Dean of Liberal Arts (DLA 23)
Company: Oakton Community College
Location: Des Plaines
Posted on: January 23, 2023
Division of Liberal Arts
Des Plaines, IL
Jan 19, 2023
Open Until Filled
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Ensures maintenance of appropriate external program
- 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
- 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
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned
- 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
- Intermediate Microsoft Office / Google suite skills required
including documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
- A working knowledge of student databases and information
- 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.
Administrative supervision received from the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal
mail should be sent to:
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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