Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Executive Dean, K12 & Community Partnerships

  • Title: Executive Dean, K12 & Community Partnerships
  • Grade: P
  • Type: Exempt

The Opportunity

The Executive Dean of K12 & Community Partnerships will lead the College to maintain and develop middle and high school district and community-based organization relationships in support of successful education transitions. The incumbent represents the College and serves as key administrative contact for school districts, local governments, charter schools and state agencies on programming that aims to eliminate barriers to educational access and outcomes for diverse communities and students.


The Executive Dean of K12 & Community Partnerships reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs and serves on the College’s academic and student affairs senior leadership team, as well as on the President’s Cabinet. The position provides strategic and operational oversight for the direction, development and implementation of programming that aims to mitigate and/or eliminate barriers to educational access and outcomes for students engaged in alternative education programs, early college high school programs, educational promise programs, dual credit courses, and migrant education programs. The role is accountable for multiple comprehensive federal grant and school district/partner-funded cohort-based programs. The position partners closely with other academic student affairs leaders to ensure alignment of programming with the system-wide infrastructure for recruitment, instruction and student support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and administer the following College functions: College Access programs (High School Programs, HEP, Margaret Carter Skills Center, Jefferson Middle College, Latinx Initiative), College Success programs (Future Connect, TRIO SSS, CAMP, Rise to Teach, PDX Bridge foster youth), and Accelerated Credit programs (Dual Credit, Early College High School programs, CTE regional high school program).
  • Work closely with the Office of the President, President’s Cabinet and senior Academic and Student Affairs leaders to establish and continuously improve institutional strategy and structure to maximize productive K12 and community relationships and partnerships.
  • Create the conditions for the division to establish and maintain healthy relationships with school district, government, and community partners to advance collaborative and innovative programming for students.
  • Advocate for and lead internal planning and execution of enrollment and retention strategies focused on at-promise youth and adult communities that have been historically underserved and marginalized within systems of education.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal/state grants and school-district/partner funded contracts and agreements within areas of oversight.

Essential Functions

Collaborative Leadership
  • Execute management activities that include strategic planning and decision-making; personnel management, budget and resource management; and assessment and continuous improvement of the division’s functional areas.
  • Provide leadership for College-wide strategy, innovative programming and investment for improved outcomes for underserved youth and marginalized communities.
  • Serve as a key member of the senior Academic & Student Affairs leaders team and an active member of the President’s Cabinet, collaborating with senior leadership to set direction and establish priorities for the College’s future.
  • Create and maintain collaborative and productive relationships across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and administrative/systems services, in order to effectively plan and manage programming in division.
  • Supervise management, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, and/or student staff. Evaluate and provide guidance and support regarding professional development plans and goals for assigned areas of responsibility in accordance with good management practices, district policies, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Provide leadership for College-wide strategic initiative execution (e.g., various Strategic Plan priority projects).
Strategic Partnerships
  • Establish and maintain internal partnerships with colleagues across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Community/Government Relations, and the College Foundation in order to create and sustain effective and innovative programming for underserved youth and marginalized communities.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships and serve as a College representative with external school districts, community-based organizations, local governments, and state agencies.
  • Serve as College lead administrative contact with partners for credit recovery, high school dual credit, early/middle college, foster youth, migrant education and other related educational sectors with the authority to analyze, assess and act on institutional participation and compliance as appropriate.
  • Conduct ongoing needs assessment and gap analysis related to effectiveness of K12 and community partnerships to improve access and strengthen education pipeline; direct and utilize data to guide modification of programming for continuous process and outcomes improvement.
  • Develop, oversee, analyze, and make large, multi-department budget decisions in alignment with College strategic plan, values and priorities. Forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies. Approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Assume institutional authority for grants, contracts, and technology portfolio that directly supports middle/high school partnerships, all early college programming, alternative education programming, dual credit agreements, adult basic education/GED options, high school recovery/completion and other retention programs in division.
  • Ensure institutional compliance and high ethical standards are maintained related to federal/state/College regulations, policies, and guidance in all areas of dual credit, Perkins/PACTEC consortium agreements, alternative high school degrees, credit recovery, early college high school agreements, and federal grant requirements. Evaluate and communicate the impact of potential legal or regulatory changes on the College.
  • Analyze need for and oversee development and execution of policies, administrative procedures, and practices related to assigned areas. Responsible for working with appropriate shared governance bodies.
  • Respond to inquiries from College departments, school districts, educational institutions, the community, and/or external agencies.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Advance the College’s DEI effort in recruiting and retaining students characterized by a rich diversity of cultural, racial, economic, ideological, and social identities, and encourage a campus culture that values difference and supports inclusion.
  • Conduct regular evaluations of policies and processes to identify opportunities for continuous improvement with an application of a lens of equity and inclusivity.
  • Create and maintain an inclusive culture that facilitates attracting, equipping, motivating and leading a diverse team of K12 and community partnerships professionals committed to excellent service to students, team members, and community stakeholders.
  • Support, implement and promote advancement of the district’s equity goals and assist in the hiring of a staff that reflects the diversity of the district. Participate in and support activities that enhance equity-minded recruiting, hiring, and employee retention practices.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years progressively responsible professional experience related to area of assignment. Four (4) years of higher education management/supervisory experience. A master’s degree can substitute for two (2) years of progressive experience.

Required Competencies

  • Equitable Student Success Focus: Make decisions that support a student-first culture.
  • Strategic Planning: Develop a vision for the future and create a culture in which long-range goals can be achieved.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Demonstrated growth in cultural competence; awareness of societal and structural inequities; and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity.
  • Change Catalyst: Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches when addressing problems and opportunities.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with many types of individuals and the ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Decisive: Ability to make quick decisions while keeping policy and regulations at the forefront of all decisions.
  • Team Motivation: Ability to influence and mobilize a group of individuals to work toward a common goal and positively represent the mission of PCC.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizational systems and dynamics and provide cross-functional leadership to support program, policy and procedure development.
  • Knowledge and ability to achieve program outcomes through the strategic development of K12 and community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success in planning, developing, and implementing comprehensive K12 and community partnership initiatives while collaborating with constituencies across an institution.Skill in evaluating research and data to identify potential solutions, resolve problems, and provide information.
  • Ability to apply independent judgment to interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Working Environment

Work environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. Frequent travel to other locations is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

Updated 3/9/2023