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Dean of Continuing, Graduate, and Online Education

Simpson College
Job Location:
Indianola, Iowa
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Dean of Continuing, Graduate, and Online Education

Simpson College

Location: Indianola, IA
Open Date: Jun 3, 2021


Simpson College invites applications for the Dean of Continuing, Graduate, and Online Education. Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President and Academic Dean, the Dean maintains a portfolio of four direct reports and coordinates all operations and activities in support of Continuing, Graduate, and Online Education at Simpson College. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity and diversity. The Dean works as part of the leadership team in Academic Affairs, which includes the Registrar, the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment, and Associate Dean for Student Academic Services.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and self-motivated candidate as Simpson College reimagines off-campus study for the 21st century and embarks on the implementation of a new general education curriculum. The new curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, and the College is looking to develop new and innovative partnerships that will allow students to develop the skills and capacities needed for today’s fast-changing environment. The College uses a three-week May term to provide students with multiple short-term faculty-led travel experiences at sites around the globe.


  • Oversee operations and budgets of the West Des Moines campus including course scheduling, staffing, class capacity, security, facilities upkeep, lease review, HLC reporting, support of corporate use of the facilities and community networking.
  • Cultivate a vision for continuing education and online learning that aligns with Simpson’s mission and that collaborates with Information Technology Services to facilitate continued growth in the use of online learning.
  • Supervise Directors for the graduate education programs, including the Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Masters of Music in Choral Conducting programs, and the Director of the MIS Program
  • Facilitate the growth of C&G programs and collaborates with program directors, department chairs, faculty and staff to determine and support the needs of current programs, including support to adjunct faculty. Together with colleagues identifies and plans the viability of new program initiatives and majors at the undergraduate, continuing and graduate levels.
  • Work with faculty, staff and administration to develop and implement a strategic plan for continuing education, online learning and curricular development.
  • Develop and implement retention planning.
  • Oversee and assist in the professional development of faculty and staff and training programs for students.
  • Manage the budget for continuing education, graduate programs and online learning.
  • Hire adjuncts and specialist faculty teaching within Continuing and Graduate Programs; supporting their work; ensuring timely contracts; perform regular faculty and program evaluation.
  • Actively promote all Simpson programs in the wider community, and focuse on promoting the continuing and graduate programs in the network of employers, community colleges, chambers and professional organizations.
  • Chair and oversee the work of the administrative Graduate Program Council (GPC) and staffs the faculty Post Baccalaureate Curriculum Committee (PBCC). Provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and communicate plus institutionalizes these with members of the campus community.
  • Facilitate, together with the Director of Alumni Relations, the development of a word of mouth referral network and mentoring existing students through the C&G Alumni Board.
  • Work with the Director of Transfer Enrollment and the VP for Enrollment, to support processes to track and increase enrollment.
  • Work with the Coordinator of Faculty Development for C&G faculty, to identify and plan C&G programs that are offered; to foster a culture of attention to specific aspects of teaching and learning with experienced adult learners, and makes decisions regarding budget.
  • Create, oversee, and contribute to internal and external communications related to recruitment and retention efforts for current and prospective C&G students; letters and messaging on social media to students; updates to the community and faculty about C&G; marketing and recruitment materials for C&G. Liaise closely with the Office of Marketing & Public Relations.
  • Provide leadership in the development of online learning and staff the ad hoc Online Learning Committee of faculty and staff.
  • Terminal degree, knowledge of instructional technology, online teaching and instructional design experience, and higher education administrative experience. Strong preference for a Ph.D. in Management or another core area of Business Administration, where the program already has strengths.
  • Ability to read, write and develop ideas in order to effectively plan, organize and implement the programs at a level normally acquired by a doctoral degree or demonstrated equivalent experience. 
  • Financial planning, fund accounting, market and programming planning skills are necessary.
  • Interpersonal skills requiring above ordinary courtesy and tact are necessary to communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Organizational skills to be able to work on several projects simultaneously and accomplish them all in a timely and professionally acceptable manner.
  • Need to be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail for majority of work activities.
  • Must be a self-starter with very little direct supervision.
  • Supervisory experience over a strong and developing staff with keen insights into appropriate deployment of resources and positions.
  • Mobility to travel across campus and travel off campus for related activities and have a valid driver’s license.

This is an exceptional opportunity to join a dynamic leadership team at Simpson College in a period of great excitement at the institution. Having successfully completed a recent $31M Capital Campaign (exceeding its target of $25M), the College is poised to grow enrollment, expand partnerships and collaborations, and build upon a history of excellence in the liberal arts. The successful candidate must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and a respect for a diverse environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.


Simpson’s main campus is in Indianola, Iowa, a part of the Des Moines metropolitan area. The Des Moines area has a population of over 600,000, and economic growth has outpaced the U.S. as a whole. In addition, the cost of living is well below the national average. The Dean will be expected to be present at both the West Des Moines and Indianola campus, though the position will be based in West Des Moines.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, a statement addressing how your experiences and/or interests contribute to promoting diversity and inclusivity, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Human Resources.. Simpson offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including tuition waiver benefits for eligible employees and their immediate family members. Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Simpson College shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

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