Dean of Bus, IT, Prof Studies, Social Sciences, & Education - Greenfield Community College in Greenfield Massachusetts

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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

United States

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Detailed Job Description


Under the general supervision of the Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer, the Dean helps to shape and support a positive student learning environment and positive working environment for those in the programs supervised. Provides leadership, support, and administration to the programs and personnel in the Business, Information Technology, Professional Studies, Social Science and Education Group; supports the faculty in curriculum and program development and out-of-class learning activities, and helps to assure compliance with accreditation regulations. Facilitates course scheduling, budget management, assessment activities and use of assessment data for program improvement, development and help with oversight of program grants, and personnel with implementation of collective bargaining agreements; provides orientation for new faculty and staff, represents the Grouping to the rest of the College, other educational institutions, and the community, including program advisory boards , organizations that support clinical and field-based learning, and regional workforce initiatives. Monitors timely updating of clinical site contracts.


The Group of academic programs supervised includes Business and Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Human Services, the Social Science Fields of Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Education/Early Childhood Education plus the Outdoor Leadership Certificate program and Leisure Education courses. The departments offer programs of study leading to associate degrees and certificates, many with either regional or national accreditation. Innovative curriculum development includes rigorous transfer programs, the integration of service learning, patient simulation programs, development of hybrid and online learning, and credit and credit-free offerings responsive to workforce needs. With programs currently located on the main campus, the departmental group consists of 20 full-time faculty, approximately 45 adjunct faculty, two non-unit administrators, two full-time AFSCME support staff, and several contracted employees. The group’s faculty and staff work closely with Liberal Arts disciplines as well as with the Community Education and Workforce Development units of the college.


  • Collaborates with faculty to ensure high academic standards of all curricular offerings;
  • Supports and coordinates the development and implementation of the group’s academic programs, learning labs, services, plans and processes within   the mission of the college;
  • Supports student-centered instruction, analyzes enrollment patterns and works collaboratively with department chairs/program coordinators to maximize course schedule effectiveness to address student progress needs, build program enrollment while efficiently managing resources;
  • Helps to build positive working relationships between faculty and staff in the grouping;
  • Reviews, negotiates terms, and approves contracts for program clinical and field-based learning sites;
  • Exercises leadership in the development and evaluation of curricula in light of student learning outcomes, external accreditation and regulatory entities;
  • Assure proper and timely resolution of student, staff, faculty, and administrative issues, complaints and conflicts;
  • Coordinates the development and administration of program and grouping budgets;
  • Coordinates recruitment, selection, orientation, development, support and evaluation of personnel;
  • Mentors program faculty and collaborates effectively with department chairs and program coordinators;
  • Approves faculty workloads;
  • Coordinates cooperative program delivery and articulations with other institutions;
  • Coordinates the overall development and administration of grants within the grouping;
  • Implements collective bargaining agreements as they relate to grouping personnel;
  • Attend and conduct various meetings as assigned, such as Presidents Staff and Deans working group;
  • Participates in college-wide duties;
  • Supports internal and external professional development;
  • Maintains appropriate and community relationships;
  • Acts as responsible Dean for issues in the East Building including bringing forward facilities concerns and needs;
  • Negotiates external partnerships with private and public institutions of higher education;
  • Acts as primary liaison with program-related external partnerships;
  • Works with faculty, chairs, and directors in new programming development;
  • Works with other deans in the development of course schedules and joint projects;
  • Works closely with Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee during new programing development;
  • Responsible for hiring and evaluating adjunct faculty in collaboration with department chairs and program coordinators;
  • Participates in shared governance;
  • Perform related duties as needed to facilitate effective planning and leadership in compliance with the needs of the College; and
  • Adhere to stipulations of contract agreements.


The position will involve occasional evening and week-end responsibilities as well as occasional travel to regional and state locations for meetings. The position plays a key role in the emergency response plan for student or faculty emergencies in the grouping certificate or degree programs, which can require unexpected and sudden meetings, travel, and responsibilities.


Greenfield Community College requires that all cover letters, resumes, and contact information for 5 professional references be submitted online at Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.

Screening will begin with applications submitted via our online application system by April 18, 2014

Additional applications MAY be considered until the position is filled.


Job Requirements


  • Master’s Degree in Business, Information Technology, a Professional Studies field, a Social Sciences discipline or Master’s degree in Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Education or related field;
  • Successful record of classroom teaching and academic leadership;
  • Experience with curriculum and/or program development;
  • Record of inclusive approach to education that respects and supports diversity and builds mutual respect;
  • Increasingly responsible supervisory experience;
  • Experience with clinical and/or field-based learning in one of the program disciplines; and
  • Proven leadership that facilitates collaborative and inclusive working relationships.


  • Earned doctorate or other terminal degree in a related field/discipline;
  • Successful and progressive record of community college teaching and administrative leadership in a program in the grouping;
  • Experience working in partnership with community agencies or boards;
  • Experience with curriculum development and/or innovations including but not limited to online education;
  • Experience with program accreditation activities;
  • Experience with budget development and implementation;
  • Experience with grant writing and/or grant management;
  • Demonstrated engagement in ongoing professional development; and
  • Experiencewith implementation of collective bargaining agreements.


Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

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Keyword Phrases

  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Professional Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: 3-5 years
Salary: $88,000 - $99,000
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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