Dean, Student Services

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General Description

Under the direction of the Vice President of Student Services, the Dean will provide leadership, direction and administrative responsibility to a diverse and comprehensive Student Services Division charged with promoting and delivering programs and services that enhance student success.

Areas of responsibility, divided between two deans, may include:

  • Admissions & Records
  • Articulation & Assessment
  • CalWorks
  • Counseling
  • Access and Ability
  • EOP&S
  • Financial Aid
  • Foster Youth
  • Hanford Student Services Coordination
  • Mini-Corps
  • SSP/Equity
  • Student Activities and Affairs/Student Senate
  • Student Discipline/Grievances
  • Student Success Program
  • TRIO Programs: UBMS ISSS
  • Transfer & Career Center
  • Tulare Student Services Coordination
  • Veterans
  • Welcome Center

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting employees who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success. Job Duties

Job duties of the Dean, Student Services include:

  • Provide leadership, supervision and administrative direction to all functional areas of responsibility.
  • Manage, direct and evaluate the work of assigned managers, academic and classified support staff; recommend for employment, direct the assignment of, and direct the evaluation of all assigned Student Services staff.
  • Prepare, monitor, and recommend an annual budget for assigned Student Services components of the District and approve and monitor fiscal expenditures for all programs within the areas of responsibility.
  • Review and evaluate assigned programs and services; recommend and implement approved plans and policies to facilitate and improve the operations and programs of Student Services.
  • Work cooperatively with District staff, coordinators, managers and administrators to achieve established goals and objectives for all programs within the Division.
  • Develop and generate statistical data and reports related to Student Services programs.
  • Develop, coordinate, and dual supervise student services programs at all three campuses.
  • Represent the division concerns and needs to the Vice President.
  • Interpret District policy and administrative decisions to those employees under your supervision.
  • Provide leadership and direction for a staff development program for management, classified and certificated personnel in the Student Service area.
  • Work in collaboration with other Dean of Student Services, and Program Directors.
  • Direct and participate in the preparation of grant proposals for external funding.
  • Prepare and present governing board matters, reports, and action items related to areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate program review and program planning for areas of responsibility; participate in and support the accreditation process.
  • Represent the District in District and State-level activities related to Student Service Operations.
  • Administer the Student Code of Conduct due process and student discipline; adjudicate a student appeals and grievances.
  • Interpret and perform assignments in compliance with pertinent federal, state and local laws, and contractual eligibility regulations for each Student Services program.
  • Chair or serve on various District committees and participate in professional organizations as appropriate; act as Evening Administrator as assigned.
  • Assume other duties normally associated with management.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):
Any combination equivalent to:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience managing a student service program is highly desirable.

Licenses and Other Requirements:
  • Valid California's driver license.
  • An incumbent must be insurable at the "standard rate" by the employer's insurance carrier at all times while employed in this classification by the College of the Sequoias Community College District.

Working Conditions:
  • Indoor work environment.
  • Travel from site to site.
  • Multi–project, fast–paced office environment; able to meet concurrent deadlines.

Physical Abilities:
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate to provide information over the phone and in person.
  • Ability to remember key information and concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard.

Knowledge and Abilities
The hiring committee is seeking evidence of the following:
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of leadership, management and supervision.
  • Purpose, mission and goals of the COS Community College District.
  • District organization, operations and budget.
  • Laws, regulations, restrictions and requirements related to college admissions, records, financial aid programs and other assigned programs.
  • Budget preparation, implementation and administration.
  • Curriculum development at both the course and program level.
  • Student services theory and practice.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

Ability to:
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to staff involved in assigned programs and services.
  • Communicate clearly in both oral and written form.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and programs related to enhanced use of computer technology in the delivery of services to students.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural and disability backgrounds of community college students and staff
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Work on multi-projects; meet deadlines.
  • Stay current with trends and technological advancements in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work cooperatively in an environment of shared governance by maintaining effective working relationships with students, staff and community organizations.
  • Interpret, apply and explain district policies and legal regulations and requirements
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline and evaluate performance of direct subordinates.
  • Work cooperatively with other educational institutions and agencies (i.e., universities, Chancellor's Office, other community colleges, county office of education and K-12 schools.)
Application Procedure

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit:

  • An online job application.
  • Diversity statement (included within the online application).
  • Letter of interest which addresses how the applicant's experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the job duties.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university work. Official transcripts required upon employment.
  • Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies.




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Posted: 2/12/2019
Application Due: 4/14/2019
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