Dean of the School of Science and Health Sciences

Vacancy Notice: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Reports To: Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

Job Summary

Positive, professional and proactive. If these words describe you, you may the perfect leader for the School of Science and Health Sciences at Hawkeye Community College. We are looking for our next dean, someone who wants to help make science come to life for students along with a goal to add health care professionals to the Cedar Valley community. Interested in joining a dedicated team of passionate educators making an impact and empowering others? This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The School of Science and Health Sciences (SHS) is home to Hawkeye Community College’s Liberal Arts science courses as well as more than ten health programs including but not limited to; Dental Hygiene, Nursing and EMS among others. As Dean of the SHS, you will lead and manage a dynamic department of educators as we plan to move into a newly remodeled multi-million-dollar state of the art facility which will house a 10-thousand-square foot simulation lab as well as multiple labs for hands-on, interactive learning.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Hawkeye Is located in the Cedar Valley, just south of Waterloo, Iowa. The growing cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa offer diverse cultural experiences and all the amenities of a big city with a small-town feel. There is always something to do, whether you want to attend a sporting event, go shopping, or go to a local restaurant. For additional information about Hawkeye Community College and the area surrounding campus, visit our website: Hawkeye Community College

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for operation of the School of Science and Health Sciences (SHS).

  • Provides academic and administrative leadership while initiating, leading, and finalizing the hiring process for faculty and staff in the School of SHS.

  • Establishes a cohesive team environment.

  • Evaluates, supervises and manages personnel within EEOC guidelines and collective bargaining contracts where applicable.

  • Determines faculty and staff schedules.

  • Provides oversight and support in the SHS School and the institution’s strategic plan, budget, and policy direction.

  • Enhances the School and College profile, resource streams, and engagement with alumni and the community.

  • Serves on College committees and task forces.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with members and employers of the community.

  • Actively participates and supports public and community health initiatives.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Accreditation Responsibilities

  • Is familiar with accreditation requirements for all programs that have governing bodies or required accreditation under the Dean’s direction.

  • Provides support to program chairs when completing required accreditation process reports.

  • Provides support to the college’s accreditation liaison when required for the Iowa Department of Education, NACEP and the Higher Learning Commission.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a science or healthcare discipline, education, administration, or closely related field

  • Three years of administrative experience in a post-secondary educational or healthcare setting.

  • Three years teaching experience in a postsecondary Health and/or Science program.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of accreditation in higher education.

  • Demonstrated experience in instructional leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of the team of Academic Deans.

  • Demonstrated proficient skills in program development, planning, and curricular and budget management.

  • Demonstrated effective oral, written, and digital communication skills to positively interact with students, faculty and staff.

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations (students, faculty, staff, community) with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while contributing to an inclusive learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of community college philosophy, program accessibility, and alternative and advanced technological educational delivery systems.

Working Conditions

Anticipated schedule is Monday – Friday with flexible hours including nights and weekends.

Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office setting. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During course of day, interact with student, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.

Employment Status

Full time exempt position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience.

Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at
    • Submit/upload a resume.

    • Submit/upload 3 references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.

    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:

      • Describe from experience and training, your knowledge of community college educational programming related to this position (nursing, dental hygiene, dental assisting, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical laboratory technology, respiratory care).

      • List experiences in budget development and fiscal monitoring.

      • Describe any collaborative initiatives you have championed among high schools, universities, and community colleges.

      • Describe your experience in curriculum and program design.

      • Provide an example of how you have built an educational partnership within the health field.

      • Describe any participation you have had in facility, building, and/or classroom design.

  • Candidates invited as finalists in the process will be asked to send official transcripts and undergo a reference check.

  • Employment is contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check.

  • Submit the online application and all required materials by Monday, June 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Preference will be given to candidates who submit the required materials on or before June 20th. This position will remain open until filled.

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Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

Human Resource Services

Hawkeye Center 101
Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000‚Äč
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If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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