Associate Dean-School of Arts and Sciences

Associate Dean-School of Arts and Sciences

Madison Area Technical College


Posting Date: 03/30/2017

Application Deadline: 5/8/2017

Open Until Filled:

Salary: $85,148-$110,693

Location: Madison-Truax

Department: School of Arts & Sciences

Employment Conditions:
Administrative Salary Range D61 with a starting annual salary between $85,148-$110,693 depending on qualifications and experience.



Madison College provides a generous benefits package. Newly hired Administrators serve a one year probationary period.

Anticipated start date: July, 2017

Organizational Function and Responsibilities:
This position plans, organizes, develops, directs, maintains, and assesses activities associated with the operations of programs, courses, and/or services across the district within the assigned School of Arts & Sciences.

Arts & Sciences departments include: English, World Languages, History, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences (physical/chemical and biological), Physical Education, Reading, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Communications/Performing Arts and Journalism.

This position supervises part-time faculty and provides supervisory support to full-time faculty and may also supervise professional support staff.

This position reports to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Essential Duties:
The following duties are typically expected of this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned by the President.

1. Supports, designs and oversees a student-centered approach to School business processes and practices so that School operations are efficient, effective and meet the needs of students, faculty and the community.

2. Manages the program budgets of the School to achieve financial objectives and meet School needs.

3. Supports development of pathways for transfer to four-year institutions, and fosters relationships with transfer partners that ensure transferability of curriculum and student success in transfer.

4. Hires, supervises and evaluates School part-time faculty and support staff. Provides supervision support to full-time School faculty so that College employees are trained, supported, and perform with excellence, respect and integrity.

5. Collaborates with the Dean and faculty to implement continuous improvement efforts related to School operations to ensure that programs, disciplines and services are responsive to stakeholders’ needs and reflect excellence and quality.

6. Facilitates the implementation of School unit plans so that the School’s goals and strategies for future success are well-defined and implemented.

7. Establishes and maintains ongoing communication with stakeholders served by the School to identify and address stakeholders’ needs in a manner that is consistent with the College’s vision, mission and goals.

8. Supports faculty in the development of curriculum that reflects the needs of our community, business and industry, and higher education partners and to ensure that students are provided flexible learning opportunities that meet their changing needs. Manages the day-to-day operational aspects of the School in collaboration with regional campus managers, faculty, support staff and other district staff so that School operations are efficient and effective.

9. Facilitates course-scheduling processes to ensure that course scheduling reflects the needs of students.

10. Participates in professional development activities appropriate to the needs of the School to be current in the innovations and best practices and serve as a leader for the School.

11. Acts as Dean in the absence of the Dean, supports the external work and planning efforts of the School Dean to provide continuity in leadership, and aligns work towards agreed upon strategic ends.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • • The principles, practices and technologies of the programs and/or disciplines within the School.
    • The principles of the Learning College, and demonstrated ability to successfully implement the principles and techniques of continuous improvement, and principles of competency-based curriculum development, and instructional design.
    • Shared governance principles, including interest-based approaches to problem solving.


Skilled in:

  • • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Managing timelines and meeting deadlines.


Ability to:

  • • Successfully administer complex budgets.
    • Supervise and lead faculty and support personnel and to lead teams in a collaborative environment.
    • Promote and advance diversity as well as policies and programs related to affirmative action and equal opportunity.
    • Meet and address challenges with resourcefulness and creativity and develop strategies to prioritize and achieve School goals.

Key Competencies

Successful Madison College managers develop and exhibit a number of competencies that have been selected to support and align with AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) guiding principles. Essential management competencies include leadership, managing people, continuous improvement, and strategic thinking. Common core competencies of collaboration, professionalism, customer service, conflict resolution/problem solving, adaptability and inclusivity are also required. The following key competencies have been identified as essential for success in this position.

Analysis – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data. Designs work flows and procedures.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates collaboratively in meetings.

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; contributes to profits and revenue; develops and implements cost saving measures; conserves organizational resources.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.


1. Master’s degree (M.A., M.S., M.F.A.) from a regionally accredited college or university.

2. Five (5) years of related, progressively professional experience which includes:

  • • Two (2) years of post-secondary teaching experience, or a combination of teaching and training; and
    • Two (2) years of leadership experience which include management, planning and administration of programs; budgeting; and supervision or professional development of staff.



Special Instructions:
A completed application consists of typed responses to the following questions. Failure to submit all materials could result in disqualification.

Please attach your answers to these questions as a single Word document. Please limit your responses to a MAXIMUM of 600 words per question.

1) What attracts you to this position, and how do you envision contributing to the mission of Madison College and the School of Arts and Sciences?

2) How do you promote success and inclusiveness within a diverse student and/or faculty population?

3) One responsibility of this position is to manage conflict. Please describe your approach and provide specific examples to resolving conflicts a) between faculty members and/or staff members; and b) between a faculty member and a student.

4) A typical day in this role involves multiple meetings, a long to-do list, several interruptions, and occasional crises requiring immediate attention. Describe your experience with this kind of environment and strategies you use to prioritize and manage work under these circumstances.
Madison Area Technical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.

Madison Area Technical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.

Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Rosemary Buschhaus, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Employment and Employee Relations
1701 Wright St
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-6904

Position Type: Administrative

Posting Number: 20160602684

FLSA: Exempt

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Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities.

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