Reports to: Provost / Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Posting Close Date: April 16, 2021
The Dean of the School of Workforce Development (SWD) is responsible for the leadership of the College’s workforce development programs, including creating and implementing a vision aligned with the mission, vision, and values of GRCC. The Dean will create and sustain a working environment within the School that encourages a spirit of collaboration, innovation, access, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with a deep understanding of and experience with workforce development educational and training programs and the vital role they play in the economic development of a community. The Dean will work in cooperation with College and School leadership to sustain and create programs relevant to students and the community. To successfully achieve these results the Dean will need to cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with internal and external (industry partners, K-12 partners, higher education partners, etc.) stakeholders.
The Dean reports to the Provost / Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and serves as an active member of the Deans’ Council, the Strategic Leadership Team, the President’s Cabinet, and the Academic Governing Council.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Provide administrative leadership, support and supervision for the SWD (includes credit and non-credit programs, offerings and services).
Identify innovative approaches to programs and processes to advance the vision and direction for the SWD.
Identify and move forward the development of new programs to respond to industry needs and equity-centered best practices in workforce education and training.
Collect, review, and analyze data relevant to program vitality, student success, and other trends.
Convene the membership of the SWD on a regular basis to review and refine the vision and strategic direction for the SWD.
Support Department Heads and Program Directors in maintaining current programs with a focus on continuous improvement, including overseeing the formal program review and evaluation process for the SWD.
Support Department Heads and Program Directors in the exploration and development of new degree, certificate, and training programs.
Advocate for the faculty, staff, and programs in the SWD.
Advance and advocate for career and academic pathways.
Serve as an ex-officio member of program advisory committees and utilize advisory committee feedback and regional data sources, respond to changing curricular needs and the development of new programs.
Lead and facilitate grant opportunities for the SWD, including managing and monitoring Carl D. Perkins grants performance measures and Core Indicators. This includes the development, monitoring and closeout of the annual Local Annual and Local Leadership grant.
Promote, support, and ensure compliance with programmatic accreditation requirements.
Ensure alignment of departmental plans to the Strategic Plan and mission of the College.
Supervise and support direct reports in the SWD. This includes regular meetings, annual performance evaluations, and establishing work expectations.
Set standards for hiring new faculty and staff and regularly review the hiring processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in collaboration with Associate Deans and Department Heads. (i.e. form screening committees, etc.)
Review and recommend FT faculty and staff hires, tenure, and promotion to the Provost, in conjunction with Associate Deans and Department Heads.
Carry out all other duties described in the Perkins V handbook.
Encourage interdisciplinary connections and cultural competence in the curriculum.
Allocate resources and other systemic supports to promote professional development for faculty and staff.
Participate in College-wide planning as appropriate, including but not limited to planning related to the strategic plan, budget development, emergency response, and facility master planning.
Provide local leadership for the promotion of business and industry partnerships.
Actively participate in and retain membership in such statewide and national organizations and activities as are appropriate for the maintenance and improvement of programs in the SWD at the College.
Monitor legislative activity at the State and Federal level; provide input to the legislative process as appropriate.
Participates in collective bargaining teams (if needed and assigned by the President).
Regular attendance during normally scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.
Persons in this role are identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSA’s will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.
Other duties as assigned by the Provost.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline offered in the School of Workforce Development, Higher Education Administration, Education, Educational Leadership, Technical Education, or a closely related field is required.
Doctorate degree is preferred.
Industry-recognized credentials are valuable and should be reflected on application materials.
Five years prior experience in a role responsible for oversight of educational programming and training is required.
Demonstrated leadership in educational, training or industry settings is required.
Supervisory experience of instructional staff required.
Teaching experience in higher education or industry settings is required.
Experience working in an industry related to the SWD is strongly preferred.
Experience in a community college or higher education setting is preferred.
Experience working in a collective bargaining environment is preferred.
Demonstrated experience with developing and moving forward initiatives that advance equity, access, and inclusion.
Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives.
Demonstrated successful advocacy for students and students’ needs.
Proven ability to work effectively both as a team leader and a team player.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills.
Highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
Demonstrated understanding of the significance of cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation for equity and inclusion.
Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
Ability to be optimistic, positive and supportive in all interactions with others.
High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:
Judgment & Decision Making
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing Objectives and Strategies
Developing and Building Teams
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
Analyzing Data or Information
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Interacting With Computers
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
This position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
Must be able to attend functions off campus and work weekends/evenings as required.
Professional travel required.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
To apply for this position, please visit our website at www.grcc.edu/jobs Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position. Submit a cover letter and resume. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on April 16, 2021at 11:59 PM ET. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.
Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The College will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.
Internal Number: 1120
About Grand Rapids Community College
The urban campus of Grand Rapids Community College is situated on a six-block area in the heart of Michigan’s second largest metropolitan area with a population approaching one million. GRCC, founded in 1914, is the oldest community college in Michigan, but the atmosphere is exciting and contemporary; its top-notch faculty, commitment to diversity in programming and campus lifestyle, and the strong spirit of community collaboration under the leadership of President Bill Pink, make it a vital and rewarding workplace. Known as “The Community’s College,” GRCC is responsive to the needs of surrounding business, economic, cultural and educational environments. The college offers credit and non-credit, associate degree and certification programs, and workforce training at both on- and off-campus locations so that students of all ages and abilities can pursue personal goals for higher education and/or enhanced job opportunities with success. For more information about GRCC, visit our website at www.grcc.edu