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Dean of STEM (DOS - 22)

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL

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Category:: Administrators
Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Jul 21, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Administrators
Ref. No.:: DOS-22
Position ID:: 150748

About Oakton Community College :

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for Dean of STEM (DOS-22)

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres. These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction. This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus and Skokie campus, but will also require significant time in the community, and will also have an off-site office. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2021 amounts to $74.1 million. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a Dean of STEM who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Dean of STEM is responsible for general oversight, strategic vision, and tactical implementation of activities in the STEM division. The dean works collaboratively with other academic deans to ensure alignment and broad implementation of the college's mission, vision, and values. The dean directly supervises and evaluates the division's academic chairs and faculty members, and provides administrative leadership for division office staff.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Academic Operations
  • Provides educational vision and leadership for the division
  • drives department and program efforts at program, curriculum, and course development and improvement;
  • facilitates faculty professional development activities;
  • Ensures academic course schedule supports student needs and is fiscally responsible and sustainable.
  • Assigns faculty loads.
  • Develops and leads the execution of the annual budget for the division and its departments and programs. Actively pursues appropriate grant or alternative funding opportunities.
  • Individually and as a member of the Council of Deans participate in proposing, implementing, and interpreting college policies and procedures with regard to the college's mission, goals and objectives.
  • Participate in the hiring process for faculty and staff.
  • Works collaboratively with the Academic Affairs Executive Assistant/Process Analyst on the standardization and ongoing management of division office operations.
  • Supporting Students
  • Maintains college visibility through regular communication with students, including new academic term kickoffs, midterm check-ins, and completion nudges.
  • Hosts (randomly selected) students in meetings each semester.
  • Provides timely, procedural leadership for students and faculty members alike in such matters as grade appeals and questions of academic integrity, and establishes/maintains routine procedures for dealing with such administrative matters affecting students and faculty members as grade changes, entry to closed classes, field trips, etc.
  • Maintains an open-door environment for students; helps students resolve issues with faculty.

Teaching and Learning

  • Together with department/program chairs, provide evidence-based annual program reviews and assessment of teaching and learning.
  • Champions the use of evidence-based high impact practices.
  • Sets expectations for the incorporation of new technology and methodology into educational programs, curricula, and the workplace.
  • Drives the development of new and/or updated courses and programs in the Division to meet the changing needs of the student population. Ensures the quality and relevance of the academic programs and services.
  • Create, present, and act upon an annual division status report.
  • Ensures maintenance of appropriate external program accreditations. Enrollment Management
  • Regularly reviews, analyzes, and reports on completion rates of courses and programs within the Division.
  • Using all available partners and resources, personally analyze enrollment trends, form conclusions, make recommendations for actions, and execute approved plans.
  • Demonstrates leadership in supporting persistence activities such as the Persistence Project. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Leads division faculty members, department and program chairs, and classified staff members. Maintains a culture that is both positive and successful. Sets high expectations and maintains accountability for student success.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence within the Division and across the College.
  • Adhere to and execute college policies and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Supervision received:

Administrative supervision received from the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Supervision Exercised:

Administrative supervision is exercised over all academic department chairs and faculty, as well as office staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a discipline appropriate to the division is required; doctorate is preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years in an academic environment with at least three years of academic leadership.
  • Two years' experience in a STEM discipline.

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

Light lifting up to 10 lbs. and light carrying up to 10 lbs. Ability to reach above shoulder. Periods of time spent sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending and stooping. Mobility to move from building to building on- Campus and to visit off-Campus entities. Work is performed in a general office environment and is sedentary in nature. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.

Additional Information:

Supervision received:

Administrative supervision received from the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Supervision Exercised:

Administrative supervision is exercised over all academic department chairs and faculty, as well as office staff.

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

SALARY: Low: $104,975 ; Midpoint: $139,203; High: $ 178,613

Based on the needs of the college and with Administrator approval, some positions at the college may have remote or hybrid schedule options available. Please note, that during the 65 working day probationary period, employees are required to report to campus.

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the position code (DOS-22) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.

An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are only required prior to appointment.***

Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to [email protected]

Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton Community College
Dean of STEM (DOS 22)
c/o Human Resources Department
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Coordinator at 847.635.1868 or [email protected] if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees.

Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines
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