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Helena College University of Montana

CEO / Dean Search

UPDATE: 8/9/17
On August 10th the initial applications will be reviewed by search committee members.  Thus far, 33 applications have been received.  As a reminder, the position closes on September 8, 2017.  At that time, the committee will finalize their review of all applicants in order to determine those who will be considered for interview.

Anticipated timeline:

September 11 – Committee meets to determine candidates selected for Skype interviews

October 2-6 - Skype interviews conducted

October 11 – Committee meets to determine candidates selected for on campus interviews/campus visits

October 30-November 3 - Campus forums and on campus interviews will be conducted

November 7 – Committee meets to determine top candidates to forward on to the Commissioner of Higher Education and Board of Regents


Helena College University of Montana seeks an innovative and inspirational leader for the top campus executive position at this comprehensive two-year community college. The Dean/CEO is the chief executive officer of Helena College which is independently accredited by the Northwest Commission on Community Colleges and Universities, as well as being part of the Montana University System governed by the Montana State Board of Regents. Helena College is independently accredited, although it is affiliated with the University of Montana. Helena College is located in the state’s vibrant capital city near the headwaters of the Missouri River in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The College is composed of two campuses and it offers 34 associate degrees and certificates in general education/transfer, technical, and trades programs of study. The College’s comprehensive mission is to provide well-rounded programs in Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as academic transfer, a variety of credit and non-credit continuing education courses, workforce training, and personal enrichment. Helena College serves a large geographic area including the counties of Lewis & Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties and has an annual unduplicated enrollment of over 1,800 students. The College has established partnerships with many local industries such as aerospace manufacturing, healthcare, IT, and many others. Helena College has grown dynamically during the past decade experiencing a 57% increase in fall headcount between 2006 and 2016.

Position Profile

The Dean/CEO is appointed by the Montana Board of Regents and reports to the President of the University of Montana. The Dean/CEO will lead further development and progress of a shared innovative vision for the College, inspiring College stakeholders to pursue and fulfill goals for student and community success. The successful candidate must have a full understanding of education, including two-year and community college education, secondary education, and workforce development. The Dean/CEO must have effective leadership and interpersonal skills to maintain a successful balance of the College’s academic and administrative responsibilities with the needs of local business and industry, high schools, government and community organizations. The successful candidate will be a creative leader, open to new ideas and risk-taking, with an understanding of the importance of technology as it relates to institutional effectiveness.

Desired attributes include:

  • Successful experience as an educator and leader where it was necessary to demonstrate substantial understanding of two-year education, secondary education partnerships, and workforce development. Experience in community or Technical College desired.
  • Experience with building partnerships with secondary schools.
  • Experience with building partnerships with industry and community organizations.
  • Technical expertise in effectively advocating for the use of technology to facilitate and enhance the quality of education.
  • A record of accomplishment in innovative educational leadership.
  • Proactive commitment to student-first, student-centered learning, and student support.
  • Capacity to work effectively with plans and policies of the Board of Regents, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, and Montana University System colleagues;
  • Motivation to be the voice and champion for the College with all stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current major issues facing all aspects of education including community and technical colleges.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with online educational programs and services.
  • Understanding of and commitment to serve a diversity of students and stakeholders of different life experiences, including but not limited to academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds.
  •  Excellent communication and human relations skills.
  • A proven track record of leadership in obtaining private support, federal funding, and grant support for programs and services in public post-education settings
  • Successful leadership experience in educational planning, fiscal management, personnel relations, and community relations.
  • An earned doctorate or a master’s degree plus experience in educational leadership (from a regionally accredited institution). 


Application Requirements and Deadlines:

A cover letter (no more than five pages) that addresses the desired attributes provided in the position announcement, a comprehensive resume, and a list of five professional references must be returned to:

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (Attention: Kevin McRae)

2500 Broadway, P.O. Box 203201

Helena, MT 59620-3201

Phone 406-444-6570 or emailed to kmcrae@montana.edu

The position will remain open until filled, but candidates should submit completed applications by 9/8/17 for their applications to be considered in an initial screening of applications.

This position is eligible for veterans’ preference in accordance with state statute. Approval will be obtained before contacting the candidates’ current employers. Reasonable Accommodations: Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process.

An applicant must request an accommodation when needed. If you need any such accommodation, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) at 406-444-6570. TDD users may use the relay service by dialing 711 or 1-800-253-4091. AN EEO EMPLOYER                  

Community links:

Helena Chamber of Commerce

City-Data Helena, MT 

25 Best Things to Do in Helena, MT  

Helena Earns Top Spot on National Geographic's List of Top 20 Mountain bike Towns

Helena Named one of the 10 Most Charming Cities in America

Search Committee

Search committee members

Anticipated timeline

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