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Community Colleges of Spokane


PO Box 6000, MS 1001
Spokane, WA 992176000

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Job Category: Education

Employment: Full Time

Salary: $76,263.00 Annually



Listing Expires: December 31, 2018

Job Description:

Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences

SALARY: $76,263.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/26/18

CLOSING DATE: 12/31/18 04:00 PM



Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Assistant Dean in the Arts & Sciences Division at Spokane Community College.

Spokane Community College (SCC) seeks an Assistant Dean for the Division of Arts and Sciences located in Spokane, Washington. This is a full time administrative and professional staff position reporting directly to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. This position is an excellent fit for an enthusiastic candidate seeking professional growth in a dynamic and supportive environment. The Division of Arts and Sciences provides high-quality transfer education and related instruction to professional/technical programs. Five departments (Communication Studies, English and Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Science), serve over 4,000 students (1,700 FTE) each year.

Under the direction and with the support of the SCC Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Assistant Dean for Arts ans Sciences will provide division-specific and campus-wide leadership in the development, enhancement, promotion of, and support for transfer and general education. This position works collaboratively with faculty, deans, staff and students to ensure the continual improvement of the division and in support of student success in a highly-diverse environment.

Ideal candidates will have skills in time management, leadership, relationship-building, and true communication. They will also have a long-term commitment to the institution, be enthusiastic and energetic, self-accountable, accessible, supportive, responsive, innovative, equitable and an advocate for all departments. They will allow faculty to be experts in their fields and demonstrate community involvement. They will work openly and collaboratively with the Dean of Arts and Sciences and other faculty, staff, and administrators. They will have teaching experience in an Arts and Sciences field, community college experience, and leadership experience in some capacity, such as serving as a department chair or project leader.

Community Culture
Spokane Community College, a comprehensive community college, is located in Spokane, Washington, one of the most livable and beautiful cities in the United States. Located east of the Cascade Mountains in the foot of the Selkirk Range, the cost of living is affordable and quality of life is high. Cultural, culinary, and outdoor activities abound. Our service district is the largest in the state, extending throughout the entirety of the middle and upper Columbia River Basin northward to the Canadian border and east to the Idaho border. The College fosters a culture of continuous improvement and provides ample opportunities for faculty to grow and innovate. Our dedicated team of faculty, staff, and administrators work together in a mutually supportive environment to seek our creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by today's community colleges. We maintain an active research, teaching, and community relations agenda.
Current highlights include:


  • A National Science Foundation Grant focused on providing scholarship opportunities for potential STEM students;
  • College Spark grants aimed at improving student success in mathematics through the development of co-requisite models of remediation and transcript-based placement;
  • The Hagan Center for the Humanities, the only Humanities Center in the nation hosted at a comprehensive community college;
  • Faculty commitment to increasing college affordability through implementation of Open Educational Resources whenever possible;
  • Study Abroad programs in Spain, England, and potentially elsewhere;
  • And a developing Honors program, as well as many other opportunities for students and faculty to extend their knowledge and learning.




  • Provide division-specific and campus-wide leadership in the development, enhancement, promotion of, and support for defined academic programs. Work collaboratively with faculty, deans, chairs, and students to ensure the continual improvement of the division in support of student success. *
  • Support faculty and staff in professional development, student achievement initiatives, assessment, program review and instructional/program innovations. *
  • Supervise (e.g. recruit, select, train, schedule, and discipline) professional exempt, classified and faculty. Adhere to the faculty Master Contract, classified bargaining agreement/rules, and CCS policies and procedures. Coordinate training and evaluation for adjunct instructors. Function as the administrator on faculty probationary/tenure committees. Oversee Tutoring Services. *
  • In consultation with the Dean, address questions and disputes regarding contracts and instructor workloads, assist in the supervision and management of faculty and provide direct supervision to classified, professional exempt, and/or work study students. Adhere to the faculty Master Contract, classified bargaining agreement/rules, and all district rules and regulations ensuring efficient operations and student success. *
  • Responsible for ensuring assigned faculty/staff adhere to acceptable behavior and performance standards. Demonstrate that assigned faculty/staff have been informed how behavior and performance will be assessed, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and any observed performance and behavioral problems are corrected promptly. *
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned. *

'*' Indicates this is an "essential duty".




  • Master's degree in Education, Arts, Sciences or closely related field from an accredited institution.
  • Leadership and/or supervision in higher education.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the broad spectrum of disciplines in Arts and Sciences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and manage complex initiatives and to work effectively across organizations.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with staff, faculty, students, administration, and members of the public.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to establish strong relationships and partnerships.
  • Post-secondary teaching experience.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals and objectives of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.




  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience in a community college culture.
  • Experience with collective bargaining units and labor contracts in higher education.
  • Post-secondary academic transfer teaching experience.

* TOTAL COMPENSATION: $100,305 - $104,028.
Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates and median retirement fund contributions. The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment. 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.




  • Work is performed in a normal, temperature controlled office environment.
  • Work is sedentary in nature.
  • Frequent use of computer and exposure to terminal screens.
  • Work directly with students/clients.
  • Work involves constant interruptions and requirement to answer on demand questions by phone, in person, or electronically.
  • Frequent repetitive hand/wrist motions and finger manipulation.
  • Frequent oral and auditory communication with others.




  • Contract 12 month.
  • This position is overtime ineligible.
  • Criminal background check required.
  • May require local or regional travel. If using personal vehicle proof of driver's license and car insurance required.
  • Valid motor vehicle operator license required.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:



  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • College transcript(s) * - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.

NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position. The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission.

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category. Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.