Associate Dean - Center of Excellence in Business

Harold Washington College (HWC) is one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. HWC is located in the Chicago Loop and serves nearly 11,000 students. HWC is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with more than 70 percent Latinx or Black students. The college offers an exceptional liberal arts and sciences curriculum and programs in Business, Early Childhood, Architecture, and Digital Media. HWC is City Colleges' Center for Business. The college is also home to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and is currently the only community college in the city to offer a business degree accessible entirely online. In addition, the college has program partnerships with leading industry organizations such as Aon, Year Up Chicago, DePaul University, and the Joffrey Ballet.


Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean – Center of Excellence in Business, manages the college's Center of Excellence in Business (COEB), responsible for providing leadership to faculty and staff in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of business - focused College to Career (C2C) degree and certificate programs, and non-credit continuing education courses.

The Associate Dean – Center of Excellence in Business represents the college in the planning and implementation of on and off campus education programs; works with key stakeholders on workforce education and training initiatives; and facilitates the expansion of COEB's programs and partnerships with appropriate industries and community organizations. Performs related duties as required.


  • Provides leadership for planning developing, implementing, evaluating, and coordinating business-focused academic and non-academic programs under the college's designation as the Center of Excellence in business, entrepreneurship and professional services.
  • Establishes short and long-range goals and objectives for the department and participates in long-range planning efforts and program development.
  • Oversees recruitment, hiring, evaluation, discipline and discharge of personnel within the center and related program. Plans for adequate staffing and ensures that an appropriate pool of human resources is available to meet program/customer needs.
  • Enhances current course offerings; and developing new and innovative courses appropriate to the mission of Center of Excellence in Business and the district; oversees the production of the course schedule.
  • Maintains fiscal accountability for all program areas under COEB and monitors the budget. Oversees the development of proposals to seek federal, state and local funding for specific projects and initiatives that require support beyond the district's capabilities.
  • Works with college and district level administrators to plan and execute the overall philosophy and goals of the colleges' Center of Excellence credit and non-credit programs.
  • Responds to current and emerging community needs, regional workplace, worker requirements and district initiatives.
  • Builds and leverages networks and partnerships to advance the mission, vision, and goals of the college and COEB.
  • Develops a strategic marketing campaign to increase enrollment; directs the publication of all COEB publicity materials.
  • Provides supervision and professional development to subordinate managers to ensure that their efforts result in achievement of district, college, department and customer goals.
  • Articulates and champions the college s mission, vision, and values to students, faculty, staff, industry partners, associations and other external stakeholders.
  • Provides direction and support for a variety of outreach projects and activities; and oversees the production of the course schedule.
  • Represents the college at the District Office as it relates to the delivery of COEB services. Serves on various management committees and attends District-wide meetings as required.

Qualifications :

  • A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field

  • Six to eight years of administrative and supervisory experience in a college setting

  • Previous work experience related to non-credit education, continuing education, dual enrollment, and/or workforce development highly desirable

  • Knowledge of city's labor market employers in business focused industries and workforce needs.

  • Demonstrated record of leadership in an academic setting, including long-range planning, budgeting, and personnel management

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational and human relations skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner

  • Ability to build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and multiculturalism