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Chief Advisor for Academic & Diversity Programs

Rancho Santiago Community College District
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Chief Advisor for Academic & Diversity Programs

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade A: $150,489.91 - $158,014.41 - $165,915.13 - $174,210.88 - $182,921.43 - $192,067.50 - $201,670.87/yearEffective 07/01/2021: Grade A: $155,004.61 - $162,754.84 - $170,892.58 - $179,437.21 - $188,409.07 - $197,829.53 - $207,721.00/year

Job Type:

Job Number: AC21-00047

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Division: Executive Division/DO

Closing: 6/30/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description

Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. The District, encompassing a service area of several major communities, including Santa Ana, Orange, and Anaheim Hills, has a population of over 700,000 residents, representing approximately 25 percent of Orange County's total area. A bond measure approved in 2012 allocated $198 million to the District in the effort to renovate and construct several facilities, particularly for Santa Ana College, including the campus' Johnson Student Center. Analyzing its impact on the total District economy in early 2020, RSCCD found that its complete operations spending for the previous year amounted to $276 million, translating to the support of nearly 3,100 jobs in the area.

What the District provides students every year is the ability to enhance their personal and professional lives in innumerable ways. In 2018 alone, the District awarded 4,500 associate degrees and 11,500 certifications to students across its two colleges. RSCCD also worked with 3,500 students in the same year to achieve transfer credits to the University of California and California State University systems through successful pathways programming. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District is to provide quality educational programs and services that address the needs of our diverse students and communities.

Under direction of the RSCCD Chancellor, the Chief Advisor for Academic and Diversity Programs will serve as a thought leader who has responsibility and accountability to support Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College and the district with the implementation of best practices and initiatives to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion for all district programs. The Chief Advisor will lead and foster collaborative dialogue and the development of cultural competence and antiracism among RSCCD faculty, students, and staff integrating individual beliefs and actions to align with the district mission and values; nurture positive, transparent and cooperative relationships; navigate difficult conversations and tough situations with compassion and astuteness; demonstrate skill in motivating and unifying people across the district around a strategic vision; utilize data and research to inform analysis leading to the development of measurable goals and systems of accountability; demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; possess strong leadership and coalition building skills, experience in organizational development and change theory, and experience in a complex academic system.

  • A leader who possesses interpersonal skills and qualities, including a positive assertive approaches, creativity, ambition, sensitivity, honesty, integrity, fairness, flexibility, vision and insight, and team-player engagement;
  • An experienced professional committed to continued improvement; a visible, accessible and collaborative administrator who encourages and acknowledges the contributions of others, who is willing to be a risk-taker and create an environment that is open to new ideas;
  • Demonstrated ability to support and empower leaders to initiate and lead conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Understands the higher education landscape, the role of diversity in a community college and the dynamics of operating within the community the district serves;
  • Creative, innovative, energetic leader; a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications;
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of district and college strategic goals;
  • A fair-minded, ethical leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and willingness to accept responsibility;
  • A proven planner who can systematically allocate resources to further institutional diversity and inclusion goals, evaluate the results of the allocations, and develop strategies for continued development;
  • A skilled leader adept in planning for the emerging needs of the District and successful in resource generation and partnership development;
  • An astute administrator with demonstrated expertise in the complexities of higher education that impact community college finances and operations, including collective bargaining, federal and state programs, and legislation;
  • Experienced in working with populations (faculty, staff, students, and community) of diverse ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with excellent communication skills;
  • Experienced in working in California public higher education, including knowledge of state and federal governance and the political process, and knowledge of accreditation standards.
  • Develop a strategic plan for the delivery of diversity, equity and inclusion education and support across RSCCD;
  • Provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the development of workshops, presentations, learning modules and other efforts that promote diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Provide consultation to deans, senior leaders, managers and supervisors on designing and implementing department-wide and institution-wide objectives related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Assist in research, development and implementation of strategies to measure the success of institution-wide progress on creating a diverse and equitable work and learning environment;
  • Assist in coaching, training and consultation to individuals and groups with respect to cultural challenges and conflicts;
  • Lead the strategic design and implementation of a district-wide diversity, equity and inclusion policy that includes short-term and long-term goals, KPI's (key performance indicator), action plans and metrics to assess and track progress over time;
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources Department regarding diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to hiring policies and procedures, employee recruitment, staffing plans, outreach efforts, and professional and talent development.
  • Manage the Diversity and Inclusion teams while serving as the diversity and inclusion strategist;
  • Manage, develop and craft cohesive communication campaigns that engage the workforce and convey the District's diversity strategy;
  • Manage, create and facilitate a learning platform around diversity and inclusion strategies, employee engagement, equity learning, and talent development;
  • Partner with various internal and external entities to help incorporate diversity goals into overall workforce strategy;
  • Facilitate and support execution of internal programs, workshops, and plans focused on impactful in-person and online diversity and inclusion content and training;
  • Serve as the central point of contact for enterprise participation in diversity and inclusion related surveys;
  • Represent RSCCD at external forums, and serve as a resource at diversity conferences, professional associations, and meetings;
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and administering diversity programs and operations;
  • Work with deans and faculty to continually provide consulting and advising to faculty members to create more inclusive classroom environments;
  • Provides guidance and advises on diversity, equity, inclusion and affirmative action to support hiring practices of the district;
  • Leads the District in implementing strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture for equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Provides strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, racial intelligence, gender differences, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values;
  • Works with Board of Trustees, college presidents and district administrators as directed by the Chancellor.
  • Utilizes strong writing capabilities to compose speeches, presentations, letters, memos, emails, reports, and other communications
  • Coordinates with college presidents, public information, advocacy and external relations on advocacy matters and communicating regularly with elected officials and their staffs;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications
An earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in counseling, psychology, sociology, organizational development, or a related field. Experience:Five years of increasing 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 background of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in all college policies, practices and personnel.
Application Screening
In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socio-economic community
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and oral interview.
Interview Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving skills
  • Successful teaching, problem solving or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants.
Method of Application For consideration in the selection process, interested persons must complete the RSCCD application and upload all required documents online by the specified closing date for the position. Nominations should include the full name, address, preferred phone and email contact, description of professional or personal relationship of the proposed candidate and other pertinent information that may be known by the nominator. To be considered for this position, an applicant must:
  1. A complete an electronic application form.
  2. Submit a letter of application, three pages or less citing specific examples from his/her experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ideal characteristics necessary for this position.
  3. Submit a Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Submit eight references from current or former employment settings. References should include: two supervisors, two direct reports, two employee group leaders, and two peer administrators. The following information for each reference must include: name, title, relationship with the applicant, address, preferred phone and email contacts. Any references in addition to the required eight will be disregarded. Note that references will only be contacted for finalists, along with any other individuals able to assess the applicant's suitability for the position, as identified by those assigned to conduct background investigations.
All application materials must be submitted electronically through the RSCCD website. Please upload the following application materials with your online application:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (Required)
  • Letter of application, three pages or less (Required)
  • List of eight references as described above (Required)
  • Unofficial transcripts showing that the minimum qualifications are met (Required)
To be considered in the initial committee review, all materials required should be received by the Rancho Santiago Community College Office of Human Resources by the closing date. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required materials listed above.
Hiring Process TimelineApplications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled. However, submission of completed applications is strongly encouraged no later than Wednesday, June 30, 2021. This will ensure the candidate is considered in the Screening Committee's first review.
It is anticipated that the screening activities will be conducted as follows:
July 1: Screening begins
July 22 & 23: Initial Interviews
August 6: Final Interviews with Chancellor Marvin Martinez
September 1: New Chief Advisor for Academic & Diversity Programs assumes office

For confidential inquiries about the position, please contact:

Robert Griffin, Ed.D.
PPL Inc. - Team Leader
Phone: (408) 616-9282
Email: [email protected]

Jeanie Nishime, Ed.D.
PPL Inc. - Senior Associate
Phone: (310) 508-7009
Email: [email protected]
All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence. Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting established district criteria. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged. Pre-Employment Requirements Candidates selected for employment will be required to provide current verification of a negative TB test or chest x-ray, complete the district's fingerprinting process, and bring proof of their legal right to work in the United States. Cost of TB testing, fingerprinting and the fee for criminal record check will be paid for by the candidates. The Rancho Santiago Community College District is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact the Human Resources Office for assistance.

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Working at Rancho Santiago Community College District

In the heart of Orange County lies Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges, Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. Centered in a growing and dynamic area, the district serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.

Encompassing 24 percent of Orange County’s total area (193 square miles), the district maintains eight facilities. Rancho Santiago Community College District is home to two colleges and four continuing education centers throughout the Central Orange County area. In addition, the college district presents convenient community education courses in many other locations in cooperation with its education and community partners.

Santa Ana College founded in 1915, is a comprehensive community college preparing students for the workplace as well as to transfer to four-year higher learning institutions. Students may earn an associate degree certificate. For those willing to commit to high academic achievement, honors courses are offered. The college also assists students in gaining basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals. It is located at the corner of West 17th Street and Bristol in Santa Ana on about 58 acres.

Santiago Canyon College, one of the state’s newest community colleges, offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer as well as associate degree programs. Honors courses are offered to those with high academic achievement goals. In addition, the college provides community services, technical certificate programs, non-credit courses and basic skills instruction. Situated on 82 acres, the college is located in Orange at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Newport Drive.


We are always seeking qualified, energetic and committed people to join the RSCCD team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for all students. Each job in this district is important to the learning process for all our students. Because we serve a diverse student body, we seek employees who possess a genuine interest in serving others. If you share this student-centered philosophy, we invite you to submit an application.

RSCCD has a reputation as an excellent employer. Whether employees work at one of our college campuses, the district headquarters, or one of our off-campus education centers, employees feel a sense of connection to each other and work to achieve common goals as part of the "Rancho family."

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