Announcement of Vacancy
Thomas Nelson Community College
Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology
Thomas Nelson Community College (Thomas Nelson) is located on the Virginia Peninsula in the heart of Hampton Roads, a region renowned for being the birthplace of America and home to communities rich in culture and industry. Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, the region boasts beaches, major attractions, world-class museums, and a vibrant visual and performing arts scene. The area is known for its economic vitality, which includes being home to several military bases, ship building facilities, the NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab, major colleges and universities, and varied commercial industries and enterprises.
Thomas Nelson is a comprehensive community college, offering a variety of programs of study leading to an associate’s degree, certificate, or career studies certificate. In addition to the many popular transfer degree programs, the college is known for its strong technical and pre-professional programs and its outreach to the community as a partner and leader in workforce development. The college also provides underprepared students with developmental studies to help them to be successful in college-level coursework.
Founded in 1967, Thomas Nelson serves over 16,000 students each year in credit instruction and over 10,000 in non-credit instruction and workforce services. The College is served by over 110 fulltime faculty, 500 adjunct faculty, and 319 staff members. Faculty and staff are strategic and responsive, committed to understanding and meeting the needs of the region.
The college has two campuses, one in Hampton and the Historic Triangle Campus located in Williamsburg. The college also has a satellite site at the Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News. The communities primarily served by the college are the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of James City and York.
The Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for an academic division of instructional programs and courses that support the first two years of baccalaureate education and prepare students to directly enter the workforce. Credit degree programs include Science (biology, chemistry, geology, physics), Engineering, Engineering Technology (advanced integrated manufacturing, mechanical, electronics, electrical, industrial), Computer-aided Drafting and Design, Automotive Technology, and HVAC-R.
The Dean promotes and ensures quality, integrity, currency, and responsiveness of all instructional activities and articulates a vision for the division that advances the College’s mission and contributes to achievement of the College’s goals and objectives for student success. Through the development of creative and innovative partnerships with business, industry and four-year institutions, and through grants and contractual opportunities, the Dean represents the College in community outreach and identifies and manages division resources to support a robust curriculum.
Major responsibilities include:
- Recruitment, credentialing, professional development, evaluation, and promotion of faculty.
- Conducting systematic curriculum development and review.
- Developing a schedule of classes, in conjunction with faculty and administrative staff.
- Assisting students with navigating the college’s programs, administrative procedures, and support services.
- Responding promptly to inquiries and concerns from students, faculty and staff and resolving complaints.
- Promoting innovation and effective use of new technologies and pedagogies.
- Ensuring compliance with requirements and standards for regional and specialized accreditation.
- Providing leadership for special programs and initiatives, to include dual enrollment and college readiness in conjunction with regional high schools.
- Working with four-year colleges and universities to develop and maintain innovative partnerships that provide effective pathways for efficient transfer.
- Working with Workforce Development and business and industry to develop and maintain strong internship, cooperative education and apprenticeship-related opportunities for students.
- Developing and monitoring the division budget, including identifying, securing, and managing grant funds.
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- A Master’s Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in a division-related field (science, engineering, engineering technologies) from a regionally accredited college or university
- Minimum of 3 years of undergraduate, college teaching experience
- Minimum of 3 years of full-time industry experience in a division-related field, OR a minimum of 3 years of collaborative experience with business and industry
- Evidence of leadership accomplishments in a collegial environment
- Demonstrated Skills in:
- Managing and providing leadership to faculty and staff;
- Developing, recommending, implementing, and monitoring academic programs, policies, procedures, and work flow;
- Developing and managing a budget;
- Managing grant-funded programs;
- Managing contracts and MOUs;
- Evaluating programs for compliance with applicable regulations and accreditation requirements;
- Mediating conflict;
- Developing and marketing academic programs;
- Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.
- Doctorate, from a regionally accredited college or university
- 3+ years of full-time community college teaching experience, in a science, engineering, or engineering technology field
- 4+ years of full-time industry experience in a science, engineering, or engineering technology field
- Significant budget experience, to include management of public and private funds
- Highly effective communication skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and implementation of best practices in teaching and learning
- Experience in supervising faculty and administrative support staff
- Experience in resource development and allocation for academic programs
- Experience with Advanced Integrated Manufacturing
Salary Range: $64,660 - $103,000 Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The anticipated start date is January 10, 2016.
Review of applications will begin on or around September 1, 2015.
Application Process: Submit an online application for this position by visiting https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. We will only accept applications through this site. Complete application packages will include: an online application, cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, resume, transcripts related to the degree requirement, and the names of three professional references with current telephone numbers. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.
There is a 5 day minimum posting requirement.
Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted. Background checks will be required of the finalist candidate for the position. Satisfactory reference checks are a condition of employment. Must be able to work at all campus locations.
Criminal history and other background checks will be required of the finalist candidate for the position. Satisfactory reference and background checks are a condition of employment.
Thomas Nelson Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, people with disabilities, women, and minority candidates.