Director of the Learning Commons

San Mateo
Jan 23, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College

Director of the Learning Commons

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014548S

Department: Academic Support & LT SKY (DEPT)

Location: Skyline College

Position Number: 2F0167

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

Months per Year: 12

Salary Range: $119,724 (annual) - $151,668 (annual)

Position Type: Staff & Admin

General Statement:

San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

Reporting to the Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies, the Director of the Learning Commons has primary responsibility to fulfill the college mission by serving our diverse communities through engagement, collaboration, partnerships, innovation, and leadership to integrate library, learning center, and other academic support services. The Director provides vision, leadership, and management in developing innovative services and integration of technology in library, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and related student success functions. Public contact is extensive and involves staff, faculty, and administrators at all levels within the college. The Director of the Learning Commons supervises, assesses, trains, and develops faculty and staff so that they can provide exemplary service that focuses on student success.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree or above in library and information science from an American Library Association accredited institution or a Master’s degree or above in education, education administration, post secondary administration, educational leadership, educational psychology, instructional psychology, or other Master’s degree or above with an emphasis in adult learning theory

• Two years of managerial experience in a supervisory role reasonably related to the assignment

• Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills
• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages change and innovation; and ability to interact effectively and work productively, collegially, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
2. Ability to view issues from a college and campus-wide perspective, foster teamwork, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration.
3. Excellent customer service skills and proven ability to develop and sustain productive customer relationships.
4. Proven successful supervisory, management, and leadership experience with demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development.
5. Experience planning and coordinating all aspects of library and/or learning center operations.
6. Progressive administrative experience within a library, learning commons, or academic support center; minimum of three years of experience working in higher education.
7. Knowledge of best practices in student success strategies and learning-related support services.
8. Demonstrated experience and engagement in applying emerging and academic technologies that support the learning process in the classroom and online, and those that support process improvement and automation of services.
9. Skill in communicating respectfully, sensitively and effectively with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: • Community college classroom training and teaching experience. • Three years of successful work experience of increasing responsibility in library, learning center, learning commons, or academic support in higher education. • Knowledge of specific program and related college services available to the campus community, students, and other potential participants. • Experience in grant writing.

Benefits: Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are also available. Academic managers participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

First Review Date: 02/26/2018

Open Until Filled: Yes

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The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


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