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Program Dean for Art and Design (beginning January 1, 2025)

Portland Community College
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Program Dean for Art and Design (beginning January 1, 2025)Requisition IDreq2107DepartmentArt & Design Program AdminCampusCA-Cascade CampusEmployment TypeAdministrative-Full TimeBest Consideration Date8/15/2024Position SummaryThe Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design Pathway:

Program Dean for Art and Design beginning January 1, 2025

Portland Community College’s Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design Pathway is seeking an experienced manager to lead faculty and staff as a Program Dean of Arts and Design at a multi-campus community college in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Community College is seeking a collaborative transformational leader who will effectively navigate a large multi-campus environment during a time of organizational change. This leader will be expected to balance the needs of higher education at a community college with the best practices of the administrative area.

Portland Community College serves nearly 60,000 full and part-time students across a large and diverse service area, with four campuses and multiple education centers. We are committed to a culture which values belonging, justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. A demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive and inclusive services designed to improve equitable educational outcomes for college students is required for this position. For more information regarding the Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design Pathway programs please visit this link:

*note: Writing is not part of the pathway but is an integral part in a student’s educational journey.

The Program Dean of Arts and Design will lead a team of dedicated department chairs, faculty, and staff in the Architectural Design and Drafting, Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Music, Music and Sonic Arts, Multimedia and the Theater Arts programs. Portland Community College welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and abilities to study and develop their skills in preparation for a variety of careers and/or transfer to four-year institutions. Our faculty work in conjunction with administrative staff, casual staff, student workers and Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design Pathway leadership to enhance our students’ learning experience by ensuring classes and facilities are well supported. Remote work to perform duties off site will be needed.

The successful candidate will have direct experience and strong knowledge of best practices in Career Technical Education and Lower Division Transfer Programs. They will also have direct experience implementing initiatives that address equity and opportunity gaps in the community college.

This position, under the direction of the Dean of Academic & Career Pathways for Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design, will be responsible for supporting, developing, implementing, and evaluating programming aligned with labor market, industry needs and college transfer. This position will also be responsible for partnering with department chairs, faculty, staff, academic affairs and student affairs colleagues to align programming with equitable student retention and success metrics.

The position provides an exciting opportunity for a strategic, collaborative, and visionary leader. Program Dean responsibilities are to provide broad administrative direction and leadership in the development, assessment, and maintenance of quality education programs. A successful candidate will join a team committed to designing, fostering and facilitating learning environments that are welcoming to a diversity of communities. A commitment to working collaboratively, enthusiasm for learning and personal growth, and a desire to encourage and foster growth in others are important factors for this position to be successful. Meaningful collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders is one of many opportunities offered in this role.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate ProfileThese qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

    Experience applying a collaborative and solution-focused approach to leadership, while nurturing a sense of communityExperience working within and between various systems, an understanding of classroom, lab and studio environments, spanning silos, creating interconnections and encouraging opportunities for creativity and collaborationAbility to co-create with faculty and staff a clear vision and collaborative direction for the pathway based on their prior college teaching and curriculum development experiences as a part time or full time faculty member, department chair or other role in college administrationUnderstands and implements multiple communication forms based on deep listening and feedback loops tailored to a diversity of audiencesExperience/knowledge of working with budgets, strategic enrollment and schedulingExperience/knowledge of the Arts and Design disciplines within this pathway which encompasses lower degree transfer and Career Technical Education programs

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Master’s Degree
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience related to the area of assignment, providing program/project management or program/project coordination
  • Three (3) years of management experience, including employee supervision, in higher education or in an industry related to the area of assignment

In addition to submitting a resume, please include a cover letter outlining your interest in this position and relevant background, please address how you meet the success criteria as well as a reflection on the PCC Leadership Competencies (see below) and how they have emerged in your work.

Advances Racial and Social Justice

Identifies systemic racism and social oppression and actively works toward their elimination; implements culturally responsive practices and processes to achieve equitable student outcomes.

Drives Vision and Purpose

Articulates and executes a vision for student-centered (flexible, multimodal, inclusive) delivery of instruction and services.

Drives Engagement

Builds ownership in transformational change and establishes conditions for authentic exploration and engagement cross-departmentally to arrive at collaborative solutions that lead to student success.

Accelerates Agility and Innovation

Analyzes systems, policies and practices and commits to continuous program improvement through the strategic use of culturally responsive data.

Builds Partnerships

Partners to solve problems, adapts communication and approaches, supports healthy conflict, and develops strong relationships across all disciplines and functional areas to advance institutional goals.

Position GradeNStarting Salary ExpectationsMinimum $105,550 to range midpoint of $129,298. Placement will generally not exceed the mid-point, based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity.Position Grade Salary Range$105550 to $153042 Annual SalaryFTE1PCC BenefitsPCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. After one year of management or confidential service, PCC also provides a 2% contribution to a 403(b) account for eligible management and confidential personnel. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age, as well as partial tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)
- 14.67 hours of vacation leave per month
- 1 day of sick leave per month
- 12 holidays
- 3 additional personal leave days per year

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical RequirementsWork environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. Frequent travel to other locations is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.Background Check RequiredYesPortland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA
Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.

Please note that Portland Community College is not currently able to provide visa (e.g. H1-B Visa) sponsorship for potential employees.

Notice of the Availability of the Annual Security Report:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), you may view Portland Community College’s (PCC) most recent Annual Security Report (ASR) on the Department of Public Safety website. The ASR contains current security and safety-related policy disclosure statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information and resources, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains crime statistics for Clery Act crimes which occurred on PCC properties for the last three calendar years. Paper copies of the ASR are available upon request at all Department of Public Safety offices.

Special Conditions for this position:

This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Campus Security Authorities must immediately report Clery Act crimes that occurred on Portland Community College’s Clery geography on the Crime Incident Report (CIRTrac™) located on the Department of Public Safety’s Clery Act compliance webpage. Following entry of a report on CIRTrac™ PCC’s Clery Specialist will (1) analyze the report for issuance of a timely warning or emergency notification; and (2) will determine if the report should be included in the annual statistical disclosures. The Clery Specialist shall annually assign CSAs online Clery Act training to ensure they are provided proper training to fulfill their reporting responsibilities required by the Clery Act and PCC’s Clery Act policy.


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