Associate Dean of Career Education

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Associate Dean of Career Education
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Administrator/Executive
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
MiraCosta Community College District in coastal, north San Diego County, California, invites applications for one equity-minded Associate Dean of Career Education. This is a regular, full-time, categorically-funded position, 12 months per year on the Oceanside Campus. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district or authorized facility during any hours of operation.

Salary Range: Based on the 2020-2021 Academic Administrators Salary Schedule for Associate Deans.
Compensation: Compensation for the associate dean will be based on the Academic Administrators Salary Schedule for Associate Deans and will not be less than $148,923 per year. To view the salary schedule, go to

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

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

A full benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Position Term in Months: $Term

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in MiraCosta College’s online application system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” stating your educational philosophy and explaining how your education and experience have prepared you to succeed in this position and to meet the minimum and desirable qualifications listed in this job posting (no more than two pages).

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae of professional experience, educational achievement and community involvement.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial transcripts or legible photocopies 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 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.

NOTE: Please do not submit additional materials, including letters of recommendation, as they will not be reviewed.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for approximately 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.

Offer of employment to the person 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 test clearance; 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 direction of the Dean, School of Career Education, the Associate Dean of Career Education (CE) will work with internal and external constituents to provide leadership for career initiatives including, but not limited to, Strong Workforce Program; Carl D. Perkins Act; CE Transitions; Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research; Regional Director for Business and Entrepreneurship; employment services; Federal, State, accreditation, and local accountability; local workforce needs; CE related grants, apprenticeships, and other CE and workforce development initiatives as they arise while assisting the dean in ensuring the School of CE operates effectively and efficiently towards meeting expected outcomes related to career education, college mission, strategic plan, performance measures, personnel, curriculum, program review, program development, accreditation(s), and student success.

MiraCosta College CE programs are the pathways that allow students to learn by exploring, collaborating and doing. Taught by instructors and expert professionals, these programs provide hands-on education and training while building the comprehensive skillsets needed for success in the jobs and careers of today and well into the future. Go to to view the CE website and explore MiraCosta’s CE programs within each of the Academic and Career Pathways, which are collections of majors with related courses that fit within a career area.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Prepares, submits and administers the five-year and one-year Carl D. Perkins Grants plans and applications that include reviewing and approving individual plans developed by qualifying career education programs, approving expenditures related to previously approved plans, and submitting annual applications and quarterly and final reports to the state chancellor’s office that verify appropriate use of funds in accordance with required and permissive use of Perkins funds.

2. Develops and holds Perkins workshops annually and as required by the Carl D. Perkins Act, for the MiraCosta College Perkins Planning Team to ensure that funding meets the requirements of the Act.

3. Develops and holds annual Perkins professional development workshops for all Career Education (CE) program faculty who are considering submitting annual Perkins request for funds.

4. Coordinates all aspects of Perkins funding including posting annual requests for funding; training; serving as chair of the Perkins Planning Team; and ensuring that quarterly and annual reports are completed accurately and on time.

5. Prepares, submits, and administers the annual CE Transitions plan and coordinates and manages related initiatives that include high school articulation activities as required of CE Transitions.

6. In collaboration with the Dean of CE, seeks, reviews, and responds to grant initiatives that enhance the college’s ability to further CE towards preparing a strong workforce through a MiraCosta College education. This includes, but is not limited to, opportunities that are presented through the San Diego and Imperial County Workforce Development Council in support of necessary and required regional collaboration.

7. Represents MiraCosta CE in all career pathways initiatives and further development of career pathways opportunities and initiatives with a focus on equitable college and career readiness that is important to the school district(s) and the community.

8. Works collaboratively with public and private “feeder” K-12 schools and transfer institutions to ensure the demands of current and future workforces are met through improving college readiness and postsecondary success that includes earning degrees and CE certificates.

9. Collaborates and creates partnerships with “feeder” K-12 schools, transfer institutions, organizations, local business and industry, and the community to replicate and/or implement best practices that result in continuous improvement towards students’ college readiness, postsecondary success and achieving living wage jobs that contribute to the development of the local workforce.

10. Plans, develops, and effectively administers budgets and prepares annual program plans, goals, and objectives for all areas/programs of responsibility. Ensures and maintains accurate budget records, tracks program funding allocations and expenditures to ensure compliance with legal mandates and maintains appropriate records for responsible programs and budgets.

11. In collaboration with the MiraCosta College Financial Aid Office, ensures compliance with federal (and state where appropriate) gainful employment statistics and reporting. Analyzes gainful employment data to inform MiraCosta CE related decisions and suggests ways to address any issues related to gainful employment data.

12. Assists in institutional planning related to CE, including, but not limited to, program review.

13. Participates in CE related accreditation self-evaluation efforts.

14. Maintains liaison with the community, local businesses, industry, and other college partners.

15. Develops and implements CE outreach programs and activities that complement the college’s outreach programs and pathways to earning a CE degree, certificate and living wage jobs.

16. Supports the writing, implementation, reporting and overall management of grant initiatives that are pursued as the result of approval through the MiraCosta College Grants Approval Process.

17. Maintains and modifies all record keeping systems and procedures in accordance with state regulations, and prepares applications for program funding, periodic and end-of-year reports.

18. Works collaboratively within the college and with current and future CE programs and with Statewide and San Diego and Imperial County colleges to investigate apprenticeship opportunities as appropriate.

19. Coordinates and manages the MiraCosta College Strong Workforce Program including plan(s) development, submission, reporting, budget, and related spending, and represents MiraCosta College in state, regional and local level activities related to Strong Workforce.

20. At the direction of and collaboration with the dean of CE, assists with the development of the regional Strong Workforce plan that ensures MiraCosta College’s interests and is reviewed every four years and updated annually.

Other Duties:
Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
1. Principles and practices of instructional program development and administration.
2. Advanced mastery of theory, principles, and methods of application of academic or administration disciplines relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
3. Accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
4. Trends, developments, and application of educational technologies including online learning and course management systems such as Blackboard.
5. Principles and practices of strategic and program planning applicable to an educational institution.
6. Theories, principles, practices, and methods involved in student conduct, judicial affairs, and due process as they apply to student grievances and discipline.
7. Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations [including OSHA rules and regulations if applicable].
8. Principles and practices of sound business communication including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
9. Research methods and analysis techniques.
10. Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.
11. Principles and practices of organization and culture change.
12. District human resources policies and labor contract provisions.
13. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

Ability To:
1. Plan, organize, direct, review, and evaluate programs and activities related to an Associate Dean’s assignment.
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 supported through research and data 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 people.
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. graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in a field of study relevant to the assignment; AND

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

3. possession of the minimum requirements to serve as a faculty member at the community college level - see the 2019 Handbook of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges; AND

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

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Administrative experience preferably related to career education at a community college.

2. Knowledge of and experience leading career education efforts and initiatives, preferably at a community college.

3. Collaborative management style and administrative experience compatible with MiraCosta College’s commitment to shared governance.

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

5. Grant management experience.

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 a computer keyboard, mouse and other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of 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 concentrate on detailed tasks for extended periods and/or intermittently while attending to other responsibilities; ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily an 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 Number: S20/21019P
Human Resources Contact Information: [email protected] or 760.795.6854
Job Close Date: 10/22/2020
Open Until Filled:
First Screening Date:

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Posted: 9/24/2020
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