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Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections

Dallas County Community College District

  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Category: Other
  • Date Posted: January 20, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Description

Job no: 503535
Work type: Full-time
Location: Richland
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (8:00-5:00)

Working Title

Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections

Job Title Code


Salary Level


Salary Range (Full-Time)

$83,000 + (commensurate with education and experience)

Hourly Rate (Part-Time)


Business Travel

$150 Per Month



Position Type


Position Summary

The Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections ensures the well-being of Dallas College students. The Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections reports directly to the Dean of Student Care Network and Basic Needs. The Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections will develop and coordinate basic needs and student equity and development plans, budgets and initiatives related to the student services, and social needs of students. The Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections supports, coordinator and collaborates with employees, students, and community organizations to build a network of supports to assist under-resourced students by leveraging existing community resources, coordinating opportunities for cross-training among existing college supports and personnel, and designing and implementing new programming. This interconnected position collaborates and plans with the Associate Dean, Counseling Services, Associate Dean, Health Services, and all of Dallas College.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the purpose of community colleges and the vision of Dallas College
  • Skills in technological support and delivery of student programs and services; knowledge and skill in the use of integrated software systems; and proficiency in the use of Microsoft application software
  • Experience leading or managing major change initiatives
  • Employ and deploy data-informed and results oriented initiatives
  • Ability to identify and address opportunities and challenges that arise as a result of Dallas College’s current transition
  • An understanding of contemporary issues in higher education is required through professional development activities
  • Experience working with student support programs (counseling, threat assessment, health & wellness programs, etc.)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information exposed to in the course of business regarding students, supervisors or other employees
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program(s) effectiveness, and development of guidelines to enhance student success units within the institution and with accrediting bodies
  • Highly collaborative leader with experience in a comparably diverse and complex college/university with a proven track record of enhancing quality, excellence, institutional diversity, equity and inclusion, and student success
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, complex ideas, and information to a variety of stakeholders/constituents within the Dallas College community and health care, social service network related to student basic mental health, physical, spiritual and social needs
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of program(s) effectiveness, and development of guidelines to enhance student success units within the institution and with accrediting bodies
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations regarding student accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Excellent time management, and organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially and economically diverse student populations
  • Responds appropriately to issues in a dynamic, rapidly changing educational/economic environment

Physical Requirements

Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with physical challenges to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus five (5) years’ experience in related field, i.e., counseling, social work, etc. Official transcripts required
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible in leadership
  • Demonstrable administrative and leadership experience
  • Current and valid Texas driver’s license required
  • Experience supervising volunteers, staff and interns
  • Experience working with and leading diverse student and staff populations
  • Experience with CARE Teams

*** Will be subject to a criminal background check. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check. ***

Key Responsibilities

  • Associate Dean, Basic Needs and Community Connections is responsible for the direct oversight and management of the Basic Needs and Community Connections including personnel management, assessment, budget management, policy formation, logistics, and strategic planning.
  • Implementation and leverage technology platforms such as Titanium and Pieces to support the student care network
  • The Executive Director oversees:


o Titanium o Connection Staff

o 24 Hour Emergency Call Center and Services

o CARE TEAM Support

o Community Resources and Events

  • In consultation with key college stakeholders, evaluate current student resources and create a strategic two-year plan to scale up efforts to address under-resourced student need and gaps in services by incorporating best practices in goal setting and the development of learning outcomes. Specific focus areas will include health and wellness and supports for students who are parents.
  • Manage daily operations of the dispensary, including staffing, scheduling, stock management, risk management, safety compliance, cleaning, and tracking of student usage.
  • Expand wrap-around basic needs supports by connecting existing disparate student services (including transportation, childcare, emergency aid, benefits screening, and food assistance, etc.); planning and leading cross-training; and supporting interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Create supports for students including a resource support series, webpage with resources for parents, and other initiatives.
  • Explore expanded childcare connections and support
  • Support and scale initiatives to address student housing insecurity by establishing student-centered goals, connecting community resources and partners to advance current conversations, and conducting student needs assessments
  • Partner with the Executive Directors of Counseling and Health Services to organize, host, and engage students in educational healthy cooking classes in collaboration with nutritionists and holistic selfcare
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate interventions and sustainable programs over multiple campuses that ameliorate basic needs in a manner that promotes dignity and minimizes marginalization
  • Communicate, increase awareness, and advocate for students’ basic needs to a range of audiences both on campus and in the community
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with on- and off-campus stakeholders that support a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and integrated approach to basic needs
  • Engage in comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and program improvement by regularly tracking, communicating, and reporting relevant data; integrate feedback into program operations; and develop and review key performance indicators to reduce students’ food, housing, and financial insecurity
  • Attend relevant trainings and meetings to increase knowledge and expand network of contacts in the community
  • Plan, organize, and implement campus wide educational programs and participate in outreach activities including but not limited to tabling at key events, integrating information into new student orientations or onboarding processes, presenting to student clubs, and increasing the college’s awareness and knowledge of student basic needs through presentations and educational events
  • Plan annual spending, maintain budgets, track expenditures, perform reimbursements, facilitate purchasing, and monitor Basic Needs expenses, including dispensary expenses, in collaboration with the Dean
  • Serve as the main contact for faculty, staff, students (individuals and clubs), and alumni with basic needs inquiries and respond to emails
  • Coordinate risk management for Basic Needs activities
  • Assist department personnel with other Student Engagement activities that support student success, holistic wellness, and a sense of belonging, as needed.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbents may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Position requires regular and predictable attendance.

Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans Act.

Advertised: 17 Jan 2023 Central Standard Time
Applications close: 31 Jan 2023 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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