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Division Dean - Business, Public Service, Communication & Languages

Raritan Valley Community College
North Branch, NJ

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Category:: Executive
Department:: Academic Affairs
Locations:: North Branch, NJ
Posted:: Apr 1, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: JF#23-24
Position ID:: 174269

About Raritan Valley Community College:

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

Job Description:

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Division Dean serves as an essential member of the Provost's team and provides strategic leadership for all departments assigned to the Dean's area. This position works under the broad administrative direction of the Provost, with significant responsibility for providing leadership in the development, expansion, revision, improvement, and maintenance of multiple quality education programs. The Division Dean is charged with aligning each department's vision to the strategic imperatives of the campus, and with building teamwork and synergy with and across divisions.

Essential Duties:

Provides student-centered strategic leadership and vision in the execution of the division's operational planning and continuous quality improvement processes. Collaborates with Department Chairs and Faculty to develop a Division Plan and department goals and objectives that are aligned with the Division Plan and the College's Strategic Plan.

Leads quality instruction, high impact pedagogy, and data-supported reform at scale across the division. Champions the division's learning outcomes assessment and continuous quality improvement programs. Ensures department procedures are followed with respect to classroom management and academic expectations, and encourages and supports faculty research and scholarship. Receives and addresses student grievances.

Fosters faculty and staff development, professional growth and enrichment opportunities, and encourages faculty to stay abreast of changes and trends in their academic fields, employment and transfer of program graduates, and employer needs, where appropriate.

Supervises the creation of the Division's course schedule by the Department Chairs in collaboration with the Coordinator of Scheduling; utilizes enrollment and fill rate data and other input to meet student demand.

In conjunction with the Department Chairs and Human Resources, helps to develop an adequate pool of qualified adjunct faculty to meet the departments' needs.

Provides entrepreneurial leadership for the development of new programs, the evaluation of existing programs, and manages the program closure process. Monitors programs to ensure compliance with applicable accrediting bodies. Ensure that the division is compliant with college, federal, state, and local regulations.

Provides guidance and supervises division faculty, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, and/or student staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of employees as necessary in consultation with Human Resources. The Dean is responsible for assigning workload (in compliance with the relevant collective bargaining agreement), and for the approval and assignment of adjunct faculty contracts.

Serves on the Provost's Academic Council, Dean's Council, and Academic Affairs Council. Advocates for the division and promotes student-centered interdepartmental synergy and teamwork. Liaises with Student Affairs to ensure the alignment of intake, advisement, counseling, financial aid, records, student life, and transfer services with the Division's programs and goals. Coordinates with enrollment management to identify entrepreneurial opportunities for recruitment, retention, and completion.

Develops and administers budgets in assigned areas of responsibility; allocates resources following budget approval; approves expenditures; identifies cost efficiencies. Pursues external funding, and partnerships to support college programming, facilities, and initiatives. Serves as a liaison to applicable external agencies, organizations, and businesses to foster public-private partnerships and grant programs.

Provides entrepreneurial leadership in the support of the College's vision for workforce and non-credit students.

Establishes a robust relationship with K-12 partners, expanding dual enrollment initiatives, early college programs, and readiness projects.

Ensures that the departments have appropriate administrative support.

Engages in and supports governance of the College; serves as a non-voting member of the Academic Assessment Committee.

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum of a Master's degree from an accredited institution and full-time teaching experience in one of the fields taught by the Business, Public Service, Communication & Languages division.

A history of creative and visionary leadership in academic initiatives at a department chair level or higher at a community college.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the collegiate level.

A demonstrated commitment to the multiple and complex goals of a community college, and a willingness to seek new methods of delivery to accomplish these goals.

Demonstrated commitment to student retention and completion.

Experience with integrated database systems and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Leadership that provides and supports student centered services with a commitment to diversity in the classroom and on campus.

Preferred Qualifications:

Doctorate degree strongly preferred.

Full-time college teaching experience preferred.

Application Instructions:

As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits package.

For consideration of the above position, please submit your cover letter and resume online, by clicking the "apply now" button. We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted directly.


Welcome to Raritan Valley Community College, where we’re dedicated to transforming lives by providing high-quality, affordable, and innovative education. RVCC is committed to meeting the higher education needs of the communities we serve, whether it’s preparing students for transfer to a four-year institution or offering technical training for those interested in pursuing a new career path or upgrading their skills. RVCC is nationally recognized for its educational excellence, innovative programming, extensive service to the community, and environmental leadership.

RVCC is a great place for students to start their college education and then transfer to a four-year college or university. To facilitate students’ seamless transfer after graduation, the College has agreements with close to 80 colleges and universities in New Jersey, across the country, and abroad. Our students have transferred to the top colleges and universities in New Jersey and across the nation, including Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. 

For students looking to train for a career, RVCC is leading the way thanks to a $4.6 million workforce training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. In partnership with local industry, RVCC is reinventing workforce and technical training by identifying the long-term workforce needs of the region and developing programs that provide students with all the skills and hands-on experience they need to succeed.

We also recognize that there is more to a successful college experience than just classroom learning. Our co-curricular offerings—including clubs, student government, athletic programs, and leadership development opportunities—are thriving. RVCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and its Enactus team have earned regional and national honors. And the College’s Service Learning Program has been included on the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. Service Learning provides students with the opportunity to serve their communities while enabling community organizations to benefit from the students’ time, energy, and knowledge. 

(President’s Welcome)

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