Dean of Transitional Studies, English, Communications and Humanities

  • Clark College
  • Vancouver, WA 98663, United States
Full Time Academia-Higher Ed Education Executive Management

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month administrative Dean of Transitional Studies, English, Communications and Humanities who reports to the Vice President of Instruction. This position is responsible to provide leadership, management, planning, and advocacy for faculty and programs within the unit and coordinate satellite campus sites. The unit is comprised of Transitional Studies, English, Intensive English Language Program, World Languages, Communication Studies, College/Transitions and Humanities. Division chairs, department heads and the unit operations manager report to the Dean.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as advocate for and represent the instructional unit.
  • Work collaboratively with division chairs, other instructional 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; oversee program review processes.
  • Represent the unit in articulation partnership activities with high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and business and industry.
  • Actively support activities that promote social equity.


  • Oversee class schedule and catalog preparation within unit.
  • Develop and manage budget, facility, and equipment allocations within unit.
  • Assume supervisory responsibility for recruitment, screening, orientation, and professional development for full- and part-time faculty.
  • Supervise faculty and assigned staff.
  • Oversee tenure review process for probationary faculty and evaluation processes for full- and part-time faculty.
  • Serve as appeal person for student complaints.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with colleges and universities who provide the resources for partnerships, collaboration and opportunities for increasing faculty diversity.


  • Establish and maintain identified FTE targets, effectively allocating personnel and budget resources.
  • Oversee and foster collaborative planning and goal setting for programs and departments within unit.
  • Oversee linkage between all transitional education initiatives.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Vision, Values, and Core themes established by the college to achieve mission fulfillment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Adult Education, English, English as Second Language, Communications, or related field
  • Three years of administrative and/or leadership experience in higher education
  • Teaching experience in higher education
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Community College teaching experience
  • Earned Doctorate
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Adult Basic Education issues and trends

Salary Statement: $87,021 annually
Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.


Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Current résumé
  • Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office in person or by fax (360-992-2873).

Please apply online at

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

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., February 20

Condition of employment:
Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment.

Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.

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 the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133. The most recent Annual Security Report can be viewed here:

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

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Education Requirements

Graduate Degree, M.B.A. Degree, Other Graduate Degree