Dean of Los Baños

Job description

Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction, plan, organize, administer, develop and direct the day-to-day operations, programs, and activities—including curriculum, catalog, schedule, enrollment management, distance education, and other special assignments—of the area. The Dean of Los Baños Campus also provides leadership for program development and works directly with assigned faculty leads and disciplines to plan for activities within area of responsibility. This position is responsible for coordinating all related activities for the college and ensuring that the programs demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse student population.

**Additional compensation for doctorate. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience**

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions

  • Provides administrative leadership for the Los Baños Campus and the Dos Palos off-site location.
  • In cooperation with faculty leads and deans, plans and implements all instructional activities at the Los Baños Campus and the Dos Palos off-site location.
  • Develops staffing plans for the Los Baños Campus; recruits, hires, supervises, evaluates, and communicates regularly with all personnel assigned to the Los Baños Campus.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Merced and Los Baños Campuses, frequently attending meetings at the Merced Campus.
  • Articulates with the staff of local high schools.
  • Meets frequently with citizens and agencies of the Los Baños, Dos Palos, and other nearby communities.
  • Develops and manages the budget for the Los Baños Campus and the Dos Palos off-site location, and oversees the collection and depositing of monies.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of Student Services, plans and implements registration activities at the Los Baños Campus and the Dos Palos off-site location.
  • Coordinates with the Vice President of Student Services, Directors of Financial Aid, EOPS, and Disabled Students Services the respective services at the Los Baños Campus.
  • Coordinates with the Directors of Maintenance, Operations, and Security the maintenance and custodial upkeep of buildings and grounds, and the security of the Los Baños Campus.
  • Coordinates with the Director of Learning Resources and the Bookstore Manager the direction and supervision of the library, audio-visual, and bookstore operations at the Los Baños Campus.
  • Perform strategic enrollment management as it relates to resource allocation, scheduling, and productivity.
  • Promote shared governance through active participation in college and district committees.
  • Work collaboratively with the faculty to plan, organize, develop, and evaluate the programs, activities, and curriculum of assigned programs, and services that meet accreditation/industry standards.
  • Promote, communicate, and facilitate partnerships with private and public businesses, industries and community or public agencies, as appropriate.
  • Participate in community, state and national organizations and meetings related to disciplines in area or special assignments.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments and innovations in community colleges and higher education in general and recommend changes to area programs to meet student and community needs.
  • As directed, prepare reports on instructional programs to comply with federal and state mandates.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and correspondence appropriate to assignment.
  • Develop the area budget and manage financial resources consistent with District policy and sound financial management principles.
  • Resolve student, faculty, and staff conflicts and issues within the area and among disciplines.
  • Evaluate faculty, administrators (if applicable), and classified staff in accordance with proper management practices and implement articles of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Accurately interpret and apply laws, regulations, district procedures, and collective bargaining contracts provisions.
  • Encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs and services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Higher education in community colleges, including the mission of the California Community Colleges.
  • Strategic enrollment management.
  • Implementation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Curriculum development and course articulation.
  • Budget preparation and control.
  • Successful interpersonal skills, organizational leadership, team building, staff development and communication techniques.
  • District organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Successful oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer based systems for administrative, business, and educational functions.
  • Community college or school business management, including budgeting, grants, auditing accounts, and faculty load accounting.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.
  • The changing educational needs of the diverse student base and the business community.
  • Emerging technologies on teaching, learning, and instructional operations.
  • Methods and techniques of program development and administration.
  • Principles and procedures of report preparation.

Ability to:

  • Work independently, interdependently, and innovatively within a framework of accountability.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with faculty and staff, students and community members.
  • Establish and maintain a productive and constructive rapport with students, administrators, faculty and staff from multi-cultural backgrounds and promote access and equity.
  • Train, select, direct, supervise, and evaluate personnel.
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop and modify curriculum to meet student and community needs.
  • Analyze, interpret, apply, and explain laws, regulations, labor contracts, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions.
  • Work with interdisciplinary groups, including: arts, humanities, sciences, and vocational divisions, continuing education, community services, student services, administrative services, community organizations and businesses, and technology and institutional research.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Plan, organize and implement multiple projects and programs and provide updates to the Vice President of Instruction regarding progress towards completion.
  • Compile and present narrative and statistical reports in a concise and comprehensive manner.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Typical Qualifications


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in any discipline.
  • Equivalent of five full years of experience in administration/management, teaching, or other faculty responsibilities with demonstrated leadership experience.
  • A minimum of one year of managerial experience demonstrating leadership with increasing responsibility.
  • Successful community college teaching or other related work experience.
  • Familiarity with the California Community College system, state educational regulations and codes, and regional accreditation standard.
  • Experience with computer-based management information systems.
  • Sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


  • Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in any discipline.
  • Experience at the post-secondary level

Supplemental Information

How to Apply: Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College Career Pages at

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume
  3. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree. Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.
  4. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. The interview process may include a pre-interview writing assessment. Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.




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Job No:
Posted: 12/21/2018
Application Due: 2/19/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $105,390–$163,495 (additional compensation for doctorate); commensurate with education & experience