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Dean of WPTE & STEM

Clark College
Vancouver, Washington State
$105,266 annually
Posted Date
Sep 23, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Full Time
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Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Dean of Workforce, Professional and Technical Education (WPTE) & Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) position in the Office of Instruction.  This position is an administrative position reporting to the Vice President of Instruction and provides collaborative leadership, management, planning, and advocacy for faculty and programs within the unit.

The WPTE & STEM unit includes Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Mechatronics, Welding, Computer Technology, Network Technology, Digital Media Arts, Cuisine Management, Professional Baking and Pastry Arts, Surveying, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering and Math.  This position also oversees Clark College Educational programs at the Larch Correctional Facility. The assignment of specific divisions and instructional departments are subject to change.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.



  • Serve as advocate for and represent the instructional unit.
  • Work collaboratively with division chairs, department heads, other instructional unit deans, faculty, and staff. Establish and maintain an effective communication process within and among units.
  • Provide leadership in development of effective teaching and learning strategies and outcome assessment tools.  Represent the unit in articulation and partnership activities with high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and business and industry partners.
  • Conduct program review processes.
  • Actively initiate and support activities that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Lead efforts to pursue grant opportunities for the unit.
  • Facilitate faculty and staff development.


  • Oversee class scheduling and catalog preparation within the unit.
  • Oversee facility and equipment allocation.
  • Develop and manage unit budget allocations in support of instruction and oversee all auxiliary and resale accounts.
  • Assume primary responsibility for recruitment, screening, orientation, and professional development of full and part-time faculty.
  • Supervise teaching faculty, and classified staff within unit.
  • Serve as the unit appeal representative for student complaints.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with colleges and universities who provide the resources for partnerships, collaboration and opportunities for increasing faculty diversity.
  • Oversee tenure review process for probationary faculty and evaluation processes for full- and part-time faculty.
  • Oversee faculty vocational certification process.


  • Establish and maintain identified FTE targets, effectively allocating personnel and budget resources.
  • Participate in Advisory Committee meetings and the development of work plans for programs within the unit. Oversee and foster collaborative planning and goal setting for programs and departments within the unit. Interact and interface with Workforce Southwest Washington, and other applicable state, local, and regional agencies. Facilitate articulation agreements for programs in the unit.  Perform other related duties as assigned.

Common Duties Established by the College:

  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering Core Themes and College Objectives.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s).
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, and College policies and procedures.
  • Exercise effective stewardship over college resources.
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility.
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
  • Work to achieve the core theme of fostering a diverse college community as established by the College.
  • Engage in and promote shared governance.


  • Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in an academic area related to assignment.
  • Three (3) years of full-time leadership experience in academic administration or instruction reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • Culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-racist practice in instruction.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Vaccination requirement: Per Washington State Proclamation 22-13.1: college employees must be fully vaccinated. Your COVID-19 vaccine attestation status must be received by the Human Resources office prior to the commencement of work. Requesting a disability or religious exemption would be done through the Human Resources office




  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.  McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.   Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.  Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.  On-campus childcare.  Gym and recreation facilities.  Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events

STARTING SALARY: $105,266/annually (commensurate with qualifications and experience).

Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.




Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process


Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.



Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., November 15, 2022.



Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.



Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.





The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:




If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.


Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.


Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.


Clark College Human Resources

November 1, 2022 (updated)


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