Dean, Visual and Performing Arts

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Dean, Visual and Performing Arts

Chaffey College

Salary: $11,545.00 Monthly

Job Type: Management-Academic

Job Number: 20-21/00034

Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Department: Visual & Performing Arts

Closing: 6/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Position Description

Situated on the ancestral homeland of the Tongva Peoples, Chaffey College is one of the oldest community colleges in California and serves a variety of communities, workforce partners, and students. While other community colleges are often named after their geographic area, Chaffey College is named after local innovator, George Chaffey, who, among other things, implemented street lights in the city of Ontario. Like its namesake, we are known for an innovative culture, dynamic environment, and future-mindedness. We remain closely tied to our community and are seeking leaders who will join us in our quest to provide responsive and supportive programming to engage and improve the communities we serve. The entire campus community aspires to consistently fulfill the vision that Chaffey College “improves lives through education.”

Chaffey College celebrates the diverse communities we serve. As a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Chaffey's student population includes over 62% identifying as Latinx, 17% White, 8% African-American/Black, 6% Asian, and smaller percentages of Filipino (2.8%), Native American (0.40%), Pacific Islander (0.30%), or decline to state (2.82%). Furthermore, 40% of our students are first-generation college students, and approximately 62% of students are eligible for some form of financial aid. The current student population identifies as 62% female and 36% male with smaller percentages who either decline to state or identify as non-binary. Approximately 5% of Chaffey's students utilize Disabled Programs and Services for support. To support the diverse needs of these populations and their intersections, the College has developed a variety of robust equity-driven efforts in and out of the classroom including the Center for Culture and Social Justice, Panther Care, Turning Point, Success Centers, GPS Centers, and BLOOM training.
Under direction, the Dean, Visual and Performing Arts, serves as a college-wide administrative officer. The Dean shall provide opportunity for involvement by staff, as appropriate, in consideration and discussion of the development of policies, procedures, and programs. The leadership, supervision, planning, implementation, and coordination of responsibilities entail working with managers, faculty, staff, students, and appropriate college committees and councils to assure that the educational goals and delivery systems are meeting student needs, and are in consonance with district goals and objectives. In addition, the Dean shall function effectively as a member of an administrative team; shall work well with and evidence sensitivity toward persons at all levels of the college.


  • Assess, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to monitor and improve the quality of educational services and programming.
  • Provide for the development and coordination of the schedule of classes and faculty assignments for instructional programs.
  • Plan, organize, control and direct assigned instructional units and services.
  • Direct and support faculty in the development of programs within Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Provide leadership for the review and evaluation of assigned instructional programs and services.
  • Use data-driven evidence to make decisions.
  • Dedicate energy to creating a positive environment that supports innovation, teamwork, and successful outcomes.
  • Develop, monitor, and administer unit budgets and manage financial resources consistent with district policy and sound financial management principles.
  • Provide leadership in encouraging and supporting innovation in the development and delivery of instructional programs including the integration of new technology into the learning process.
  • Provide leadership for program development and work collaboratively with assigned departments to plan for and recommend curriculum additions, modifications, and deletions; set priorities for resource needs; provide program analysis and multi-year instructional plans and participate in strategic and long-range instructional planning for the District.
  • Create and maintain open communication regarding resources, priorities, and expectations.
  • Work cooperatively with other administrators, supervisors, faculty, and classified staff to integrate and coordinate programs and services across the curriculum and at all locations to meet student needs and resolve conflicts and issues within and between units.
  • Encourage excellence in teaching and in providing support services and program development.
  • Manage conflict and change in ways that contribute to the long-term success of the college.
  • Evaluate faculty and classified staff in accordance with proper management practices and implement articles of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments and innovations in the Visual and Performing Arts programs of community colleges, and higher education in general, and recommend changes to maintain relevance of unit programs and to meet student and community needs.
  • Facilitate shared problem solving and decision-making within the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the District.
  • Organize and chair meetings; lead workshops; facilitate group discussions; and involve faculty and staff in idea generation, goal setting and decision-making in accordance with district shared governance policies.
  • Make presentations as necessary to various groups within the District, community, and state.
  • Balance district/college needs with Visual and Performing Arts needs.
  • Assure proper use and security of assigned facilities, equipment maintenance and compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Promote and maintain a high standard for personal integrity and honesty.
  • Recommend the employment and/or appointment of academic and classified staff.
  • Assist in providing for faculty/staff development, orientation, and in-service training for personnel as appropriate.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Possession of a master's degree; and
  • One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment; and
  • Clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

  • Leadership experience in a community college.
  • Knowledge of the Vision for Success.
  • Experience with planning, management, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing equity and access for disproportionately underserved groups.
  • Experience as a faculty member in one of the assigned disciplines.
  • Experience with supervision, budgeting, and program coordination.
  • Community college teaching experience, preferably in one of the areas supervised.
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • Three (3) years of leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment at the community college level.
  • Experience as an effective communicator, collaborator, and community college advocate.
  • Leadership experience in promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and academic excellence.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance, consensus building, and team-focused approach to management.
  • Demonstrated experience in or commitment to integrating new technologies into the learning process and understanding of current and emerging instructional delivery technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community groups, educational entities, business, industry, government, and legislative bodies to develop partnerships and coalitions which result in better service to the community and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to challenge and motivate staff and communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience with effective team management.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply principles and methodologies that foster equitable outcomes for students.

Additional Information

  • Some evening and weekend hours are required.

This is a 12-month, full-time management position, Level II, Range 32 of the Management Salary Schedule with starting salary of Step A, $11,545/month. Effective date of employment will be as soon as a successful candidate is selected and a mutually agreed upon date is determined.

Health care, dental program, and vision services for employees and eligible dependents; employee life insurance; sick leave; and retirement coverage through the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS).

Chaffey College recently implemented an online electronic application system. Our new application can be accessed at The application must be completely filled out in detail and clearly show that you meet the qualifications as set forth in the announcement, and you must upload the following documents:

Please do not include any additional documents; only the documents that are indicated below. If you upload documents that are not required, your application may be disqualified. Please do not submit letters of recommendation or documents that contain your photograph.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Professional Reference List (Include names, current addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  • Copy of Unofficial Transcripts (Transcripts must indicate degree earned/conferred - photocopies or computer printouts are acceptable. Transcripts of all degrees applicable to meeting the minimum qualifications for this position must be included. Copies of diplomas/degrees are NOT acceptable in lieu of transcripts. Official sealed transcripts will be required upon hire.)
Foreign transcripts must be transcribed and evaluated in English by a bona fide evaluation service. Educational requirements must be met on or before the closing date.

Completed application and related materials must be submitted no later than the application deadline indicated at the top of this announcement. Failure to submit all required application materials may result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant's responsibility. The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely the employment of a person for a position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Applicants should promptly notify the Office of Human Resources of any change of address and/or phone number. All application materials are subject to investigation and verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

The Selection Process
A screening committee will conduct all minimum qualification appraisals as set forth on the announcement and reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the time and place of the interview. Interviews are usually held on the Chaffey College campus and are conducted by an Interview Committee. Additional interviews may be required. Reasonable accommodations are provided to persons with disabilities. Should you feel you have any need for accommodation due to a disability, please indicate this request on your application or contact the Office of Human Resources. Travel costs related to an interview will be borne by the applicant.

About the College

The College
Established in 1883, Chaffey College is one of California's first colleges. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Chaffey's Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Chino campus locations serve students from throughout the Inland Empire. A fully accredited two-year institution by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Chaffey College offers associate degrees and vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Most recently named one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute; Chaffey College remains committed to its mission of improving the lives of its students, faculty, and staff through education.

Serving throughout the diverse Inland Empire, Chaffey College provides services to the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland, reaching a population of more than 830,000. The District also recruits from some of the area's top high schools, accepting students from four surrounding districts; Chaffey Joint Union High School, Chino Unified School District, Fontana Unified School District, and the Upland Unified School District.

Whether the goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce better prepared, Chaffey College provides its students with the opportunity to take a variety of applicable courses.

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Posted: 5/11/2021
Application Due: 6/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time