Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services

Mission Viejo, California
Sep 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Community College




Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services



Saddleback College


Initial Screening Date: 10/09/2017


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at




Summary Description:    

To serve as administrator and supervisor of the assigned division of the college; provide leadership to develop, organize and implement the division’s goals and objectives; provide leadership to plan, develop, organize, schedule, direct, improve and evaluate the assigned division’s programs, curriculum and related student support services in consultation with department chairs, faculty and classified staff.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.



Receives general direction from the Vice President for Instruction.


Exercises functional and technical supervision over academic, professional and classified staff as assigned.


Representative Duties:    

Duties may include, but are not limited to the example of duties listed in Job Duties. Please see Job Duties online for details.


Knowledge of:    

• A community college system.

• All divisions and their inter-relationships; a thorough knowledge of the various student support services required to enhance instruction.

• Applicable District policies and local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations, Including Title V and California Education Code.

• Basic data collection and analysis related to student learning outcomes, retention, and success.

• California Community Colleges basic skills initiative.

• Community relations and external resource development.

• Computer systems and software applications related to assigned instructional division.

• Curriculum development. 

• District safety policies and procedures.

• Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff. 

• Evidence of understanding and experience with the principles of collegial consultation.

• Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

• Management techniques that encourage creativity improve efficiency and increase productivity.

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Organizational and management practices as applied to assigned division.

• Participatory governance process and venue fostering open communication among divisions, programs and services.

• Principles and practices of budget preparation and management.

• Principles and practices of training and supervision.

• Principles of program evaluation, student assessment, and organizational development.

• Role and purpose of technological systems in providing online instruction, instructional support and student services.

• Team-oriented leadership style.

• Web page design, Blackboard and/or other course management systems, and other instructional and student services software.


Ability to:    

Advocate for assigned division’s programs and needs.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Assess, manage, implement, use and apply technology in the management and delivery of assigned instructional, training or student services programs.

• Assist in forecasting current and future needs and costs affecting assigned division.

• Collect, compile and analyze data.

• Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

• Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.

• Develop markets and promotional strategies for courses, services and projects related to foundational skills that will promote enrollment growth, retention and student success.

• Develop, prepare and administer project budgets.

• Embrace and work effectively within a system of participatory governance.

• Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

• Establish and maintain effective, harmonious, and collaborative relationships with a diverse population of students, staff and community.

• Exercise initiative and work independently.

• Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.

• Interact effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators.

• Interpret, analyze, apply and explain applicable local, State and federal laws and regulations.

• Interpret, apply and explain applicable District policies and procedures.

• Lead, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.

• Learn District and College organization, operations and objectives.

• Manage complex budgets including grants.

• Operate computer/applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to assigned instructional division.

• Operate modern office equipment such as computer, printer, calculator, copier and facsimile machine.

• Perform with tact, patience and sensitivity.

• Plan and organize work.

• Plan, evaluate and supervise delivery of instructional programs and strategies.

• Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite assigned projects and activities related to assignment in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

• Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

• Provide leadership, training, and support for faculty who wish to explore innovative approaches to student learning using instructional technology.

• Read, interpret, and explain laws, rules and regulations, and to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

• Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy. 

• Represent the college at the community, State and national levels.

• Resolve conflicts and solve problems.

• Serve as an effective management team member.

• Train and provide supervision and work direction to others as assigned.

• Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

• Demonstrate commitment to academic and professional excellence.

• Use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

• Work collaboratively with administration, classified management, faculty, staff and students.

• Work effectively in a fast paced environment with numerous interruptions.


Education and Experience Guidelines:    

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in a discipline within the division (Nursing, Nursing Education, and/or Nursing Administration).

• An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.



• At least three years of successful faculty experience at the postsecondary level, in at least one of the areas of this assignment.

• At least one year of successful postsecondary administrative/supervisory experience, with a preferred emphasis in one of the areas of assignment,

• Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.



Education: An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.

Experience: Administrative leadership experience in the development, organization, and management of two or more instructional programs, including at least one program area related to this assignment.


License or Certificate:    

Valid California driver’s license.


Conditions of Employment:    

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Environment:    

Standard office setting. Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation. An incumbent also visits instructional sites and is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding legal timelines. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.


Physical Demands:    

The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis, travels to various locations to visit instructional sites, attend meetings and conduct work; uses hands and fingers to operate a an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms, speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  



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