Dean, School of Liberal & Applied Arts and Human Services

Posted: 02/02/2024

Dean, School of Liberal & Applied Arts and Human Services

Reports To:  Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Job Summary
Motivator? Innovator? Champion? Collaborator? If these words describe your approach to leadership and education, we want to hear from you as we search for our next leader of the Liberal and Applied Arts and Human Services (LAHS) department - the dynamic, high-energy engine of academic studies at Hawkeye Community College.
From Applied Arts such as Photography, Graphic Design and Digital Mass Media to social sciences, communication, math, Education Transfer, Early Childhood, Social Work and Police Science education, the LAHS Dean oversees the college’s largest department of studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to help promote and grow our exciting new Vocal and Instrumental Music program along with Theater Arts.
Specifically, as the Dean, you support and facilitate programs and faculty to provide a quality education for students enrolled in programs within the School of Liberal & Applied Arts and Human Services. You are responsible for planning, research, advocation, and vision for disciplines and programs within the appointed area. This is achieved by partnering with program advisory committees, local high schools, business and industry, along with participating in statewide Dean’s meetings and the Department of Education for the promotion of educational programs.
Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs.  Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. 
Hawkeye Is located in the Cedar Valley, just south of Waterloo, Iowa. The growing cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa offer diverse cultural experiences and all the amenities of a big city with a small-town feel. There is always something to do, whether you want to attend a sporting event, go shopping, or go to a local restaurant. For additional information about Hawkeye Community College and the area surrounding campus, visit our website:  Hawkeye Community College
Essential Job Functions  
Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Establishes long and short-range strategic plans for designated areas in collaboration with college leadership.
  • Appoints faculty assignments and schedule management. 
  • Drives and manages innovation in Hawkeye's new and existing academic programs and teaching modalities.
  • Utilizes data from enrollment and retention reports to determine the number of sections of classes to offer, finding/assigning instructors based on their credentials; determining rooms based on equipment needs, and determining the time of course offering to best suit student needs.
  • Facilitates recruitment, registration, enrollment, and retention of students.
  • Prepares and/or reviews reports that provide guidance for student programming.
  • Oversees the curriculum development and assessment process.
  • Manages partnerships with schools and institutions to provide streamlined education resulting in efficient pathways for Hawkeye’s students. 
  • Partners with facility management to provide updated and safe learning environments.
  • Executes personnel decisions and actions such as hiring, job coaching, completion of staff performance evaluations, oversees assignment of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and performs administrative tasks such as processing and approving leave requests and work load. Partners with HR regarding disciplinary matters.
  • Continuously analyzes and evaluates performance of faculty and makes recommendations for improvement. Manages probationary process of new faculty. Leads faculty development initiatives.
  • Prepares reports as needed for college, state, federal, or other entity reporting requirements.
  • Conducts advisory meetings to provide guidance on the directions of the programs.
  • Collaborates with other designated HCC personnel regarding course and program offerings for concurrent enrollment with school districts within the service area.
  • Collaborates with high school and higher education institutions to assure seamless transfers.
  • Resolve faculty and student issues to include by meeting with faculty and students to discuss concerns. Provides guidance regarding resolutions.
  • Collaborates with other community colleges to deliberate programs of study.
  • Collaborates with faculty to assess HCC equipment as well as assess future equipment needs within the departments and discipline areas. 
  • Keeps apprised of higher education regulations and requirements, and developments via statewide community college meetings, conferences, and seminars, and other professional development avenues.
  • Partners with facility management to provide updated and safe learning environments.
  • Manages the designated area(s) budget to include grants, professional development, and over all purchasing needs.
  • Manages materials and supplies; works with faculty and administrative assistants to assess needs, sourcing, and price determination. Facilitates the requisition and purchase order process.
  • Oversees assigned program area for accreditation and works with local school districts and the Iowa Department of Education regarding requirements for accreditation.
  • Attends HCC meetings to discuss and resolve college issues, and/or concerns.
  • Develops professional development opportunities for high school instructors.  Works with faculty to provide courses that will provide college credit and re-licensure credits for high school instructors.
  • Participates on hiring committees for the selection of faculty, professional, and support service staff.
  • Participates in campus committees as assigned.
  • Oversees Arts and Culture, including the Art Gallery and Artist Series, the Liberal Arts Mini-Con, the Performing Arts Club, Hawkeye Reads, Phi Theta Kappa Honors program, Vocal and Instrumental Music concerts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a curriculum discipline, education, administration, or closely related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience with at least two (2) years teaching experience at the postsecondary level and or administrative experience at the post-secondary level.
  • Experience in program development, planning, curriculum development, and course assessment.
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Knowledge in curriculum development and student assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of classroom management.
  • Knowledge of inventory procedures.
  • Knowledge of enterprise management.
  • Knowledge of effective teaching instruction.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and video conferencing technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of community college philosophy, program accessibility, and alternative and advanced technological educational delivery systems.
  • Knowledge of college placement
  • Experience supervising faculty.
  • Experience in curriculum development and course assessment
Working Conditions
Anticipated schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours. 

Work is performed either in or a combination of an office setting and/or classroom setting using technology.  Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.   Sit, stand, bend, lift and move frequently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.
Employment Status
Full-time, exempt position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).
  • Salary will commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience.
  • The salary range for this position begins at $107,700.
Application Procedure
  • Complete an online application at
    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:
      • Please share your vision on what the role of the Liberal Arts program is in a comprehensive Community College.  How do you see yourself engaging with this role?
      • Discuss the opportunities and challenges of co-curricular programming at a community college.
      • Share your experience with Career and Technical programs.
      • Describe your leadership style and how it would add value to Hawkeye Community College.
    • Submit/upload a resume.
    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.
  • Priority screening is set to begin on Monday, March 18, 2024.  Completed applications, along with the required materials, received after the priority screening date will be considered at the discretion of the college. 
Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Type of Employment: Full-Time

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