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Dean - Health Careers

Harper College
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 24, 2023

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Schedule Information: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Hours per Week: 37.5

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expense

General Function:

Responsible for leading and administering the instructional and support service programs of the Division.

Characteristic Duties:

General Administration:

Plans, organizes and administers the educational offerings of the division. Oversees multiple health career programs and the onsite clinics, laboratories, and the Center for Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation.

Establishes procedures consistent with College policy for the effective operation of the functional areas of the Division.

Provides an effective two-way channel of communication between the administration and teaching faculty to ensure the integrity of the educational program.

Provides leadership in all aspects of the college mission including the development of new programs and courses, developing a course schedule, assessing student learning and supporting teaching and learning strategies within the Division.

Demonstrates leadership in the core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence within the Division and across the College.

Contributes to the success of the College’s Strategic Plan.


Develops and recommends an operating budget for the division and assumes responsibility for the management of the adopted budget for the current fiscal year.

Allocates resources and implements procedures for the request, purchase and maintenance of instructional equipment and supplies, and maintains accurate inventory control.

Pursues appropriate grant opportunities for programs and facilities within the division.


Provides leadership to the division faculty and staff to ensure quality academic programs and student success.

Assumes responsibility for all educational programs within the division.

Assumes responsibility for supervising and evaluating instruction of all courses within the division.

Schedules and conducts regular meetings of the division and maintains a close working relationship with program coordinators.

Evaluates the faculty and staff within the division; makes recommendations for retention, promotion and/or tenure appointments; and provides support for staff development activities.

Assumes primary responsibility for recruitment of faculty and staff within the division, serves on all divisional search committees, and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Coordinates the orientation of all new full and part-time faculty to the responsibilities of their positions and assists in appropriate training.

Supervises the division office staff and maintains adequate records and office equipment for the division.

Ensures sufficient staff support to faculty members within the division.

Curriculum and Program Development/Course Offerings:

Provides for Affiliation and Cooperative Agreements between Harper College health career programs and appropriate clinical agencies including the coordination of all requirements of these agreements, including but not limited to Documentation of Professional Liability Insurance coverage and verification that students and faculty meet specific health requirements.

Stimulates the development of new and changes to current courses and programs in the Division to meet the changing needs of the District as is appropriate for the first two-years of college and is commensurate with the Illinois Community College Board.

Develops and recommends class schedules, assigns full- and part-time faculty, and oversees appropriate room assignments.

Creates and supports innovative course schedules and learning modalities, such as online, blended, flex learning, fast-track, apprenticeships, internships, etc., to meet the needs of students and industry.

Develops and supports an alignment between credit and noncredit career programs.

Provides support for program accreditation reports and effective compliance with external accreditation requirements as applicable.

Ensures that each department prepares a Program Review as prescribed by the College and the Illinois Community College Board.

Facilitates the articulation of programs and courses with secondary and postsecondary institutions.

Assures that all classes are met as scheduled, or that suitable arrangements for substitute teachers are made.

Understands instructional technology and encourages innovative instructional strategies.

Coordinates and recommends the effective marketing of educational programs within the division.

Creates relationships with district health employers to assure curriculum relevancy and to create clinical opportunities for students.

Ensures career advisory committees are active and productive.

Community Service:

Serves as an agent of the College within the community as related to the disciplines of the Division.

Promotes the visibility of the division within the College and within the larger Harper community.

Professional Development:

Is committed to regular professional development to acquire new skills and knowledge to promote effective academic leadership for the Division and the College.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

Education: Masters’ Degree in Higher Education/Community College Administration or a discipline represented in the Division is required. Doctorate preferred.

Experience: Significant and successful collegiate-level teaching at an accredited institution. Progressively more responsible experience in an administrative capacity within an academic environment or appropriate institutional setting that includes specialized accreditation experience. Experience working, teaching, and leading in a health career setting and/or academic environment is preferred.

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: November 27, 2023

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


With continuous advancement in patient carer, health care workers with training in the latest technology and best practices are in constant demand. The Harper College Health Careers Division prepares students for a career in a variety of health settings, from hospitals and clinics, to nursing homes and community based organizations.


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