• Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Jan 24, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description

ACADEMIC DIVISION CLASSIFICATION:                                                EXEMPT/SENIOR MANAGEMENT REPORTS TO:                    PRESIDENT



MUST SUBMIT TO HR: a) Current CV – Curriculum Vitae, b) Transcripts for highest earned Degree, c) Two (2) letters of recommendation from current/past academic leadership positions and d) a completed IAIA Employment Application.



The incumbent is responsible for academic and administrative management of all academic programs and personnel, including full-time and adjunct faculty and staff in the following departments: Performing Arts; Indigenous Liberal Studies; Studio Arts; Cinematic Arts & Technology; Museum Studies;  Creative Writing, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Fitness Center and Health/Wellness classes; Library and Archives; Academic Technology and Business & Entrepreneurship program.  The key duties include:

  • Strategic and operational leadership for faculty and staff which includes innovative solutions in the ongoing development of college success strategies for all IAIA students
  • Oversight of the development of online courses and programs Oversight of the development of the college’s low-residency MFA program in Creative

The Dean provides leadership for learning outcomes assessment and supports all accreditation activities. The Dean also serves as a key member of the President's Cabinet and collaborates closely with the Chief Enrollment and Retention Officer, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Director, Institutional Research Director and other key leaders. The Dean is charged with fostering support of IAIA’s mission, vision and core values as a multi-tribal institution of higher education dedicated to empowering Native arts and culture.  The Dean’s position is one requiring the credibility and confidence nationally of Indigenous peoples, and at the same time commanding respect among the broader circle of institutions and agencies involved in cultural education through the visual and literary arts.



  • Lead, direct, manage, supervise and evaluate the following twelve positions: Six department chairs includes: Cinematic Arts, Creative Writing, Performing Arts, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Studio Arts. Four program directors include: Library Director; Fitness Center Director; MFA Program Director and Academic Technology Manager; as well as two administrative assistants: the Assistant to the Dean and Assistant to the
  • Motivate, direct and coordinate activities of faculty and academic program staff, including teaching


  • Design, implement and evaluate academic programs as the Chief Academic Officer and as a member of both the Curriculum Committee and Faculty
  • Conduct annual Program Reviews of academic programs in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and the Academic Department
  • Develop and manage the multiple budgets of the academic unit, including approval of all expenditures and providing support to and training for the unit's ten budget
  • Identify key needs, including critical unfunded areas, and seek-out funding from multiple sources outside of core funding to meet these needs.
  • Assist in raising scholarship funds.
  • Identify grant opportunities, manage grant and special project funding and
  • Advocate for and promote the academic unit and academic programs to the IAIA community, area high schools, community colleges, local and national tribal constituencies, public and private agencies, and to the public at
  • Lead student learning outcomes assessment, including providing training for faculty and staff new to assessment.
  • Chair the Academic Program and Policy
  • Submit quarterly Board reports and meet with the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board.
  • Collaborate closely with the President in the creation and implementation of national and international partnerships with cultural organizations and higher education institutions.
  • Serve on internal and external leadership coordinating bodies and committees as assigned by the President.
  • Work closely with admissions and retention staff to recruit and retain students, including the improvement of academic advising, dual credit courses, off-site classes,
  • Be actively involved in the creation of MOU agreements for transfer students in conjunction with the Chief Enrollment and Retention Officer.
  • Assume a lead role in IAIA's academic collaboration with American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
  • Oversee the assessment, accreditation and strategic planning processes for the academic
  • Carry out strategic priorities through an annual work plan and oversee key staff in carrying out strategic
  • Provide necessary reporting and documentation to accrediting agencies as needed. Work closely with Institutional Research on all accreditation
  • Work closely with Faculty Development & Concerns Committee and Faculty Council to provide ongoing professional development for faculty and academic staff.
  • Through Academic Technology, continue to strengthen the use of technology to augment learning and to utilize digital resources, including: e-books, the broadcast facility, digital dome, digital classrooms, Canvas and related resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must have an earned MFA, , or Ed.D. in a relevant field.
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years of experience as a faculty member in higher education
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in progressive leadership roles at a higher education institution.
  • Must also have a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement in Indigenous arts and cultures.
  • Experience working with Indigenous populations and a degree in arts and cultures are highly



  • Must have a demonstrated background with higher education accreditation processes, norms and standards.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the assessment of student learning
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with strategic planning
  • Must have a demonstrated background in directing or leading large and complex academic
  • Must have demonstrated experience in effectively leading, managing, directing and supervising a large and varied academic and administrative
  • Knowledgeable of the appropriate standards of conduct and ethics.
  • Proven background in the management, oversight and administration of a large and complex
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, to begin projects independently and to bring projects to conclusion on a timely
  • Must have exceptional written, verbal, analytical, and organizational
  • Must have excellent communication, negotiation and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to execute, administer and supervise individuals and programs in a participatory leadership
  • Proven ability to interact positively and successfully with local, regional, national and Indigenous personnel, post-secondary agencies &
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels and with all peoples and
  • Ability to interact and work successfully with faculty, students and staff as related to job
  • Ability to raise funds.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment
  • Knowledge of Indigenous centric
  • Knowledge of word processing and computer



  • Evaluation of work performance will be based on assessment of Academic Division’s strategic and operational results (including effective/efficient oversight of operations, budget, staff, work standards/results and reporting requirements).
  • Work is performed in an office environment, desk job, with attendance required for outside activities to include fundraising events, special events, exhibitions and other job related
  • Performance of essential functions requires the ability and skill to communicate effectively and efficiently verbally or in writing with varied
  • Proficient use of standard office equipment and software is required in performing essential
  • As a senior manager, position is responsible for effective supervision of assigned
  • Out-of-town travel for meetings and conferences is expected using a personal vehicle or company
  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job.
  • Management has the right to revise this job description at any time, with or without
  • The job description is not a contract for