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Associate Dean of Workforce, University of New Mexico-Taos

$75,000 – $75,000 yearly

University of New Mexico-Taos

Last Updated: 5/04/22

Job Description

The Office of Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico-Taos invites applications for a full-time 12-month Associate Dean/Lecturer position to support, develop, and promote workforce programs at the college and in the community.

The successful candidate will coordinate UNM-Taos workforce programs. Working with the Department Chair of Professional Skills and Community Engagement and the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean of Workforce will provide leadership for faculty teaching in Trades and Industry. Additionally, the Associate Dean will work in the community to enhance partnerships and expand workforce programs that are vital to the economic development of Taos and surrounding communities in Northern New Mexico. Although the Associate Dean will not carry a teaching load, the successful applicant should be qualified to teach in a workforce discipline that is or has been taught at UNM-Taos or is a closely related field. For best consideration, all application materials must be received by midnight MST June 5, 2022.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s level degree in the field and/or a combination of education, training and credentialing.


A master’s degree or higher in a discipline or other subfield and a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield associated with CTE.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching in a CTE area in a secondary or post-secondary educational setting: construction, carpentry, entrepreneurship, culinary/hospitality, welding, agriculture, information technology, or other CTE/Trades and Industry/Workforce areas.
  • Workforce education leadership experience such as department chair, convening advisories, conducting DACUMS, and/or industry leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as success working with broadly diverse communities such as tribal communities and/or Hispanic communities
  • Experience establishing partnerships and collaborations between industry and education.

UNM-Taos Workforce Programs

UNM-Taos offers certificate programs in workforce development/career technical fields, including the following: Commercial Driver’s License, Construction Technology (Building Trades), Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Computer Fundamentals/Technology, 3D Printing, and Woodworking. Emergent areas of workforce development include Cannabis Entrepreneurship and Welding Technology.

About UNM-Taos

The University of New Mexico-Taos is one of the four branch campuses of the state’s flagship institution, UNM. UNM-Taos is a comprehensive community college serving the region from “cradle to career” with an award-winning early childhood education and care center; pre-college programs including high school equivalency, dual enrollment and early college; vocational and technical courses and short-term certificates; associate degrees in ten programs; transfer and articulation to four-year institutions in New Mexico and surrounding states, career readiness, adult basic education, and lifelong learning opportunities.

Located approximately 130 miles north of Albuquerque, UNM-Taos is the only college within a 50-mile radius. Nestled between the Rio Grande, Sangre de Christo Mountains, and the ancestral lands of the Taos Pueblo, we are tightly connected to the unique rural, multicultural, and historically rich communities we serve and as such, UNM-Taos epitomizes the term “community college”.

UNM-Taos serves over 1,100 students from a service area including the counties of Taos, Rio Arriba and Colfax, and the Pueblo Nations of Taos and Picuris. The UNM-Taos student body is representative of its communities, with 52% Hispanic and 9% Native American enrollment in fall 2020, making it one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. Our student population is comprised of non-traditional and first-generation students. UNM-Taos is the recipient of several federal grants including three TRIO programs (Upward Bound Math & Science, Student Support Services, and Veterans Upward Bound), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grants including Title V and Title III: Part F STEM, USDA NIFA and LIFT, and most recently, a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Approximately 80% of UNM-Taos alumni remain in the area and provide valuable contributions to the region's intellectual life, economy, cultural community, and primary industries including healthcare, tourism, and construction.

The last decade at UNM-Taos has seen transformative and remarkable growth. From state-of-the-art facilities to future classroom renovations, a nationally-accredited nursing program, award-winning Early Childhood Education and Care program and learning lab, and the rising reputations of the Natural Resources Management, and Film and Digital Media Arts programs, meaningful collaboration with the community focused on scholarship, internship, and workforce development, UNM-Taos’ roots are spreading deeper and stronger every year.

Drawing on nationally recognized and research-based practices, such as Guided Pathways, UNM-Taos is committed to academic excellence, which starts with professionals who advise, instruct, and support students in achieving their educational and career goals. In this way, our campus promotes an environment of learning, encourages a growth mindset, and prioritizes continuous improvement both inside the classroom and outside the classroom with a commitment to mentorship and professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. UNM-Taos professionals draw on high impact practices that increase inclusion and equity such as culturally relevant pedagogy, teaching to learn, and creating a sense of community and belonging college-wide.

What makes UNM-Taos special is our shared commitment to student engagement, learning, and success as defined by each student, whether that is transferring to four-year programs, entering the workforce, gaining new skills to change career paths, or personal enrichment. UNM-Taos provides academic and social supports and wrap around services to promote equitable outcomes for our students.

People from various identities and experiences make UNM-Taos grow and thrive. We offer opportunities for everyone—teachers and researchers, business professionals, skilled tradespeople, and many, many more—in an environment that values the unique experiences and perspectives each of us bring. Join the UNM-Taos familia today!

How to Apply

To apply please access the University of New Mexico’s online application system at and apply for posting requisition number req19989. Only applications submitted through this website can be considered. A complete application consists of

  • a cover letter (which should address minimum and preferred qualifications),
  • a statement of teaching philosophy,
  • a copy of industry-recognized credential(s)
  • a curriculum vitae or resume,
  • unofficial transcripts, although official transcripts are required for hiring.

For best consideration, all required application materials must be received by midnight MST June 5, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered. The position will remain open until filled. Inquiries about the online application process can be directed to the Committee Chair, Dr. Randi Archuleta via email at The University of New Mexico is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, and those from underrepresented groups. UNM confidentiality policy (“Disclosure of Information about Candidates for Employment,” UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at

Company Details

Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico, United States