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Dean, Arts and Digital Media

Austin Community College
Austin, TX

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Position Information
Highland Campus
Primarily M-F 8-5, however, there may be occasional evening and weekend hours required.
Salary Commensurate Upon Experience.
FLSA Status:
Reports To:
Associate Vice President, Workforce Education
Criminal Background Check:
Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.
College Profile

Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriately applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
  • Reflects the diversity of our community.
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.
Student Profile

Austin Community College District (ACC) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. ACC currently enrolls 41,500 students, over half of whom are non-white. In Fall 2017, ACC's students were 44.67% White, 35.47% Latinx, 7.51% African-American, 5.32% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.70% Native-American, and 3.80% multiracial. ACC's designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution reflects the commitment the college has to supporting our students' educational goals as well as the economic and social well-being of the surrounding communities we serve.

ACC pursues educational excellence by being accountable and committed to achieving diversity in our faculty and staff ranks. ACC seeks to be innovative in all its operations and provides students with guidance and support in achieving success in their educational goals, whether they are seeking a degree, successful transfer, employment or lifelong learning.

The ideal candidate will be eager to work with a diverse student population and will be experienced in culturally-responsive academic practices for engaging with first-generation students and others who have been historically underserved.Our Mission

The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.

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Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open-access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. The College values and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College community.General Statement of Job

To establish and maintain a teaching, learning, and working environment where faculty, staff, and students are appropriately served within available resources on a college wide basis; to provide instructional leadership; to ensure the effective administration of assigned disciplines; and to promote instructional goals and objectives conducive to student success. To provide oversight and support of assigned programs in Arts and Digital Media dean area (Art, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Game Development, Animation and Motion Graphics, Jewelry, Music, Music Business, Performance and Technology, Professional Photography, Radio-Television-Film, and Visual Communication).Description of Duties and TasksEssential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Essential Job Functions: Provides leadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining curriculum and programs that respond to community needs; prepares students for success; and meets the external requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and applicable specialized accrediting organizations.
  • Student/Faculty Issues: Provides leadership in addressing and resolving student complaints, grade appeals, academic dishonesty appeals, faculty complaints and grievances, employee complaints against supervisor, or other student, staff, or faculty issues, where appropriate.
  • Management: Ensures consistent and appropriate application of administrative rules within assigned academic areas, including overseeing faculty evaluation processes, hiring of faculty and staff, course schedule development, planning and budgeting, safety, facilities, equipment and software needs, selection, supervision and evaluation of department chairs and assistant deans, and preparation of reports as required. Supervises and evaluates support staff. Initiates and manages special projects and assignments. Participates in shared governance through service on collegewide councils and committees.
  • Curriculum/Instruction: Provides leadership and advocacy in the planning, implementing, assessing and ongoing improvement of all curriculum, courses, and programs within assigned academic areas. Ensures that all faculty within assigned academic areas are appropriately qualified. Ensures that programs comply with regulatory requirements and/or accreditation standards where appropriate. Convenes advisory committees, works with Grants Development Office, and maintains community partnerships in support of programmatic goals.
  • Area(s) of Study: Provides leadership and advocacy for the assigned area(s) of study, including communication, student and faculty engagement, joint efforts of instruction and student services to support student success, and community-building with external partners where appropriate.
  • Business and Industry: Develops and maintains positive relationships with external business and appropriate community organizations.
  • Additional Job Specific Duties

    Dual Credit: Provides strategic leadership, oversight, and data-informed support for dual credit programs, faculty and students. Partners with area independent school districts and ACC's Office of College & High School Relations in support of excellence in dual credit instruction.KnowledgeMust possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    Demonstrated expertise in project planning, development, and implementation. Demonstrated ability to present information and summary reports internally and to the public. Embraces the community college philosophy and mission. Demonstrated ability to handle the demands and requirements of senior-level management in higher education. Effective leadership and ethics techniques, including Servant-Leadership. Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion including use of strategies for disrupting unconscious bias. Innovative problem solving and leadership in collaboration with both transfer and workforce programs.SkillsMust possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    Working in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies. Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials. Working effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff. Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills. Providing leadership at all levels of the college. Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving. Handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines. Planning and managing budgets and manpower needs.Technology Skills

    Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software. Use of software common in creative environments including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.Required Work Experience

  • Five years related work experience including supervision/management.
  • Preferred Work Experience

    Supervision/management in a higher education academic environment. Experience managing and operating facilities for creative and performing arts programsRequired Education

  • Master's degree. As required for faculty. Must meet SACSCOC faculty qualifications for the subject(s) areas taught. See the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at Experience cannot be substituted for required, applicable educational level.
  • Physical Requirements

    Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.Safety

  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Create and support workplace safety.
  • ACC Benefits OverviewFull-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

    DisclaimerThe above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

    As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


    The Austin Community College District is the primary gateway to higher education and training for residents in eight Central Texas counties. ACC is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, providing access to valuable programs and services that change lives and benefit communities.

    Mission and Vision

    The Austin Community College District values and respects each individual student. We promote student success and improve communities by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in the eight-county service area. Community colleges have a diverse, four-part mission:

    • General education and academic transfer
    • Workforce education
    • Foundation programs to get students college-ready
    • Lifelong learning (Continuing Education)


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