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Dean - Health, Wellness & Public Safety

Central New Mexico Community College
Central New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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This is a contract role, which renews every fiscal year.Limited Term End Date


Position Summary

An Academic Dean at CNM is an agile individual with a focus on innovative academic initiatives, key processes, and cross-functional collaborations that lead to learner success and therefore success for the college. Employing a global college and community lens, the Dean provides comprehensive strategic and operational leadership to the school including, but not limited to, curriculum, scheduling, administration, planning, faculty/staff development, personnel management, fiscal resources, physical assets, and fostering internal and external partnerships. The Dean is an active partner with Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMSS), Workforce and Community Success (WCS), Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and CNM Ingenuity (CNMI) to support learner recruitment and success, build and sustain learner supports as well as opportunities for work-based learning and non-credit-to-credit pathways. In this multifaceted role, the Dean is dedicated to excellence and responsiveness, ensuring that the institution meets the evolving needs of higher education while prioritizing equity and inclusivity. By fostering partnerships both internally and externally, the Dean strives to create a supportive environment for learners from recruitment through graduation, facilitating their transition into the workforce or transfer to a university.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports CNM’s mission and goals, with the College’s primary focus being on learner progression and learner success. Measures of learner success include but are not limited to: a) in-class retention data; (b) term-to-term persistence data; (c) graduation rates; (d) gainful employment data, and (e) academic transfer and completion data.
  • Supports faculty and staff to develop strategies for instruction that are consistent with achieving all identified measures of learner success as well as institutional and community priorities.
  • Directs the activities of the division including, but not limited to (a) planning, designing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating academic and workforce education programs; (b) tracking academic and workforce education projects; (c) continually examine and update (as needed) processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings; (d) ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or standards.
  • Provides supervisory guidance including but not limited to (a) problem solving; (b) learner-centric scheduling; (c) attending and leading meetings; (d) ensuring compliance with maintenance, security, and safety standards; and (e) complying with administrative data requests and meeting administrative deadlines.
  • Fosters a data-driven and data-informed culture in the division and works across functional areas to ensure that current, accurate data and records are maintained and timely reports are created/disseminated. Ability to pivot direction in an agile, fluid manner based on the data analysis.
  • Provides support and oversight for developing departmental policies and procedures; developing new programs; managing, assigning and scheduling personnel, fiscal, and physical resources.
  • Serves as fiscal control agent for all programs and assists with fiscal responsibilities; participates in the development of alternative funding streams and oversight of contracts and grants.
  • Works with CNM Ingenuity to foster collaboration between credit and workforce training programs.
  • Engages with employers and the community to build advisory committees to guide program competency development.
  • Seeks opportunities to serve on business advisory councils and other community organizations to build partnerships for program and institutional success.
  • Assures compliance with programmatic accreditation and licensing regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifcations:

  • Master's Degree in related discipline


  • five (5) years of related experience including supervisory experience.


  • Proven familiarity with, and knowledge of, dual credit pathways.
  • Aptitude for driving innovation in technology initiatives for academic success.
  • In-depth knowledge of national workforce education initiatives, including competency-based education, accelerated degrees, and pathways for credit transfer.
  • In-depth knowledge of alternate credentials including badges and micro-credentials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college, encompassing both transfer and career-technical/workforce aspects.
  • Proven experience in overseeing the design and implementation of new programs.
  • Proven experience in working with external and internal partners in building experiential learning initiatives.
  • Competence in overseeing accreditation and/or licensing requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with Enrollment Management, Workforce and Community Services (including student work based learning and job placement), and community/workforce education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the Grants office by assisting in the grant application and managing grants.
  • A keen understanding of the scheduling and support needs of both dual credit learners and adult learners.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in identifying the data needs of a division, procuring the requisite data, and making data-informed decisions for the division.
  • Demonstrated success in building/improving transfer pathways to the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functional areas with Enrollment Management and Student Success, Workforce and Community Success, and CNM Ingenuity.
  • Experience in resource allocation and budget management.
  • Experience in crisis management and risk mitigation.

The HWPS division at CNM is unique that it offers programs in the diverse areas of health professions (excluding Nursing and patient support), wellness, and in public safety. The Dean for HWPS will manage the full portfolio of this programming, offered across many locations and involving industry, government entities, dual credit programs, and funding partners. For the HWPS, we are seeking an individual who possesses the following additional preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability in building and maintaining partnerships with the following one or more of the HWPS areas of concentration: employers, employee unions, police associations, community partners, law enforcement partners, health care partners, and the wellness industry.
  • Ability and eagerness to apply innovative pedagogies to enable learners to earn credentials at a faster pace to meet immediate and long-term workforce needs in the areas of HWPS both locally and nationally.
  • Understand the key requirements in leading workforce-based programs which could be terminal or transfer.
  • Understand, and ensure compliance with the HLC and programmatic accreditation and licensure requirements of all programs in the school.

Best Consideration Date: 03/29/2024

Department: HWPS


As an EEO employer, Central New Mexico Community College will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, serious medical condition or status as a protected veteran or spousal affiliation. Central New Mexico Community College hires only U.S. citizens and individuals lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.


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