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Grand Rapids Community College
  • Position Number: 2989878
  • Location: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Position Type: Deans - Education

Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Date: April 5, 2022

Position Title: Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Department: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Job ID: 1323

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks

Compensation: Meet and Confer-Grade 19, $106,637

Reports to: Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Posting Close Date: May 5, 2022


The Dean of STEM is a new position at GRCC that was created after a reorganization of Academic and Student Affairs. The Dean position presents an opportunity for an innovative, collaborative, and student focused leader to help shape the future of student success, academic excellence, and community impact at GRCC.

The Dean of STEM is responsible for the leadership of the College's STEM programs (Math, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Physical Sciences, Mechanical and Architectural Design, Computer Information Sciences), including creating and implementing a vision aligned with the mission, vision, values, and strategic direction of GRCC. The Dean will create and sustain a working environment within the School that demonstrates a spirit of collaboration, innovation, access, and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with a deep understanding of and experience with STEM education and the vital role it plays in the academic, personal, and civic development of a student. The Dean will work in cooperation with College and School leadership to create and sustain programs relevant to students and the community. To successfully achieve these results the Dean will need to cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

The Dean reports to the Provost / Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and serves as an active member of multiple leadership teams on campus.

  • Provide administrative leadership, support, and supervision for the School.
  • Identify innovative approaches to programs and processes to advance the vision and direction of the School.
  • Identify and advance the development of equity-centered practices in teaching and learning within the School.
  • Collect, review, and analyze data relevant to program vitality, student success, and other trends.
  • Convene the membership of the School on a regular basis.
  • Review and refine the vision and strategic direction of the School.
  • Oversee the infusion of cultural competencies in the curriculum in collaboration with other leaders in the College.
  • Support Department Heads and Program Directors in maintaining current programs with a focus on continuous improvement, including overseeing the formal program review and evaluation process for the School.
  • Oversee curriculum within the School and support the Associate Deans, Department Heads, and Program Directors work with curriculum development and revision.
  • Support Department Heads and Program Directors in the exploration and development of new programs.
  • Advocate for the faculty, staff, and programs in the School.
  • Advocate for academic pathways, including transfer partnerships and employment placement.
  • Promote grant opportunities for the School.
  • Promote, support, and ensure compliance with programmatic accreditation requirements.
  • Ensure alignment of departmental plans to the Provost's vision, the College's strategic plan, and mission of the College.
  • Support, supervise, and evaluate direct reports in the School, including an Associate Dean and a support professional. Convene regular meetings, establish work expectations, and complete annual performance evaluations.
  • Aligned with expectations established by the Provost, set standards for hiring new faculty and staff and regularly review the hiring processes to maximize transparency, inclusion, efficiency, and effectiveness in collaboration with the Associate Dean, Human Resources and Department Heads.
  • Review and recommend FT faculty and staff hires, tenure, and promotion to the Provost, in conjunction with Associate Deans and Department Heads.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary connections within the School and across Schools to enhance the student experience through innovative curriculum, learning experiences, and career exploration.
  • Facilitate collaboration between credit and non-credit programs.
  • Allocate resources and other systemic supports to promote professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Participate in College-wide planning as appropriate, including but not limited to planning related to the strategic plan, budget development, emergency response, and facility master planning.
  • Provide leadership to develop and promote K-12 and transfer initiatives with education partners.
  • Actively participate in and retain membership in statewide and national organizations and activities that foster maintenance and improvement of programs.
  • Monitor legislative activity at the State and Federal level and provide input to the legislative process as appropriate.
  • Participates in collective bargaining teams, as needed and assigned by the President.

  • This role is a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost.


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline offered in the School of STEM or a closely related field is required.
  • A Doctorate degree is preferred.

Work Experience
  • Minimum of three years prior experience leading STEM programs in higher education is required.
  • Supervisory experience of instructional staff is required.
  • Full-time teaching experience in higher education is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a community college is preferred.
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment is preferred.
  • Industry experience in a STEM field should be noted by candidates.
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and moving forward initiatives that advance equity, access, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives.
  • Demonstrated successful advocacy for students and students' needs.

  • The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies
  • Decisive
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Adaptability
  • Information Skills
  • Speaking
  • Ingenuity
  • Teamwork

Occupational Competencies
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

Mental Demands
  • Proven ability to work effectively both as a team leader and a team player.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the significance of cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation for equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
  • Ability to be optimistic, positive and supportive in all interactions with others.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Physical Demands
  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, and writing, listening and speaking.

Working Conditions
  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Must be able to attend functions off campus and work weekends/evenings as required.
  • Professional travel required.


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
  • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
  • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
  • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
  • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
  • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
  • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
  • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on May 5, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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