The Dean is responsible for promoting academic, administrative,
and fiscal leadership in accordance with Kirtland Community
College’s Strategic Plan and for exercising holistic judgment when
executing the duties of this position. The Dean supervises both
full-time and part-time faculty in Occupational Programs
(Accounting, Automation & Controls, Automotive, Business,
Cosmetology, Cybersecurity, Electrician, Graphic Design, HVAC,
Information Technology, Welding, & Wood Science) as well as
traditional Liberal Arts transfer courses in the Arts and Sciences.
As such, the Dean is responsible for leading curriculum
development, program assessment and evaluation, grant supervision,
budget planning, and monitoring, faculty recruitment,
supervision, and evaluation.
Collaborate with faculty and staff to assess and improve
learning at the program level, produce reports as needed to
demonstrate progress made toward achievement of learning and
designing, collecting, and evaluating data related to
Support faculty and staff through open communication and
Hear ideas and concerns with an open mind.
Communicate directly, honestly, and respectfully regarding
achievements and challenges.
Provide recommendations for professional development.
Provide timely performance evaluation.
Collaborate with faculty and staff on professional development
opportunities for both full-time and part-time employees.
Ensure the academic integrity of the Occupational programs &
Liberal Arts by upholding professional and accreditation
Collaborate with faculty on curriculum development ensuring that
standards are maintained for course objectives, course content,
examinations, and grading.
Collaborate with faculty on program review.
Ensure faculty develop assessment methods that will demonstrate
student learning both at the course and program levels.
Provide recommendations to ensure that instructional facilities,
equipment, and supplies are appropriate and in a suitable,
safe place for use in occupational programs.
Work with faculty to resolve student complaints at the lowest
Collaborate with faculty to maintain accreditation of their
programs. Maintain standards required by all accrediting agencies,
including but not limited to, AWS, NATEF, NC3, Higher Learning
Commission, and any other governing agencies.
Develop with faculty and staff necessary reports and submit by
Select, supervise, evaluate, and develop faculty and
Analyze data and provide a rationale for new positions or
Develop faculty and staff by helping them to maximize their
contribution to the organization and to grow
Take corrective action when performance needs
improvement. • Build and maintain partnerships among
faculty, staff, administration, and community members.
Develop advisory boards that can provide relevant feedback for
Collaborate with community members and advisory board to assess
Hold advisory board meetings at least once a year, preferably
twice a year.
Participate with administration, faculty, and staff in campus
and college-wide planning.
Investigate opportunities for dual enrollment and/or develop
articulation agreements with K-12 partners.
Align programs with the Michigan Transfer Agreement and develop
partnerships and articulation agreements with 4-year colleges and
Coordinate with the Director of Workforce Development to provide
technical training for area employers.
Formulate strategic objectives for each department.
Facilitate faculty discussions to develop strategic objectives
in keeping with the college strategic plan.
Recommend program improvements as needed.
Encourage innovation in the development of departmental
objectives and projects.
Participate actively in the work of the college.
Maintain a visible presence within the college and
Work collaboratively with other managers across the
organization. Serve as a member of committees as needed.
Facilitate the promotion and marketing of programs and courses
by working with the Marketing Department and Webmaster.
Participate in the counseling and disciplinary process as
outlined in the student handbook and Kirtland’s academic appeal
policies and procedures.
Conduct oneself as a spokesperson for the College, as a member
of the Academic leadership team, and as the leader of and
advocate for the Occupational Programs and Liberal
Oversee the administrative tasks associated with this
Prepare and administer the department budgets while maintaining
Develop a schedule that meets student needs determining when and
where classes will be offered.
Collaborate with Human Resources to recruit, document, and
hire part-time faculty as needed.
Support adoption, acquisition, and implementation of appropriate
Participate in seeking, developing, and managing external grants
that promote strategic learning objectives.
Provide all documentation necessary for Perkins grant on an
Make sure scheduled PROE reports are completed.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in an Occupational Program area, Educational
Administration, or related degree.
- A minimum of two (2) years of work experience in an
occupational area other than teaching.
- A minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience at the
- A strong understanding of the value of occupational education
and a commitment to support and develop those programs.
- A strong understanding of the value of a well-rounded education
both for transfer and to provide skills to support occupational
- A minimum of two years of increasing leadership
- A commitment to and understanding of the mission of
community college education both in the occupations and liberal
- Budget experience that encompasses the management of resources
and the reconciliation of competing needs in excess of available
- Demonstrated project planning and management, time management,
and priority setting skills. Ability to work successfully in a
high-stress environment, handling multiple tasks and projects
simultaneously. Demonstrated history of on-time delivery of
projects; project coordination; and anticipation of issues.
- Good interpersonal skills, including listening, with
demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people. Must
have the ability to work as a team member, foster a
cooperative work environment, and maintain effective
Works under the general supervision of the Vice President of
Individuals in this position are expected to be generally present
and/or available for college business or instructional purposes
when and as required by contract, policy, or reasonable direction
of the college administration. This individual will work both at
the Grayling campus and the MTEC campus in Gaylord.
Conditions are those of a typical college administrative office and
classroom. Individuals in this position must be able to work
effectively with individuals of diverse personalities and outlooks,
and varied skills and abilities. A high level of performance in all
job dimensions is essential. In the classroom, the person in this
position must be cognizant of student’s understanding and progress,
able to communicate effectively with students and associated
professionals, and able to operate technical equipment in a modern
classroom or online environment.
Knowledge of work, delegation, planning and organization,
impact, performance results, persuasiveness, self-reliance,
negotiation, attention to detail, work standards, sensitivity,
stress tolerance, technical/professional self-development,
initiative, judgment, analysis, commitment to the college,
teamwork, decisiveness, informal communication, written
communication, dependability, influence,
* This job description is intended to describe the type and level
of work being performed by a person in this position. It is not an
exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a
person so classified.