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Dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts

Clark College
Job Location:
Vancouver, 98663
Fine and Applied Arts Deans

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts (SOFA) position in the Office of Instruction. This position is responsible to provide equity-focused leadership, management, planning, and advocacy for faculty and programs within the unit, which is comprised of divisions encompassing instructional departments. Departments of oversight include Addiction Counselor Education, Anthropology, Art, Drama, Early Childhood Education, Family Life/Parent Education, Geography, Graphic Design, History, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Division chairs, department chairs, and directors report to the dean. A consistent on campus presence is necessary with the possibility of a hybrid schedule depending on the needs of the individual and the college. The assignment of specific divisions and instructional departments are subject to change.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.



  • Serve as advocate for and represent the instructional unit.
  • Work collaboratively with division chairs, department heads, directors, other instructional unit deans, faculty, and staff.
  • Establish and develop an effective communication process within and among units.
  • Provide leadership in development of effective teaching and learning strategies and outcome assessment tools.
  • Conduct program review in process.
  • Represent the unit in articulation and partnership activities with high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and business and industry.
  • Actively support activities that promote diversity.
  • Provide for faculty and staff development.


  • Oversee class schedule and catalog preparation.
  • Develop and manage budget allocations.
  • Monitor student advising processes.
  • Assume responsibility for recruitment, screening, orientation, and professional development of full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Oversee tenure review process for probationary faculty and evaluation processes for full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Serve as appeal person for student complaints.
  • Supervise teaching faculty, division chairs, department heads, directors, and classified staff.
  • Oversee facility and equipment allocation and use.


  • Establish and maintain identified FTE targets.
  • Allocate personnel and budget resources.
  • Coordinate and foster collaborative planning and goal setting.

Common Duties Established by the College:

  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering Core Themes and College Objectives.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate career and vocational programs.
  • Coordinate the Honors program and allocate Foundation Honors scholarships.
  • Supervise Director of Child and Family Studies.
  • Supervise Director of Professional and Personal Development.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in an academic area related to the assignment.
  • Three (3) years of full-time leadership experience in academic administration or instruction reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • Culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-racist practice in instruction.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs. 
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall. 
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies. 
  • On-campus early childhood education care program (pending registration and availability).
  • Gym and recreation facilities available for membership. 
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events.

SALARY RANGE: $112,761 - $130,566 annually (commensurate with qualifications and experience).

Successful candidates are typically hired at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.

Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.


Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed.
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process.

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105 or email

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., July 29, 2024.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted which includes a sexual misconduct background check as required under RCW 28B.112.080. 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.


Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.


The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:


If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

CORRECTIONS OR EXTENDED NOTICESCorrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Clark College Human Resources

July 5, 2024


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