Director, Equity, Employment and Professional Development

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Full Salary Range:  $129,094.53 - $181,648.96  annually*  *Actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $129,094.53 - $142,326.72  annually).    In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.  

Initial Review Date: 9/21/21**  **Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.     The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.   ABOUT THE DISTRICTFoothill - De Anza Community College District, composed of two colleges and an education center, is one of the top performing districts in both California and the United States, and one of the largest, ranking seventh in size among the state’s 72 districts, serving more than 58,500 students per year and with an operating budget of $180M unrestricted general fund. Consistent with its mission, the District has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion and incorporates those values in its policies, procedures, and operations, and in its leadership and service to students and the community. Publicly supported and locally oriented, the District fills an essential role in workforce development, continuing education, and skills preparation to meet the changing demands of the highly diverse surrounding population and business communities. The District’s students and more than 2,000 faculty and staff enjoy an unparalleled quality of life in an ideal climate, with physically pristine and fiscally sound campuses that have earned their reputation for academic excellence.   Foothill – De Anza Community College District Mission Statement: The mission of the Foothill–De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.   Foothill College Mission Statement: Believing a well-educated population is essential to sustaining and enhancing a democratic society, Foothill College offers programs and services that empower students to achieve their goals as members of the workforce, as future students, and as global citizens. We work to obtain equity in achievement of student outcomes for all California student populations, and are guided by our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability. Foothill College offers associate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines, and a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. 

De Anza College Mission Statement: De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.  De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies: 

  • Communication and expression  
  • Information literacy  
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility 
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness 
  • Critical thinking  

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, administer the equity and employee relations, employment services, and professional development efforts of the district office of human resources including program and professional development, constituency education, and coordination and monitoring of compliance efforts. These responsibilities extend through policies, programs, and practices, and include collaborating with college programs and activities. This position serves as the District lead in supporting and furthering college and district efforts to ensure and enhance equity for employees and in support of student focused initiatives. Serve as the district representative to assist campuses with Title IX implementation and compliance. 

The Director also provides leadership and oversight to recruitment and employment to ensure the District’s ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel. Ensure effective and efficient administration of application and database systems, onboarding procedures and related functions. Ensure the clear articulation of District policies, procedures, agreements, and applicable laws and regulations to promote equity, and ensure fair employment practices and effective HR administration. 

This position will develop and implement professional development strategies to support and further the district’s equity goals, equal opportunity plan, and equity outcomes. Coordinate, develop and present training in relevant areas.

The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

Equity and Employee Relations Program Development and Compliance Administration:

  • Develop, support, implement and promote the District’s Diversity and Equity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs, and services, including recruitment and retention programs. 
  • Assist in administration, implementation and development of the District’s human resources policies and procedures related to equity, quality of work life, conflict resolution, employee and labor relations, and related employment topics.
  • Develop, recommend and/or implement training and development opportunities to support and enhance the college and district equity and diversity efforts. Collaborate to build, encourage, and incorporate equity competencies across the district and remove barriers to a working and learning environment free from harassment and discrimination.
  • Perform formal and informal harassment/discrimination complaint investigations, facilitate resolution processes, and provide leadership and assistance to campus and central services representatives.; Assist colleges with informal complaint processing and responses. Coordinate responses to formal Title 5 complaints in accordance with state regulations and state chancellor’s office requirements; prepare responses for federal compliance issues. Assure appropriate recordkeeping. Assist with coordination of grievance processing and discipline procedures.
  • Develop, plan and implement policies, procedures and strategies to comply with Federal, State, and District policies on equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, ADA, workplace violence, and related employment issues. 

Recruitment and Employment:

  • Direct the recruitment and selection support services for authorized vacant positions. Ensure effective and efficient administration of electronic application and database systems, onboarding procedures and related functions. Assist in maintaining the District’s Applicant Tracking, Onboarding, and related employment systems. Recommend and implement enhancements, changes to improve efficiency and service to applicants and the district. Recommend and implement changes to improve equity outcomes and goals. 
  • Ensure employment services program enhances the District’s ability to recruit and retain personnel, and promotes the district’s broader equity goals. Attend and coordinate participation in job fairs and various recruitment events.
  • Work with administrators to determine recruitment needs and staffing objectives; assist in the development of hiring strategies and classification practices to improve equity outcomes.
  • Provide daily management and work direction including staffing, performance management, coaching, and development to employment services professionals, temporary employees, and interns. 
  • Monitor and track budget expenditures; ensure compliance and effective use of resources. 

Training and Professional Development:

  • Design and develop training programs that equip staff with the required skills to achieve the organization’s quality, financial, and customer service goals. Design, develop, implement, and evaluate professional development program activities that address training needs of the District. 
  • Assist in the design of recruitment and hiring committee training for District staff and administrators.
  • Coordinate or prepare and deliver training in all relevant areas; provide leadership and assistance to campus representatives. Facilitate training with classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops as needed. Assure dissemination of information and notices. Review, recommend, and implement changes to district policies, processes and procedures. Develop and implement best practices and resource documentation for district human resources operations.
  • Coordinate with other District personnel (e.g., administrators, a variety of committees, etc.) for the purpose of serving as a liaison and resource, identifying training needs and/or coordinating professional development services within the District. 
  • Develop and distribute information to employees; assure distribution of information to students; assure adherence to process and provide guidance to administrators and employees. Assure compliance with various state, federal and district regulations and policies, organized recordkeeping, and effective use of resources and systems. 
  • Maintain currency on legislation and policy that may impact the District. Advise the District on new and pending legislation and related impacts and effects. Recommend changes to assure compliance and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain the District title 5 EO Plan and recommend action regarding implementation of training and development supporting the plan provisions; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs, and services, including recruitment and retention programs. 

Related Duties:

  • Perform related duties requiring a high level of responsibility and independent judgment.



  • California Education Code and Title 5
  • Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Title IX
  • Federal/State laws on Harassment, Discrimination, Employee relations; employee rights, Equal Opportunity; employee contracts and related employment laws.
  • Knowledge of employee relations and employment laws

Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  • Support, implement, and promote advancement of the district’s equity goals, and Diversity and Equal Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment.
  • Investigations and complaint processing.
  • Effectively mediate disputes and resolve conflict.
  • Organize and direct workflow.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing with faculty, staff, administrators, constituents and representatives.
  • Read, interpret, and explain laws, rules and regulations, and to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity, and assertiveness in developing and implementing new programs.
  • Manage a number of projects and issues simultaneously. 
  • Prioritize and organize information.
  • Work effectively under pressure.
  • Work with difficult individuals.
  • Demonstrate success with extensive public contact with individuals, small groups and large groups.
  • Conduct complex data comparison, analysis and synthesis.
  • Attend to detail.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. 
  • Perform with tact, patience and sensitivity. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a relevant discipline such as human resources, employee/labor relations, business administration, law. 
  • Two years of relevant human resources experience as a specialist, coordinator, supervisor, or above performing Human Resources administration duties, including experience in at least two of the following areas:  
    • Human resources related law and compliance. 
    • Developing and implementing Equal Opportunity plans and procedures.
    • Equity and inclusion programming and development
    • Conducting investigations and recommending discipline and supervisory practices.
    • Recruitment, employment, and classification services.
    • Employee/labor relations.
    • Developing and implementing professional development and training for employees and administrators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree, highly preferred.



  • Office environment.
  • Local travel to and between district sites.

Physical Abilities:

  • Hear and speak to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  • Sit for extending periods of time.
  • Bend at the waist.
  • Lift and carry objects up to 20 lbs.

Mental Capabilities:

  • Communicate and interact with others; compose oral and written communications and reports.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Organize, concentrate, discern, and retain information.
  • Self-regulate emotion and behavior.
  • Learn and memorize information; apply critical thinking.
  • Use devices including cell phone, computer, telephone, office equipment.


  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.   
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.   
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training. 

For full-consideration, all required application materials must be included in your application packet and must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.  We are unable to accept additional, non-required materials, such as reference letters.   Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at: We cannot guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.     CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year  Starting date:  As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.   Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:  In addition, the District is a participating member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the successful applicant would be a member of the Administrative Management Association (AMA).  The current Administrator Handbook can be found online at:  We are happy to assist individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process, provided that you notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.   The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.  

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews.  All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.   For more information about our application process contact:  Employment Services  Foothill-De Anza Community College District  12345 El Monte Road  Los Altos Hills, California 94022  Email: [email protected]  


Working at Foothill-De Anza Community College District

For more than 50 years, Foothill-De Anza has demonstrated excellence and innovation in academic programs and student services. As one of the largest community college districts in the United States, Foothill-De Anza provides credit classes for about 43,000 students per quarter. The colleges are active members of the League for Innovation in the Community College, a national consortium of leading two-year institutions.

The mission of the Foothill – De Anza Community College District is student success. We accomplish this by providing access to a dynamic learning environment that fosters excellence, opportunity and innovation in meeting the diverse educational and career goals of our students and communities.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Foothill-De Anza serves the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and portions of San Jose.

Foothill College

Foothill College envisions itself as a community of scholars where a diverse population of students, faculty and staff intersect and are engaged in the search for truth and meaning. We recognize that by necessity this search must be informed by a multiplicity of disciplinary modes of inquiry. In order to ensure that every student has the opportunity to share in this vision, Foothill College commits itself to providing students with the necessary student support services, outstanding instruction, and opportunities for leadership both within and outside the classroom. By enacting this vision, the college ensures that it remains the distinctive and innovative institution it has been since its inception.

De Anza College

Two words—"excellence" and "innovation" — have captured the essence of De Anza College for nearly four decades. Although each carries importance, together they're a winning combination that has established De Anza in the forefront of community colleges nationwide.   De Anza provides outstanding general education and vocational courses as well as interdisciplinary studies, community service opportunities, on-the-job-training, internships, collaborative programs with businesses and industries, and online and television classes.     

Employment with Foothill - De Anza

Foothill - De Anza Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the U.S. that has distinguished itself as a leader among California Community Colleges.

We currently employ approximately 1,200 full-time employees and 1,900 part-time employees. It is the policy of the District to provide an educational and employment environment which is committed to high quality, equal opportunity and diversity.

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