Division Dean, Physical Science, Math & Engr

Mar 10, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Division Dean, Physical Science, Math & Engr

Posting #: 16-107

Campus: Foothill College

Number of Working Months: 12 Months

Starting Salary: $121,787.29 - $134,270.49 annually*

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled

Employment Duration: Full-Time


Full Salary Range: $121,787.29 - $171,366.95 annually*

*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $121,787.29 - $134,270.49 annually).

Initial Review Date: 4/20/17

**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.


The Division Dean will provide leadership and support for the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (PSME) Division with a focus on equity and student success. Foothill College is committed to closing the achievement gap. A successful candidate will have experience developing and or implementing programs or interventions that lead to improved outcomes for underserved students including increasing the representation for groups traditionally underrepresented in science, math, and technology fields. The dean will have the temperament, organizational skills, and attention to detail to guide the day to day operations of a large division with a diverse array of classified and instructional staff. Additionally, the dean will work collaboratively with other instructional divisions and student support services to ensure student success.


Reporting to the Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Research, the position is responsible for the supervision of the PSME Division. The division includes workforce and transfer programs: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Networking, Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. Instruction in these areas is supported by the STEM Center, which offers tutoring, workshops and supplemental instruction.


The Division Dean of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering supervises approximately 100 full- and part-time faculty, classified staff, temporary and student employees, and volunteers.

This position is responsible for developing the budget and allocating funds; resolving conflicts; scheduling classes; determining the content of evaluations; assigning faculty; and providing answers to student problems.

The Division Dean is responsible to the Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Research for the vision and leadership of the division.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

  1. Curricular leadership in emerging technologies.
  2. Faculty assignments and teaching load.
  3. Payroll records, such as certifying attendance of all personnel in the division, approving faculty absences from assigned classes, and arranging for substitutes in case of absence.
  4. The division budget with respect to faculty requests, instructional supplies, clerical assistance, operation and maintenance of division facilities, equipment, library resources, audio-visual aids and travel.
  5. The formulation and monitoring of the budget.
  6. All the on- and off-campus instructional programs, procedures, and regulations offered by the division, including the service and general education courses for students regardless of major.
  7. Division course offerings and schedule preparation.
  8. Activities within the division in regard to exhibits, bulletins, instructional facilities (including the laboratories, study areas, etc.), relations with other divisions, and public relations.
  9. STEM Center operation, scheduling and staffing.
  10. Builds an esprit de corps among the students by developing activities and awards related to majors offered by the division.
  11. Works with neighboring colleges to provide and support student internships.
  12. Oversees all instructional labs.
  13. Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District's Diversity and Equal Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs, and services.
  14. Assure compliance with OSHA Standards and the District's Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives, and discipline to assigned staff; maintain a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentation, and requiring employees to receive mandated training.
  15. Supervises and evaluates all division personnel and makes subsequent recommendations for promotion, tenure, permanent employment, professional recognition or dismissal.
  16. Coordination of the Division Curriculum Committee in the development, maintenance, evaluation and deletion of curriculum.
  17. Division communications including communicating the College mission and policies to faculty and students, communicating faculty and student needs and concerns to administration, and communicating with other college departments and personnel in support of division goals.
  18. Performs other related duties as assigned.



  1. Quality principles of trust, teamwork and collaboration.
  2. Principles and practices of higher education organizations and structures.
  3. Principles and practices of management and supervision.
  4. Mission and goals of community colleges.
  5. Concepts and principles of student learning.
  6. Challenges unique to community college teaching.
  7. Intellectual and pragmatic demands and concerns of the various disciplines.
  8. Basic issues and problems related to promoting and maintaining professional harmony between disciplines.
  9. Working knowledge of all applicable laws, regulation, guidelines, and contracts, such as Title V, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, California Community College Athletics Association, OSHA and Hazmat regulations, and union contracts (Faculty Association, Association of Classified Employees, Teamsters, etc.).

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Implement concepts of shared governance.
  3. Develop and implement strategic planning process.
  4. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  5. Work effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators individually and as team members.
  6. Interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  7. Represent and promote the interests of the division in the administration of the college and the district.
  8. Provide leadership to a diverse group of faculty and staff.
  9. Address difficult and sensitive issues and problems and resolve conflicts.
  10. Represent the division in an administrative capacity in the District and the community.
  11. Promote and facilitate growth and improvement in programs and curriculum.
  12. Train, assign, supervise, evaluate and develop staff.

Education and Experience:

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students and staff.
  2. Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  3. One year of administrative experience, formal training, Internship or leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in a discipline in the division.
  2. Experience with supervising or coordinating academic and workforce programs.
  3. Promoting and maintaining professional harmony across and within departments and programs.
  4. Experience preparing oral and written reports.
  5. Experience in grant writing and/or administration of grants.
  6. Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  7. Experience with finances and personnel management.
  8. Experience working with people in a shared governance context.
  9. Two (2) years of experience as an administrator in an educational environment.
  10. Understanding of public relations and fundraising as they relate to college programs.
  11. College teaching and experience.
  12. Good interpersonal communication.



  1. Typical office environment; subject to travel to conduct work.

Physical Abilities:

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
  2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  3. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  4. Sitting for extending periods of time.
  5. Bending at the waist.
  6. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


  1. A District on-line application on http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/. *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation, gender, of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/a-applicant-instructions.html


Position: Full-Time, Permanent, 12-months per year

Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site: http://hr.fhda.edu/benefits/index.html

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217

Email: employment@fhda.edu


To apply, visit: http://hr.fhda.edu/careers/


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