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Dean of Liberal Arts (DLA 23)

Company: Oakton Community College
Location: Des Plaines
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:




Division of Liberal Arts

Des Plaines, IL

Jan 19, 2023

Open Until Filled


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About Oakton College :

Oakton College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for the Dean of Liberal Arts (DLA23)

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres. These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2022 amounts to $76.7 million. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a Dean of Liberal Arts who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Dean of Liberal Arts is responsible for the general oversight, strategic vision, and tactical implementation of activities and deliverables in the Liberal Arts division. Working collaboratively with other academic deans, the Dean of Liberal Arts ensures alignment and broad implementation of the college's mission, vision, and values. The dean directly supervises and evaluates the division's academic chairs and faculty members, and provides administrative leadership for division office staff.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Academic Operations

  • Provides educational vision and leadership for the division
    • drives department and program efforts at program, curriculum, and course development and improvement;
    • facilitates faculty professional development activities;
    • Ensures academic course schedules support student needs and are fiscally responsible and sustainable.
    • Assigns faculty loads.
    • Develops and leads the execution of the annual budget for the division and its departments and programs. Actively pursues appropriate grant or alternative funding opportunities.
    • Individually and as a member of the Council of Deans participate in proposing, implementing, and interpreting college policies and procedures with regard to the college's mission, goals and objectives.
    • Participate in the hiring process for faculty and staff.
    • Works collaboratively with the Academic Affairs Executive Assistant/Operations Manager on the standardization and ongoing management of division office operations.

      Supporting Students

      • Maintains college visibility through regular communication with students, including new academic term kickoffs, midterm check-ins, and completion nudges.
      • Hosts (randomly selected) students in meetings each semester.
      • Provides timely, procedural leadership for students and faculty members alike in such matters as grade appeals and questions of academic integrity, and establishes/maintains routine procedures for dealing with such administrative matters affecting students and faculty members as grade changes, entry to closed classes, field trips, etc.
      • Maintains an open-door environment for students; helps students resolve issues with faculty.

        Teaching and Learning

        • Together with department/program chairs, provide evidence-based annual program reviews and assessment of teaching and learning.
        • Champions the use of evidence-based high impact practices.
        • Sets expectations for the incorporation of new technology and methodology into educational programs, curricula, and the workplace.
        • Drives the development of new and/or updated courses and programs in the Division to meet the changing needs of the student population. Ensures the quality and relevance of the academic programs and services.
        • Using data, leads the division in analysis to determine if courses/programs should be sunset or withdrawn.
        • Create, present, and act upon an annual division status report.
        • Ensures maintenance of appropriate external program accreditations.

          Enrollment Management

          • Regularly reviews, analyzes, and reports on completion rates of courses and programs within the Division.
          • Using all available partners and resources, personally analyze enrollment trends, form conclusions, make recommendations for actions, and execute approved plans. Share findings with faculty and staff.
          • Demonstrates leadership in supporting the Oakton Experience and high impact activities such as the Persistence Project.

            Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

            • Leads division faculty members, department and program chairs, and classified staff members. Maintains a culture that is both positive and successful. Sets high expectations and maintains accountability for student success.
            • Demonstrates leadership in the core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence within the Division and across the College.
            • Adhere to and execute college policies and collective bargaining agreements.

            • Performs other job-related duties as assigned


              Minimum Qualifications:

              • Master's degree in a discipline appropriate to the division is required; doctorate is preferred.
              • Minimum of 10 years in an academic environment with at least three years of academic leadership.
              • Ability to learn and adapt to changing college needs while maintaining up-to-date skills.
              • Advanced organization, prioritization, and project management skills required with a drive to move the College's strategic plans forward.
              • Intermediate Microsoft Office / Google suite skills required including documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
              • A working knowledge of student databases and information systems.
              • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally, confidentially, and courteously with a wide range of constituents from diverse backgrounds including the Board, college Administration, faculty/staff, students, government, and the general public.
              • Strong ability and demonstrated experience in leading, coaching, mentoring, developing, and disciplining people.
              • Mobility to move from building to building on-Campus and to visit off-Campus entities. Work is performed in a general office environment and is generally sedentary in nature. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.

                Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

                Light lifting up to 10 lbs. and light carrying up to 10 lbs. Ability to reach above shoulder. Periods of time spent sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending and stooping. Mobility to move from building to building on-Campus and to visit off-Campus entities. Work is performed in a general office environment.

                Additional Information:

                Supervision received:

                Administrative supervision received from the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

                Supervision Exercised:

                Administrative supervision is exercised over all academic department chairs and faculty, as well as office staff.

                SALARY: Low: $104,975; Midpoint: $139,203; High: $178,613

                Based on the needs of the college and with Administrator approval, some positions at the college may have remote or hybrid schedule options available. Please note, that during the 65 working day probationary period, employees are required to report to campus.

                Application Instructions:

                To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the position code (DLA-23) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.


                An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

                ***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are only required prior to appointment.***

                Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to

                Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

                Oakton College

                Dean of Liberal Arts (DLA-23)

                c/o Human Resources Department

                1600 East Golf Road

                Des Plaines, IL 60016

                Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Coordinator at 847.635.1868 or if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

                Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

                Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees.

                Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.

                Oakton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.


Keywords: Oakton Community College, Des Plaines , Dean of Liberal Arts (DLA 23), Other , Des Plaines, Illinois

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