Dean of Science and Technology

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Dean of Science and Technology

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014689S
Department: Science & Technology CAÑ (DEPT)
Location: Cañada College
Position Number: 3A0004
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $157,080 (annual)
Max Salary: $199,596 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
Cañada College, which was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in approximately 2000, is part of the San Mateo County Community College District, which currently enrolls approximately 23,000 students, the majority of whom are from minoritized populations. Of the students at Cañada College, 3.0% are African-American, 0.1% are American Indian, 11.1% are Asian, 3.7% are Filipino, 36.8% are Latinx, 1.4% are Pacific Islander, 25.8% are White, 15.1% are Multi-Ethnic, and 2.9% are unknown.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
The Dean of Science and Technology is responsible to the Vice President of Instruction for administration of the division, including the disciplines of biological sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, mathematics, telecommunications, computer science, and health sciences.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the position and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.

1. Provide leadership, management, and development for the division’s day, evening, and weekend programs in the academic year and in the summer

2. Oversee hiring of faculty and classified staff for the division; recommend personnel actions to the appropriate Vice President; supervise faculty and classified staff and oversee their evaluation

3. Organize and supervise the operation of the division office

4. In collaboration with faculty, identify program needs and encourage the development of curriculum; support a variety of methods of instruction, including computer-assisted instruction and distance learning

5. In collaboration with appropriate college staff and faculty, ensure course and program articulations are kept current

6. Develop and administer the division budget

7. With faculty and staff, and in collaboration with other instructional administrators, coordinate the preparation of division class schedules, catalogs, brochures and other printed materials

8. Facilitate grant applications for the division, manage new and existing grants, and prepare required reports

9. Serve as liaison with other college divisions and services, advisory committees, individual students and student groups, and appropriate off-campus groups

10. Serve as an active member of the college administrative team to address college-wide issues, concerns, and planning, including facilities restructuring and development; serve on college and District committees, as assigned

11. Organize and lead the annual division planning and budgeting process in concert with college goals; provide leadership for departmental program reviews

12. Provide leadership in staff and faculty development, including division meetings and retreats

13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President

Minimum Qualifications:
• Possession of a Master’s or above in one of the disciplines taught in the Science and Technology Division OR the equivalent• One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the managerial assignment• 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

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires sitting for extended periods of time, pushing and pulling, and visual acuity. The ability to type, use phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight, work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse or other control device, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard, hearing and speaking to communicate and provide information to others; ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive to off campus locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Successful teaching experience in a discipline that is taught in the Science and Technology Division

2. Evidence of ability to provide leadership for all aspects of the division

3. Evidence of involvement, initiative, and leadership in instructional activities

4. Ability to develop, organize, and coordinate diverse instructional programs to achieve college and division goals

5. Ability to elicit and bring focus to recommendations from division faculty and staff, and ability to effectively represent the division and its goals at college and District levels

6. Ability to facilitate the development and administration of faculty and staff hiring, curriculum, budget, staff development, and performance evaluation

7. Ability to manage the division office and other support services to assist faculty, staff, and students

8. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with District and college administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public

9. Awareness of and commitment to the goals of shared governance

10. Evidence of organizational skills that enable performance of duties in a timely fashion with attention to detail

11. Commitment to supporting, developing, and implementing instructional programs related to Basic Skills initiatives

12. Familiarity with and willingness to use or to encourage the use of computer-based technology for management of the division and for instructional purposes

13. Experience in or willingness to support, develop, implement, and assess outcomes of programs that lead to the success of all students, including underrepresented groups in math, science, and engineering

14. Experience in articulating curriculum and programs with both university and high school faculty

15. Successful experience in grant writing and management

16. Demonstrated ability to form and maintain community and industry partnerships

17. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration to plan and implement facilities modifications

18. Commitment to programs that encourage pre-collegiate students to pursue education in science, mathematics and technology

19. Ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

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. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 11/26/2018
First Review Date: 01/07/2019
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit: 1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position). 2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience. 3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s 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 as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills. For questions related to this posting, please contact: SMCCCD Office of Human Resources 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 Tel.: (650) 574-6555 Fax:(650) 574-6574 Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
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.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2018 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2018 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2018 Annual Security Report is now available. The Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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Posted: 11/27/2018
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