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Associate Dean - Seattle Maritime Academy
Seattle Colleges in Seattle, Washington
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Date Posted 05/26/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 06/11/2020
SALARY: $7,500.00 - $9,166.67 Monthly
$90,000.00 - $110,000.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 05/12/20
CLOSING DATE: 06/11/20 11:59 PM


Seattle Central College's Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) offers dynamic marine technology programs at its waterfront campus located on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Both the Marine Deck Technology program and the Marine Engineering Technology program are US Coast Guard-approved training programs. Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for US Coast Guard (USCG) ratings that enable them to pursue careers in the maritime industry.

The College seeks a highly qualified Associate Dean who is eager to work collaboratively to find innovative ways to educate and support the next generation of mariners and trades professionals. The ideal candidate will help students achieve their academic and career goals by maintaining a welcoming and supportive learning environment for students with diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds.

The Associate Dean provides leadership for all aspects of instructional programs at SMA, including strategic planning, program development and assessment, budget management, and personnel. Responsibilities also include assisting support staff on scheduling of courses, facilities and resource management, development and implementation of operational procedures, student support and retention, and special projects.

The Associate Dean provides day-to-day oversight of departmental faculty and staff, and sets the tone for overall quality, community involvement, and cultural competency of SMA programs. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Instruction, Finance and Planning at Seattle Central College.

Seattle Central College Is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic institution, which supports teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The College seeks candidates prepared to contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through programs and services that embody values of equity and inclusion.


Management and Supervision
  • Recruit, hire, retain and supervise full-time faculty, part-time faculty, classified employees and hourly staff for all SMA programs.
  • Oversee the administrative functions of SMA programs, including purchasing, class scheduling, instructional staffing needs, student complaints, program handbook development and maintenance, and student recruiting and advising.
  • Forecast, develop, monitor and reconcile department budgets, and grant budgets, while balancing priorities of divisional departments in a way that fosters understanding of overall needs and goals.
  • Perform classroom observations and evaluations, and provide feedback to instructors, ensure availability to faculty of appropriate instructional technology, materials and resources; and provide support for faculty collaboration, professional development, and improvement plans.
  • Support students in need of academic guidance or resources and maintain an active relationship with the current student body and alumni.
  • Conduct other tasks related to instruction in accordance with the Seattle Colleges District and various collective bargaining agreements.
Curriculum and Program Development
  • Through coordination with faculty and appropriate personnel, ensure credit courses meet U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements and conduct periodic audits of the program
  • Provide leadership in coordination with faculty, in the planning and development of: innovative and responsive curriculum, compliance, apprenticeship requirements, teaching spaces, program learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and program review.
  • Develop short- and long-range planning goals for SMA, and coordinate planning efforts internally and externally to provide effective direction for meeting the College mission and ensuring that SMA curricula are in line with the needs of the maritime industry.
Student Recruitment and Placement
  • Provide leadership in the development of a student recruitment strategy and actively participate in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals in the towing, fishing, cargo and transportation industries for placement of student interns.
Industry and Community Engagement
  • Foster connections across departments and divisions, represent the interests of, and collaborate on behalf of SMA within Seattle Colleges and broadly in the community.
  • Maintain an active Technical Advisory Committee; work with industry, labor, USCG and other relevant groups to accomplish college and industry workforce goals pertaining to education and training of students for the maritime industry.
  • Explore opportunities for revenue streams to support all facilities and equipment that is not supported by a state-funded budget, including community education, service contracts, and federal and state grants.


  • Bachelor's degree related to a professional-technical area, Education, Business Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Organizational Leadership, or other related fields; or a US Coast Guard officer's license.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the US Coast Guard on licensing or curriculum issues.
  • Experience in developing and/or maintaining a safety management system in an industrial or maritime environment.
  • Administrative experience with responsibilities including, employee supervision and development; and budget development and management
  • Documented skills and abilities performing tasks related to the goals and objectives of a technical or community college, instructional programs, and the apprenticeship system.
  • Demonstrated record of successful leadership working with colleagues from a wide range of educational, professional, and cultural experiences and diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of culturally appropriate practices that serve diverse students, employees and community groups, and individuals with barriers to training and employment.
  • Teaching experience, preferably at the community college level.
  • A history of successful collaborative working relationships in a unionized environment, including providing feedback to peers, direct reports, and supervisors in a professional manner.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications.


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