Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences to serve as the lead administrator within the Natural and Applied Sciences division and have primary responsibility for instructional operations and activities.
This position supervises academic transfer areas in math and sciences, as well as the Dental Assisting professional and technical program.
South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district. We also offer:
- FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
- Gym and recreation facilities
- Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
- Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
- The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
- The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
- Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
- Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond – you receive a FREE State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
- On-campus child care
- Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
- Starbucks coffee shop
- Percival Creek running beneath our campus footbridge, providing year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon runs
- Marked walking paths on nicely paved sidewalks
- A variety of wellness workshops and events
What You'll Do
- Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with a variety of individuals and groups within and outside of the college.
Lead projects with groups of people from different perspectives from inception to completion.
- Mentor faculty in the development of courses and programs and with specific knowledge of student learning outcomes, authentic assessments, and strategies that serve a diverse student body.
- Develop effective industry connections to support the creation of relevant professional/technical programs and maintain industry relationships to ensure the long-term alignment of these programs with changing industry needs.
- Identify divisional staffing needs and collaborate in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified personnel.
- Provide supervision, change management, team building and conflict resolution.
- Follow and enforce current collective bargaining agreements in the supervision of staff and faculty.
- Work with a diverse student, staff, college community population and the community at large.
- Promote diversity, equity, and accessibility in all planning and operational activities.
- Professionally develop staff and faculty.
- Delegate tasks to supporting staff and faculty members.
- Plan, develop, manage, and assess program budgets.
- Use data as a foundation for decision-making that may include but not be limited to enrollment trends, retention rates, student demographic trends, and employment projections.
- Work with accreditation processes both at the college level and for specific professional programs.
- Advocate for a group or organizational unit while also understanding that your group or unit is one among many that support an overall institutional mission.
- Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational and work environment that affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Support the college's mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking.
- Contribute to the appreciation of diversity and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.
Qualifications You Possess
- Master's degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
- 3 years of teaching experience.
- 3 years of supervision and leadership experience, preferably in an educational setting.
Essential Skills & Abilities:
- Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to establish strong relationships and partnerships.
- Deep understanding of and belief in the role of the community college.
- Commitment to the mission and Core Themes of South Puget Sound Community College.
- Innovative approaches to support student success.
- Data driven decision-making.
- Culturally competent and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Systems oriented.
- Strong communicator with a demonstrated ability to bring together multiple perspectives and clearly articulate a unified goal.
- Advanced knowledge of computers and software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.
Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:
- Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
- Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.
Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to [email protected] with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.
Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.
SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.