Dean of Language Arts

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Posting Number 2014710S Position Title Dean of Language Arts Location Skyline College Department Language Arts SKY (DEPT) Position Number 2A0014 Percentage of Full Time 100% FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime) Months per Year 12 If other, please specify Min Salary $157,080 (annual) Max Salary $199,596 (annual) Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions Posting Text

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

Skyline College, which was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2015, 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 Skyline College, 18.8% are Latinx, 18.2% are Asian, 2.6% are African-American, 18.4% are Filipino, 1.2% are Pacific Islander, and 0.2% are American Indian.

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 Language Arts is responsible to the Vice President of Instruction for administration of the division, including the disciplines of Communication Studies, English, ESOL, Journalism, Literature and World Languages. As a member of the college leadership team, the Dean is held to the Leadership Standards of Excellence.

First round interviews for this position will be scheduled for the week of April 15 or 22. Finalists will be invited back to the campus for a second interview on Monday, April 22, Monday, April 29, or Tuesday, April 30. 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. Provide the leadership, management, and development for the instructional programs for the Division

2. Address issues that arise within the Division relating to personnel, facilities, equipment, curriculum, team building, and scheduling

3. Work closely with faculty to support a strong teaching and learning experience for students and faculty which includes development of curriculum and application of up-to-date methods of instruction, including computer-assisted instruction and distance learning

4. Guide and support faculty in their efforts to develop and assess student learning outcomes at the course, program, and Division levels

5. Coordinate preparation of catalog, schedule, and brochure materials for the Division

6. Plan and administer the Division budget

7. Direct the tenure review process and evaluation processes for all Division faculty and staff

8. Collaborate actively and cooperatively with other administrators to address college-wide concerns

9. Write grant proposals, manage Division grants, and prepare required reports

10. Serve on designated college and District committees

11. Manage the Division Office and other services to assist faculty and students

12. Provide articulation/liaison with other college divisions and services, advisory committees, student groups, and appropriate off-campus institutions and groups

13. Coordinate preparation of catalog, schedule, and brochure materials for the Division

14. Establish and maintain mutually beneficial ties with industry, local high schools, and the local community

15. Participate in implementation of staff development programs for Division faculty and staff

16. Administer collective bargaining agreements for Division faculty and classified staff

17. Serve as key emergency prevention, preparedness, and response personnel as assigned

18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Instruction

Minimum Qualifications

• Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines taught in the Language Arts 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Successful teaching experience in a discipline that is taught in the Language Arts Division and demonstrated appreciation for the other disciplines taught in the Division

2. Evidence of ability to provide leadership that inspires, encourages autonomy, and provides guidance to faculty and staff

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 coordinate recommendations from Division faculty and staff, and ability to represent effectively the Division and its goals at college and District levels

6. Ability to recognize, respond to, and encourage innovative practices

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

8. Ability to manage the Division Office and other support services to assist faculty, staff, and students

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

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

11. Evidence of organizational skills, including prioritization and delegation

12. Commitment to support, develop, and implement instructional programs related to Basic Skills initiatives

13. Familiarity with and willingness to use or to encourage the use of computer-based technology for management of the Division and for instructional purposes, such as curriculum development and outcomes tracking

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

15. Knowledge of accreditation standards and their implementation

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

17. Successful experience in grant writing and management

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

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

20. Commitment to programs that encourage pre-collegiate students to pursue education

21. Skill in respectful, tactful and sensitive interaction with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

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, ability 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.

Preferred Qualifications Benefits

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.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 01/23/2019 First Review Date 03/18/2019 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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • District Employee
    • District Employment Site
    • CCC Registry
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • ACCCA
    • HERC
    • Other
    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook or Twitter
  2. * Do you possess a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines taught in the Language Arts Division OR the equivalent?
    • Yes, I have Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines taught in the Language Arts Division
    • I am applying for equivalence and my Equivalency Application is attached
    • No
  3. * Can you demonstrate one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to this administrative assignment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Can you demonstrate cultural competence, a sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. College Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Equivalency Application
  2. Foreign Degree Evaluation
  3. Other Document 1
  4. Other Document 2
  5. Other Document 3




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Posted: 3/12/2019
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