To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: The Dean of Arts and Humanities reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and leads a department that includes an Associate Dean, 25 full-time faculty members and support staff, and approximately 30 adjunct faculty. 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 program.
UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES:
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 (Anthropology, Art, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Music, Theatre, Philosophy, Religion, and World Languages) 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, coordinate departmental professional development programs and activities, provide for the orientation of new employees, and facilitate communication between the administration, faculty, and staff.
Support and promote to internal and external stakeholders the Liberal Arts model of education, which values exposing students to a variety of disciplines or areas of study regardless of primary area of interest or future career goal.
Promote the value of the Humanities within the Liberal Arts program and at the college and beyond.
Collaborate with other deans in the Liberal Arts program to promote the program, meet program goals, complete the program review process, and encourage cross departmental partnerships.
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.
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.
Develop and maintain articulation agreements with partner institutions of higher education.
Foster collaborative and artistic 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.
Provide administrative oversight for the college art gallery, college musical and theatrical performances, the annual humanities lecture, the college's auditorium, and any departmentally associated student clubs and organizations.
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 setting. Occasional (10-33%) 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.
Master's degree in a discipline represented in the department.
Five years teaching experience or administrative experience at the post-secondary level related to one or more of the discipline areas required.
Must have demonstrated educational leadership ability and possess knowledge of trends and issues related to community college education.
Doctorate degree or terminal degree in a discipline represented in the department or in administration preferred.
Community college teaching experience or administrative experience preferred.
EEO AA/STATEMENT: Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that it values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or disability.
Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.
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