Location: Lowell, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Mon Sep 19 2022 Job Description:
Title: Dean of STEM
Unit: Non-Unit Professional (NUP)
Department: Academic Affairs - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
Reports To: Provost/VP Academic and Student Affairs
Date: September 19, 2022
General Summary:.Under the direction of the Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, the Dean of STEM is responsible for providing academic leadership and administrative oversight for the STEM Division at Middlesex Community College. This position requires a creative and knowledgeable individual with a positive approach to provide management for the science, technology, engineering and math areas, and support the college's strategic initiatives. The Dean of STEM is accountable for team performance and supports managers in their roles to meet College and divisional goals. The Dean carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Middlesex Community College's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; creating an environment which supports innovative teaching and learning; appraising performance and implementing improvement plans when necessary; resolving problems and concerns presented by faculty and students. The individual who serves in this position is equity-minded and committed to expansive excellence, inclusion, diversity, equity, and continuous professional improvement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensures integrity, excellence, and ongoing development of the academic programs and disciplines within the division while responding to Workforce needs. Departments within the division include Science, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
Provides leadership and oversight for planning, assessment, development and administration of the personnel, curriculum, programs, operations, facilities and equipment within the division.
Provides leadership, encouragement, and supervision to the STEM Department Chairs to ensure the development and implementation of institutional and divisional initiatives and policies.
Ensures the integration/coordination of programs and initiatives within the division.
Promotes and maintains responsive community relations. Represents the division and college in external activities and initiatives.
Supports Collaborates with the college's Office of Career-Integrated Learning. Specifically to support Learn & Earn experiences in STEM programs.
Manages the Colleges STEM Starter Acadamy
Functions as part of the Provost's leadership team, serving on appropriate working groups and councils.
Establishes, maintains, and monitors policies that provide for optimal educational practices in the division.
Provides oversight of articulation agreements to ensure appropriate educational and career pathways for programs within the division.
Develops and manages grants to support activities in the division.
Collaborates with personnel from other departments and Academic Divisions to ensure effective program implementation.
Resolves student and faculty issues; collaborates with others as necessary to achieve resolution. Oversees all faculty and student grievance procedures and insures adherence to college affirmative action and Title IX policies.
Promotes expansive excellence for diverse students, faculty, staff and community members.
Administers specific components of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, including reviewing the workload for full-time faculty, evaluating faculty and department chairs, making recommendations for contract renewal, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical requests. Addresses employee relations issues through consultation with Human Resources while ensuring alignment with collective bargaining agreements and personnel handbooks.
Determines priorities for budgetary expenditures; Develops, plans and manages the budget to ensure the acquisition of necessary equipment and supplies for classrooms, laboratories and other instructional settings.monitors budgets and electronically approves purchase requests.
Executes the academic vision of the Provost by developing and implementing college and divisional activities consistent with the college's mission and strategic direction.
Develop schedules for all classes offered in the STEM area.
Coordinate searches for full-time faculty and staff positions.
Performs other related duties as required.
Master's degree in a STEM discipline
Successful teaching experience in a STEM discipline.
Commitment to the mission and philosophy of the college with a strong understanding and respect for the goals of college activities.
Leadership, planning, management, organizational and supervisory skills.
Ability to think strategically and develop relevant and realistic plans, programs, and goals for the college.
Ability to recognize college-wide priorities and work cooperatively and collaboratively to support their accomplishment.
Financial management and negotiation skills.
Ability to market programs and ideas; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to establish positive public relations, and to work collaboratively with people to set and achieve common goals.
Experience in curriculum development.
Ability to interpret other legal and administrative requirements related to the division.
Experience with equity-minded work and working with individuals of diverse identities such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
Doctoral Degree preferred.
Understanding of and commitment to the role of the community college in higher education.
Knowledge of cultural competency skills framework.
Salary Range: $110,000-$120,000 annually, actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits which include:
High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
Free employee parking on Bedford and Lowell campuses
Location: Lowell and Bedford Campus
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Expected start date: December 2022
Application Deadline: October 10, 2022
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: Candidates for employment should be aware that all Middlesex Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January, 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.