Dean of Health Sciences - Academic Affairs

Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 29, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean of Health Sciences – Academic Affairs

Holyoke Community College

Full-time, Days


Under the general direction of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of Health Sciences is responsible for divisional leadership that supports the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the College. Responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, and management of assigned instructional programs, services, budget, grant project, course scheduling. Provides leadership in curriculum, academic assessment and strategic planning. Responsible for leading the Division in data-informed decision-making and important initiatives that further equity and diversity, especially in an HSI-serving institution. Assists in identifying and seeking opportunities in College fundraising.  Fosters collaborative working relationships with internal and external counterparts to communicate and coordinate initiatives that support College and instructional goals. Includes the following instructional programs: Foundations of Health (which houses Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assisting, Billing and Coding, and Community Health Worker programs); Veterinary Technology, Radiologic Technology, Nursing (ASN and PN), and Health, Fitness and Nutrition.



  1. Plans, organizes and directs all activities and functions within the division. Assists in related initiatives in support of the community and economic development.
  2. Exercises leadership in the development and evaluation of Division curricula, and ensures their quality in support of the development of new, and the management of, existing Associate Degree and Certificate Programs.
  3. Maintains active involvement in the local and global community. Promotes and develops articulation agreements with baccalaureate institutions and assists with the development of articulation agreements with area high schools.
  4. Provides leadership for faculty in designing and implementing a student learning outcomes assessment program. Supports faculty in the development of experiential learning opportunities. Works with faculty to introduce and use instructional technology tools and alternative instructional methodologies that enhance student learning.
  5. Works with department chairs, the Division deans, the Registrar, and other key stakeholders in developing the master course schedule and is responsible for the assignment of faculty workloads.
  6. Monitors enrollment and graduation data and provides leadership to the Division on recruitment, marketing and retention issues.
  7. Develops and administers annual, non-personnel Division operating budget. Manages all grants for the Health Division.
  8. Monitors the instructional programs to ensure compliance with the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Ensures qualified faculty are hired for clinical experiences for CNA, Radiology and Nursing Programs. In coordination with the designated administrator for the ADN, PN, Veterinary Technology and Radiologic Technology Programs, prepares and submits accreditation and other required reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  9. Develops, coordinates and maintains cooperative relationships with area health care providers and staff of other external agencies. Responsible for off-site clinical contracts.
  10. Establishes and maintains intra- and inter-college nursing relationships and collaboration.
  11. Adheres to the MCCC/MTA and the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreements and College Policies related to them.
  12. Prepares agenda and chairs Division meetings. Serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Staff and other College committees and bodies. Serves as the designated Academic Affairs representative on one or more College Committees.
  13. Represents the Health Division and College in appropriate public and private forums. Provides leadership in developing collaborative initiatives within the workforce development and non-credit programs. Revitalizes existing, and creates new, educational training partnerships with the community. Promotes and develops articulation agreements with baccalaureate institutions and assists with the development of articulation agreements with area high schools.
  14. Works with department chairs and the health records official in ensuring health records compliance and CORI/SORI review.
  15. Develops plans for ensuring safe on-campus labs during the pandemic.
  16. Works with department chairs to develop alternative clinical assignments while ensuring accreditor approval during the pandemic.
  17. Performs special projects and related responsibilities as initiated and requested.



  • Master’s degree or higher in the discipline taught in the health sciences fields.
  • Administrative/supervisory experience in the capacity of manager/supervisor.
  • Cultural Competency and experience with Equity initiatives; Understanding of the importance of HSI-serving Institution. Ability to work with diverse student and employee population.
  • Strong computer skills including Word and Excel, and LMS (Moodle).
  • Knowledge of online and remote learning as it pertains to education in the health sciences.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collegially with all segments of the college.
  • Experience in college governance.
  • Ability to adapt to challenging situations as they arise.
  • Three years full-time teaching experience in a college setting.
  • Experience in designing professional development courses.
  • Knowledge and use of outcome assessment measures.
  • Ability to solve problems with fiscal resources available.
  • Experience in working with other health care professionals and the health care industry.



  • Master’s degree in Nursing; or unrestricted Massachusetts nursing license; or equivalent experience in related health practitioner fields such as Radiology Technician and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Minimum five years of full-time clinical experience;
  • Experience in writing ACEN, BORN and other reports and self-studies (EX: JCERT, ANMA);
  • Experience in supervising unionized staff in an academic or clinical setting;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Experience in securing and administering grants;
  • Knowledge of ACEN and MA Board of Registration requirements for RN and PN nursing programs;
  • Experience in evaluating nursing programs and recommending changes where needed;
  • Knowledge of allied health professions;
  • Bilingual: Spanish/English


All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.


Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.



Interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter and resume or CV online.


Resume, Cover Letter and List of 3 Professional References with names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.



Applications will be reviewed beginning Sept. 11, 2020. Additional applications may be considered until position is filled.




***An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer***




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