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Administrative Responsibilities

The Dean is responsible for all operational aspects and budget control in the College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies.   The college is comprised of departments in Biological Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Computer Science, Health Care Informatics, Liberal Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Network Technology, Nursing, and Professional and Technical Communication, as well as programs in Statistics and Writing. 

The Dean is an administrative leader and serves as a key member of the university leadership team. The Dean serves at the pleasure of the Chancellor and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean is expected to uphold, expand, improve, strengthen, and successfully seek external support for existing research, scholarship, instruction and multidisciplinary efforts. 

General Academic and Development Responsibilities

  • The Dean is responsible for the School’s strategic planning, program evaluation and development, corporate outreach, alumni engagement, fundraising, enrollment, retention, student persistence and completion, market planning, multidisciplinary initiatives in education and research, and the management of the college's administrative, budgeting, and financial affairs.
  • Establishing priorities and articulating priorities to the Provost and Chancellor who can jointly articulate these to the Commissioner of Higher Education and Board of Regents.
  • Working with faculty, advisory boards, government and industrial leaders to continue and/or develop programs that are responsive to current business and societal needs.
  • Providing leadership in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff, developing excellent educational programs, and in recommending and mentoring department heads.
  • Developing staffing plans and faculty workloads and supervising planning of space requirements for programs and classroom/lab use. Ensuring compliance with the CBA for member faculty.
  • Approving program and course curricular changes and preparing proposals for new programs or program revisions for university and/or Board of Regents approval.
  • Enhancing collaboration across campus disciplines both at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Achieving enrollment growth in undergraduate and graduate programs. Facilitating the successful implementation of graduate online/distance education.
  • Ensuring compliance with accreditation standards and overseeing accreditation reviews and is responsible for the development, compilation and organization of all materials necessary for institution accreditation.
  • Participating in tenure/promotion review and evaluation processes and making recommendations.
  • Working collaboratively and in concert with the Montana Tech Foundation to procure donations of equipment, materials and other resources.
  • Promoting the College to external constituencies through alumni, industry and community relations. Be an involved community leader who is committed to building collaborative relationships with other Montana educational institutions.  Act as the public spokesperson and/or as the representative for appropriate ceremonies and academic occasions.
  • Implementing other duties as assigned by the Chancellor and/or the Provost

Professional Qualities

  • Extensive experience in higher education, especially in academic leadership to direct and oversee the college’s programs and projects.  The candidate must have qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in a field appropriate to the college.
  • Ability to appropriately address faculty/student concerns relating to classroom procedures, instructional methodology, grading, disciplinary actions, and grievance procedures.
  • Willingness to mentor and hold faculty accountable to rigorous academic standards including standards of high quality instruction, research, and service.
  • A leader who is comfortable with delegating authority while maintaining accountability for results.
  • A person who is able to identify program/college needs and secure internal/external resources to support program initiatives.
  • Experience in setting goals and then in developing plans to achieve the identified goals, followed by periodically assessing progress toward meeting those goals.
  • Experience in conducting faculty/staff evaluations and guiding professional development of same.
  • Possessing the personal skills to inspire the faculty, the Dean will ensure high standards in the college’s programs, be creative in addressing the needs of a globally changing educational and societal environment, and exercise innovative and entrepreneurial leadership building upon the Montana Tech’s legacy of ingenuity.
  • Commitment to open communication and shared governance.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A terminal degree from a regionally accredited university in an area relevant to the programs in the College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative/budget experience at the department head level or higher in a regionally accredited university.
  • Qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in a field appropriate to the college, as evidenced by having attained the rank of full professor at a regionally accredited university.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Proven academic record of having done high quality instruction, externally funded research, and quality publications in a faculty setting.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A proven record of leadership in obtaining private support, federal funding and grant support for programs and services in public post-secondary educational settings.
  • Experience with graduate education.
  • Experience working with faculty in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience with regional and specialized accreditation.

For full consideration application materials must be complete.  Please include a cover letter addressing qualifications, a resume and contact information for 3 professional references. 

Applications received by March 20, 2018 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. 

Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.  To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to humanresources@mtech.edu.  You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

To request an accommodation, contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380; cisakson@mtech.edu

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