Dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts (SOFA)

  • Full-Time
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Applications have closed

Website Clark College

Clark College

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts (SOFA) position in the Office of Instruction.  This position is responsible to provide equity-focused leadership, management, planning, and advocacy for faculty and programs within the unit, which is comprised of divisions encompassing instructional departments. Departments of oversight include Addiction Counselor Education, Anthropology, Art, Drama, Early Childhood Education, Family Life/Parent Education, Geography, Graphic Design, History, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Division chairs, department chairs, and directors report to the dean. The assignment of specific divisions and instructional departments are subject to change.


At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.




  • Serve as advocate for and represent the instructional unit.
  • Work collaboratively with division chairs, department heads, directors, other instructional unit deans, faculty, and staff.
  • Establish and develop an effective communication process within and among units.
  • Provide leadership in development of effective teaching and learning strategies and outcome assessment tools.
  • Conduct program review processes.
  • Represent the unit in articulation and partnership activities with high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and   business and industry.
  • Actively support activities that promote diversity.
  • Provide for faculty and staff development.


  • Oversee class schedule and catalog preparation.
  • Develop and manage budget allocations.
  • Monitor student advising processes.
  • Assume responsibility for recruitment, screening, orientation, and professional development of full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Oversee tenure review process for probationary faculty and evaluation processes for full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Serve as appeal person for student complaints.
  • Supervise teaching faculty, division chairs, department heads, directors, and classified staff.
  • Oversee facility and equipment allocation and use.


  • Establish and maintain identified FTE targets.
  • Allocate personnel and budget resources.
  • Coordinate and foster collaborative planning and goal setting.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate career and vocational programs.
  • Coordinate the Honors program and allocate Foundation Honors scholarships.
  • Supervise Director of Child and Family Studies.
  • Supervise Director of Professional and Personal Development.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Common Duties Established by the College:

  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering Core Themes and College Objectives.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s).
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, and College policies and procedures.
  • Exercise effective stewardship over college resources.
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility.
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
  • Work to achieve the core theme of fostering a diverse college community as established by the College.
  • Engage in and promote shared governance.



  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in an academic area related to assignment.
  • Three (3) years of full-time leadership experience in academic administration or instruction reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • Culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-racist practice in instruction.
  • Desirable: Community college faculty experience.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Vaccination requirement: Per Washington State Proclamation 21-14.1: college employees must be fully vaccinated. Your COVID-19 vaccine status must be validated by the Human Resources office prior to the commencement of work. Requesting a disability or religious exemption would be done through the Human Resources office.



  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.
  • On-campus childcare.
  • Gym and recreation facilities.
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events


STARTING SALARY: $105,266/annually

Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.


Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process


Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.



Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., October 17, 2022.



Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.


Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.


The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:



If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.


Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.


Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.


Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark 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, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community.

The college 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 person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Clark College Human Resources

September 26, 2022