Dean of Academic Advancement

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Dean of Academic Advancement

Position Information

Northwest Kansas Technical College (Northwest Tech) is in search of a strategically minded leader to serve as the college’s Chief Academic Officer. While the Dean will report directly to the President, they will be responsible for positively contributing to the culture of the college and the administrative team while we work to pursue the mission of the college.

We are looking for an individual who is capable of providing innovative leadership for our academic programs, while also immersing themselves into the rich technical culture of the college and the community.

Successful candidates should demonstrate experience in organizational leadership, administration, classroom instruction, mentoring and developing faculty, evaluating faculty performance, and educational innovation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the college’s Chief Academic Officer and provide visionary leadership for the college;
  • Ensure the integrity and excellence of academic programs within an environment of continual improvement;
  • Assure academic effectiveness and quality, overseeing the assessment and review of programs and faculty;
  • Coordinate the college’s relationship between the Higher Learning Commission and other credentialing agencies, ensuring requirements are met in order for the college and all programs to maintain accreditation;
  • Oversee, in conjunction with support staff, all academic publications including the college catalog, program handbooks, and the college academic calendar;
  • Serve as the Assessment Coordinator;
  • Remain aware and abreast of state and federal higher education issues that have the potential of impacting or improving the college;
  • Coordinate, in conjunction with support staff, the college’s Perkins grant process;
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Administrative Cabinet and all other relevant committee appointments.

We are seeking the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree earned, or in progress, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  • 2-3 years of administrative experience in higher education preferred;
  • A strong passion for student learning, leadership, innovation, and faculty/staff development;
  • Familiarity with, or direct involvement in, institutional and program accreditation processes;
  • A collegial, consultative and transparent approach to leadership;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of budgeting, funding processes and long-term planning;
  • An ability to tactfully and creatively move institutional academics forward.

About Northwest Tech

Northwest Tech is one of the fastest growing public colleges in the state of Kansas. Located on the high plains in the city of Goodland, Northwest Tech is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is nationally recognized for student success and graduation rates. Northwest Tech was the first two-year college in the nation to implement a full one-to-one iPad initiative in the classroom.

With nearly all of our technical programs taught in a cohort model, our students experience a significant amount of contact with faculty, leading to our high student success rates. We have a small, surprisingly diverse campus, with a student body of approximately 400 full-time students pursuing degrees and technical certificates. We serve an additional 450 area high school students via outreach programs providing dual-credit and technical courses.

  • 12-month competitive salary.
  • Benefits package including health insurance, KPERS retirement plan, vacation, sick leave, and more.

Positions will remain open until filled.  Please send application, resume, references and unofficial transcript(s) to:

Sherri Knitig, Vice President of Operations
1209 Harrison Street
PO Box 668
Goodland, KS 67735

EOE/Notice of Non-Discrimination: 

Northwest Kansas Technical College gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment and participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or limited English proficiency (LEP). Northwest Tech respects the legal rights of each person to work and learn in an environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Concerns regarding disability or race, color, or national origin should be referred to Section 504 Coordinator/ADA Coordinator/Title VI Coordinator, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs at 785.890.3641. All other concerns should be referred to the Title IX Coordinator/Age Act Coordinator, Dean of Students at 785.890.3641. Both offices are located at 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS 67735.