Academic Dean - Career Programs

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Career Programs - Nursing and Health Careers, Skilled Trades, Professional Programs

LOCATION:    District/Signal Peak Campus – Coolidge, Arizona                     

JOB SUMMARY: Serve as academic dean responsible for district-wide student-centered leadership. Provide supervision, guidance and direction for programming, courses, services, faculty and staff in assigned cluster of departments and activities. Responsibilities: Direct, develop, implement and evaluate academic and related programs. Provide leadership for the development and assessment of new curriculum and programs to meet the needs of students and industry. Actively participate, develop and/or lead the development of partnerships and community involvement activities.  Serve all students as a TRUE Learning Community by promoting student success through student learning, student development, and student retention.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will:

  • Develop and implement strategies that support student completion.
  • Develop, implement, manage and evaluate academic programs. Provide leadership and maintain accountability for assigned departments’ operations. Oversee the development and evaluation of new academic programs and services that meet the needs of students and the community. Enhance a culture of inquiry in which faculty and staff use thoughtful interpretation of assessment information to improve teaching and learning. Monitor program standards, ensure compliance with College policies and procedures and external accrediting requirements and national licensures; recommend and guide modifications as required.
  • Serve as liaison with community and local industry representatives and outside agencies to determine needs for existing and additional programs; Provide leadership for faculty in the development of programming that meets changing industry needs. Participate in internal and external professional activities. Develop and participate in external resource development.
  • Assist in the development of marketing strategies leading to program recognition and growth.
  • Supervise and evaluate faculty, staff, class schedules, and respective budgets. Promote and support the professional development of district faculty and staff. Provide guidance and resources for student-centered initiatives.
  • Manage and direct the short and long-range strategic planning of the divisions in support of college goals and objectives. Develop and implement budget; manage approved budgets; Oversee monitoring of equipment/inventories for multiple programs. Establish operating procedures for the division, and maintain liaison with other divisions and departments of the college on matters relating to academic programs, physical assets, and facilities.
  • Perform other duties commensurate with the functions and level of the position.


EDUCATION: Master’s Degree  


EXPERIENCE:  Five (5) years of progressively responsible applicable experience in a higher education setting.

SPECIAL POSITION CONDITIONS:  Countywide travel will be required.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:   Doctorate desired; candidate should ideally qualify as faculty under HLC to teach in a curriculum area offered at the college. Candidate for this position should have experience in industry or related professional field, and workforce development.  Candidate should ideally have experience in a community college setting.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this job include:


  • Knowledge of instructional program development, planning, evaluation, and review with the ability to produce new, imaginative, or innovative solutions different from traditional approaches.
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art teaching and learning techniques, including technological applications and distance learning.
  • Knowledge of current education theory and practice.
  • Knowledge and skill in leadership, management, and supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration.
  • Knowledge of special accreditation and certifying agencies’ regulations and standards.
  • Knowledge in operating a variety of multimedia equipment, computer systems, hardware, and relevant software applications.
  • Knowledge of grant writing protocols and compliance procedures.


  • Skill in supervisory practices and techniques.
  • Skill preparing, monitoring, and maintaining budgets.
  • Skill solving difficult problems.
  • Skill analyzing data and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Skill acting as a community liaison, locally and internationally.
  • Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public.
  • Skill in presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Skill working in a diverse multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population
  • Skill in conflict resolution, leadership and teambuilding.
  • Skill developing programs.


  • Ability to prepare complex reports and respond to inquiries as appropriate. Ability to manage multiple projects and inspire others to achieve objectives.
  • Ability to work within an open and team environment using collaborative approaches.
  • Ability to focus faculty and staff toward student learning.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire faculty and staff across campuses.
  • Ability to commit to establishing, maintaining, and assessing collaborative educational and service programs.
  • Ability to foster creative community and cultural programming.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

SALARY:  Entry salary is $88,805.00

DEADLINE:  All application materials must be received in Human Resources at the Signal Peak Campus by 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  The application packet should consist of:

  • Letter of interest – Please how your experience meets the Essential Qualifications and required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
  • Current resume 
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts reflecting the required degree or course work (For position vacancy that requires college level coursework or degrees)

To apply go to Travel costs due to interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications not accompanied with the required transcripts will not be considered. 

Copies of transcripts should reflect completed course work and conferred degrees. All academic course work and degrees must be from a regionally accredited college or university or be certified by an acceptable agency that the institution is recognized by the appropriate governmental agency in its home country (this is generally stated in the degree evaluation).

Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a full translation (word for word) by an acceptable translator. Additionally, each foreign transcript must be evaluated for equivalency to United States accredited course work by an acceptable agency such as those agencies certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Applications containing foreign transcripts that are not accompanied with the above required documentation, will not be considered.

Faxed application materials will not be accepted. 

Background Verification:  As a condition of employment, all candidates accepting an offer of employment for a full-time, part- time, temporary, student worker, or volunteer position, will be required to undergo a Background Verification.  The check will be conducted by third party agent, General Information Services (GIS) Inc.  Employment with Central Arizona College is contingent upon the successful completion of the background verification.  The college does not accept responsibility for information errors reported by GIS during the background process.   The level of the background check for this position is: Executive Level.

The Talent Development Department is located in main administration building, H Building, Suite 131 on the Signal Peak Campus at 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, Arizona 85128.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Central Arizona College prohibits discrimination in employment and educational programs based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, military status, genetic test information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.




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Posted: 12/13/2018
Application Due: 1/17/2019
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