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Dean of Health Sciences

Washtenaw Community College
Job Location:
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Health Deans

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Washtenaw Community College in their search for Dean of Health Sciences.

Apply by July 12, 2021 for best consideration.

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead successful, highly-resourced and well-supported programs in a dynamic and forward thinking institution. The next Dean leads award-winning, well known and respected programs with numerous articulation agreements, strong relationships with local high schools and all accreditations in good standing.

A holistic thinker, the successful candidate is an outward facing leader dedicated to maintaining the strong performance of the division’s programs as well as identifying new opportunities for program development. The Dean brings a proven history of positive, productive engagement and collaboration with the community.

Critical to success is a history of working with a dynamic and diverse team of faculty, staff, and students in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment.

The Dean is the academic and administrative leader for the division which includes the areas of Health Sciences, Dental Assisting, Certified Nursing Assistant, LPN to RN, Associate Degree Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiography Technician (including specialty programs), Surgical Technician, Sterile Processing, Medical Billing & Coding, Cardiac Technician and Medical Assisting. The position is responsible for the development, delivery and outcome of programs, while encouraging and providing mentoring, innovation and collaboration with faculty and other college departments.

Major responsibilities include the oversight of daily operations, supervision of personnel, facilities, budgets in assigned instructional areas, course and program evaluations/assessments. Serves as the primary contact with state licensing commissions and accrediting bodies. Day-to-day professional activities align with division/department goals and meet performance standards in all of the division’s areas, with a special focus on maintaining high student success levels, program completion rates, national exam scores, and gainful employment.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the development, evaluation and revision of academic programs including the following: researching, identifying, and implementing new programs and courses in collaboration with faculty and staff, and routinely reviewing programs to ensure they are current, effective, produce successful graduates, and align with the mission of the college and employer needs. 
  • Schedule and manage course offerings with innovative /student centered scheduling to meet student needs and allow students to achieve their academic goals in a timely fashion. 
  • Work collaboratively with workforce development, Michigan Works, and community partners to develop health courses and customized health trainings, as needed by employers within the community.
  • Lead and encourage innovation in the development of divisional objectives, initiatives, and instructional methods and formats. Lead and encourage continuous divisional quality improvement across all delivery modes. 
  • Ensure the effective use of industry standard technology in learning and teaching.
  • Utilize analytics to make data driven decisions for the division and individual programs.
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing student success and retention initiatives. Develop and support the division’s enrollment goals and be accountable for achieving them. 
  • Seek out, implement, and maintain beneficial articulation agreements with four-year colleges and K-12 schools in consultation with the Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Affairs and the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Service. 
  • Review and approve department budgets based on college strategic goals and program goals that are mutually acceptable and strategically aligned. Adhere to college purchasing and accounting processes. Align and prioritize division resources with the strategic objectives of the college. 
  • Build and maintain partnerships among faculty, staff, administration, and the community, including business, industry, four-year colleges and universities, K-12 schools and clinical partners. 
  • Research and recommend appropriate grants to support program development, equipment, space, etc. 
  • Recruit, select, evaluate, and develop faculty (full-time, part-time, department chairs) and staff in support of division mission and goals. Seek out opportunities to recruit, hire and retain a diverse faculty group. 
  • Assist in the creation and support of college policies/procedures; advise the Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Affairs regarding any divisional concerns about college policies and procedure. 
  • Participate in administrative meetings, retreats, activities, events, and planning as appropriate. Participate in appropriate committees, task forces, or other groups to advance college goals. Communicate college news and information to departments in a timely and effective manner. 
  • Ensure that active and qualified advisory boards exist to assess programs, to determine employer needs and program equipment needs,
  • Validate transfer criteria of course and program offerings to other colleges and universities. 
  • Promote, provide, and support faculty and staff professional development as it aligns with the divisional and strategic plan. 
  • Ensure compliance with state, regional, and specialized accreditation standards; 
  • Following college policies and procedures, conduct disciplinary investigations of student and faculty misconduct and take appropriate action. 
  • Conduct research, gather, and interpret data and prepare reports for the division in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in Nursing or other healthcare role. Current licensure, credentialing in area of clinical practice and in good standing.
  • College teaching experience and healthcare administration or academic administrative or management experience. 
  • A high-level of professionalism, innovation, collaboration, and institutional commitment in all actions. 
  • Analytical/administrative abilities sufficient to develop and administer budgets for division cost centers and major grants. 
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient for effective frequent contact with faculty, staff, students, and community/industry representatives. 
  • Management abilities sufficient to be successful with the administrative duties associated with a large diverse curriculum. 
  • Ability to provide rapid response: Disseminate information, complete and submit materials, return phone calls and emails in a timely manner to both internal colleagues and external constituents. 
  • Solid knowledge of HIPAA and FERPA law, as well as ability to practice ethically and maintain strict confidentiality when needed.

About Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College was established in 1965, when Washtenaw County voters passed a millage to provide financial support for a countywide community college. WCC opened with a 6-member Board of Trustees, a newly-appointed president, and a parcel of land in Ann Arbor and Superior Townships. Classes started in September 1966 on a temporary campus at Willow Run, with 1200 students enrolled in 30 occupational programs and a transfer curriculum.

From this modest beginning, WCC has grown into one of the nation’s premier community colleges with an annual enrollment of more than 18,000 students in credit classes each year, and thousands more in Economic and College Development classes. Their diverse student body includes more than 1,000 students from 100+ foreign countries. The 285-acre campus and strategically located extension centers, operating resources, technology-enabled facilities, and instructional quality are the envy of post-secondary education institutions near and far.

Living in the Area

Ann Arbor with a population of 120,000, is consistently ranked “Best of” in numerous categories by multiple sources including being #1 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live ranking in 2018 conducted by Livability. The city hosts the best schools and universities in the entire state of Michigan, education is a priority to Ann Arbor locals. The city ranks high in walkability and offers extraordinary culture, food, arts, sports and endless opportunities to enjoy nature including along the Huron River which runs through the center of town. The city has lower unemployment and crime rates than the national average


Apply by July 12, 2021 for best consideration.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the firm, you must apply directly at:

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner at Academic Career & Executive Search at

Washtenaw Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Washtenaw Community College does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status as provided for and to the extent required by federal and state statutes. Nor does the college discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Washtenaw Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities.

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