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Program Dean for Physical Sciences

Portland Community College
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Program Dean for Physical SciencesRequisition IDreq1002DepartmentAcademic Affairs LeadersCampusCA-Cascade CampusEmployment TypeAdministrative-Full TimeBest Consideration Date


Application Review will begin after November 11, 2021

Position Summary

Under the Direction of the Dean of the Academic & Career Pathway for Sciences, Computing, and Engineering, the Program Dean of Physical Sciences is responsible for direct oversight of College-wide educational disciplines, programs and services within one or more of the College’s integrated academic, career, and workforce programs. The position oversees and leads multiple instructional disciplines, programs, and services to provide strong holistic learning opportunities and equitable educational/career student outcomes; emphasizes excellence in teaching and learning; promotes culturally responsive curriculum and program development; engages with industry/workforce; and supports full- and part-time faculty and academic affairs staff to ensure equitable opportunity and academic goal attainment for students. The incumbent serves as a key College contact for both internal and external College partners to ensure alignment of curriculum to community needs.

The college is seeking a bold transformational leader who will effectively navigate a large unionized multi-campus environment during a time of organizational change. Under the direction of the Dean of Academic & Career Pathways for Sciences, Computing, and Engineering; the Program Dean of Physical Sciences will lead a team of department chairs, faculty, and staff to provide integrated delivery of gateway and transfer courses in General Science, Geology, Physics, and Chemistry. This leader will be expected to incorporate higher education and community college best practices into the practices of the administrative area. The successful candidate will have direct experience and strong knowledge of best practices in implementing initiatives to address equity and opportunity gaps in the physical sciences.

This position will be responsible, with department chairs and faculty, for developing, implementing, and evaluating equitable student success in prerequisite and transfer physical sciences courses aligned with retention and success metrics. For more information, please visit our YESS (Yes to Equitable Student Success) information page.

The position provides an exciting opportunity for a strategic, collaborative, and visionary leader. The official responsibilities are to provide broad administrative direction and leadership in the development, expansion/retraction, revision, improvement, and maintenance of a quality education program. An extremely important part of this role at PCC is to bring to the administration, faculty, and staff of this program an equity-driven and student-centered passion for learning. Meaningful collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators are all part of the regular work.

Portland Community College serves nearly 70,000 full and part-time students across a large and diverse service area, with four campuses and multiple education centers. We are committed to a culture which values belonging, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. A demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive and inclusive services designed to improve equitable educational outcomes for community college students is required for this position.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate Profile

In addition to the typical duties and responsibilities and key skills and abilities as listed here, the following qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position. Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

In your cover letter, please provide a brief description of how you meet the minimum qualifications and success criteria. Include a narrative or bulleted list describing how your knowledge, passions, and experiences align with this position.Please also include a reflection on how the following Leadership Competencies emerge in your work.

    Ability to lead and manage large programs and collaboratively support faculty and staff in the data-driven design, implementation, and evaluation of student-centered initiatives and goals
    Accomplished initiatives with a focus on equitable student success through culturally responsive support for individuals and communities with historically marginalized identities (including but not limited to: first-generation students, students of color, queer and transgender students, incarcerated students, and low-income students) with emphasis on opportunity gaps in STEM+
    Successful application of collaborative leadership drawing on excellent communication skills; to supervise, coordinate, foster a culture of accountability, and engage diverse internal and external stakeholders in a large, dynamic system
    Demonstrated understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching physical science laboratory courses, laboratory function and maintenance, and field experiences
    Capable of and accountable for contributing to institutional policies and practices that challenge the dominant culture in order to bring about change while supporting diverse faculty and staff in navigating this process
    Willingness to lead by example and to work collaboratively with others to promote a culture where prejudice, discrimination, and racism that impacts students and staff at the interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional levels are disrupted
Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Master’s Degree
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience related to the area of assignment, providing program/project management or program/project coordination
  • Three (3) years of higher education management/supervisory experience

Position GradeNStarting Salary ExpectationsMinimum $96,208 to range midpoint of $117,854. Placement will generally not exceed the mid-point, based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity.Position Grade Salary Range$96208 to $139497 Annual SalaryFTE1PCC BenefitsPCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. After one year of management or confidential service, PCC also provides a 2% contribution to a 403(b) account for eligible management and confidential personnel. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age, as well as partial tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)
- 14.67 hours of vacation leave per month
- 1 day of sick leave per month
- 11 holidays
- 3 additional personal leave days per year

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical RequirementsWork environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. Frequent travel to other locations is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.Background Check RequiredYesPortland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA
Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.


From training our community's workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational success and completion, the work we do at Portland Community College today is at the heart of our region's success tomorrow.

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 90,000 full-time and part-time students. We fill a unique role, one that offers high quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community.

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