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Dean, Arts & Sciences

Joliet Junior College
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 17, 2023

Position Title:

Dean, Arts & Sciences

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE:tDean of Arts and Sciences
DEPARTMENT: Arts and Sciences
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
UNION: Non-union
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Academic Affairs
PLACEMENT: Administrative Grade S16
MINIMUM PAY RATE:t$105,788 annually

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.


The Dean of Arts and Sciences is the chief support and administrative position for programming in the areas of Math, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fine Arts, and English, Philosophy, and World Languages. The Dean maintains and upholds the College’s values of Respect and Inclusion, Integrity, Collaboration, Humor and Well-Being, Innovation, Quality and Sustainability. The Dean advances the academic vision and leadership required to achieve high standards of excellence in instruction and services with measurable outcomes for faculty, staff and students as they relate to academic planning, programming, and assessment. The Dean will incorporate a strategic and collaborative approach in the development of programs, faculty, and resource management, while working within budget parameters. The Dean builds relationships with internal and external stakeholders through the shared College vision, mission, and values and meets the needs of employers and students. This position requires flexibility which may include occasional evenings and weekends.


1. Recommend, design, develop, and implement policies, procedures, and initiatives related to the advancement and improvement of arts and sciences programs and courses to promote student success, while following relevant, local, state, and federal guidelines. Oversee the development, review and recommendations/changes in courses and programs assigned within the division.

2. Provide leadership for the academic programs’ strategic planning activities to align with JJC’s Strategic Goals and Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Plan, Educational Plan, Annual Program Updates (APU), and designated College continuous quality improvement processes for program improvement.

3. Provide leadership and managerial oversight (e.g. recruit, select, develop, schedule, respond to grievances and recommend disciplinary actions) of faculty and provide direct supervision to classified, professional exempt, and/or student work/work study students. Adhere to the full-time and adjunct faculty contracts, professional support bargaining agreement/rules, and all federal (e.g. ACA), state (e.g. SURS) and district rules and regulations ensuring efficient operations and student success. Address questions and disputes regarding contracts and faculty workloads.

4. Lead diversity activities and initiatives as they pertain to recruitment and retention of faculty and staff within the Academic Affairs division.

5. Oversee the development, coordination and publication of the course schedules including adding and cancelling of classes. Provide oversight of faculty teaching load. Monitor deadlines to ensure a holistic schedule of classes to promote student completion.

6. Maintain repository of adjunct instructors. Ensure consistent process of adjunct recruitment and credentialing.

7. Participate in relevant community activities and initiatives; identify potential partnerships and leverage division- and campus-specific, district-wide, and external resources.

8. Engage in professional development activities, including representing the college at regional and national conferences and meetings and staying current with trends and research in the areas of the division.

9. Facilitate the promotion, marketing and communications (e.g. brochures, web page and other materials) needed for the departments of the division.

10. Participate in state meetings such as IAI General Education and Major Panels.

11. Support college and career readiness programs as well other transitional programs.

12. Oversee the selection of full time and adjunct faculty, tenure requirements of full-time faculty, and promoting employee success.

13. Maintain an on-going divisional plan which provides for adequate staff, equipment and facilities, including plans for repair, replacement, modification, and refurbishment of facilities and equipment.

14. Develop, implement, and monitor annual operating budget of the division and approve expenditures of assigned budgets.

15. Manage approval of courses and faculty and ensure appropriate assessment and evaluation are occurring for Dual Credit courses in the Nursing, Health & Public Services area. Maintain relationships with staff at participating high schools and vocational centers.

16. Promote the assessment of student outcomes in order to determine the effectiveness of student learning and student development programs within the area.

17. Oversee the selection of full time and adjunct faculty, post-tenure review evaluations of full-time faculty, and promoting employee success.

18. Oversee the collection and dissemination of data needed for accreditation, grants, reports, proposals, and budgets.

19. Serve as representative of divisional concerns and needs, communicating both individual and collective concerns to the Vice President.

20. Collaborate with the Grants Office in seeking external funds for program improvement.

21. Supervise professional development activities to maintain the skills of faculty and staff necessary to the positions.

22. Perform related duties as assigned.


1. Master’s Degree

2. Three (3) years of experience in academic administration including any combination of service as a program coordinator, department chair, associate dean, or other.

3. Equivalent of five (5) years of teaching experience in a post-secondary setting.

4. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the various learning barriers that exist for these students.

5. Demonstrated excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

6. Strategic capability and analytical skills.

7. Strong problem solving, judgement, and decision-making skills.

8. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other members of the college and community, displaying cultural competence as well as emotional intelligence. 9. Demonstrated commitment to the college’s core values of respect and inclusion, sustainability, integrity, collaboration, humor and well-being, innovation and quality.


1. Earned Doctorate.

2. Educational administrative and supervisory experience at department head level at a community college.

3. Teaching experience at a community college.

4. Experience with learning technologies and online and hybrid/blended courses.

5. English and Spanish verbal and written communication proficiency.

6. Demonstrated multicultural competence.


1. Normal office physical demands.

2. Ability to travel between campus locations and to and from community events.

3. Ability to travel in state and nationally.


1. Duties are performed indoors in the usual office environment.

Full Time/Part Time:

Full time

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