Academic Division Dean, Social Sciences
Academic Division Dean, 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 Academic Division Dean- Social Sciences. We are seeking a Dean who can provide excellent leadership guiding the programs within the 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 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: Administration of Justice, Air Force, Army ROTC, Consumer and Family Sciences, Early Childhood Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic/Chicano Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Safety Consortium, and Sociology. The Dean is also responsible for oversight of the assigned academic space occupied by the Division's faculty and classes.
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/or similar accreditation commissions; development and oversight of online learning and assuring “effective contact” as defined by state, and federal and accreditation 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 California Education Code and Title 5; comprehensive knowledge of the disciplines within the division; 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; develop course schedules for multiple locations; oversee and assure quality for instructional programs, including online and hybrid delivery; manage 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; demonstrate 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.
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 Social Sciences Division in Academic Affairs.
Develop and coordinate program and course schedules in response to the needs of students and to achieve the District’s enrollment targets funded by the state. Programs and courses are offered at the Fremont Campus, the Newark Center, 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. Provide oversight for and resolve facility issues in classroom and office spaces assigned to the Division in collaboration with the Facilities Department. Use computer-based enrollment management data and tools for decision making.
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 evaluations of full time faculty, adjunct faculty, and non-faculty Division staff in accordance with the collective bargaining agreements; Provide and/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 Master 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.
Develop and implement student learning outcomes and assessment activities at the program and course 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 the 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 oversee online learning, assuring “effective contact” as defined by state and federal distance education regulations.
Create and nurture collaborative relationships 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; network with others; and bridge artificial boundaries between silos in the College community.
Consistent with the College’s stated procedures, work with faculty to respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquires and complaints by students, staff, faculty or the general public. These issues include but are not limited to grade change requests and student discipline issues. Serve as a 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 Development Board, 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 efforts.
Assure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, laws and policies.
Coordinate the 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.
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Education and Experience:
Illustrative Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skills is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:
Possession of a master’s degree; and two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.
Possession or the ability to possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record as appropriate.
In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will have five years of responsible education related experience including two years of teaching experience in higher education; preferably in a community college environment. Demonstrated success in the knowledge and ability areas listed above.
$125,738 - $160,479 Annually
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Open Until Filled: Yes
Foreign Transcripts: 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 pays for health benefits from salary. Below is a list of some of our offerings:
1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
2. Membership in CalPERS OR CalSTRS retirement systems.
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. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
8. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
9. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
10. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)
*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%
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:
The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.
If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.
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.
To apply, visit: https://employment.ohlone.edu