Dean of Lakeshore Campus - External

Grand Rapids Community College
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Dean of Lakeshore Campus - External

Date: May 9, 2022

Position Title: Dean of Lakeshore Campus

Job ID: 1343

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks

Compensation: Meet and Confer-Grade 19, $106,637

Reports to: Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posting Close Date: June 6, 2022


The Dean of the Lakeshore Campus is responsible for the leadership of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, including creating and implementing a vision aligned with the mission, vision, values, and strategic direction of GRCC. The Dean will create and sustain a working environment on the Lakeshore Campus that demonstrates a spirit of collaboration, innovation, access, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with a deep understanding of and experience with the critical role community colleges play in the academic, personal, and civic development of a student. The Dean will work in cooperation with College leadership to create and sustain programs relevant to students and the Lakeshore community. To successfully achieve these results the Dean will need to cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

The Dean of the Lakeshore Campus is a part of the Provost's leadership team and will provide leadership for GRCC's new Lakeshore Campus building which opened in 2021. The Dean of the Lakeshore Campus will be responsible for maintaining GRCC's presence in the lakeshore community while building and expanding its programming to meet the education and training needs of the community.

Essential Job Functions:
    Provide administrative leadership, support and supervision for the Lakeshore Campus. Collaborate with leadership across the College to develop short and long-term goals for the Lakeshore Campus, including program and course offerings and enrollment targets and initiatives. Develop partnerships within the Lakeshore community to best meet education and workforce needs. Facilitate regular meetings of the Lakeshore Advisory Council. Actively participate and engage within the Lakeshore community. Serve as a GRCC representative within and for the Lakeshore community. Advocate to the Provost for the needs of the Lakeshore Campus. Provide regular updates to the Provost and President regarding the activities of and opportunities for the Lakeshore Campus. Identify innovative approaches to programs and processes to advance the vision and direction of the Lakeshore Campus. Advance the development of equity-centered best practices to provide access and success on the Lakeshore Campus. Collect, review, and analyze data relevant to program vitality, student success, and other trends. Convene the staff of the Lakeshore Campus on a regular basis to review and refine the vision and strategic direction for the campus in collaboration with other College leaders. Collaborate with School Deans, Department Heads and Program Directors to focus on continuous improvement of programs and services at the Lakeshore Campus. Collaborate with School Deans, Department Heads and Program Directors in the exploration and development of new programs for the Lakeshore Campus. Advocate for staff and programs on the Lakeshore Campus. Identify grant opportunities and other sources of revenue for the Lakeshore Campus. Ensure alignment of the Lakeshore Campus to the Provost's vision, the College's Strategic Plan and mission of the College. Support, supervise, and evaluate direct reports on the Lakeshore Campus. Convene regular meetings, establish work expectations, and complete annual performance evaluations. Aligned with expectations established by the Provost, set standards for hiring new staff and regularly review the hiring processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Allocate resources and other systemic supports to promote professional development for staff. Participate in College-wide planning as appropriate, including but not limited to planning related to the strategic plan, budget development, emergency response, and facility master planning. Provide local leadership for the promotion of K-12 and transfer initiatives. Actively participate in and retain membership in such statewide and national organizations and activities as are appropriate for the maintenance and improvement of programs. Monitor legislative activity at the State and Federal level and provide input to the legislative process as appropriate. Participates in collective bargaining teams, as needed and assigned by the President. This role is a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act. Other duties as assigned by the Provost.


    Master's degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline offered by the College, Higher Education Administration, Educational Leadership, or a closely related field is required. A Doctorate degree is preferred.

Work Experience
    Minimum of three years prior experience in a role responsible for oversight of educational programming or educational center is required. Demonstrated leadership in an educational setting is required. Supervisory experience of staff is required. Teaching experience in higher education is preferred. Experience in a community college is preferred. Demonstrated experience with developing and moving forward initiatives that advance equity, access, and inclusion. Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives. Demonstrated successful advocacy for students and students' needs.

  • The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies
    Decisive Responsibility Achievement Adaptability Information Skills Speaking Ingenuity Teamwork

Occupational Competencies
    Making Decisions and Solving Problems Getting Information Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing Objectives and Strategies Developing and Building Teams Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Analyzing Data or Information Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Interacting With Computers Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

Mental Demands
  • Proven ability to work effectively both as a team leader and a team player.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the significance of cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation for equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
  • Ability to be optimistic, positive and supportive in all interactions with others.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Physical Demands
  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, and writing, listening and speaking.

Working Conditions
  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Must be able to attend functions off campus and work weekends/evenings as required.
  • Professional travel required.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on June 6, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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