Dean of Instruction - Career Technical Education & Workforce Development

Job description

Additional compensation for doctorate
Interviews will be held the week of July 29, 2019
Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.

The Career Technical Education area offers a wide variety of courses, including accounting, automotive, business, electronics, mechanized agriculture, and welding. In addition, this position oversees the economic and workforce development and the Business Resource Center that interacts with our community and business partners in offering a diverse array of noncredit and not-for credit offerings. This administrator position has the opportunity to provide innovative and extensive outreach in the local community, and with our educational partners, to aid in the promotion of the sciences throughout the region and within the Merced Community College District. Area faculty are committed to helping students attain their educational goals, be it to enter the workforce with additional training, transfer to a four-year school, obtain an associate's degree, or to complete pre-requisites for another program.

Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:
  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs
Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:
Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction, with a focus on Career Technical Education (CTE), plan, organize, administer, develop and direct the day-to-day operations, programs, and activities including curriculum, catalog, schedule, enrollment management, distance education, dual enrollment, and other special assignments of area. The Dean of Instruction provides leadership for program development and works directly with assigned faculty leads, the Director of Landscape, Farm Management and Special Projects, and disciplines to plan for activities within area of responsibility. This position is responsible for coordinating all related activities for the College and ensuring programs demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse student population.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Prepare reports on instructional programs to comply with federal and state mandates.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and correspondence appropriate to assignment.
  • Develop and maintain the area budget and manage financial resources including CTE focused grants, consistent with District policy and sound financial management principles.
  • Resolve student, faculty, and staff conflicts and issues within the area and among disciplines.
  • Provide oversight and leadership to economic and workforce development programs and the off-campus Business Resource Center
  • Evaluate faculty, administrators (if applicable), and classified staff in accordance with proper management practices and implement articles of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with K12 leadership, programs, and career technical education programs within the College's service area.
  • Plan and organize special events and programs as needed.
  • Work closely with regional partnerships, CTE programs, and consortiums.
  • 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.
  • Priority industry sectors as outlined through the Chancellor's Office Strong Workforce Initiative.
  • Common practices in management of CTE training facilities.
  • Managing grants, associated budgets, and grant work plans.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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


  • A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in any discipline.
  • One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • A minimum of one year of managerial experience demonstrating leadership with increasing responsibility.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the disciplines under the respective academic area the person will be managing.
  • Community college teaching experience or other related instructional experience
  • Doctorate degree in one of the disciplines under the respective area
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. List five professional references
  4. 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.
  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.
  6. Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Your response is limited to one (1) page.
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 fingerprinted 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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Posted: 6/13/2019
Application Due: 7/9/2019
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