Executive Dean, Teaching & Learning Support

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

two smiling gradsReporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Executive Dean of Teaching & Learning Support serves as the College’s leader for teaching and learning excellence. The Division includes the following four areas: Accessible Education & Disability Resources (Accessible Technology, Student Accommodations); Teaching, Learning, and Curricular Innovation (Curriculum Office, Experiential Learning, Learning Assessment, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence); Learning Support (Tutoring Services & Co-Curricular Support, Library, Digital Literacy, Student Assessment and Testing); and Title III Grant. The position develops and implements a College-wide operational infrastructure that supports faculty with curriculum development, teaching pedagogy, culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, learning assessment, and instructional innovation. The incumbent will oversee and ensure infrastructure that enhances student learning through academic support, assessment/testing support, alignment with accessibility standards, disability resources and information and digital literacy. The position serves as a key liaison between College and state agencies and partners as it relates to curriculum, transfer, degree and certificate credentials, and higher education policy.

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 comprehensive teaching,  learning and accessibility support models and programming.
  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. Manages the development, execution and measurement of the impact of teaching and learning support programs (credit and non-credit) to ensure curriculum, credential and training program development is in alignment with the college’s strategic goals and continuous improvement practices.
  4. Conducts ongoing needs assessment and gap analysis related to effectiveness of the teaching and learning model, learning support programming and services, and accessible education and disability resources support;  directs modification of programming for continuous process and outcomes improvement.
  5. Proactively partners across the college to provide robust embedded credit and noncredit faculty training and coaching support; oversees the development, execution and measurement of the impact of faculty training and development programs.
  6. Creates and maintains collaborative and productive partnerships across Academic Affairs and Student Affairs functions, administrative services functions, and shared governance bodies in order to strengthen teaching and learning experiences and systems; contributes to College-wide strategic initiative execution (e.g., Strategic Plan, Guided Pathways, Title III grant project, Program Sustainability).
  7. Actively supports the work of our shared governance bodies as it relates to degrees, certificates, curriculum, academic and student policies and procedures.
  8. Serves as a college key liaison with external agencies and groups (e.g., Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Oregon Community College and Workforce Development, Oregon Council of Instructional Administrators)  with the authority to analyze, assess and act on institutional participation and compliance as appropriate.
  9. Ensures institutional compliance with federal/state/local/College regulations, policies, and guidance related curriculum, instruction, and civil rights protections.
  10. Assumes institutional authority for grants, contracts and technology portfolio that directly supports curriculum development and adoption, faculty professional development, learning and program assessment, accessible education and disability resources, and other teaching and learning related services and products.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Supports, implements and promotes advancement of the district’s equity goals and assists in the hiring of a staff that reflects the diversity of the district. Participates in and supports activities that enhance equity-minded recruiting, hiring, and employee retention practices.
  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 within college locations and occasional state travel 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.

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.