Director, OEI Communications and Partnership Development

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Director, OEI Communications and Partnership Development

Posting #: 16-208

Campus: Central Services

Number of Working Months: 12 Months

Starting Salary: $121,787.29 - $171,366.95 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: 7/31/17**
**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 Director of Communications and Partnership Development provides support to statewide initiatives funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and managed by the Foothill - De Anza Community College District. Specifically, this position is part of the executive leadership team for the Online Education Initiative (OEI), which also manages the @ONE project.

This position provides direct support to both the OEI and @ONE as outlined in the position description and reports directly to the OEI Executive Director. The director works to maintain a positive image for the OEI and @ONE, and identifies strategic opportunities to engage with corporate or educational partners to further the mission of the OEI and @ONE. The director will manage communication with constituents from across the state, and use a variety of electronic and web-based technologies to provide coordination and logistics support for administrators and staff, including remote teams, various governance groups, committees, and external stakeholders. This position also supports submission of required grant reports to the CCC Chancellor's Office and other parties as required.

The Director of Communications and Partnership Development functions as part of a statewide leadership team that is dispersed across California. Workplace location, including remote work, is negotiable. Frequent travel within California is required, with periodic travel for national conferences and other engagements.

About the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative:
The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses. The OEI is funded by a grant from the CCC Chancellor's Office to the Foothill - De Anza Community College District, which manages the statewide program, in coordination with other statewide projects.

About @ONE:
@ONE (Online Network of Educators) is dedicated to providing free or low-cost technology training to faculty and staff of the California Community Colleges, supporting the Online Education Initiative in promoting effective online teaching pedagogy to support online student success, and coordinating activities with other statewide professional development providers. @ONE provides direct professional development support to the Online Education Initiative, and is managed by the Foothill - De Anza Community College District through funding from the CCC TechConnect grant.

Reporting to the Online Education Initiative Executive Director, the OEI Director of Communications and Partnership Development provides vision for, plans, and directs the implementation of successful internal and external strategic communications to support the mission of the Online Education Initiative. Ensures timely completion and submission of reports as required by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The Director of Communications and Partnership Development provides leadership to continuously advance OEI strategic objectives, vet new potential partnerships, and provides operational leadership to sustain effective relationships with institutional partners and vendors. Counsels the executive sponsor, the executive director and project management team on public relations and communication issues.

The Director of Communications and Partnership Development serves as a member of the OEI executive leadership and provides oversight of all internal and external communications for the initiative, including all marketing, public relations and outreach of the project; develops and implements a strategic marketing plan for the project by integrating functions of public information, public relations, advertising, print and digital collateral materials, project website, social media, and media relations; coordinates with external evaluator(s) to develop methods for communicating initiative progress and accomplishments to the public and stakeholders such as elected officials, statewide leaders, governance groups, and related constituencies. Generates participation in the project through marketing activities and directs the production of all major project announcements; serves as the project spokesperson to the news media and to the community.

The Director of Communications and Partnership Development supervises various administrative, supervisory, and classified positions, and is responsible for managing designated budgets in support of assigned activities.

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

  1. Lead and oversee all aspects of internal and external communications and external marketing, including websites, social media collateral, digital and print communications, promotional activities and event planning.
  2. Oversee organizational activities to ensure consistent messaging regarding the project's vision and mission.
  3. Develop and oversee budgets.
  4. Seek opportunities to partner with product vendors, other higher education institutions or initiatives.
  5. Advise the management team and governance groups by evaluating and recommending potential products and partners that align with OEI strategic objectives and goals.
  6. Coordinate contract negotiations with external vendors for licenses, services, or products supporting the OEI.
  7. Respond to inquiries regarding project activities from CCC constituencies such as colleges, governance groups, CCC Chancellor's Office, and external evaluators.
  8. Lead and oversee appropriate technology-related operations to further communications related to project goals.
  9. Interact with members of the media, community, and political leaders to conduct government relations for informational, promotional, positioning, and reactive purposes.
  10. Counsel the executive sponsor, the executive director and project management team on marketing and communications issues; implement major communication strategies that involve governing/ decision-making and constituency groups.
  11. 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.
  12. Supervise staff.
  13. Perform related duties as assigned.



  1. Principles of marketing communications, public relations, social media and advertising.
  2. Principles of journalism and media relations.
  3. Business development acumen.
  4. Working knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations such as the California Educational Code, and labor regulations.
  5. Principles of governmental affairs, such as legislative process, State Chancellor's Office policies, and related procedures.
  6. Budget and finance.

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. Exceptional communication skills both orally and in writing, including writing complex proposals and producing written market-oriented material.
  3. Leadership, management, supervisory, time management, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  4. Effective, positive interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  5. Presentation skills, including public speaking and persuasion.
  6. Ability to recognize opportunities and seek out innovative solutions.
  7. Independent, sound judgment and discretion.


  1. Master's degree in a related field.
  2. At least three (3) years of related administrative experience, formal training, or leadership in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience managing communication or business development for a non-profit institution or agency.
  2. Experience in a higher education institution or system.
  3. Experience deploying successful communication strategies in support of multiple institutions, campuses or sites.
  4. Demonstrated experience developing partnership agreements, contracts, and negotiations.
  5. Experience working with multicultural populations.
  6. Experience working with elected officials, legislators, legislative staff, or committees.
  7. Familiarity with issues related to public perception and promotion of online education.
  8. Experience providing leadership to “participatory governance” bodies.



  1. Typical office environment including mobile and connected interactions.
  2. Travel as appropriate.

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 *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 of community college students, faculty and staff.
  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:

Position: Full-Time, Grant-funded, 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:

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


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