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As a college academic and campus leader, the Dean of Liberal Arts, Online, and Transfer is accountable for ensuring quality and integrity of all academic functions on campus and with regional partners. Additionally, this position promotes academic achievement and learner satisfaction consistent with established educational objectives, quality standards and fiscal responsibility. This position leads, directs, and supervises collegewide the liberal arts & sciences, online programming and manages high school partnerships and programming college wide. This position further supervises and implements grant activities and special projects related to program areas.
Direct instructional management functions and applicable operational aspects of assigned college areas and programs. Areas of responsibility include promoting, enhancing, and maintaining all functions and assignments, implementing policies and procedures that fulfill the philosophy and goals of the college.
Supervises the academic offerings collegewide in liberal arts & sciences.
Leads new program development and oversees the program sustainability process in assigned disciplines; assists the process of maintaining college accreditation.
Ensures program certification and accreditation by acting as a liaison with certifying or accrediting agencies and boards, facilitating site visits, assisting with preparation of reports for oversight bodies.
Maintains currency with assigned program trends, issues, legislations, and other actions affecting program certification, accreditation, and operations.
Oversee and promote academic assessment, program review and improvement processes including assessment of student learning outcomes for assigned areas.
Facilitates campus and regional course schedules in cooperation with academic deans, division chairs, and faculty members and assists with implementing the college academic master plan.
Leads efforts and supports faculty in development of articulation agreements for assigned areas.
Serves as college's lead academic dean for distance education initiatives and works with college academic supervisors to determine online courses offered each semester.
Engages faculty and staff to incorporate opportunities for diversity in curriculum, teaching, and presentation.
Serves as college's lead academic dean to administer Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), College in the High School (CHS), and Online College in the High School (OCHS). Works collaboratively with the Academic and Student Affairs team to provide high school students opportunities to earn college credit and create pathways into Northland programming.
Leads administrative activities within assigned areas.
Designated authority for the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs as responsibilities pertain to the assigned academic programs when VP ASA is unavailable.
Designated authority for student appeals related to academic misconduct issues for assigned programs.
Work with program advisory committees, agency personnel and others to assess community needs and assist with the development of curriculum to ensure program effectiveness.
Collaborates with workforce solutions to fulfill customized training needs.
Aligns curriculum, hiring, and delivery across the northwest region and with other MinnState institutions.
Assures compliance of Safety and Health regulations within the scope of responsibility.
Develops and manages academic budgets in assigned areas and collaborates with other administrators to secure additional resources as needed to support assigned disciplines.
Coordinates the development and administration of contracts with business and industry pertaining to student and faculty internships in assigned areas.
Maintains currency and complies with EEO, affirmative action, MinnState, Northland, and other pertinent regulations.
Recruit, interview, and recommend personnel for appointment, promotions, rewards, transfers, disciplines and dismissals in the department.
Writes job analysis and assists in salary development for all personnel supervised.
Assists in onboarding processes for new employees in assigned areas.
Works with college student services, enrollment management, and marketing representatives on plans for student recruitment, retention completion strategies, and program-specific marketing materials.
Assist prospective students, current students, and alumni.
Monitor overall student academic achievement in relationship to performance outcomes.
Serves as first level appeal authority for academic misconduct issues for assigned programs.
Oversees and assists in management of enrollment and retention for assigned programs.
Addresses student concerns within assigned programs.
Encourage faculty and staff to develop creativity and excellence in their positions.
Evaluates assigned faculty and support personnel, using established performance appraisal procedures, monitors individual faculty and staff professional development plans, and responds to employee concerns.
Provides leadership to the Division Chairs to implement course schedules, recommend instructor assignments, and manage academic program matters.
Collaborates with other administrators to develop efficiencies, encourage innovation, and integrate new instructional technologies, especially in assigned program areas.
Conducts effective classroom observations focused on student engagement and success.
Ensures equal opportunity and affirmative action policies, procedures and programs are effectively used within area of responsibility.
Assists the Affirmative Action Officer in identifying and eliminating barriers which inhibit equal employment opportunities.
Demonstrates good faith effort to hire qualified protected group members in goal units where under-utilization currently exists within the department.
Takes steps necessary to prevent harassment or other discriminatory actions.
Education: Master's Degree in education or related field from regionally accredited college/university
Type and Length of Experience:
Three years of experience in higher education leadership positions as faculty or administrator.
Demonstrated success with internal and external partnerships and collaboration.
Three years teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
Demonstrated commitment to ethical behavior, honesty and integrity.
Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth of others and self.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of a regional approach to building and delivering higher education.
Knowledge of instructional and student support methodologies.
Knowledge of diverse student populations and the related issues, needs, and opportunities.
Knowledge of accreditation processes, including assessment to promote learning and exceptional customer service.
Skills in professional and technical areas including an understanding of and experience in the teaching and learning process, curriculum development, interviewing, leadership, and administration.
Skills in written, oral, and non-verbal communication.
Skills for problem solving to manage diverse and complex situations.
Ability to effectively supervise, evaluate, motivate, and develop professional employees.
Ability to establish and maintain productive, collegial, and professional working relationships with internal and external constituents of the college.
Ability to develop, implement, and monitor long and short-term plans.
Ability to manage change and transformation.
Ability to effectively analyze and administer budgets.
Occasional overnight travel
Occasional non-standard hours
In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check. A valid Driver's License is required.
Education: Doctorate Degree in higher education, or related field from a regionally accredited college/university
Type and Length of Experience:
Five or more years of leadership in a vocational/technical or community college.
Vocational/technical or community college background and teaching experience.
Open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by: March 10, 2023
Online applications must include (please note your application will not be accepted without the following):
Cover letter of interest
Northland is an innovative leader in higher education, preparing all learners with work and life skills that advance personal well-being and regional prosperity. Northland serves the communities of East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Eastern North Dakota, and Northwest Minnesota with over 80 high-demand career and technical program options as well as liberal arts and transfer programs. Our values include meeting students where they are; focusing on student success; promoting global competency; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; encouraging innovation and creativity; providing a high-value learning experience; working collaboratively and building relationships; and pursuing quality and continuous improvement.
We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.
A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
Training and professional development
Paid annual and sick leave
11 paid holidays each year
Paid parental leave
Low-cost medical and dental coverage
Prescription drug coverage
Wellness programs and resources
Employer paid life insurance
Disability Insurance Coverage
Health care spending and savings accounts
Dependent care spending account
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.
Northland is a comprehensive two-year community & technical college offering 80+ program options in high-demand fields including; Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive & Transportation, Building Trades, Business & Marketing, Education, Health & Human Services, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety, Manufacturing and more! Northland also has a liberal arts & transfer program which offers students the first two years of a bachelor's degree.
Northland is an innovative leader in higher education, preparing all learners with work and life skills that advance personal well-being and regional prosperity.
- Meet students where they are
- Focus on student success
- Provide a high-value learning experience
- Work collaboratively and build relationships
- Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Promote global competency
- Encourage innovation and creativity
- Pursue quality and continuous improvement
- Meet community and workforce needs
- Practice responsible financial stewardship