Associate Dean - Industrial Technologies

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 Industrial Technologies department with the college’s broader goals. This role requires exemplary leadership in managing daily academic operations, supporting student success, and fostering faculty and staff development, ensuring that all activities reflect the core values of Kirkwood Community College. The Industrial Technologies department includes disciplines in accredited applied science programs.  

The work schedule for this position will typically be Monday through Friday from 8am to 5 pm.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and creating a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- a 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 be accountable for the execution of Industrial Technology department initiatives within the department as well as across the broader college.
  • Monitor student enrollment; work collaboratively to develop marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies with the Dean, Operations, and related department staff.
  • Lead and supervise adjunct faculty, including those teaching courses at off-site locations to ensure curriculum consistency. 
  • 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, Staff, and Sector Coordinators. 
  • Assist in faculty workload decisions to ensure appropriate staffing, equity, and efficient resource utilization.
  • Contribute in cultivating an environment dedicated to the well-being and professional growth of all faculty and staff members.
  • Facilitate the implementation of strategic projects and initiatives, from idea through action to evaluation.
  • Review department budget allocation and monitoring in collaboration with the Dean.
  • Provide leadership and point of contact for faculty and staff in the absence of the Dean.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Be able and willing to represent the College positively 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 positive 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.


The 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.  


  • Master's degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Experience or education in an Industrial Technologies discipline or demonstrated management experience with Career and Technical Education programming. 
  • Demonstrated teaching experience.
  • Strong leadership skills with proven success in strategic planning and effective implementation of major educational initiatives. 
  • Community college and/or adult teaching experience.
  • Proven experience in curriculum design and program development aligned with accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrated successful teaching in a program related to Industrial Technologies. 
  • Prior experience with and understanding of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) principles and tools.
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.

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 98101

Posted 10 days ago

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