Executive Dean of Equity, Inclusivity and Campus Diversity

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Ideal Candidate Statement:

Ohlone Community College District is committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who are able to demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.

When you join the team at Ohlone, 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, staff, students and community partners.

The successful candidate must have held a leadership role directly related to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and/or civil rights. They must also have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with administration, faculty, students and staff across many departments, and the community with an understanding of participatory governance.

The Ohlone Community College District includes the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City and is home to 350,000 residents. Ohlone College enrolls over 15,000 students per year at three campuses: Fremont, Newark, and online. The College offers 189 associate degrees and certificates, including 27 associate degrees for transfer (ADT) and 45 associate degrees (AA or AS). 450 full-time and part-time faculty are employed by the College, supported by 200 classified and management personnel.

Within the Ohlone Community College District, Asians represent 43% of the population, followed by White (21%) and Latinx (18%) residents. The student population differs in that distribution, with 38% of students of Asian background, 25% Latinx, and 14% White. Among employees, 44% are White, 26% Asian, and 15% Latinx. Black/African American students are below (2.7%) the district rate of 3.6%, but above (5.7%) the rate among employees.

If this work excites you and you connect with our vision, we welcome your candidacy!

Job Description Summary:

The Executive Dean of Equity, Inclusivity and Campus Diversity reports to and advises the Superintendent/President and serves as a member of the College’s Executive Team.

The Executive Dean’s responsibilities will include building bridges and creating relationships within and outside of the College and engaging all stakeholders in developing and implementing a collective vision for equity, diversity and inclusion for the College.

The Executive Dean, will be responsible for implementing and furthering the goals of the Vision for Success reforms with equity at the core of the work facilitating structural change at the College. The incumbent will work with all areas and all constituents to build inclusive and shared visions and has knowledge and experience of creating policies and procedures that are equitable and anti-racist.

The Executive Dean will possess high emotional intelligence, believes in empathetic perspective taking and autonomy, practices relational leadership, is committed to teamwork and values the contributions of faculty, staff, and students working towards an equitable and anti-racist college community and culture. The Executive Dean will honor and empower the histories, legacy, growth and strength of the College while fostering collegial and collaborative conversations towards a shared vision for the future of the College.

The incumbent will be a collaborative partner with the various positions, departments focused on equity, diversity and inclusion, including various equity and professional development committees.

Essential Duties:

In the scope of the assignment, the incumbent will:

•Oversee the college-wide equity and anti-racist initiatives.

•Collaborate with appropriate campus constituencies in key areas to build upon equity-based initiatives, conversations, professional development and institutionalization of equity, inclusivity and diversity.

•Manage and facilitate college-wide equity initiatives as directed, such as the Guided Pathways framework.

•Assist in the review of institutional policies, procedures and practices through an equity mind-set.

•Initiate professional development programming to engage all college constituencies toward equity-minded and anti-racist work.

•Participate in the governance process to assist in including and maintaining equity aspects into decision-making; curriculum, budget, hiring and policies and procedures.

•Promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness and support for the campus’ diverse community.

•Develop, recommend, lead, train and evaluate opportunities to support and enhance district-wide employee equity, teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as professional development programs.

•Initiate, develop, maintain, and provide oversight for programs and services that support students in their academic pursuits, campus life, and civic and social responsibilities.

•Participate and engage with statewide stakeholders to implement systemwide integration plans for diversity, equity and inclusion.

•Monitor diversity and inclusiveness progress and regularly report to the Superintendent/President, Governing Board, executive staff and college community.

•Assess, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of employee equity, social justice, and professional development programs, services, strategies and approaches. Conduct qualitative and quantitative studies to monitor and assess college climate and professional development programs.

•Develop external community partnerships, leverage resources, and engage in community activities that promote programs and college goals.

•Collaborate with the Human Resources Department regarding equity and inclusion as they relate to staffing plans, hiring policies and procedures, staff evaluations, outreach efforts, employee recruitment, and professional development.

•Serve on Executive Committee for Equity, Inclusivity and Campus Diversity, which will be charged with developing strategies, policies, and programs to advance DEI and foster a more inclusive and anti-racist culture within the College.

•Ensures compliance with all statistical and narrative reporting requirements, including data collection, database management, data analysis, and reporting.

•Plans, schedules, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned staff.

•Develops, monitors, and oversees the maintenance of the office budget.

•Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

•An understanding of the complexity and multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion and equity, including but not limited to – age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

•Demonstrated leadership in the creation and delivery of campus-wide and community-wide diversity, inclusion and intercultural competency training programs.

•Provide leadership in creating a vision for professional development for all campus constituents.

•Effective teaching and learning theory and strategies.

•Proven ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.

•Experience in employing effective problem solving and leadership skills to bring about transformational change.

•Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.

•Successful record of influence, community building, networking and deploying effective programs for diversity and inclusion.

•Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the college, with administration, faculty, staff, students and external constituents including alumni and potential donors.

•Experience-based knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights.

•Demonstrated skills in problem identification, sound judgement and decision-making, analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and organizational skills.

Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skills is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:

Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in any related field, for example: psychology, education, sociology, with major course work in equity, inclusion and diversity or related field, or equivalent.

At least two years of increasingly responsible and related experience.

All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in all college policies, practices, and personnel.

Preferred Qualifications:

•A minimum of two years of prior experience working in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education leadership setting.

•Two years of teaching or counseling experience is desired.

•Knowledge of California’s Title 5 Code of Regulations as it pertains to access and student success.

Physical Characteristics:

The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:

Environment: Office environment, subject to interruptions; off-campus travel required. May require evenings and weekend work.

Physical Abilities: Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer terminal; exchange of information to make professional presentations; sitting for extended periods of time.

Salary Range:

$147,058 - $187,689 Annually

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Foreign Transcripts:

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. The District participates in a group health plan and offers a variety of medical plans. Dental is offered through Delta Dental, Vision offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP), and Life insurance through UNUM. Below is a list of some of our offerings:

Medical*: Enrollment in medical coverage through the district is optional. For those that choose to enroll in one of the offered medical plans, the District currently provides an allowance of $1,200 per month to offset the cost of the medical benefits premium.

Dental, Vision and Life Insurances: The district provides for and fully pays the premiums for you and your family for dental and vision, and for the employee only premium for life insurance. Enrollment in Dental, Vision and Life insurances are mandatory.

Retirement: Membership in the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) or the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.

Long-term Disability (LTD) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The District provides for and fully pays the premiums for long-term disability for you and EAP for you and your family.

Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security).

Paid vacation and sick leave.

Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days.

Longevity pay based on years of service.

Other employee paid benefits (optional): Voluntary additional life insurance; IRC Section 125 Flexible Medical and Dependent Care spending plans; 403(B) and 457(b) Tax Shelter Annuity plans; 403(B) Roth IRA plan.

*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary:

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment:

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.




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Posted: 10/21/2020
Application Due: 11/20/2020
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