Associate Dean - Allied Health Department

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
The Associate Dean is responsible for aligning the operational and strategic functions of the Allied Health department with the college’s broader goals. Under minimal supervision and in collaboration with the Dean, the Associate Dean is responsible for the daily Allied Health Department academic operation and management of office staff, student support and student concerns, and oversight of adjunct faculty.  The Associate Dean will assist with program accreditation and special projects as assigned by the Dean. The Associate Dean must convey a professional and positive image as a representative of Kirkwood Community College. Must exercise exceptional organizational skills, independent judgment, initiative, and confidentiality in the successful operation of the department. Requires the ability to lead, supervise, problem solve and interact positively with a diverse group of people. An understanding of higher education technology and office productivity is necessary. This position will work Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5pm with occasional evenings.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Manage day-to-day program operations including  student needs and concerns, student and faculty inclusivity,  supervising office staff, faculty communications and other departmental activities.
  • Plan, coordinate and promote allied health program initiatives with the department faculty and staff in collaboration with the Dean, Operations and Department Coordinators and other college departments.
  • Monitor student enrollment; work collaboratively to develop marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies with the Dean, Operations and Department Coordinators.
  • Lead and supervise adjunct faculty, including those teaching Allied Health courses at off-site locations to ensure curriculum consistency. 
  • Promote adjunct faculty development; recommend, coordinate, and lead activities to meet faculty development and program goals.
  • Identify current and emerging trends and opportunities in the disciplines represented in the department to develop and maintain visionary and responsive courses, student support services, and community partnerships.
  • Assist with the planning, implementation and assessment of college initiatives
  • Develop, implement, and oversee applicable program goals, operating policies, and procedures in collaboration with the Dean, Department and Operations Coordinators. 
  • Assist in faculty workload decisions to insure appropriate staffing, equity, and efficient resource utilization.
  • Assist with department budget allocation and monitoring.
  • Provide leadership and point of contact for faculty and staff in the absence of the Dean.
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in a positive manner with prospective, former and current students, faculty, administrators, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Collaborate with program faculty and other college resources to address student needs and concerns
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form
  • Possess strong human relations skills; get along with diverse personalities.
  • Possess a working knowledge of personal computers, educational media equipment and technologies to problem solve technical issues with faculty.
  • Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual who demonstrates leadership, strong public relations skills, professional appearance, positive attitude and collaborative work habits within the department, and in active participation in college activities.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts difference.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting.  Occasional standing, walking, using and reaching with hands and arms, lifting up to 10 pounds,  and climbing or balancing.   Frequent sitting and talking and hearing.  


  • Masters in a department discipline or a Masters with a bachelor's degree in a department discipline.
  • 3 years leadership/administrative experience.
  • 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Community college teaching experience.
  • Understanding of Allied Health programs, accreditation, and the Healthcare Industry
  • Demonstrated experience working with faculty and students in an educational setting
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life.

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Job ID: 97982

Posted 11 days ago

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