Dean of Social Sciences, Business and History

New Jersey, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 29, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

General Description:


Under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Deans provide leadership and supervision for faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, curriculum revision and development, technology, and assessment, with a focus on academic excellence. The Dean will proactively pursue strategies that will provide students with clear pathways to their academic goals.


As the leader of an academic division, the Dean will promote accountability and innovation and will contribute to, and participate in the planning, execution, and measurement of student outcomes. The successful individual will foster a culture of success and effective change strategies and will contribute to master planning efforts.


Also responsible for managing the administrative affairs of the Academic Division, academic Deans will work effectively with faculty and staff, and promote diversity and value a culture of respect. The Deans will provide a vision for the Division based on best practices and the use of data using inclusive approaches that value the skills and abilities of faculty and staff.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Teaching, Learning and Technology

  • Support pedagogy that promotes student engagement and learning.
  • Encourage the use of technology in the curriculum.
  • Support professional development among Division faculty.
  • Plan and coordinate division meetings and events.
  • Support faculty in meeting the academic needs of students.
  • Respond to student questions and concerns and encourage faculty to reach out to students.
  • Plan and assist in the development and maintenance of Division web sites.


Curriculum Development and Assessment

  • Promote and support faculty in the design and development of new courses/programs of instruction, deletion of courses/programs and major course/program revision and insure that all programs provide clear academic pathways.
  • Oversee all assessment activities and ensure that all programs implement their Program Assessment Plans.
  • Approve the master schedule in collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Monitor enrollment of all courses within the Division.
  • Approve the addition/deletion of courses during registration periods.
  • Provide the Vice President Academic Affairs with regular reports including: Annual Reports; Assessment Plans; Academic Discipline Plans; Professional Development Plans; Advisory Committees; and Specialized Accreditation Reports and weekly status reports.


Division Administration

  • Supervise and evaluate all faculty members and Academic Specialists in the Division.
  • Supervise all staff in the Division.
  • Serve as an advocate for issues, initiatives, goals, and needs of the Division.
  • Implement College policies and regulations within the Division.
  • Approve faculty schedules.
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring and approval of faculty and Academic Specialist staff as well as schedules and facilitate the search process.
  • Interview and recommend final candidates for full time faculty and staff positions.
  • Recommend the employment of adjunct faculty to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Supervise the advisory committee process for all career programs within the Division.
  • Conduct Division meetings.
  • Develop budget requests and allocate and manage resources (budgetary, personnel and facilities) within the Division.
  • Oversee grant development and administration.
  • Coordinate all Division activities with other Deans.
  • Facilitate clear communication between the Division and the College community.
  • Work with the Division of Student Development to address student concerns related to the Division.
  • Serve on Committees as assigned.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.




  • Earned Doctorate Required
  • College teaching experience required, community college teaching preferred
  • Five years of progressive administrative experience in higher education preferred.
  • Experience in planning, coordination and on-going improvement of curriculum and instruction preferred.       
  • Experience in outcomes assessment preferred.

Competencies and Skills Required:


  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college.
  • Commitment to student success
  • Participatory leadership style; demonstrated creativity and flexibility in problem solving.
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence
  • Sensitivity to the educational and personal goals of a diverse student
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills.


Terms of Employment:


Full Time.  Flexible schedule to meet College needs. Some evening, weekends, and extended hours will be required. Ability and willingness to travel on short notice to all on and off-campus sites as needed by the college.  Employee must establish primary residency in New Jersey within one year of appointment unless an exemption applies.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:


  • This position’s duties are normally performed in a typical interior/residence work environment, based on the activity scheduled.
  • Some physical effort required; however, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Some travel is required.


Union County College does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination, as required by state and/or federal law, in all programs and activities, including employment and access to its career and technical programs.


Union County College is an EEO/AAP Employer/Protected Veteran/Disabled
This job description outlines the general nature and key features performed by various positions that share the same job classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of all employees assigned to the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or re-assign duties to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other business reasons.

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