation.

6. Maintain currency with best practices/innovations in teaching and learning and postsecondary transitions; ensure awareness of statewide/national trends as well as legislative changes

7. Ensure collection and analysis of data to evaluate initiatives/programs as well as inform decision-making

8. Perform other job-related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description

Required Qualifications:

1. Master's degree in academic discipline or education or educational administration.
2. Minimum three years' administrative experience with increasing responsibilities.
3. Mini mum three years' experience in an educational collective bargaining environment.
4. Knowledge of accreditation requirements of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or equivalent agency, Illinois Community College Board policies, state P-20 initiatives, and federal and state education-related legislation.
5. Current knowledge of college readiness trends and practices.
6. Current knowledge of adult learning theory and styles and high-impact teaching/learning methods for diverse populations.
7. Experience in utilizing evaluative strategies to improve teaching and program effectiveness.
8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
9. Knowledge of the comprehensive mission of the community college.
10. Appreciation of diversity and promotion of multi-cultural awareness.
11. Ability to collaboratively build teams with administrators, faculty, and staff.
12. Extensive experience developing and managing budgets, including grants.
13. Ability to build external partnerships.
14. Proven skills in strategic planning, including developing a vision, defining actions, ensuring implementation, and evaluation.
15. Demonstrated success in grant writing and management.

Desired Qualifications:

1. Doctorate degree preferred.
2. Teaching experience in higher education or community college preferred

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Elgin Community College is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.




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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/27/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Commensurate with experience