Dean of Student Affairs

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Posting Details

Before applying, be sure to read the “Application Procedure” section below.

Posting Summary

Job TitleDean of Student AffairsType of AssignmentAdministrator/ExecutiveAssignment CategoryRegular Position Position Details

MiraCosta Community College District in coastal, north San Diego County, California, invites applications for the position of Dean of Student Affairs. To be considered, applications must be submitted by Thursday, September 26, 2019. Interviews are expected to be conducted in November 2019.

Salary RangeBased on the 2019-20 Academic Administrators Salary Schedule.Compensation

Compensation for the dean will be based on the 2019-20 Academic Administrators Salary Schedule and will not be less than $170,096 per year. To view the salary schedule, go to

This position will be subject to the academic administrators’ working conditions manual.


MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages.

Academic administrators are normally covered under the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Position Term in Months12Application Procedure

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online application system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date. A complete application packet must include the following:

1. Application which includes all relevant experience.

2. A letter of interest explaining how your education and experience have prepared you to provide leadership in this position and meet both the minimum and desirable qualifications listed in this job posting (no more than three pages).

3. A separate statement (not to exceed one page) describing your philosophy on Student Conduct.

4. A current resume or curriculum vitae of professional experience and educational achievement (no more than three pages).

5. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your qualifying degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for three to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

An offer of employment to the individual selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 4) fingerprint clearance; and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Basic Function

Under the general direction of the Vice President of Student Services, the Dean of Student Affairs provides administration and leadership to Student Life and Leadership; Associated Student Government; Campus Assessment, Resources, and Education (CARE) program; Health Services; and Intercollegiate and Intramural Athletics. The dean is responsible for administering the Student Code of Conduct, due process and student discipline; adjudicating student appeals and grievances within areas of responsibility; and directing the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

The dean oversees staffing, program development and assessment; faculty and staff evaluations; annual reporting to the district and state; and provides general leadership to the assigned programs and services in student services. This Dean works in close cooperation with the other student services and instructional deans.

MiraCosta seeks a leader for this position to complement the student services team and who possesses these qualities:

Integrity – Well-developed ethics and core values congruent with actions; responsibility and transparency in actions; good will and humor.

Intellect – Cognition, expertise and curiosity to work at a high level of accomplishment, continually developing skills; administrative acumen, judiciousness, and efficiency.

Interpersonal Skills – Human understanding and diplomacy, demonstrated by clear, appropriate writing and speech; flexibility to lead or to follow, to collaborate or to support, depending on the needs of the division and the project.

Institutional Agility – Knowledge of and skill in use of formal and informal networks; capacity to simplify and integrate complex processes and work toward consensus.

Distinguishing CharacteristicsEssential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1.Serve as the student conduct officer enforcing Standards of Student Conduct and ensuring due process is met while administering an effective program of student conduct and conflict resolution. Conduct timely and comprehensive reviews of student conduct processes, procedures and policies, consulting with faculty, staff and administrators as needed. Develop, update, and implement comprehensive student conduct processes that are aligned with national standards, best practices and federal and state law. Develop and implement educational marketing materials and engage campus community related to issues of Student Code of Conduct, judicial affairs process and civility.

2.Provide comprehensive leadership, management and vision to assigned areas of responsibility. Work with faculty, staff and administration to ensure excellence in educational opportunities and student services supportive of high student and staff achievement, innovation, best practices, stewardship and fiscal prudence.

3.Direct and manage the performance of classified staff; direct and oversee the selection of managers and staff; establish performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitor performance and provide coaching for performance improvement and development, in accordance with district human resources policies and labor contract agreements.

4.Accept, evaluate, investigate, adjudicate and make recommendations for sanctions (up to and including expulsion) for cases of student misconduct in accordance with appropriate district policies and processes.

5.Serve as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator in support of the district’s Title IX prevention, education and resource efforts.

6.Update and maintain college policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Title 5, Title IX and Education Code for responsible areas.

7.Assist in division long- and short-range planning efforts. Plan and carry out systematic evaluation of services by students and other clientele. Coordinate regular reviews of all programs for which responsible.

8.Participate actively in the life of the college and its shared governance processes by serving on district committees, task forces and councils; coordinate, assign, direct and/or participate in work on projects associated with accreditation.

9.Plan, develop and effectively administer budgets and prepare annual program plans, goals and objectives for all areas/programs of responsibility. Develop and work with faculty and staff to manage complex budgets related to personnel, facilities, equipment and instructional materials. Ensure and maintain accurate budget records, track program funding allocations and expenditures to ensure compliance with legal mandates, and maintain appropriate records for responsible programs.

Other Duties

1.Oversee services around student basic needs including the CARE program.

2.Direct Behavioral Intervention Team in cooperation with Health Services, College Police and Disabled Students Programs and Services, addressing students of concern and making referrals as appropriate.

3.Serve as the hearing officer for possible referrals involving student organizations, coordinating investigations of alleged misconduct by student organizations.

4.Act as an intra-division and inter-division liaison where appropriate.

5.Supervise the preparation, production, and distribution of promotional materials for area of responsibility.

6.Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of

1.State and federal rules and regulations regarding administration of Student Activities, Associated Student Government, Health Services, and Intercollegiate and Intramural Athletics.

2.Advanced principles, practices, procedures, theories and techniques involved in student conduct, judicial affairs and due process.

3.Strategic and institutional planning and decision making, and evaluating key performance indicators.

4.Accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

5.Principles and practices of effective management, supervision and training.

6.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

7.Principles and practices of sound business communication including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

8.Research methods and analysis techniques.

9.Principles and practices of organization and culture change.

10.District human resources policies and labor contract provisions.

11.Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

Ability to

1.Plan, organize, direct, review and evaluate the programs and activities of an assigned academic school, campus or administrative department.

2.Lead and participate in monitoring and assessing student learning and success outcomes and student equity measures.

3.Contribute to district-wide institutional effectiveness efforts in planning, program review, accreditation, outcomes assessment and financial stewardship with the overall intent of actively supporting the achievement of district goals, campus-wide needs and the healthy functioning of governance, management and other systems.

4.Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound, independent conclusions and recommendations in accordance with laws, regulations, rules and policies.

5.Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex instructional and administrative issues.

6.Work collaboratively with other deans, faculty, directors and managers and provide expert advice and counsel to develop solutions to complex issues.

7.Organize, set priorities and exercise expert, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.

8.Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.

9.Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.

10.Make oral presentations on proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in a variety of settings.

11.Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

12.Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and ordinances.

13.Represent the district effectively in dealings with internal and external stakeholders, representatives of other academic institutions, business and community leaders and the public.

14.Operate a computer and standard business software.

15.Use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues, situations and concerned individuals.

16.Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

17.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Possession of a master’s degree in a field of study relevant to this assignment from an accredited college or university (a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation); AND

2. At least one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience relevant to this assignment; AND

3. Possession of the minimum requirements to serve as a faculty member at the community college level (see the 2018 Handbook of “Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges” at; AND

4. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the cultural, developmental, socioeconomic, ethnic, disability, and academic diversity of community college students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Previous administrative experience in student services, specifically in higher education.

2. Directly related experience in one of the areas of responsibility.

3. Proven record in data-driven decision-making.

Licenses & Other Requirements

A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Physical Effort

The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to work at a computer, including repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to various locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions

Primarily business office environment; subject to frequent public contact and interruption; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberS_19/20_012_PHuman Resources Contact [email protected] or 760.795.6854Job Close Date09/26/2019Open Until FilledFirst Screening DateDirect Link to Posting Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
    • No
    • Yes
  2. * MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have modified or would modify curricula, policies, procedures, leadership and/or business practices to meet the needs of a diverse campus community.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Transcript 1
  4. Statement (see job posting for instructions)
Optional Documents
  1. Transcript 2
  2. Transcript 3
  3. Transcript 4
  4. Formal Agency Evaluation - Non-U.S. Transcripts




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Posted: 9/5/2019
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