Job ID 10566 Location South Seattle College
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
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.
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
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.
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:
- 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
- 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 agreement; is 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
Fiscal & Facilities
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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,
- 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
- Demonstrated leadership experience in building, facilitating,
and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships and
- 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.
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.
Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for
- Ability to operate office equipment
- Ability to read and verify data and prepare various
- Ability to exchange information on the phone or in
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
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
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