Interim Director of Districtwide Research & Institutional Effectiveness

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Interim Director of Districtwide Research & Institutional Effectiveness

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014703S
Department: Educational Svcs & Planning DIST (DEPT)
Location: District Office
Position Number: 1FT001
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $103,008 (annual)
Max Salary: $130,476 (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:
San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges have been designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions. The District enrolls approximately 23,000 students, the majority of whom are from minoritized populations. Of the students within the District, 2.8% are African-American, 0.2% are American Indian, 16.4% are Asian, 10.4% are Filipino, 24.6% are Latinx, 1.6% are Pacific Islander, 24.0% are White, 17.8% Multi-Ethnic, and 2.2% 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 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:
Responsible to the Vice President of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE), and under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning, the Interim Director of Districtwide Research and Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for the development and implementation of the research agenda of the District. The Interim Director of Districtwide Research and Institutional Effectiveness has knowledge of all phases of complex research projects, including research design, selecting and utilizing appropriate methodologies, creating or identifying databases, analyzing data, highlighting key findings and communicating implications, all with minimum supervision. Using independent judgment, responds to requests and initiates research projects when appropriate and has the primary responsibility for Districtwide research project coordination. The Interim Director maintains effective collaboration with District and college leadership, external partners and various internal and external stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. 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 classification.

1. Interpret, evaluate, and clarify research requests to determine potential data sources and informational resources

2. Identify and coordinate research needs with college Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) departments, District and college programs, and internal and external entities

3. Work with District ITS and college PRIE departments, to develop and maintain data sources to facilitate a broad range of internal and external reporting needs

4. Identify and evaluate the appropriateness of the data and resources; develop customized internal data extractions as needed using data extraction tools (e.g., Oracle Hyperion, Argos, SAP Business Objects)

5. Utilize project management software (e.g., SmartSheet) to organize project requests, develop research projects, and communicate status reports

6. Provide customized districtwide research reports, highlighting main findings and key points, and effectively communicate the results both orally and in writing

7. Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve inquiries on external and internal research data and act as research resource person for districtwide senior administration, District staff, districtwide governance committees, and external parties

8. Collaborate with college PRIE offices to design districtwide research projects and make recommendations on the appropriateness of design, content, data sources, conclusions, and interpretation of results

9. Prepare and give oral presentations to governance committees and groups regarding districtwide institutional research, local and state policy issues, districtwide enrollment and planning trends and projections, and other topics as requested

10. Design effective survey instruments and coordinate all activities associated with the survey study, including, formatting, scanning, analyzing, summarizing, and presenting results; write reports highlighting key findings and make presentations of results

11. Participate in professional organizations and maintain current knowledge of federal, state, and local legislative actions that may have implications for research and evaluation programs for the District

12. Perform other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution, preferably in social/behavioral sciences, statistics, economics, or a related discipline OR the equivalent• Three years of progressively responsible experience in projects requiring program evaluation, research and reporting, and statistical/analytical work• 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 viewing a monitor, sitting, and working at a computer for extended lengths of time; repetitive use of keyboard, mouse, and other office equipment; the ability to type, use phone, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects and materials up to 35lbs; manual dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard, mouse, and phone; and 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. Knowledge of the mission and programs of California Community Colleges

2. Knowledge of principles, practices, and methodologies of educational research

3. Knowledge of current operating systems for computer and the Internet

4. Knowledge of various software applications, including knowledge of database query software

5. Knowledge of survey development and scanning software

6. Knowledge of California Community Colleges MIS data elements

7. Knowledge of American Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics

8. Knowledge of educational research methods as related to academic, testing, and administrative standards

9. Knowledge of SMCCCD’s Board Policy, American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Accreditation Standards, Assessment Standards, relevant parts of Title 5 and California Education Code

10. Ability to be detail oriented while sustaining a global focus and vision for institutional planning and decision-making

11. Ability to understand complex academic standards and requirements and administrative governance systems

12. Ability to plan, organize, and perform highly technical and complex research activities within defined deadlines

13. Ability to perform policy analysis to decipher the requirements for the institution

14. Ability to apply mandated regulations; work within the American Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics

15. Ability to interpret research needs, requests, and questions; design sound research studies and draw sound conclusions

16. Ability to write technical reports; make oral presentations

17. Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing; represent the department professionally and effectively with other California Community Colleges and other professional organizations

18. Ability to learn new technology

19. Ability to serve as a lead worker to other classified staff in the area

20. Ability to supervise student assistants and short-term, non-continuing employees

21. Ability to work independently with little direction as well as collaboratively

22. Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population

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 (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 01/14/2019
First Review Date: 02/04/2019
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: 1/15/2019
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