Dean, City College

Posted: 06/27/2024

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The Dean of City College serves as the Chief Academic Officer for City College and reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides a vision for City College and is responsible for strategic planning and fiscal, personnel, and resource management. The Dean leads the College in efforts to increase student enrollment and expand student success strategies that improve retention and graduation rates. The Dean will be committed to fostering faculty and staff professional development. The Dean will have a passion for the transformational role of education at all levels, as well as the key responsibility of City College in meeting local, regional, state, and national workforce needs. The Dean will work closely and collaboratively with City College faculty to develop and strengthen high-demand academic programs and credit and non-credit workforce development initiatives. The Dean must effectively communicate the strengths and accomplishments of City College to internal and external constituents and facilitate partnerships with local, state, national, and international entities, including school districts. The Dean will play a key role in securing resources (grants, contracts, philanthropic dollars, etc.) in support of City College students, faculty, and programs.
 
The Position
Montana State University Billings (MSUB) invites applications for the position of Dean of City College from interested individuals from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. City College is the two-year arm of MSU Billings and is the largest of MSUB’s five academic colleges. The College offers workforce and applied technical and career education via industry workforce training, certificate and associate of applied science programs, and university-transfer opportunities via associate of science and associate of arts programs. City College also plays a primary role in serving local high school dual enrollment students. The Dean is the chief academic officer of City College and provides academic and administrative leadership for faculty, staff, and students. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, provides a vision for the College, and is responsible for strategic planning and fiscal, personnel, and resource management. The Dean must lead the College in efforts to expand student success strategies that improve retention and graduation rates. The Dean will be committed to fostering faculty and staff professional development. The Dean will have a passion for the role of two-year college education in preparing the next generation of industry leaders. The Dean must effectively communicate the strengths and accomplishments of City College to internal and external constituents and forge strong partnerships with local, state, national, and international entities. City College seeks a transformational leader with a vision for promoting excellence in two-year college education and workforce development. Candidates should have outstanding leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, a record of excellence in teaching and professional activities, a passion for promoting student success, a demonstrated commitment to shared governance, and a significant record of department, college, and university service. The successful candidate will be expected to articulate and implement a vision for expanding enrollment and elevating student, faculty, and staff success.

The University
Montana State University Billings (MSUB) is a comprehensive public university located in Montana’s largest city. Our mission is to deliver a transformative education that empowers students from diverse backgrounds to succeed. The University has five colleges, through which it serves a diverse student body and a broad regional community. MSU Billings is unique in that it is one of a select few higher education institutions with an embedded two-year community college. Our faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and public service. Our faculty and staff strive to transform the lives of our students by empowering them to succeed in achieving their educational and life goals. To give our students the best possible path to success in achieving their goals, we are committed to closing equity gaps via our recruitment, retention, and completion initiatives. MSUB faculty and students are active in scholarship and creative endeavors on state-wide, national, and international stages. Our programs are responsive to community needs and prepare students for lifelong learning, discovery, problem solving, and service. MSUB is an innovator in teaching strategies and modalities that accommodate students’ individual learning needs and styles. For additional information about the University, please visit our website at https://www.msubillings.edu.

The College
City College provides technical two-year college education that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the region. Associate degrees and certificates are awarded in a variety of disciplines within health, safety, transportation, industry, business, computers, and general studies. Several academic programs possess specialized accreditation. Signature programs include Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Sonography, Computer Programming & Application Development, Process Plant Technology, Welding, and Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing. City College faculty and staff maintain partnerships with members of the local and regional workforce to ensure graduates obtain relevant knowledge and skills to meet their evolving needs. As an embedded two-year college, City College also prepares baccalaureate-seeking students to transition to the University campus. Professional trainings and continuing education are provided through non-credit offerings to individuals and workforce partners. The College has outstanding faculty who are highly qualified, many of whom possess work experience in their field. This position is an opportunity for a dedicated and experienced academic administrator to lead a vibrant two-year college within a supportive and innovative comprehensive university.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Leadership Responsibilities
  • Provide visionary leadership focused on ensuring academic excellence, preparing an employable workforce, furthering student success, and creating a learning-centered environment.
  • Create and promote a campus climate that is built on trust, and one that respects and values the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all people; assure a climate of participatory governance and collaboration.
  • Promote teaching, learning, and student success through innovative approaches to basic skills development, four-year transfer programs, vocational programs, workforce development programs, interdisciplinary initiatives, and student support services. Forge strong partnerships and coalitions within MSU Billings, the greater community, and with area leaders and representatives of business, industry, tribal entities, and governmental and educational institutions (K-16).
  • Work collaboratively with all City College constituents to formulate a vision and five-year plan for fundraising in support of City College students, faculty, staff, programs, and activities.
  • Work closely with the Provost and collaboratively with colleagues at MSU Billings to develop a vision and working model for the office of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning.
  • Maintain and nurture a college advisory council. As appropriate, ensure program advisory councils are constituted and actively engaged.
Management Responsibilities
  • Oversee student, faculty, and staff success efforts and initiatives Oversee the development of the City College annual budget and ensure the college operates under a balanced budget.
  • Serve as the Building Manager for City College buildings, including the Tech Building, Health Sciences Building, and associated physical facilities.
  • Supervise direct reports, including:
    • City College Department Chairs
    • Nursing Program Director
    • Business Manager Coordinator of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning, supporting entrepreneurial activities, grant writing, and workforce development activities
    • Assistant to the Dean and Department Chairs
    • Department of Labor Nursing Expansion Grant Director
    • Equipment/Supply Technician (Tool Room)
  • Oversee recruitment, selection, orientation, onboarding, evaluation, and professional development of full-time and part-time/tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty.
  • Encourage the expansion of curricula to include employer-focused programs by guiding the College to adopt more demand-oriented and market-informed strategies for program development and have programs in place to meet present demands and rapidly respond to future demands when they arise.
  • Ensure that City College operates within a culture of evidence, strengthening and monitoring formal and informal assessment measures throughout all programs and ensuring use of assessment data in curricular changes and revisions.
  • Disseminate information concerning the college’s successes and challenges to the college faculty and staff, the provost, and college advisory council on a regular basis.
Other Responsibilities
  • Actively participate in and represent City College on campus (Chancellor’s Jacket Leadership Team, Deans Council, Provost Council, Union-Management Committee, etc.), system-level (Two-Year College Group, Board of Regents meetings), and community board meetings, committees, and activities.
  • Oversee non-credit offerings and entrepreneurial activities offered through the office of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning
  • Oversee activities of grant-funded programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALITIES:
The Dean of City College will be a strategic, innovative, collaborative, collegial, and inclusive leader and partner, who works with multiple constituent groups to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff at City College.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Requires sufficient mobility to work in a college with hands-on programs and operations, operate office equipment, able to lift, push or pull at least 40 lbs. Additional physical demands may include: stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching overhead and horizontally, repetitive hand movements, sitting for extended periods of time, and 6–8 hours of screen time per day.

Appointment Date/Salary
The University seeks to fill this position by January 1, 2025. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications
Review of applications will begin on August 12, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include (1) a letter of interest which explains in detail the candidate’s leadership and administrative experience, philosophy, and vision; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three to five individuals who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s professional qualifications for the position. The University seeks to fill this position by January 1, 2025. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications Review of applications will begin on August 12, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include (1) a letter of interest which explains in detail the candidate’s leadership and administrative experience, philosophy, and vision; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three to five individuals who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s professional qualifications for the position.

Education Required:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree related to a discipline represented at City College.
Experience Required:
  • An exemplary record of teaching and service, having achieved tenure and rank advancement at the university or college level.
  • A strong record (minimum three years) of leadership, management and budgeting experience at a university or college which includes serving as a department chair or program director.
  • Experience with faculty recruitment, mentoring, retention, evaluation, promotion, and tenure within the university or college setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and fostering an inclusive environment.
  • Understanding of teaching and learning practices in community, vocational, and technical college environments.
  • Experience with assessment and accreditation at the program and institution levels, and experience with evidence-based continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Experience leading the development of competitive-wage, skilled programs to meet community economic, and workforce needs through building strong community partnerships.
Experience Preferred:
  • Demonstrated leadership experience at the two-year and/or technical college level
  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively with faculty and staff within a collective bargaining environment.
  • Demonstrated success in developing external funding from private and public sources.
  • Stated vision and a record of accomplishments related to innovation in education and workforce development at the college level.
  • Evidence of experience and successful partnerships across different disciplines, departments, and colleges within an institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrated track record with shared governance principles and fostering a collegial working environment and building consensus.
Montana State University Billings is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University Billings makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU Billings provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0298, 406-657-2278, employment@msubillings.edu.

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