Dean of Academics

$70,000 yearly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • Jul 05, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description


Dean of Academics (F/T, 12 months)


OPENING DATE:    July 5, 2019

REVIEW DATE:      July 22, 2019

CLOSING DATE:     Open until filled

START DATE:         ASAP or 2 weeks after acceptance

LOCATION:             NWIC Main Campus

SALARY:                  $70,000 Max DOE

SUPERVISOR:         Vice President of Instruction and Student Services


The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate’s education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of position to be filled.


Northwest Indian College hiring practices include adherence to the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 473).  NWIC supports and provides equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information.



The Dean of Academics oversees academic programs, including supervising the Department Chairs of the Bachelor degree programs and Associate Dean of Two-Year Programs, which includes curriculum, assessment and program review, academic policy and processes, faculty appointments and evaluations, and academic budget planning.  Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, the Dean also works collaboratively with the Dean of Student Life and the Dean of Indigenous Education, along with Enrollment Services to ensure consistency between curriculum offerings, academic goals, academic policy and processes, faculty hiring and evaluation, admission and student policies, academic calendar, accreditation compliance, and other interrelated aspects, as well as student success and retention.


The Dean’s leadership will be informed by the College’s Mission, Vision, NWIC beliefs and values, and Strategic Plan.  The Dean will support the College’s beliefs and values including, Səla-lexw:  Our Strength comes from the old people.  From them we receive our teachings and knowledge and the advice we need for our daily lives; Schtəngəxwən:  We are responsible to protect our territory.  This means that we take care of our land and water and everything that is on it and in it; Xwləmi-chosən:  Our culture is our language.  We should strengthen and maintain our language; Leng-e-sot:  We take care of ourselves, watch out for ourselves and love and take care of one another; Xaalh:  Life Balance/Sacred.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication, relationship building, and interpersonal skills, and will have in depth understanding of the Coast Salish communities. The candidate must be well respected and rooted in the Coast Salish community to work collaboratively and respectfully with other key Tribal Nations, including the Pacific Northwest Tribes in the College’s service area. 




Administrative and Leadership Responsibilities:


  • Provides leadership for academic program evaluation, development and successful implementation to ensure that programs meet the needs of the tribal communities we serve. Provides academic support to students. Participates in the identification of potential funding sources and oversees/prepares grant proposals to secure program support and expansion. Develops and utilizes professional networks in developing grant opportunities and proposals. 
  • Ensures the quality of academic instruction, academic staff and faculty.
  • Recruit, select, orient, train, counsel, evaluate and manage faculty members to promote faculty/staff retention. Work with Human Resources and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services to maintain staffing levels as needed.
  • Participate in the hiring faculty and staff.
  • Actively participates as a member of various college committees/teams such as the Administrative Team, Leadership Team, Accreditation Steering Committee, Core Theme Teams, and other high level committees as requested.
  • Perform teacher and staff evaluation.
  • Provide Professional and Instructional Development.
  • Conduct or arrange regular faculty meetings and in-service for all instructors and facilitate faculty training programs in concert with the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
  • Ensure all faculty are following the course objectives, course content, timely grading.
  • Maintain current working knowledge of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and assist with implementation and oversight of academic processes related to accreditation compliance.
  • Works with department chairs to ensure curricular consistency and that Indigenous knowledge is the framework for the curriculum. Leads the departments to develop and revise department curricula and instructional practices; reviews department curriculum; leads the curricula review process and prepares reports.  Assists with building capacity of student/faculty research.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Plan (in areas that are appropriate).
  • Responsible for the development of the Academic/ Instructional Calendar.
  • Ensure that all Academic Policies are maintained and implemented.
  • Liaison with other Colleges and feeder high schools as required.
  • Provides support for the quality of teaching resources and supervises where appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.




In accordance with the College's policies and procedures, this position will supervise a variety of staff and faculty members including, but not limited to:  Department Chairs of Four-Year degree programs, Associate Dean of Two-Year Degree Programs, Director of Extended Campus Sites, Workforce Education, E-Learning/Distance Education, Library services, and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute.  Other duties may include supporting interns, work study students, and any other additional staff that may be included in the daily functions associated with the academic areas of the College.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED to perform this position successfully:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Educational Leadership /Administration or related field;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Three years of prior experience working with tribal communities and knowledge of incorporating Indigenous /local ways of knowing into teaching and learning strategies;
  • Three years working with extended sites and/or distance education;
  • Experience with and sensitivity to Native American people and cultural customs;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks effectively;
  • Competency in using computers, including Internet, e-mail, word processing and spreadsheets


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervision of staff, budget management and knowledge of assessment.
  • Experience working with a tribal college and/or a tribal community.
  • Experience working in a college setting and in a team environment.


Other Qualifications:

Must have a current driver’s license and a driving abstract that meets employer qualifications for insurability as well as the ability to travel on occasion.


Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Confidentiality – Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality as an administrative professional.  Federal regulations require the highest standards of privacy in regard to student records;
  • Ability to be a self-starter and sustain a high level of activity with minimal supervision;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well with all people;
  • Maintain professional work relationships;
  • Ability to travel throughout the service area and out of state for training and conferences.




Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only. 


  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
  2. NWIC Application
  3. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (official copy requested at time of hire)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
  7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials


The job announcement and application forms are available online at or may be requested from and submitted directly to:


Human Resources

Northwest Indian College

2522 Kwina Road

Bellingham, WA  98226-9278

Telephone/Fax: (360) 392-4230