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Dean of Basic and Transitional Studies Division (BTSD) and Seattle Colleges Institute of English (SCIE)

Seattle Colleges
Job Location:
Liberal Arts Deans
Opportunity Description

About Us

We are a district of three distinct colleges¿North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College¿and five specialty training centers, which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington. We are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Summary

Position open until filled / First Review of materials will begin: April 29, 2024

Salary range for this position is: $99,500/yr. - $136,024/yr. (depending on experience)

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The employer will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

The Dean is a service-oriented unit administrator who is skilled in relationship and partnership building, as the position supports instructional operations across multiple programs, as well as establishes and fosters educational excellence at Seattle Central College. The Dean will manage and lead the Seattle Colleges Institute of English (SCIE), including an Intensive English program and a College Bridge Program, both of which support international students. Also, the Dean leads the Basic and Transitional Studies Division (BTSD), English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education, GED, Learning Center Seattle, the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving Institutions Program (AANAPISI), Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (IBEST), the BTS Transition Center, a tutoring program, and off-site programs, all of which support resident students.

As Dean, you will provide leadership for positioning the division strategically within the institution and the community, and you will sustain and develop community partnerships. This work includes responsibility for overall planning, development, compliance reporting, renewal, and revision of academic programs and services to ensure meaningful academic outcomes, and program quality, effectiveness, and financial viability.

This position is Full-time, working 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday primarily 8-5. The schedule may vary depending on program needs. May be required to work evenings and weekends as needed.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will enjoy competitive compensation as well as all the benefits as a Washington State employee. To learn more about our excellent benefits offerings please see our benefits overview here: Seattle Colleges Employment Benefits

Application Requirements:
  • Attach current resume
  • Attach cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job
  • Required application materials must be completed and submitted online
Notice to Applicants:
Please note that Seattle Colleges is working under hybrid remote and on-site operations, and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.

What you will be working on:

Ensuring Student Success
  • Ensure an environment of educational support, success, and accessibility for diverse students to pursue and achieve their learning goals;
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to articulate and implement a vision and strategic plan that advances curricula and programs that support student completion and transition to careers and/or college;
  • Develop strong relationships within internal and external communities and organizations to effectively advocate for student and program success;
  • Support the division¿s BTS Transition Center to strengthen advising for students in ESL/ABE/GED and pre-college pathways; 
  • Work collaboratively with the International Programs department and the SCIE faculty to strengthen student success infrastructure as called for (placement testing, student advising, enrollment and retention issues);
  • Collaborate with SCIE faculty to continuously strengthen district-wide understanding of international students¿ unique needs, gifts, and perspectives so that the International student experience both enhances the broader college community and so that the broader community can better understand its international student population;
  • Promote and support the use of equitable and equity-producing curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies;
  • Meet with students to address needs, complaints, and academic and behavioral concerns;
 Advocacy & Relationships
  • Support the mission, vision, and values of Seattle Central College through courageous and ethical leadership of Basic and Transitional Studies (BTS) and the Seattle Colleges Institute of English (SCIE), as well as in support of other areas of the College as a thoughtful leader and engaged member of an administrative team;
  • Develop and maintain effective collegial relationships with other divisions and organizational components of the college;
  • Build and cultivate relationships between SCIE and International Programs, including regular communications as SCIE Unit Administrator;
  • Advocate for the unique strengths, needs and contributions to the mission of the college of the BTS division and SCIE to college administration;
  • Facilitate collaboration, transparent communication, community building, and inclusive decision-making processes that impact students, faculty, and staff of BTS and SCIE;
  • Nurture and support professional development of the division¿s employees.
  • Articulate and communicate processes, decisions, and changes that affect the division and programs, its staff, faculty, and students, in a timely manner; establish and adhere to policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and fully engage in shared governance, consultative processes, and consensus building.
  • Lead efforts to ensure sustainable enrollment in all instructional programs;
  • Provide leadership and management of resources, including developing and overseeing budgets;
  • Manage and renew state and federal grant funding and comply with all requirements to maintain eligibility;
  • Use established practices to plan teaching schedules in conjunction with faculty and according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Evaluate, hire, and supervise faculty, classified staff, and professional staff;
  • Cultivate an effective and collegial working and learning environment.
Perform other duties as required.

What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)
  • A Master¿s Degree relevant to the position;
  • Minimum of two years of experience teaching adults in a field related to areas of supervision listed in the position summary;
  • Experience working with international students and their unique language, cultural adjustment and visa needs;
  • Ability to actively lead efforts to integrate equity and inclusion within the program and at an institutional level
  • Understanding of the goals, objectives, and issues related to a diverse student population that includes international, immigrant, refugee, and systemically non-dominant students;
  • Administrative experience, including instructional team member supervision and professional development; budget development and management; and grant acquisition, management and compliance;
  • Ability to build and maintain internal and external partnerships.
Physical Requirements:

The Position
  • Typically works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to Perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office.
  • Encounters frequent interruptions throughout the workday.
  • Is regularly required to provide 1:1 support, present to small groups, and work at a computer exercising repetitive hand motion with or without reasonable accommodation.
Disability Accommodation

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants: 
  • Ability to operate office equipment 
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials 
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person 
Notice of Non-discrimination Statement 

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of bullying behaviors, including cyber bullying.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college's Director of Legal Compliance:

1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873 

Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
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