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Job ID: 182078

Dean, Arts and Digital Media
Austin Community College District

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2022
Title Dean, Arts and Digital Media
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Fine Arts - Other
    Fine Arts - Visual Arts

Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester.  We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement.  We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

  • Reflects the diversity of our community
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for under-represented populations
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

*Commitment to Equity and Inclusion*_

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC’s faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.

Job Posting Title:
Dean, Arts and Digital Media

Job Description Summary:
To establish and maintain a teaching, learning, and working environment where faculty, staff, and students are appropriately served within available resources on a college wide basis; to provide instructional leadership; to ensure the effective administration of assigned disciplines; and to promote instructional goals and objectives conducive to student success. To provide oversight and support of assigned programs in Arts and Digital Media dean area (Art, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Game Development, Animation and Motion Graphics, Jewelry, Music, Music Business, Performance and Technology, Professional Photography, Radio-Television-Film, and Visual Communication).

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks

  • Essential Job Functions: Provides leadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining curriculum and programs that respond to community needs; prepares students for success; and meets the external requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and applicable specialized accrediting organizations.
  • Student/Faculty Issues: Provides leadership in addressing and resolving student complaints, grade appeals, academic dishonesty appeals, faculty complaints and grievances, employee complaints against supervisor, or other student, staff, or faculty issues, where appropriate.
  • Management: Ensures consistent and appropriate application of administrative rules within assigned academic areas, including overseeing faculty evaluation processes, hiring of faculty and staff, course schedule development, planning and budgeting, safety, facilities, equipment and software needs, selection, supervision and evaluation of department chairs and assistant deans, and preparation of reports as required. Supervises and evaluates support staff. Initiates and manages special projects and assignments. Participates in shared governance through service on collegewide councils and committees.
  • Curriculum/Instruction: Provides leadership and advocacy in the planning, implementing, assessing and ongoing improvement of all curriculum, courses, and programs within assigned academic areas. Ensures that all faculty within assigned academic areas are appropriately qualified. Ensures that programs comply with regulatory requirements and/or accreditation standards where appropriate. Convenes advisory committees, works with Grants Development Office, and maintains community partnerships in support of programmatic goals.
  • Area(s) of Study: Provides leadership and advocacy for the assigned area(s) of study, including communication, student and faculty engagement, joint efforts of instruction and student services to support student success, and community-building with external partners where appropriate.
  • Business and Industry: Develops and maintains positive relationships with external business and appropriate community organizations.


  • Demonstrated expertise in project planning, development, and implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to present information and summary reports internally and to the public.
  • Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle the demands and requirements of senior-level management in higher education.
  • Demonstrated expertise in effective and ethical leadership, including an understanding of Servant-Leadership.


  • Working in a collaborative manner with diverse constituencies.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
  • Working effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Providing leadership at all levels of the college.
  • Planning, prioritizing, and problem-solving.
  • Handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Planning and managing budgets and manpower needs.

Technology Skills

  • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

Required Work Experience

  • Five years related work experience including supervision/management.

Preferred Work Experience

  • Supervision/management in a higher education academic environment.

Required Education

  • Master’s degree. As required for faculty. Must meet SACSCOC faculty qualifications for the subject(s) areas taught. See the current year Faculty Qualifications Table located at Experience cannot be substituted for required, applicable educational level.

Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.


  • Provide resources for safe operation of units. Create and support workplace safety.

Salary Range Commensurate with Experience

*Reports to *

  • Associate Vice Chancellor, Workforce Education *

Number of Openings:

Job Posting Close Date:
April 22, 2022

*ACC Benefits Overview*_
Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.

*EEO Statement*_
The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.

*Clery Act*_
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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