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Dean of Education, Social, & Behavioral Sciences

Tacoma Community College
Fircrest, WA
Closing date
Mar 19, 2023

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Who We Are

Priority Consideration Date: February 12, 2023

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup and Squaxin Island Tribes. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to Reservations to make way for colonizers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup and Squaxin Island people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of our community. Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. In addition, we strongly support the Stop Asian Hate movement and have an active Asian Pacific Islander Student Club as well as an Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Coalition. We continually strive to become an anti-racist institution.

Tacoma Community College, winner of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Equity Award for the entire Pacific Region, is a public Associate- and Bachelor's-granting institution that serves a student body of approximately 12,000 students. Our students are 27% students of color, 60% female, and have a median age of 26. We embrace our identity as the community's college. Our faculty are engaged in innovative work to improve student retention and program completion, and community success. According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, TCC ranks high on measures of active learning and academic challenge, thanks to our creative and scholarly faculty.

As part of our transformative guided pathways work, we have recently undergone an administrative reorganization that aligns our academic divisions with our career pathways: Creative Arts, Literature, and Communication; Business, Paralegal, and Technology; Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences, Healthcare; and Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS) is home to instruction in Anthropology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Chemical Dependency, History, Human Services, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, and Political Science. The division supports students who are pursuing certificates or Associate degrees, and who intend to continue their education or enter the workforce. Among the courses the division offers are Indians of North America, Native American History, African American History, Sociology of African Americans, Sociology of Asian Americans, and Sociology of Latinx Americans. TCC is committed to developing more culturally responsive curricula by infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives, experiences, and contributions of Native, Black, Asian, and other marginalized communities, and to broadly to develop more culturally responsive curricula.

Who We Seek
To grow our workforce, we are seeking creative, collaborative professionals who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. We are specifically focusing on improved support for traditionally marginalized populations, including Black/African- American, Indigenous, People of Color, Dreamers, justice-involved, immigrants and refugees, Veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community.

To this end, TCC seeks applicants who:
Are committed to educating a racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student population
Are committed to teaching in a community college setting
Care deeply about student success
Honor TCC's mission promoting equitable access to educational opportunities
Intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Recognize and honor the important role that diversity and inclusion brings to an educational community
Value intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
Welcome difference and model respectful interaction with others
Are innovative, collaborative higher education professionals
Choose to lead in pursuit of equitable student access, success, and completion

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply for the position of Dean of Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS). We recognize that each applicant holds a unique suite of qualifications and experiences. If you think you are a good fit, we encourage you to apply.

Regional Setting
For information on Tacoma and the surrounding area:
Position Summary
Reporting to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Education, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS) provides vision, leadership, financial management, and overall direction for the programs, students, staff, and faculty within the division. The Dean sits on the academic leadership team and contributes to cross-divisional planning and decision-making on topics including but not limited to day-to-day operations, strategic planning, guided pathways, and the faculty collective bargaining agreement.

As Dean, you are committed to advancing the first core theme of the TCC 2020-2025 Strategic Plan- "Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion"-and lead ESBS in removing barriers to equitable access and dismantling systems of oppression. You inspire others by leading through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and engage in meaningful dialogue and active listening. You lead efforts to increase diversity among faculty and staff, and to increase faculty and student retention and success. You bring fresh thinking that respects the lessons of the past and challenges the status quo, and you encourage and empower division staff and faculty to do the same.

Critical to the success and health of the division are your proven leadership skills including maintaining collaborative relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and external constituents; hiring, supervision, and evaluation of division staff and faculty; implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of instructional programs and services; regular and ongoing assessment of learning outcomes; and maintenance of sustainable fiscal and programmatic accountability. You also lead the division in supporting institutional strategic priorities, including the implementation of Guided Pathways and efforts concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion.

As Dean, you have an outstanding record of teaching an ESBS discipline and you strongly advocate for the ESBS division, its faculty, and its programs. You actively engage with the departments, programs, and disciplines within the division: Anthropology, Chemical Dependency, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, History, Human Services, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. You provide academic leadership, supporting faculty priorities such as degree specializations, professional certifications, college-wide interdisciplinary Learning Communities, and TCC's Distinction Pathways in Global Studies, Sustainability, and American Ethnic and Gender Studies.

Essential Functions College Level Leadership

Participate in college-wide efforts and priorities to support TCC's mission such as: Guided Pathways, outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and institutional accreditation
Lead and direct the development and implementation of recruitment initiatives that support the institutional goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Oversee the review and update of division materials and publications
Represent the division on internal and external committees, taskforces, and working groups
Represent the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at internal and external meetings and assist with special projects as needed
Lead, direct, or participate in institutional and/or cross-divisional programs, offices, and initiatives when necessary and as needed
Other duties as assigned

Division Level Leadership

Provide academic leadership for curriculum, instruction, assessment, teaching effectiveness, program improvement, faculty continuous improvement, professional development, and outreach in division content areas
Lead and direct the development and implementation of outcomes assessment at the degree, program, specialization, and course levels
Identify and lead strategies to increase rates of success for historically marginalized and underrepresented student groups
Develop and lead initiatives to provide engagement and professional development opportunities to marginalized and historically underserved faculty and staff
Lead search committees for division faculty and staff, and make recommendations to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs for hiring
Lead regularly scheduled and as-needed division meetings
Provide supervision and conduct annual evaluation of division employees
Manage tenure and promotion of faculty within the division
Review and implement policies and procedures within the division including student grade appeals and other student, staff, or faculty related needs or concerns
In collaboration with Department Chairs, monitor and manage division enrollments and course offerings to meet college enrollment targets and student completion goals
Lead the division in curriculum planning, course scheduling, and staffing for all TCC instruction sites, including the Tacoma Campus, the Gig Harbor Campus, the Washington Corrections Center for Women, and the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women
Manage effective and equitable implementation of instructional technology


Manage division resources (personnel, financial, equipment, course fees) to optimize efficiency and effectiveness
Prepare division budgets including analysis of individual department needs
Prepare annual budget for review by the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Coordinate and manage ESBS department budget requests
Encourage, facilitate, and coordinate grants to support divisional initiatives


Serve as an active member of institutional leadership teams including the academic leadership team, Student and Academic Services team, Guided Pathways Guiding Team, and others as requested
Collaborate or consult with faculty and staff on decisions impacting the division and its employees
Effectively collaborate with Student Affairs administrative leaders in support of enrollment management, advising, and holistic student support
Collaborate with the offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Access Services; Enrollment Services; Academic Advising; and others, in support of college-wide strategic planning, accreditation and professional development
Represent ESBS and TCC with affiliated educational, non-profit, and community partners, institutions, and industries
Act as a liaison between TCC and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges as needed
Work with other college divisions, external agencies, and other community partners in developing and implementing joint projects
Collaborate with stakeholders regarding dual credit programs such as Running Start

Qualifications Essential qualities, knowledge, skills, and abilities

Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and cultural responsiveness
Broad background in the disciplines taught in the division
Demonstrated understanding of community college educational trends and issues
Commitment to identifying, challenging, and disrupting instances of institutional racism and discrimination that disadvantage Black/African-American, Indigenous, and People of Color as well other marginalized populations within our educational community
Experience using tools such as Tableau dashboards, Excel tables and charts, and surveys to make data-informed decisions
Experience using educational technologies and an ability to use and adapt to changing technologies
Success in coordinating and completing administrative projects that enhance learning and promote equitable opportunities for students, staff, and faculty
Experience in developing, reviewing and/or revising policies that foster inclusion and success for underrepresented students, staff, and faculty
Experience developing or leading structured efforts that provide opportunities for engagement, educational and professional development, and success of marginalized and historically underserved faculty, staff, and students
Strong analytic ability and attention to detail
Ethics, integrity, collegiality, sound professional judgment, and a sense of humor

Required education and experience

Master's degree in a discipline taught in the division, from an accredited college or university
Post-secondary teaching experience, preferably at a community or technical college
Management or supervisory experience
Experience in higher education administration
Experience using educational technologies and creating and supporting interactive learning environments, including online and hybrid instruction
Experience in or knowledge of external program-level accreditation, applied degrees, short or stacked credentials, and professional licensing for Education and Human Services professionals

Conditions of Employment Successful completion of a criminal history background check.

Application Process Complete applications received by the priority consideration date will be reviewed by a screening committee first. Selected candidates will be invited for interview. Complete application packages must include the following:

Tacoma Community College application submitted through College's website.
Resume/CV & cover letter. In your cover letter indicate how your background and experience meet the qualifications for this position
Copies of unofficial transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
Supplemental Question, in two (2) pages maximum, please respond to the following:Tacoma Community College is committed to eliminating barriers and systems of oppression so we may serve all learners and support each other as colleagues. We strive to be an anti-racist institution and value compassion, respect, and continuous improvement. A critical component of this is the understanding that the work of cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) belongs to all employees.
Please discuss your experience with and knowledge of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the efforts you have taken to advance anti-racism. How do you incorporate that into your leadership? What challenges and opportunities do you recognize within this Division?

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time exempt administrative position. The annual salary range for this position is $110,000 to 115,000 annually. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. Scheduled to work Monday - Friday 8 am-5 pm. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. Tacoma Community College offers a comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition for the employee; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our employment page/employment benefits: Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by the National Student Clearinghouse. International degrees must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Dr. Davi Kallman, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5157. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and/or modified without notice.

Tacoma Community College, Human Resources
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466

The benefits information presented on this page is a summary of College provided benefits. This information is subject to change and is subject to the provisions of any legislative mandates and College policy changes. For more detailed information about Tacoma Community College (TCC) benefits, please do not hesitate to contact the College benefits coordinator at (253) 566-5024.

TCC offers a comprehensive benefits package which include medical, dental, life insurance, and long- term disability insurance through the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB), along with retirement benefits through TIAA and the Department of Retirement System

Full-time faculty, classified staff, administrators and professional staff are eligible for benefits. Hourly employees and part-time faculty may be eligible for benefits if, and when, they meet specific criteria and are notified by TCC Human Resources.

Effective Date of Coverage
Coverage begins the first day of the month following the date of hire, or date of achieving eligibility status. If the date of hire is the first working day of the month, coverage begins immediately.

Health Insurance

Medical Plans
Eligible employees have several medical plan options to select from. Employees pay a monthly premium through payroll deduction.

Premium Rates Effective January 1, 2023
PEBB Medical Plans
EmployeeEmployee & Spouse or Domestic Partner
Employee & Children
Full FamilyKaiser Permanente WA - Classic$167$344$292$469Kaiser Permanente WA - CDHP$25$60$44$79Kaiser Permanente WA- Value$94$198$165$269Kaiser Permanente WA- SoundChoice$46$102$81$137UMP-Classic$135$280$236$381UMP-Select$59$128$103$172UMP Plus - PSHVN$97$204$170$277UMP Plus - UWMACN$97$204$170$277UMP-CDHP$29$68$51$90Resources: PEBB Website

Medical Plan information

PEBB Medical Plan Comparison

Dental Plans

Employees choose from three dental plans. TCC covers the full dental premium for employees and enrolled dependents.

Resource: Dental Plan Comparison


Covered under medical plan chosen.

Waiving Medical Coverage

If you have other employer-based medical insurance, Medicare or TRICARE, you have the option to waive PEBB medical coverage. Dental is mandatory for all eligible employees and cannot be waived, unless enrolled in dental coverage as a dependent under a SEBB (School District Employee Benefits Board) plan.
Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) & Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) & LimitedPurpose FSA
FSA & DCAP accounts allow employees to set aside pre-taxed dollars to cover out-of-pocket health care and/or childcare expenses.

Members of WFSE (HE CCC) and WPEA, will be eligible to receive a $250 FSA card if employed as of November 1 with an annual full-time equivalent salary of less than $50,004, and is enrolled in a non- CDHP medical plan as of January 1 of the plan year that FSA funds are made available. This card is issued by PEBB in the following January and does not count against the annual FSA limit, if enrolled in an FSA with Navia.

The Limited Purpose FSA is eligible for employees who are enrolled in a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) that has a Health Savings Account. The Limited Purpose FSA is only for dental and vision expenses.

Resource: Navia Benefit Solutions

Life Insurance

Benefits eligible employees, lawful spouse or same-sex domestic partner, dependent children under 26 years of age are eligible to enroll in life insurance. Coverage is effective first of the month following the date of employment for basic coverage; for optional coverage, amounts become effective the first of the month following approval date.

Basic Coverage: $35,000 Basic Term Life & $5,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) This is employer-provided at no cost to the employee.
Supplemental Life Insurance Coverage(s) : Any supplemental term life insurance and AD&D coverage for employee, lawful spouse, qualified same-sex domestic partner, and family is available at additional cost to the employee.


MetLife Life Insurance Long Term Disability (LTD)
Basic LTD:Provides 60% of the first $400 pre-disability earnings, reduced by any deductible income at no cost to the employee.

Supplemental LTD: Supplemental LTD coverage to replace at 60% or 50% of full pre-disability earnings is available at an additional cost to the employee.

Resource: PEBB Long-Term Disability Insurance

Paid Leave

Classified staff, Administrators, and Professional staff are eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, and personal leave, along with paid federal holidays. Monthly vacation entitlement amounts can vary from
9.33 to 16.67 hours per month depending on the employment type and length of state service. Monthly sick leave entitlement is 8.00 hours per month based on 100% FTE position and will be prorated accordingly if less than 100% FTE. Annual personal leave entitlement varies depending on employee type. Full-time classified, administrators, and professional staff are paid for all federal holidays.

Full-time faculty receive 84.00 hours of paid sick leave per academic year along with 28.00 hours of personal leave. Full-time faculty are paid on an annual contract and do not receive pay for federal holidays.

Part-time faculty receive sick leave each quarter using a formula based on the total FTE% from the cumulative teaching contracts issued to them that quarter. They would receive 7.00 hours of personal leave if they are issued a multi-quarter appointment at the start of the academic year. Part-time faculty do not receive pay for federal holidays.

Part-time hourly and student employees receive 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked in a month (and fractions, thereof). Up to 40 hours of sick leave can carry over from one calendar year to the next.
If a part-time hourly or student employee is hired into a full-time position, the sick leave hours earned in the part-time position do not carry over to the full-time position. Part-time hourly and student employees are not paid for federal holidays.

Monthly entitlements are given at the beginning of the following month.
All employees in salaried positions may take up to five days of paid bereavement time off for the death of a family member. This is separate from the sick leave or vacation leave.


Retirement participation is mandatory for retirement benefit eligible TCC employees. Employees are offered a choice between two retirement plans and that choice is generally irrevocable while employed at TCC.

Classified Employees and (retirement eligible) Part-Time hourly:

Classified employees and eligible part-time hourly employees must choose between the Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS) Plan 2 or Plan 3. More information about these plans can be found at this link: Department of Retirement Systems Plans


Faculty can choose to enroll in the State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP) with the plan administrator being TIAA or the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) Plan 2 or Plan 3 administered by the Department of Retirement System (DRS). Prior history in any of these plans may limit current plan choice. Click here to compare TRS Plan 2, TRS Plan 3, and SBRP.

SBRP -TIAA - This is a Defined Contribution Plan. The employee contributes a mandatory defined amount and the state matches the employee's contributions. Contribution rates are based on age.

TRS Plan 2 - A 401(a) defined benefit plan. TCC and employee contribute a percentage of salary to fund the plan. Your monthly benefit at retirement will be based on your earned service credit and compensation.

TRS Plan 3 - A 401(a) hybrid plan with Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution components. The defined contribution portion of the plan is funded through mandatory employee contributions. The employee may choose between six contribution options. TCC contributes to Defined Benefit part.

Administrative/Exempt Employees

Administrators and Exempt employees may choose to participate in the State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP), administered by TIAA, or the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 or Plan 3, administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Prior history in a Washington State Retirement Plan may limit plan choice. Click here to compare PERS Plan 2, PERS Plan 3, and SBRP.

SBRP/TIAA - This is a 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan. The employee contributes a mandatory defined amount and the state matches the employee's contributions. Contribution rates are based on age.

PERS Plan 2 - A 401(a) defined benefit plan. TCC and employee contribute a percentage of salary to fund the plan. Your monthly benefit at retirement will be based on your earned service credit and compensation.

PERS Plan 3 - A 401(a) hybrid plan with Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution components. The defined contribution portion of the plan is funded through mandatory employee contributions. The employee may choose between six contribution options. TCC contributes to Defined Benefit part.

PERS Rates Effective July 1, 2022.

TRS Rates Effective September 1, 2022.

State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP) - Contributions Rates:

Contributions are based on your age:
Your AgeYourContributionEmployer ContributionTotal SBRP ContributionUnder 355%5%10%35-497.5%7.5%15%50+10%10%20%

Supplemental Retirement Savings:

State Board Voluntary Investment Program (SBVIP):

SBVIP is a voluntary, optional, unmatched retirement savings plan, operating under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), administered by TIAA. SBVIP participants may contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax (Roth) basis, up to the annual IRS limit and can start and stop their contributions at any time during employment. Contact Human Resources to start/stop contributions.

Deferred Compensation Program (DCP):

Tax-deferred savings plan administered by the Department of Retirement Systems. New Full-time employees are automatically enrolled in DCP 3 months after hire at a contribution rate of 3%. Employees are sent a notification letter within approximately 30 days of hire. This notice includes information about auto-enrollment and the necessary steps to take if one chooses to opt-out or make changes to their DCP enrollment. Contributions can be changed at any time during employment. Following the initial auto- enrollment possibility, employees would contact DRS to setup contributions and can contribute on a pre- tax basis up to the annual IRS limit.

Tuition Waiver

Administrative, Classified, Full-time Faculty, and Part-Time faculty employed for more than 50% FTE are eligible to register for space-available classes, up to 10 credits per quarter, with the State Employee Tuition Waiver program. Class registration and any applicable class fee will still apply. Click here for the Tuition Waiver form (Download PDF reader) .

Liberty Mutual

PEBB members may receive a discount of up to 12% off Liberty Mutual's auto insurance rates and up to 5% off of Liberty Mutual's home insurance rates.

Contact Liberty Mutual at 1-800-706-5525 and mention that you are a State of Washington PEBB Member (client #8246) or visit a local Liberty Mutual office and let them know you are State of Washington PEBB Member (client #8246) for a quote.

Collective Bargaining Agreements

WFSE Higher Education Community College Coalition: WFSE (HE CCC) CBA(Download PDF reader)
WPEA Higher Education: WPEA CBA(Download PDF reader)
WFSE Represented Exempt Bargaining Unit: WFSE-Exempt CBA
TCC Faculty Negotiated Agreement: TCC Faculty Negotiated Agreement

Which best describes your level of education? High School graduate or equivalent
Some College
Associates degree from an accredited college or university
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university
Masters degree or higher from an accredited college or university

Please describe your post-secondary teaching experience. (Preferably at a community or technical college)

How many years of supervisory or management experience do you possess? None
Less than 1 year
More than 1 year and less than 2 years
More than 2 years and less than 3 years
More than 3 years and less than 4 years
Over 4 years

How many years of experience do you possess in higher education administration? None
Less than 1 year
More than 1 year less than 2 years
More than 2 years, less than 3 years
More than 3 years less than 4 years
More than 4 years

Please explain your experience using educational technologies and creating and supporting interactive learning environments, including online and hybrid instruction.

Required Question

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