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Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

South Seattle College
Washington, United States
$91,730.00 - $117,939.00
Posted date
Aug 10, 2021

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Administrative, Deans, Executive, Other Executive
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$90,000 - $119,999
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Job ID  10566 Location  South Seattle College Full-Time  Regular  

About Us

We are a district of three distinct colleges—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College—and five specialty training centers, which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Summary

Application and required materials must be submitted no later than: 09/15/2021

Salary range for this position is: $91,730 – $117,939 (DOE)

South Seattle College’s Academic Transfer division is seeking a Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences(AHSS) to lead AHSS and help support our campus’s evolving anti-bias anti-racist (ABAR) mission and commitment to intersectional justice. 

Established in 1969, South Seattle College is one of three colleges in the Seattle Colleges District and serves around 15,000 students each year, including first generation, immigrant, refugee, undocumented, LGBTQIA, veterans, and international students. At South Seattle College, equity, diversity, inclusion, and community are central to the education of our students and essential to the thriving of all members of our faculty, staff, and the larger community. South Seattle College aspires to be an actively anti-bias and anti-racist learning institution. This aspiration is ongoing, evolving and institution-wide, and requires deep personal and collective commitment and accountability. We welcome candidates who will actively co-create supportive opportunities for the learning, work, and growth of our students and employees. 

The dean will need to be skilled in leading through organizational change. This new position is the result of an instructional reorganization on our campus. The college continues to participate in a district-wide structural integration that includes re-organized programs and functions across the three-college district.  

As the senior administrator of the AHS areas within the division, you are accountable for the divisional instructional programs and building community for a diverse team of faculty and staff to successfully support students. You will supervise the faculty and staff in the AHSS departments. You will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, the campus, and community stakeholders on strategic planning and development, operational effectiveness, oversight for all curriculum, program accreditation, and learning standards. The AHSS dean should be committed to enhancing and supporting students, faculty, and staff and implementing South’s ABAR mission.

Application Procedures:

Notice to Applicants:
Please note that Seattle Colleges has moved to remote operations, pending public health guidance. Per CDC and WA Public Health directions, at this time we will be practicing social distancing and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.

What you will be working on:

Division Leadership

  • Employs intersectional and collective leadership ethics and practices to cultivate a work environment, which values mutual aid and a spirit of generosity that centers the needs and voices of our community’s most vulnerable members.
  • Works actively with the college to address societal injustice and lead the work to correct the harmful impacts of systemic racism, classism, and sexism embedded within the structures, practices, and values of the college.
  • Collaborates in the development and implementation of ABAR processes for hiring and staffing part-time faculty, full-time faculty, and staff to build a workforce that reflects our student population.
  • Supports faculty development and mentors faculty in ABAR, culturally responsive curriculum, critical race theory, pedagogy, material practices of resistance, as well as abolitionist and student-centered teaching practices.
  • Actively engages division and collaborates with faculty coordinators in ABAR assessment and continuous instructional, learning-centered improvements to increase enrollment, retention, transfer, and completion.   
  • Advocates for AHSS disciplines at the institutional, district, and state levels to ensure continued understanding, support, and growth of the division.
  • Represents the division on South’s Dean Instructional Council and collaborates with deans and directors across the college (including Student Services and Finance and Administration), district, and state to ensure that general education course offerings support college-wide program needs and accrediting body requirements.
  • Supports and leads staff and recognizes the interconnected nature of their roles within and across the Academic Transfer division and colleges.
  • Serves as Unit Administrator for faculty per the AFT collective bargaining agreementis responsible for teaching observations, responding to student complaints, chairing tenure committees, and faculty searches.
  • Uses working knowledge of WFSE collective bargaining agreement to support staff.
  • Effectively participates to resolve classroom issues including student complaints, student conduct, Title IX, and discrimination in a manner that supports students and faculty. 
 Communication and Collaboration

  • Fosters strong interpersonal relationships with faculty and staff which support and honor the strengths, areas of expertise, identities, and potentials of each individual.
  • Actively listens to faculty and staff needs and concerns and works collaboratively to practice consensus-based decision-making.
  • Fosters interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty, staff, and division deans to design, implement, and support ABAR practices, culturally adaptive pedagogies, shared divisional assessment practices, and values which best serve students.
  • Seeks cross-institutional partnerships and accesses regional and national networks of support to develop South Seattle College’s impact in the local and global communities.

Fiscal & Facilities Management

  • Collaborates with staff and faculty to develop responsive budgets that create greater equity throughout the division and address both college and community needs.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop an annual class schedule that maximizes the use of faculty loads and space resources.
  • Works with stakeholders to identify and apply for grant opportunities and other outside funding sources to help support the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Acts as division liaison and advocated for facilities maintenance, instructional equipment needs, technology, and health, safety and security issues

What you bring as a candidate: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a discipline related to the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences area such as: Arts Administration, Political Science, Educational Leadership, etc.
  • At least three (3) years of full-time combined teaching and service experience, or equivalent, at a postsecondary teaching institution or related institution.
  • At least two (2) years of demonstrated leadership in institutional programs (academic or non-academic) with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Holistic understanding of ABAR practices through lived experiences and/or a demonstrated ABAR centered leadership in the classroom, team roles, mentorship, and/or in their communities.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in building, facilitating, and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships and collaborative teams.
  • Commitment to the educational role and philosophy of an open access community college and a demonstrated history of leadership that materially addresses equity and accessibility.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 25 pounds; lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.

Disability Accommodation

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants: 

  • Ability to operate office equipment 
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials 
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person 

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement 

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of “bullying” behaviors, including “cyber bullying”.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college’s Director of Legal Compliance:

1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873

Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation. 


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