Dean of Arts and Social Sciences
Dean of Arts and Social Sciences
Ideal Candidate Statement
Ohlone College is seeking a dynamic and visionary educational leader with a passion for teaching and learning, along with a strong commitment to the diverse mission and ideals of the community college, to assume the position of Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
We are seeking a Dean who can provide excellent leadership guiding the programs within the Arts and Social Sciences Division through various challenges and opportunities that are present within the community college setting. The ideal candidate will be skilled in motivating and assisting faculty in generating student engagement in learning and achievement. Innovative teaching strategies are encouraged at Ohlone, including collaborative learning, and the active use of technology. The successful candidate can cultivate an environment that supports enthusiastic interest in curriculum development and instructional improvement through ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.
The ideal candidate has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with students, faculty and staff of varied backgrounds, demonstrates strategic thinking, and exhibits a flexible working style that is adaptable to change. The Dean has an understanding of California community college enrollment management, budgeting, and hiring processes. The candidate will demonstrate ability to navigate the challenges and responsibilities of middle management and will be a contributing member of a highly effective team of college wide Deans and Directors. Ohlone prides itself as a Learning College and continuous professional development is highly valued.
Job Description Summary
Provide educational and academic leadership for excellence in teaching and learning within a Learning College philosophy and environment. Direct, manage, supervise and coordinate the programs and activities of the Arts and Social Sciences Division in Academic Affairs. Exercise direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff. Coordinate assigned activities with other College departments, divisions, and outside agencies. Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The Dean is responsible for the following academic programs and services: Art, Chicano/Latino Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Interior Design, Multimedia/Graphic Arts, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre and Dance, the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The Dean is also responsible for department specific Learning Centers and campus Art Galleries.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Operational characteristics, services and activities of an instructional program; innovation for continuous improvement in teaching and learning; enrollment management tools and data for decision making, preferably within a higher education system such as Datatel Colleague, or a similar system; organizational and management practices as applies to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; student learning outcomes and assessment activities at the program and course levels; accreditation standards of the Accreditation Commission for Junior and Community Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or similar accreditation group; development and oversight of online learning and assuring “effective contact” as defined by state and federal distance education regulations; course management systems such as Canvas; current complex principles and practices of instructional program development and administration; principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations including the Education Code; comprehensive knowledge of the assigned discipline; principles and practices of curriculum development and instructional teaching strategies; management principles and practices including understanding of human resources; current trends, research and developments in the assigned areas.
Provide professional leadership and direction for assigned programs; view the goals and needs of the division within the context of the goals and needs of the college as a whole; development of course schedules for multiple locations; oversight and quality assurance for instructional programs, including online and hybrid delivery; management of enrollment to maximize use of faculty and space resources; learn, interpret and apply District policies and procedures; manage, direct and coordinate the work of assigned staff; select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient services; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques; interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background of community college personnel and students; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with others.
Specified positions must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record;
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties, and not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each employee in the job title.
-Provide educational and academic leadership for excellence in teaching and learning within a Learning College philosophy and environment. Direct, manage, supervise and coordinate the programs and activities of the Arts and Social Sciences Division in Academic Affairs.
-Develop and coordinate program and course schedules in response to the needs of students and within the District's enrollment targets funded by the state. Programs and courses are offered at the Fremont Campus, the Newark Campus, the eCampus through online and hybrid courses, at area high schools, and at other sites as needed. Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures.
-Manage enrollment to maximize use of faculty loads and space resources, especially general purpose classrooms and labs. Use computer-based enrollment management data and tools for decision making. Experience working within an Enterprise Resource Planning system is desired, preferably with a higher education system such as Datatel Colleague, or a similar system.
-Oversee and direct recruitment of full time faculty, hiring of adjunct faculty, and full and part time staff. Plan and implement full time faculty and adjunct faculty teaching assignments.
-Conduct regular evaluation of full time faculty in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement; and conduct regular evaluation of adjunct faculty in accordance with District procedure. Conduct regular evaluation of non-faculty Division staff. Provide or coordinate staff training.
-Work with employees to correct deficiencies; participate in discipline and termination procedures;
-Oversee and facilitate the Program and Services Review process within the Division. Program and Services Review drives institutional planning, integrates with the College Strategic Plan, the Educational Master Plan, the District Facilities Plan, the Technology Plan, and the annual budget planning process. For instructional programs, Program and Services Reviews also integrate student learning outcomes assessment at the course and program levels.
-Participate in the development and administration of Division budgets. Direct the forecasting of staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies needed, particularly within the context of college's Program and Services Review process. Direct and monitor approved expenditures and make adjustments as necessary. Coordinate the selection, use and maintenance of equipment and facilities assigned to the division.
-Develop and implement student learning outcomes and assessment activities at the program and course levels. Experience with accreditation standards of the Accreditation Commission for Junior and Community Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or similar accreditation group is desired.
-Develop and oversee online learning, assuring “effective contact” as defined by state and federal distance education regulations. Experience with a course management system such as Canvas is desired.
-Oversee music and drama productions and the operations of the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.
-Create and nurture collaborative relationship with faculty, administrators and staff in other Divisions and Departments across the college and act as partner in creating cohesive teams; act ethically in all matters; networks with others; and bridge artificial boundaries between silos in the college organization
-Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquires and complaints by students, staff, faculty or the general public. Serve as resource for faculty and staff regarding student behavior and concerns.
-Act as a collaborative partner for institutions and agencies in the community such as local businesses, high schools, the Workforce Investment Board, the regional ROP, CSU and UC campuses in the region and nearby private colleges. Provide leadership and oversight for dual enrollment programs with high schools involving Division courses. Lead and participate in the activities of program advisory committees.
-Explore external funding sources for Division programs and participate as appropriate in
-Grant writing, contract education, community education, and other resource development efforts.
-Assure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, laws and policies. Knowledge and experience with the California Education Code and related Title 5 Regulations is desirable.
-Coordinate the academic division's efforts to recruit and retain students. Coordinate the development, review and revision of divisional publications, publicity, and other community relations activities.
-Conduct, prepare, and present a variety of organizational studies, surveys, analyses, staff reports and other necessary correspondence and reports.
-Set annual professional goals and engage in continual professional development activities. -Respond to priority and emergency activities beyond the normal workday.
-Teach courses as assigned.
-Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Education and Experience
ILLUSTRATIVE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:
Possession of a master's degree; and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment.
In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will have five years of responsible education related experience including two years of teaching experience; preferably in a community college environment. Demonstrated success in the knowledge and ability areas listed below.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:
This work is performed primarily indoors in an office setting. Requires visits to classroom and learning assistance center settings.
$117,402- $149,838 per year
Number of Vacancies
Open Until Filled
Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.
Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. Employee receives a stipend of $1,000 per month for medical benefits. All other benefits are fully paid by the district, except for optional/voluntary benefits chosen. Below is a list of some of our offerings:
1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
2. Membership in Public Employees' Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
4. Paid vacation
5. Paid sick leave
6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days
7. Enrollment fee waiver for qualified dependents and employees
8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)
12. Assistance with relocation costs
Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986
Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”
A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.
EEO Statement Summary
Ohlone College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or disabled veteran status in providing educational services and programs, or in the employment process, pursuant to Federal and State statutes and regulations pertaining to unlawful discrimination.
Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity? Public Job Posting
Internal Job Posting Agency Referral Advertisement/Publication Personal Referral Website
2. * What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity and how would you apply this commitment as you conduct your
responsibilities as they relate to the Dean of the Arts and Social Sciences? (Open Ended Question)
1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (PDF Document Only)
2. Cover letter indicating your interest for the position
3. Copies of college transcripts (originals will be required at the time of hire)
4. List of references to include name, title and their relationship to you as follows: 2 supervisors (past and/or present), 2 peers, 2
subordinates and 2 governance, union or community members. Please include clear contact information.
1. Other Document 1 2. Other Document 2
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