Dean for Allied Health

Client Secure Search Page: South Puget Sound Community College

Position: Dean for Allied Health
Location: Olympia, WA
Status: Full-time
Company: South Puget Sound Community College
Specialty: Allied Health; Nursing
 Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Dean for Allied Health Job Description

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly qualified individual for the position of Dean for Allied Health. This position is responsible for all nursing and medical assisting program operations including fiscal, personnel, and student management as well as the planning, implementation, and evaluation of program outcomes and meeting accreditation meeting accreditation for nursing and medical assisting programs and state nursing commission standards for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Nursing Assistant programs.
South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

The College:

Founded in 1962 as a technical institute that focused on adult education classes, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has a strong foundation within the community. Since its inception SPSCC has undergone a great deal of growth and change, today offering a vast array of different programs. Students can enjoy a number of different hands-on programs, some of which are the best technical training in the state.

With over 5,900 diverse students in total, South Puget Sound Community College is a medium-sized community college that serves not just the city of Olympia, WA, but also the surrounding counties. 

The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Community:

Olympia is one of the more attractive capital cities in the United States. Known for its handcrafted way of life, Olympia is a cultural center of the southern Puget Sound region and Thurston County. While there is heavy industry to the north toward Tacoma, Olympia is a clean, mid-sized capital city with a distinctively Pacific Northwest small-town feel.

Get rejuvenated by nature by exploring the many hiking and biking trails that flow through the evergreen forests and lead to saltwater beaches. Or, for the more adventurous, enjoy windsurfing and scuba diving in the bay; and snow skiing down one of two major mountain ranges, Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. Then, take in the creativity and culture that exudes through not only Olympia’s abundant shopping and dining, entertainment and nightlife, but also the people.

Olympia is a perfect central location to experience the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Named as one of 29 Best Small Cities in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler, based (partially on its coffee), Olympia is home to the largest farmers’ market in the state. With a rich history, vibrant culture, modern amenities, and a beautiful setting on the Puget Sound, Olympia is a great place to visit for work or play. 

Your Mission as The Dean for Allied Health:

The Dean for Allied Health will provide program leadership in support the college’s mission, visioncore themes, and strategic plan, creating and maintaining an environment that is collegial and conducive to teaching, learning, professional growth, and collaboration.

This position will: 

  • Provides program leadership to support the college’s Mission, Vision, Core Themes and Strategic Plan
  • Creates and maintains an environment that is collegial and conducive to teaching, learning, professional growth, and collaboration
  • Administers the program budgets to ensure adequate program resources, accurate accounting, and fiscal responsibility to the college
  • Coordinates the staffing assignments and course schedules of the nursing and medical assisting program courses and supervises and evaluates the work of full-time and adjunct faculty teaching those courses and in accordance with the Faculty Negotiated Contract
  • Coordinates the hiring, supervises the work, and conducts annual evaluations of classified and part-time hourly staff reporting directly to the Dean for Allied Health
  • Maintains knowledge of Washington state and national standards for nursing and medical assisting education programs and provides leadership to ensure that the college has evidence that such standards are met
  • Coordinates the review and assessment of programs and student learning outcomes and participates in college-wide assessment activities
  • Coordinates all nursing and medical assisting program accreditation activities and writes all required reports and self-studies
  • Coordinates faculty involvement in the process of developing and reviewing curriculum to ensure integrity, rigor, and currency as well as to satisfy the expectations of the college’s Instructional Council and Washington state and national standards for nursing and medical assisting education programs
  • Promotes faculty/staff input and communication as part of decision making processes including the administration of the program budget
  • Serves as chair or member of designated college committees, councils, and teams
  • Prepares written and oral reports related to activities and accomplishments in area of responsibility
  • Ensures that nursing and medical assisting program files and student records are maintained in accordance with college, state, and federal guidelines
  • Oversees processes for responding to and addressing nursing and medical assisting program-related complaints and grievances in accordance program policies and College grievance policies
  • Collaborates and works closely with the other deans and the Vice President for Instruction to support the coordination of divisional and college curriculum and resources
  • Collaborates and works closely with the Vice President for Instruction to engage in personnel recruitment activities, coordinate screening and hiring processes, and oversee processes for faculty development and performance review, all in accordance with college policies and state requirements for professional-technical teaching personnel
  • Collaborates and works closely with enrollment services to coordinate recruitment, advising, and admission processes for the nursing program
  • Collaborates and works closely with the Vice President for Instruction to ensure that public information regarding the nursing and medical assisting programs is accurate, clear, consistent, accessible, and coordinated with other healthcare programs
  • Collaborates and works closely with the nursing and medical assisting program advisory committees as well as other stakeholders to provide opportunities for communities of interest to have input into program processes and decision-making
  • Acts as liaison between the nursing and medical assisting programs and acute care, long-term care, and other community health care providers and develops and maintains written agreements with cooperating agencies and clinical sites
  • Represents the nursing and medical assisting programs in local, regional, and state organizations and committees
  • Demonstrates multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and creates an educational and work environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Supports the college’s mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking
  • Contributes to the appreciation of diversity and fosters a climate of multicultural understanding
How Do You Match?:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited college or university
  • An unencumbered Washington State RN license
  • Five years’ work experience as a registered nurse including two years of experience in nursing education
  • Successful candidate must complete and maintain requirements for Professional Technical Program Administrator Certification per Washington Administrative Code 131-16-091 to 092
  • Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of best practices in teaching, assessment, and student engagement including experience with online learning, healthcare simulation, clinical supervision, and applied clinical assessment and evaluation in laboratory and clinical settings
  • Experience in curriculum development, systematic program evaluation, and use of data to enhance and improve teaching and learning, especially in the context of state and national standards for nursing education programs
  • Current knowledge of both nursing education at the associate degree level and the articulation between that and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs
  • Experience in a leadership role in an ADN program
  • Demonstrated success in effectively managing and communicating the results of decision-making processes including leading committees
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students and staff representing diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and abilities; and the ability to foster a climate in which such diversity is understood and valued
  • Experience in advising of students
  • Experience in the use of software applications such as Word, Outlook, and Excel or other computerized spreadsheet applications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
How to Become the Dean for Allied Health? Start Here:

Submit a complete applicant packet:

  • A cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements,  
  • Curriculum vitae,  
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts,  
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references 


Dr. Richard Jordan, D.Min., M.Div., SHRM-CP
Executive Search Consultant 
Kaye/Bassman International

***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.***

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