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Dean - Agriculture Sciences, Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

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To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Kirkwood offers a very competitive benefits package as well.


The Dean of Agriculture Sciences, Hospitality and Culinary Arts reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and is responsible for a number of academic programs. The Dean leads a department that includes an Associate Dean, full-time and adjunct faculty members and support staff. The Dean promotes communication, community, and collaboration within the department, advocates for faculty and department goals, facilitates communication between the administration, faculty and staff, and works collaboratively with other deans in the Liberal Arts and CTE program areas.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Provide leadership and vision in the development and implementation of the department's goals and priorities and facilitate their achievement.
  • Plan, coordinate and promote academic programming and initiatives in collaboration with the faculty, Associate Dean, Department Assistant and other college departments.
  • Identify current and emerging trends and opportunities in the department disciplines Agriculture Sciences, Hospitality and Culinary Arts to develop and maintain visionary and responsive courses, student support services, and community partnerships.
  • Mentor, supervise and evaluate the full-time faculty and the associate dean, provide for the orientation of new employees, and facilitate communication between the administration, faculty, and staff.
  • Monitor student enrollment; work collaboratively to develop marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies.
  • Promote and encourage faculty and staff professional development, including support for innovation and instructional and research opportunities.
  • Coordinate faculty workload decisions to ensure appropriate staffing, equity, and efficient resource utilization.
  • Coordinate the preparation and submission of all reports required from the department by other areas of the college, state agencies and accrediting bodies.
  • Prepare the annual budget and supervise its implementation as chief budget officer for the department.
  • Assist in providing for proper facilities, equipment and materials to meet the needs of the instructional programs.
  • Advocate for faculty and department goals within the college creating an atmosphere supportive of input and innovation.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with area high schools and colleges, appropriate businesses, agencies, and community organizations and individuals in the College's service area.
  • Foster collaborative partnerships with the community.
  • Cooperate with other departments and divisions of the College in student recruitment, retention, placement, orientation, and informing the public of the College's programs and services.
  • Resolve student concerns and requests (e.g. conflicts, exemptions, waivers, recommendations, and transfer articulation questions), with the assistance of the Associate Dean and the Dean of Students office.

  • Be able and willing to represent and advocate for the College in the most positive manner with all stakeholders.
  • Be a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual with proven leadership, planning and administrative skills.
  • Possess excellent conceptual and planning skills and be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with other professional educators within the college and at other institutions.
  • Possess a working knowledge of educational trends in the field that enable leading the department to meet emerging educational needs.
  • Express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
  • Establish and maintain good team working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and general public.
  • Welcome, value, and support people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as maintain and promote diversity.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office and warehouse setting. Frequent (34-66%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. Occasional (10-33%) lifting up to 50 lbs.


  • Master's degree and at least a bachelor’s degree in a discipline represented in the department.
  • Business and industry experience within a Career and Technical profession.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience at the college level.
  • College teaching experience in Career and Technical Education.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues related to community college education.
  • Community college experience.
  • Experience leading a working farm for educational purposes.

Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: [email protected].


Working at Kirkwood Community College 

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
  • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
  • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
  • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
  • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
  • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
  • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
  • Competitive Total Rewards packages
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