Executive Dean, Academic & Student Affairs Innovation and Technology

Class: Management | Exempt status: Exempt | Grade: P

two smiling gradsThe Executive Dean of Academic & Student Affairs Innovation and Technology serves as the College’s leader for full integration of a proactive and responsive online curriculum; an evolving contemporary vision for application of innovative learning technology solutions for instruction and student support and strategic leadership to ensure that Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) applications are integrated into a cohesive technology ecosystem The Division includes the following three areas: Online Learning (Instructional Design/Course Quality, Instructional quality/Program planning, Online Student Success); Learning Technologies & Innovation (Technology Management/Support/Training); and Application Systems, Support and Project management. The Executive Dean oversees an operational infrastructure that serves as a center of excellence to provide support for high quality online instruction, technology, and online student services using consistent and robust digital tools and multiple teaching/learning modalities. The position partners closely with Academic Pathways, Teaching and Learning Support and Student Affairs leadership to provide strategic guidance, identify and adopt emerging educational technologies, expand digital teaching and learning capacity and responsive online student services. The position also partners with Information Technology to ensure alignment with college systems and priorities.

Leadership competencies

  • Advances Racial and Social Justice
    Actively works toward the elimination of racism and social oppression; utilizes culturally responsive practices and processes to achieve equitable student and employee outcomes
  • Drives Vision and Purpose
    Participates in the creation of and executes a vision for the College’s mission balancing compliance with flexible, multimodal, inclusive delivery of financial services.
  • Drives Engagement
    Initiates and drives authentic exploration and engagement cross-departmentally to arrive at collaborative solutions that lead to employee and student success.
  • Accelerates Agility and Innovation
    Analyzes systems, policies and practices and commits to continuous program improvement through the strategic use of culturally responsive data.
  • Builds Partnerships
    Partners to solve problems, adapts communication and approaches, supports healthy conflict, and develops strong relationships with associated areas to advance institutional goals.

Our mission

To support student success by delivering access to quality education while advancing economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision for equitable student success

Recognizing the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to PCC for education, all students will achieve their academic goals through equitable support, quality instruction, clear guidance to persist, and an unwavering commitment to completion shared by the entire College community.

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Yes to Equitable Student Success (YESS)

Our roadmap to dismantling barriers and building inclusive systems of education and support.

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Strategic planning

The College’s overall map for ongoing planning and strategic actions.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides institutional strategic level leadership and accountability for teaching and learning innovation, online program, instruction and services environments, use of learning technologies, and Academic and Student Affairs technology applications systems.
  2. Ensures culturally responsive and inclusive models and operations that center on historically underserved and marginalized communities; accountable for flexible service delivery modalities that support access and equitable student outcomes.
  3. Guides the development of a shared vision, accountability and associated action plans for advancing equitable student success in all learning modalities; ensures the innovative and appropriate use of educational technology to support learner-centric instruction and student support.
  4. Analyzes and assesses the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs administrative and educational technology projects and adoption capacity as it relates to College’s strategic priorities; leads and supports the creation of holistic processes and procedures to determine priority, adoption and sustainability of administrative and educational technology.
  5. Provides support, leadership and accountability for creating and maintaining appropriate processes and procedures to ensure integration of learning technology planning with resource development and allocation.
  6. Partners with Teaching and Learning Support leadership to ensure the creation of training and development processes and procedures related to operational, teaching and learning innovation/excellence and the application of administrative and educational technology for consistent and compliant practices across Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
  7. Creates and maintains collaborative and productive partnerships across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, administrative services/systems, and shared governance bodies in order to strengthen teaching and learning experiences and administrative systems; contributes to College-wide strategic initiative execution (e.g., Strategic Plan, Guided Pathways, Advising Redesign, Strategic Course scheduling).
  8. Partners with Information Technology to oversee management of a portfolio of technology applications in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs; ensures an integrated system of strategic governance that guides needs assessment, technology adoption, technology implementation, user training, sustainable integration with other systems and processes, and evaluation for improvement/replacement.
  9. Supervises management, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, and/or student staff. Evaluates and provides 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. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary.
  10. Ensures institutional compliance with federal/state/College regulations, policies, and guidance related to educational technology, online learning, and digital environments
  11. Leads oversight and development of policies, administrative procedures and practices related to instructional and student services technology that support and demonstrate strong compliance (internally and externally). Responsible for working with appropriate shared governance bodies.
  12. Conducts ongoing needs assessment and gap analysis related to effectiveness of efforts to innovate, digital teaching and learning environments, learning technologies, and systems support portfolio management;  directs modification of related processes and procedures for continuous process and outcomes improvement.
  13. Develops, oversees, analyzes, and makes budget decisions in alignment with college strategic plan, values and priorities. Forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.  Approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate. Assumes institutional authority for applicable grants and contracts.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree and eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience related to the area of assignment, providing program/project management or program/project coordination. Four (4) years of higher education management/supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Strategic leadership and management;
  • Program development, budgeting, and management;
  • Policy and procedure development and administration;
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations;
  • Public administration and Higher Education principles and practices;
  • Conflict mediation;
  • Health, safety and emergency preparation, business and operational continuity, and response.
Skills in:
  • Directing and providing strategic leadership to staff;
  • Planning, implementing, improving, and evaluating programs, policies, procedures, operational needs, and fiscal constraints;
  • Evaluating research to identify potential solutions, resolve problems, and provide information;
  • Utilizing data and assessment outcomes for communication and to make continuous improvements for programs and services;
  • Managing change and sensitive topics;
  • Speaking in public;
  • Managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
Ability to:
  • Drive systemic change for racial and social equity and justice;
  • Communicate and execute a vision for student-centered (flexible, multimodal) delivery of instruction and services through oral and written mediums;
  • Manage healthy conflict to resolve issues in alignment with College mission and goals;
  • Counsel, direct, and facilitate professional development of employees while motivating them toward goal achievement;
  • Apply independent judgment to interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Revised: 05/2023
New: 11/2020

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.