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Health Careers Dean

Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Schedule Information: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Hours per Week: 37.5

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expense

General Function:

Responsible for leading and administering the instructional and support service programs of the Division. 

Characteristic Duties:

General Administration:

Plans, organizes and administers the educational offerings of the division. Oversees multiple health career programs and the onsite clinics, laboratories, and the Center for Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation. 

Establishes procedures consistent with College policy for the effective operation of the functional areas of the Division. 

Provides an effective two-way channel of communication between the administration and teaching faculty to ensure the integrity of the educational program.  

Provides leadership in all aspects of the college mission including the development of new programs and courses, developing a course schedule, assessing student learning and supporting teaching and learning strategies within the Division.  

Demonstrates leadership in the core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence within the Division and across the College. 

Contributes to the success of the College’s Strategic Plan. 


Develops and recommends an operating budget for the division and assumes responsibility for the management of the adopted budget for the current fiscal year.

Allocates resources and implements procedures for the request, purchase and maintenance of instructional equipment and supplies, and maintains accurate inventory control.

Pursues appropriate grant opportunities for programs and facilities within the division.


Provides leadership to the division faculty and staff to ensure quality academic programs and student success.  

Assumes responsibility for all educational programs within the division. 

Assumes responsibility for supervising and evaluating instruction of all courses within the division. 

Schedules and conducts regular meetings of the division and maintains a close working relationship with program coordinators.  

Evaluates the faculty and staff within the division; makes recommendations for retention, promotion and/or tenure appointments; and provides support for staff development activities.  

Assumes primary responsibility for recruitment of faculty and staff within the division, serves on all divisional search committees, and makes recommendations to the Provost.  

Coordinates the orientation of all new full and part-time faculty to the responsibilities of their positions and assists in appropriate training.  

Supervises the division office staff and maintains adequate records and office equipment for the division. 

Ensures sufficient staff support to faculty members within the division. 

Curriculum and Program Development/Course Offerings:

Provides for Affiliation and Cooperative Agreements between Harper College health career programs and appropriate clinical agencies including the coordination of all requirements of these agreements, including but not limited to Documentation of Professional Liability Insurance coverage and verification that students and faculty meet specific health requirements. 

Stimulates the development of new and changes to current courses and programs in the Division to meet the changing needs of the District as is appropriate for the first two-years of college and is commensurate with the Illinois Community College Board. 

Develops and recommends class schedules, assigns full- and part-time faculty, and oversees appropriate room assignments. 

Creates and supports innovative course schedules and learning modalities, such as online, blended, flex learning, fast-track, apprenticeships, internships, etc., to meet the needs of students and industry. 

Develops and supports an alignment between credit and noncredit career programs. 

Provides support for program accreditation reports and effective compliance with external accreditation requirements as applicable. 

Ensures that each department prepares a Program Review as prescribed by the College and the Illinois Community College Board. 

Facilitates the articulation of programs and courses with secondary and postsecondary institutions.  

Assures that all classes are met as scheduled, or that suitable arrangements for substitute teachers are made. 

Understands instructional technology and encourages innovative instructional strategies. 

Coordinates and recommends the effective marketing of educational programs within the division. 

Creates relationships with district health employers to assure curriculum relevancy and to create clinical opportunities for students.

Ensures career advisory committees are active and productive. 

Community Service:

Serves as an agent of the College within the community as related to the disciplines of the Division.

Promotes the visibility of the division within the College and within the larger Harper community.

Professional Development:

Is committed to regular professional development to acquire new skills and knowledge to promote effective academic leadership for the Division and the College.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

Education:  Masters’ Degree in Higher Education/Community College Administration or a discipline represented in the Division is required. Doctorate preferred.

Experience: Significant and successful collegiate-level teaching at an accredited institution. Progressively more responsible experience in an administrative capacity within an academic environment or appropriate institutional setting that includes specialized accreditation experience. Experience working, teaching, and leading in a health career setting and/or academic environment is preferred.  

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: January 19, 2024

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.



Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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