Associate Dean, Pathway Success

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

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Weekly Work Hours


Compensation Range

Administrator Range E04

Salary Minimum

$83,000.00 Annually


United States of America (Exempt)

Position Type


Position Summary

Dallas College is seeking goal-oriented, student-centered leaders with a proven track record of strengthening pathway supports and completion outcomes for diverse student populations in a dynamic and fast-paced higher education environment. The Associate Dean of Pathway Success is a student success-centered role responsible for leading, supervising and evaluating a team of Pathway Specialists who provide comprehensive academic, transfer, and career planning resources.

The Associate Dean of Pathway Success is responsible for supporting the Dean of Pathway Success in guiding a team of Pathway specialists through transformational change to implement strategies that help students to select, follow, and complete a pathway that leads to in-demand, living-wage careers. This role is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of accurate, student-facing, school-specific pathway, transfer and career mapping.

Additionally, the Associate Dean serves as a liaison to assigned Schools within Dallas College, to support academic leadership and associated faculty in the implementation of School-specific programming and initiatives both inside and outside of the classroom. The Associate Dean leverages technology to effectively monitor and track School and pathway specific data that supports Division, School, and College goals. The Associate Dean collaborates closely with the deans of Success Coaching to collectively provide appropriate interventions that promote timely, on-track credential completion, job placement and/or transfer to a four-year college/university for Dallas College Students.

Oversees a team of Pathway Specialists aligned to support School-specific pathway planning, persistence, and completion for Dallas College students.

  • Responsible for ensuring the delivery of accurate, school-specific pathway, transfer and career mapping for Dallas College students.

  • Manages and supervises teams of highly knowledgeable Pathway Specialists equipped to provide precise credential, career, and transfer support for student selected pathways.

  • Leverages technology to monitor and track initiatives focused on student pathway completion.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the purpose of community colleges and the vision of Dallas College.

  • Experience leading teams through change initiatives.

  • Ability to identify and address opportunities and challenges that arise as a result of Dallas College’s current transformation.

  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge of the relational impact of academic advising, degree audit, Guided Pathways, career development, and transfer.

  • Demonstrate detail-oriented precision in reviewing and mapping student academic, career, and transfer milestones.

  • Be proficient in the use of quantitative and qualitative data to inform service delivery. improvement resulting in an improved student experience and student success outcomes.

  • Demonstrate experience in coordinating goal-oriented strategic initiatives.

  • Respond appropriately to issues in a dynamic rapidly changing educational/economic environment.

  • Demonstrate experience leading, tracking and monitoring employee performance in a remote work environment.

  • Demonstrate experience in team building, rewarding team behavior that produces desired outcomes, and effectively addressing team behavior that conflicts with the mission, values and goals of the division and College.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of emerging technologies and the effective application of service technologies to enhance academic planning, and engagement with students.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and professional learning strategies to create a sense of belonging and address historic and systemic inequities for student success.

  • Highly collaborative leader with demonstrated experience in a comparably diverse and complex college with a proven track record of enhancing pathway supports and equitable student success.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of program evaluation and student outcome assessment.

  • Possess an understanding of budget preparation and management.

  • Demonstrate strong supervision, management, and employee development experience.

  • Strong time management, organization, problem-solving, and communication skills, with an emphasis on verbal and writing skills that effectively communicate complex ideas with clarity and precision.

  • An ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administration, faculty, students, staff, and other constituent groups and partners, both within and outside a college or university with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills using collaboration, tact, patience, and courtesy.

Physical Requirements

Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with physical challenges to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus five (5) years’ experience in related field. Official transcripts required.

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in a higher education setting with demonstrated experience in academic advising, Guided Pathways, career development, transfer services, or another relevant student support area.

  • Current and valid Texas driver’s license required.

***Will be subject to a criminal background check. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check.***

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the daily operations of a team of highly knowledgeable Pathway Specialists that align with three to four of the Schools of Dallas College.

  • Responsible for ensuring the delivery of accurate, School-specific academic, career and transfer resources that articulate a clear pathway for Dallas College students, and a network of Dallas College team members who support student access, learning, progress, and student success.

  • Collaborate regularly with Degree Audit, Career and Transfer Skill Development, Academic, Workforce, and other Student Success leaders to implement high-impact support strategies that promote student pathway persistence, credential completion, transfer, and employment.

  • Collaborate with division Associate Deans of Student Success Coaching to plan and implement processes that create a seamless student connection between the continuous and holistic support of the Student Success Coach and the pathway-specific expertise of the Pathway Specialists.

  • Participate in annual professional development to ensure current knowledge of effective coaching strategies and information on internal and external resources and services.

  • Leverage emerging technology to create and maintain systemic efficiencies in the delivery and tracking of student communications, services, and experiences.

  • Coordinate and implement equity-minded strategies aimed at ensuring pathway exploration, engagement and success for historically marginalized and underserved student populations.

  • Cultivate internal and external partnerships with other educational, workforce and community partners to strengthen student pathway options, resources, and services.

  • Supports the Dean of Success Pathways in the assessment and evaluation of Pathway Success activities for effectiveness and evidence of student achievement of desired student learning.

  • Reinforces division priorities and goals and ensures Student Success Coach accountability through intentional tracking and monitoring of desired unit goals and outcomes.

  • Ensures focused team regulatory compliance with Dallas College, state, and federal requirements.

  • Assumes overall responsibility for directing the activities of the personnel engaged in performing the functions of the assigned areas. Assesses needs; supervises and coordinates development, implementation and evaluation of programs and associated staff.

  • Assists with developing, monitoring, and approving department budgets and expenditures.

  • Prepares and presents reports, proposals, and recommendations for overall programs; keeps detailed records of assigned activities.

  • Ensure implementation of high-quality customer service standards.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbents may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Position requires regular and predictable attendance.

Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans Act.

Applications Deadline
December 8, 2023

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