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Dean, Institute of English

Date 2015-09-08 13:09:18 Location : Other


The SCIE Dean is a full-time, exempt position and is administratively responsible to the Executive Dean of International Education Programs. The primary responsibility of the Dean is to serve as the unit administrator for Seattle Central Institute of English [SCIE] (Intensive ESL program for international students). In this capacity, the Dean is responsible for the hiring, supervision, summative evaluation and guidance of program faculty and staff, and for providing leadership and oversight over curriculum and program design, instruction and the academic program, attendance and student conduct policies, and direction and imple-mentation of SCIE goals, outcomes and learning assessment, to ensure that the highest quality instruction and educational programming are provided to students. The Dean also oversees the development and implementation of effective student testing and placement procedures, growth and enrollment management policies and practices for the program, and effective recruitment of suitably qualified faculty and staff to respond to growth while maintaining program integrity.

SCIE is a growing program that currently has an Associate Dean and approximately 75 faculty and staff serving over 800 international students studying intensive ESL and academic preparation. As the head of one of the largest intensive English programs in the region, the SCIE Dean must be a creative, experienced and effective academic leader who will provide the strategic vision and collaborative leadership skills needed to further SCIE’s excellent success and shape its future as the program continues to evolve and prosper.


Serve as the chief Unit Administrator in charge of SCIE and provide educational leadership, supervision and administrative management of all SCIE personnel;
Work collaboratively with SCIE faculty, staff, and IEP managers to provide strategic vision, leadership and direction for the program;
Formulate and implement best practices for effective enrollment management, including quarterly course offerings, class scheduling, instructor teaching assignments, new student testing and placement, and registration of students;
Perform classroom observations, provide feedback and conduct summative evaluations of faculty. Oversee the Associate Dean in conducting formative evaluations of faculty as needed, including tracking and documenting qualifying instructional hours to ensure effective implementation of the district’s priority-hire process;
With assistance from the Associate Dean recruit and hire faculty and staff vacancies, including Serve as chair of screening committees and Core Status (similar to tenure;) review committees for probationary full-time faculty. Conduct the selection processes for faculty coordinators, peer observers, and faculty course coordinators and ensure effective coordination of faculty and staff new-hire and salary placement processes;
Work with Associate Dean, Faculty Coordinators, SCIE administrative staff, and faculty Mentors to ensure orientation and ongoing mentoring and support to new faculty;
Oversee the implementation, review and interpretation of student course evaluations and program surveys, and the communication and reporting of results to program faculty and staff;
Represent SCIE on and off campus, including serving on the management team for SCC’s International Education Programs division and the college’s administrative team for the Office of Instruction, liaising with other college divisions, and collaborating with district and area intensive English program administrators as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Dean of International Education Programs.


Master’s degree in TESOL or equivalent;
Minimum of three (3) years full-time equivalent ESL teaching experience in a post-secondary level intensive English or immigrant ESL program;
At least three (3) years full-time equivalent successful supervisory and managerial experience in an intensive academic English or immigrant ESL program, including faculty recruitment/hiring, orientation, evaluation and support;
Strong leadership and teamwork skills, with the ability to think strategically and develop a shared vision;
Successful experience working in a collective bargaining environment;
Demonstrated experience developing curriculum and learning outcomes; testing and assessment of student learning, and assessment/accreditation reporting;
Excellent proficiency in using MS Office Suite applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to successfully resolve and manage conflict using tact, and diplomacy as well as positive and effective interpersonal skills;
Work experience should indicate knowledge of inclusion, equity, and diversity issues, having experience and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations;
Native or near-native proficiency in both spoken and written English.


Five (5) years full-time equivalent successful supervisory and managerial experience in an intensive academic English or immigrant ESL program at a U.S.-based higher education institution, including faculty recruitment/hiring, orientation, evaluation and support;
Proficient in using on-line learning management systems such as CANVAS;
Experience with MS Access highly desirable;
Experience using Washington State’s community college student management system (SMS) or HP3000;
Experience living and working overseas; experience learning a foreign language;
Working knowledge of F-1 student visa and SEVIS regulations.