Dean, Verde Valley Campus
Posted: July 25, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionDean, Verde Valley Campus
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Prescott and Clarkdale, AZ
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Verde Valley-Campus Administration
Job Number: 2022-00149
Closing: 8/21/2022 11:59 PM Arizona
Description of Position
ABOUT YAVAPAI COLLEGE
Yavapai College (YC), approved by voters in 1966 and broke ground on its first campus in Prescott in 1968, is a comprehensive community college primarily serving the 232,000 residents of Yavapai County, a service district larger than four states and with twice the national average of people 65 and older. With now six locations, the College offers a host of transfer and career-technical coursework, degrees and certificates in a variety of programming areas. Unique destination programs include Aviation, Gunsmithing, Mining, Northern Arizona Regional (Police) Training Academy, and Viticulture & Enology. YC ensures that Yavapai County is a premier place to learn, work, and live by enriching the community in providing accessible, quality workforce, transfer, lifelong, and cultural learning opportunities.
The College Council is YC’s participatory governance model for interactive communication and information-sharing for all college groups, including faculty, staff, and students. The Council meets regularly to conduct on-going communication and advise the President on important college-wide matters with the focus on the College’s mission and student success.
ABOUT THE AREA
With 300 days of sunny skies and temperate weather, Yavapai County is a favorite destination for residents of Arizona and beyond. Surrounded with natural scenic beauty, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and rock climbing are hugely popular. Dozens of miles of groomed trails and picturesque locales like Red Rock State Park, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, West Fork Trail and Watson Lake afford stunning views year-round.
Yavapai County is a place where there is still a sense of community with numerous annual community events such as local harvest festivals, arts & crafts shows, and community holiday parades. The region is rich in history and its past is maintained in various forms by local museums. Unique shopping opportunities exist throughout the county from Prescott Square to the winding streets to Jerome, to old town Cottonwood. The Verde Valley Wine Trail is a great way to learn about the burgeoning wine industry in Yavapai County. Local theater is alive and well, through community theaters, the Elks Opera House, and the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Annual music events include the Sedona Music Festival, Prescott Bluegrass Festival, and the Acker Musical Showcase. Signature events such as the Sedona Film Festival and the World’s Oldest Rodeo showcase the truly unique flavor of Northern Arizona! The area offers something for everyone. While servicing the entire district, the position is based in Verde Valley, which is 90 minutes north of Phoenix.
Yavapai College is seeking an innovative, collaborative and visionary Dean of the Verde Valley Campus. This position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (chief academic officer) and provides leadership and administrative oversight of the Verde Valley campus, Sedona Center Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs, and three academic departments college wide.
The role plans, directs, oversees and evaluates the curriculum programs/services, classroom-based courses and online/hybrid course delivery, working in close collaboration with leadership and with a variety of constituents to develop and design curriculum program review. Assists in the development, review and implementation of budgets. Provides leadership in the development of creative class scheduling and program development to better meet the needs of students, thereby making courses more accessible. The Dean will pursue new and enhanced programs to meet the diverse needs of the student body and community. Additional focus is on expanding workforce development and expansion of CTE areas to maximize opportunities for the community. The dean also serves as a liaison to faculty and administration to create a cohesive, collaborative and rewarding teamwork environment. Attends community events and meetings in the Verde Valley and Sedona on behalf of the college. Reporting to the Dean are two associate deans, one director and twenty faculty. The dean is also supported by a campus coordinator and two instructional support specialists.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Relationship Building and Collaborative Partnerships
• Build collaborative, effective, and humble relationships through breaking down barriers, real or perceived, in the community gaining trust and appreciation of cultures and politics
• Listen, translate and form or enhance programs based on the surrounding community need and support
• Advocates for and achieves commitments to collegial, consultative processes of participatory governance, community outreach, and workforce program development
• Attend community, town councils, and K-12 Superintendent’s meetings as a college liaison and representative in the Verde Valley and Sedona to form solid relationships and integrate into the community
• Work to a collaborative and collegial leadership with faculty, administration and staff, and gain buy-in with authentic, transparent and honest communication
Academic Program Effectiveness and Success
• Champion new initiatives with community and business and leverages resources with grants, community partners, K-12 school districts, business and industry, and university as appropriate, to promote and implement academic innovation. ?
• Assist in the selection, improvement, and evaluation of instructional faculty, review of credentials, screening of applications, and formulation of recommendations for final interviews with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
• Serve as the campus community dean of the Verde Valley and college-wide academic dean of English, Humanities & Social Sciences for Yavapai College (YC) and serve as a member of the Vice President (VP) of Academic Affairs team.
• Assist in the institution’s accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) by providing relevant information on programs located on the Verde Valley campus and Sedona Center.
HOW TO APPLY
The Vice President Academic Affairs and the search committee invite interest in the Dean, Verde Valley Campus position at the Yavapai College. All inquiries, nominations, referrals and applications are confidential and are to be directed to the search consultant.
Soft Application Deadline: August 21, 2022
While the position is open until filled, materials received by this date are guaranteed full consideration. All confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals and applications should be directed to:
Sheila Lehker, Senior Vice President
Cizek Associates, Inc.
A complete application includes:
• Letter of Interest showing alignment with the Position Profile (not to exceed 5 pages)
• Resume (chronological preferred)
• References (minimum of six professional references including direct email and telephone)
Yavapai College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Minimum Expectations & Requirements
• Master’s degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
• Experience and knowledge in Open Educational Resources (OER), online education, instructional design, and instructional leadership
• Four years of increasingly responsible instructional, administrative leadership experience in a higher education institution, including at least two years supervision and evaluation of faculty
• Experience with either transfer education or career and technical/occupational education programs
• Ability to relocate/live in Verde Valley
Preferred Skills & Abilities
• Doctorate in education or related field
• Academic Administrative experience in class schedule building, budget management and problem-solving and conflict resolution.
• Experience working in a community college
• Community College teaching experience
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with administrative leadership
• Experience serving minority students and traditionally under-served populations
• Experience in starting new academic or workforce development programs
• Successful leadership experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships with K-12, 4-year institutions (articulation agreements), community, and business and industry partnerships
Strong, ethical and decisive decision making
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
Yavapai College offers its full-time employees a comprehensive benefit package:
• Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance: College's partial payment of premiums toward medical with pharmacy and/or dental plan options picked by employees for themselves (and eligible dependents)
• Medicare: Provides basic health insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts: Pre-tax pay deductions to use for eligible medical or dependent daycare costs
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Counseling and referral services for employees and their immediate families for depression, stress, family/marital conflict, and alcohol/drug issues
• Vision: Provides an amount per plan year for eligible expenses such as vision exams, lenses, frames, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses
• Life Insurance: The College provides Basic Life Insurance coverage at twice of the employee's annual salary. Dependents have automatic coverage of $2,000/spouse and $1,000/per child if enrolled in medical plan.
• Voluntary Individual And Family Term Life Insurance: Additional term life insurance coverage available for employee, spouse and children.
• Other Insurance Coverage: Short Term and Long Term Disability (replacement income insurance), and Workers' Compensation (compensation, medical expenses and death benefits for on-the-job injuries or occupational diseases)
• Retirement Benefits: Arizona State Retirement System or Optional Retirement Plan, and Social Security (which provides a basic retirement annuity based on age and years of contribution)
• Tax Deferred Annuities: Employees' contributions to designated tax-deferred annuities
• Unemployment Compensation: Employees who are laid off or terminated may receive benefits in covered wages meet requirements
• Vacation : 15 days of Vacation leave annually. NOTE: For employees who work an amount of contractual days, there will be no earned vacation.
• Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave annually. NOTE: Employees working less than full time or an amount of contractual days will receive a proration of sick leave.
• Personal Leave: Use of up to three personal leave days per year which are charged against accumulated sick leave to take care of items of personal business
• Other Leave: Bereavement leave, Civic Duty Leave (Jury duty, active military duty, military training), and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
• Holidays: 24 days during the year as paid holidays for full-time employees which include Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, 3 days at Thanksgiving, 10 days at Winter/year-end break, Martin Luther King Day, Spring Break and Memorial Day
• Spanish Interpreter Incentive Program: Employees interested in additional compensation for their Spanish speaking skills agree to assist YC by attending two recruiting events and being available for Spanish Interpretation needs as they arise. Compensation is added to the employee's regular pay at the rate of $50 per month for employees testing at the Advanced Mid-level and $100 a month for employees testing at the Advanced High level. If you are interested in participating let your HR Business partner know, so they can schedule you for the ACTFL language proficiency test at the YC testing center.
• Direct Deposit: Paychecks deposited directly into the employee's bank account(s)
• Tuition Waiver: Eligible Full-time Faculty and Staff may enroll up to 6 hours; eligible dependents may enroll in a partial or full program of course work without payment of tuition, exceptions may be lab fees and market based additional fees
• Sabbatical: Faculty, professional and administrative staff may apply for compensated leave of up to a year after six years of continuous service
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Additional Benefits and Services: Bookstore discount, local community discounts to faculty and staff, computer loan program, mail and notary service.
1100 E. Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona, 86301