Dean of Social Sciences, R19014B

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Bellevue, WASHINGTON


The Dean of Social Sciences provides strategic instructional leadership that supports the Social Sciences goals and strategic plan. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean plans, organizes, and directs the development, operation, and evaluation of academic and professional programs in the division. Responsibilities include long- and short term planning and goal setting, program and curriculum development and evaluation, course schedule and enrollment management, budget management, division facilities oversight, equipment purchase and maintenance, student advising, participation in college initiatives and governance, and teaching, at a level consistent with the status of this position. The Dean directly supervises Program Chairs, Faculty, Associate Dean, Division Operations Director, Administrative Services Manager and Exempt staff, and directly/indirectly supervises subordinates to these positions. 
We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Competitive salary is within the Range stated above, and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.
For more details about Bellevue College's excellent employee benefits, please visit Benefits section, next to Description section.
Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 45% students of color and over 1,800 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.
We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals , diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.


Manage Personnel:

  • Directs and oversees recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, retaining, mentoring, supervising, evaluating and disciplining of faculty and staff within the division.
  • Observes, evaluates and provides feedback to candidates and oversees the tenure evaluation process, including participating in Tenure Evaluation Subcommittee.
  • Evaluates direct reports and participates in the evaluation of other staff 
  • Monitors ongoing Certification of Professional Technical plans and progress
Division Leadership:
  • Provides representation of the division to the college, accrediting bodies, state and national government agencies, and community partners.
  • Coordinates the establishment of the vision and goals for the division in alignment with Academic Affairs annual priorities.
  • Engages in team and consensus building among faculty and staff.
  • Develops a collaborative climate for fulfilling division and college objectives
  • Supports students in resolving academic grievances and guides staff and/or faculty in the resolution of conflicts.
  • Supports college resources (i.e., DRC, MCS, Title IX, CARE team, Trio,) in the implementation of their support of students.
Division Resource Management:
  • Establishes and monitors resource priorities, allocations and protocols.
  • Establishes and monitors strategic enrollment management to achieve maximum efficiency in revenue generation.
  • Monitors budget and advocates for resources to fulfill division priorities and initiatives.
  • Provides reports for space allocation planning for programmatic needs and mission fulfillment.
College Governance:
  • Contributes to college-wide initiatives, internal partnerships, and collaborations.
  • Leads implementation of college initiatives within division.
  • Represents Academic affairs and division in governance councils, committees, and task forces
Curriculum Oversight:
  • Supports curriculum development for the maintenance of curriculum currency and relevancy.
  • Works with Curriculum Approval Committee protocols to approve, modify or reject curriculum proposals for quality control.
  • Collaborates with transfer universities in establishing and maintaining articulation agreements and direct transfer agreements. 
  • Monitors faculty currency in curricular expertise. 
  • Establishes quarterly course schedules to optimize efficiencies and fulfill student need.
Diversity and Equity:
  • Supports opportunities for faculty and staff to maintain currency in matters of educational equity and cultural competency through Professional Development, Division Retreats, Workshops, and other events.
  • Monitors the diversity of faculty and staff and oversees endeavors to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. 
Community Relations:
  • Represents the division and the college in community outreach events.
  • Serves on K-12 advisory committees, business-related task force, or others as appropriate.
  • Engages in fundraising as appropriate.
  • Recruits community partners for experiential learning resources, program advisory committees, student mentoring programs, etc.



  • Master's degree from an accredited institution. Any combination of relevant education and professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Three to five years' experience with managing complex and diverse organizational units with competing needs.
  • Two years of experience teaching in a higher education setting.
  • Work experience that shows effective and productive management, interpersonal, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in addressing disproportionate impact and equity issues in the higher education environment.
  • Experience in leading and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds in an inclusive manner.
  • Ability to interpret complex program and administrative policies.
  • Experience managing budgetary processes and financial statements.
  • Experience or background in instructional design and/or curriculum development.


This position is eligible for relocation allowance.
Background Check:
Prior to a new hire, a background check will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

How to Apply
Click on the word Apply  located at the top-right corner of this announcement.
Application must include the below to be considered complete. Only applications that provide all requested information will be considered complete and will be screened for the position.
Complete an online Application (note that stating "See Resume" on any section of the online Application will be deemed incomplete)
  • Complete an online Application (note that stating "See Resume" on any section of the online Application will be deemed incomplete)
  • Attach a Position/Vision Statement
  • Attach a Resume
  • Attach a Diversity Statement that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of  how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College (max 2 pgs).

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