Dean, School of Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering

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College of the Canyons
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Position Number: ACA22-404

College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita Community College District

announces an employment opportunity for

Division Dean, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering

Educational Administrator Position

Review Date: February 8, 2023

This position is a high priority for our District for the 2022-2023 year and is contingent upon continued available district, grant and state funding.

Who We are

The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As presented in our District Strategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success, “Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, but ideologies embedded in all actions and planning across all departments and functions of our college and its two campuses.” These areas of focus demonstrate a resolve to focus on student success and confirm that we are at the forefront of change with integrated planning efforts that both evolve and anticipate the needs of our students. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — fostering healthy inclusion through inquiry, shared dialogue and reflection to ensure that we promote a sense of community, collegiality and cooperation. When you join our team at the Santa Clarita Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, creative, flexible, innovative and equity-focused community that engages students, each other, and the community in scholarly inquiry, creative partnerships, and the application of knowledge and success.

The College and the District

College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students each academic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse student population that reflects our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve. Detailed information about our student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the College of Canyons Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) website. Additionally, College of the Canyons, was recently honored as a 2021 Bellwether College Consortium award winner, was honored in 2018, 2019 and 2021 with the Champion of Higher Education award, was ranked #1 in Los Angeles County during 2019 as the best two-year college for adult learners, and is rated #1 in Los Angeles County for completion rates by college-prepared students. It is distinguished as one of the top transfer institutions in Los Angeles County.

The Division

The Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering division is housed both on the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses, with a new state-of-the-art, 55,000-square foot science building located at the Canyon Country Campus with construction currently underway to remodel one of the existing science buildings on the Valencia campus. The division hosts a Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Center, offers courses through dual and concurrent enrollment, participates in the Rising Scholars program by providing instruction to incarcerated students, and offers robust distance education course offerings both synchronously and asynchronously. Students also have multiple opportunities to participate in various integrative learning projects such as the NASA High Altitude Student Payload program, research made possible through multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, districtwide sustainability efforts resulting in ongoing biodiversity efforts involving faculty and student engagement and research, and project-based learning and creation through our MakerSpace.

Who We Want

The ideal candidate will provide dynamic leadership, responsive and entrepreneurial direction to meet workforce needs as well as support our college’s commitment to educating the more than 32,000 racially and socioeconomically diverse students we enroll each year. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate must be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who share our commitment to closing equity gaps. The Santa Clarita Community College District seeks leaders possessing a strong grounding in academic and student services programs and a thorough understanding of the primary mission of the community college. We seek employees that value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

"BIG PICTURE" RESPONSIBILITY:

Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction, the Division Dean, Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering leads a cross-functional team of college and community partners to create new and innovative curricular opportunities for students in support of disciplines within the division of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering. This position provides visionary leadership in the Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering division for teaching excellence and student learning, with the goal of student success and continuous improvement of programs and services, while promoting the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and antiracism. The division dean strategically engages community and workforce partners to initiate innovative programs and services in response to evolving and growing needs.

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  1. Leads the overall operations of the Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Division. Provides leadership and supervision to the faculty, MESA Center director, and staff of the division including but not limited to the following departments/programs within the division: Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Geographic Information Systems, Oceanography, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering and a variety of teaching laboratories, and other departments as assigned. Promotes a dynamic environment that encourages innovation and excellence in the division.
  2. Leads a cross-functional team of college and community partners to create new and entrepreneurial opportunities for students in support of workforce development. Facilitates, leads, and inspires collaboration among faculty and administrators, workforce and economic advancement, along with local business and industry partners in response to evolving future of work needs. Represents College of the Canyons in the community as an entrepreneur, innovator, and identifier of resources to best serve the evolving needs of our students and emerging programs.
  3. Facilitates the development of the strategic plan for the Division with input from department chairs and program supervisors. Initiates proposals for the division that enhance and further the College’s core objectives. Facilitates and encourages the development and exchange of innovative ideas within the division. Plans both short-term and long-term goals for the division as well as the impact of new program offerings.
  4. Serves as the district’s Chemical Hygiene Officer. Works closely with appropriate instructional administrators, faculty, staff, and students to ensure proper implementation of the district’s Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  5. Plans, monitors, and administers program budgets and expenditures. Strategically allocates resources to support division needs. Identifies and secures outside funding opportunities for the division. Coordinates the submission and execution of grants and contract funds by preparing applications, budgets and reports for local, state and federal agencies. Prepares and submits all related financial reports for related funds in a timely manner.
  6. Collaborates with faculty to develop curriculum in response to student, workforce, and community needs, including establishment and use of student learning outcomes. Designs new opportunities to enhance student success within the division and conducts outreach to K-16, business, and industry to respond to evolving workforce development and community needs. Ensures assessment and analysis of learning outcomes. Reviews, evaluates, and approves Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering credit and noncredit courses that honor diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and antiracism principles in support of student success. Develops marketing strategies for credit and noncredit classes as well as Community Education offerings.
  7. Formulates the final schedule of classes to the Instruction office and ensures it meets the needs of students using a Guided Pathways framework. Takes into consideration the recommendations from department chairs and works with staff to produce accurate schedules, program and catalog information, and multi-year instructional plans in support of student completion and the Guided Pathways (Canyons Completes) framework. Works with faculty and administration to identify and expand programmatic opportunities via inmate education, dual/concurrent enrollment, and adult education in alignment with the Enrollment Management Plan. Reviews with faculty the selection and approval of textbooks, supplies, materials, equipment maintenance and inventory.
  8. Initiates and leads the innovation and continual improvement of the College’s academic programs through effective communication, overseeing instructional program planning and systematic program reviews. Develops proposals to increase the capacity of the division to serve the needs of students, the community at large and local industry. Recommends changes to maintain relevance of division programs with respect to the district’s Educational & Facilities Master Plan, Strategic Plan, and annual program and budget reviews.
  9. Ensures that policies and procedures are followed as required and stipulated in college policies, administrative procedures, program certification and accreditation, articulation activities with colleges and universities, and local, state and federal guidelines.
  10. Actively supports the institutional accreditation process. Monitors and communicates changes to the Instruction office related to accreditation standards. Conducts and participates in college research. Prepares reports for state licensing boards, grants and contracts, program and college accreditation, including self-evaluations.
  11. Promotes equity, inclusion, and diversity in processes including hiring, orienting, scheduling, and evaluating faculty and staff. Ensures compliance with AB 1725, Education Code, Title V, labor agreements, college policies and procedures, and accreditation rules and regulations. Promotes, encourages, and provides opportunities for staff development and participation in community outreach activities.
  12. Conducts needs analyses, market surveys and other research in concert with faculty and Institutional Research to identify viable and sustainable courses, programs and majors not currently offered. Takes the initiative to identify gaps between existing offerings and the needs of students, industry and the community at large. Works collaboratively with deans, department chairs, faculty and other relevant staff and external agencies to continually improve and implement quality programs into the curriculum and schedule of classes.
  13. Promotes and markets the instructional programs to extended stakeholders. Creatively strategizes to increase the capacity of the division to serve the needs of industry and the community at large. Works collaboratively with relevant programs and faculty to establish partnerships and linkages with business, industry, and community organizations and other educational institutions in the procurement of internship and apprenticeship opportunities to support emerging skills and trends.
  14. Constructs and implements engaging activities to promote STEM in support of the division’s curricular offerings and services. Serves as an advocate for students and provides oversight for the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center in coordination with the MESA Director.
  15. Fosters and maintains relationships with regional educational institutions, and appropriate community-based organizations related to Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering. Assists faculty in the development of advisory committees and provides guidance in working with advisory committees. Collaborates with K-16 administrators to establish and maintain articulation agreements and pathways for high school students by developing dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities. Engages with the Workforce & Economic Advancement division to support efforts in identifying and developing necessary future of work and workforce training opportunities.
  16. Provides first-line administrative response in resolving complaints pertaining to division faculty, curricular, and co-curricular issues. Organizes and chairs division meetings; facilitates group discussions and involves faculty and staff in idea generation, goal setting and decision-making.
  17. Removes barriers for students by closely engaging with College services such as financial aid, tutoring, counseling, Academic Accommodation Center, Institutional Research, and other programs and services for students. Interprets Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering program requirements and objectives to other college departments to ensure appropriate and available access.
  18. Participates actively on relevant campus-wide committees including enrollment management, strategic planning, student learning outcomes, budget development and management, program review, and program advisory groups such as the College Planning Team, Deans Council, Management Advisory Council and numerous others as required. Participates in professional organizations.
  19. May occasionally serve as Night Administrator and Incident Command System (ICS) as needed.
  20. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Canyons HallPersonall and Professional Competencies:

Every administrator with the College is expected to be:

  • A creative, innovative, energetic instructional leader; a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications;
  • A leader who possesses interpersonal skills and qualities, including a can-do optimistic attitude, creativity, ambition, sensitivity, honesty, integrity, fairness, flexibility, a sense of humor, and an entrepreneurial nature;
  • An experienced academic committed to continued improvement; a visible, accessible and collaborative educator 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;
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of the college’s strategic goals;
  • A fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility;
  • A leader knowledgeable of management theories and practices, learning theories and practices, and community college finance;
  • A skilled planner who can systematically allocate resources to further institutional goals, evaluate the results of the allocations, and develop strategies for continued development; and
  • A skilled leader adept in planning for the emerging needs of the District and successful in resource generation and partnership development.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(Requirements 1 and 2 must be met in order to qualify for the position):

Education (Requirement #1):

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline reasonably related to the assignment; (See our website for evaluation requirements for units and degrees earned at foreign institutions)

Experience (Requirement #2):

  • Option #1
    • Two (2) years of academic administrative experience in an institution of higher education reasonably related to the assignment OR
  • Option #2
    • A minimum of two (2) years of successful leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's assignment; AND
    • A minimum of one (1) year of successful experience providing leadership for a major district-level initiative/program; AND
    • Completion of a leadership training program of at least one (1) semester in duration.
  • DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Three (3) years recent academic or professional experience in one of the professional areas in the discipline (Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Geographic Information Systems, Oceanography, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering);
    • One or more years of responsible experience in developing, implementing and managing Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering programs in a college, university, or district post-secondary educational setting. Includes program and curriculum development processes as well as implementation and approval procedures at local and state levels;
    • Demonstrated successful experience linking educational programs and services while designing partnerships that are responsive to the economic and workforce development needs of business and industry;
    • Demonstrated successful experience using data, surveys and student/community input to develop new and revise existing curriculum;
    • Prior teaching experience in one or more of the areas to which the Dean position is assigned;
    • Demonstrated successful experience acquiring program or institutional resources and facilitating partnerships between local and regional business and industry groups and the campus community;
    • Demonstrated successful experience leading programs, including: strategic planning and decision making; staffing, evaluation, and supervision; and developing and managing budgets;
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, meet deadlines and establish structures, systems and processes in response to the many system wide mandates to reach goals and objectives with initiative and to completion.
    DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
    • Ability to lead, implement, and manage change;
    • Knowledge of the mission of California Community Colleges;
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities through progressively more responsible positions and assignments;
    • Understanding of the curriculum process and ability to develop and implement credit and not-for-credit programs;
    • Understanding of teaching and learning strategies and experience in evaluation of those strategies;
    • A track record of leading innovative planning, developing, and producing quality instruction and student services delivered via technology;
    • Ability to relate well and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and business and industry representatives of diverse backgrounds to achieve the college’s strategic goal of being an entrepreneurial college;
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a participatory manner with all segment of the college community and community at large;
    • Proficiency in applying technological applications to daily work;
    • Ability to lead, implement and manage change;
    • Ability to interpret and uniformly implement district policies and procedures and the college bargaining agreements;
    • A commitment and sensitively to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, gender, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff as well as commitment to integrating diversity in the College’s instructional program;
    • A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, antiracism, and universal access for all populations;
    • A heightened sense of integrity, high energy, devotion to collegiality and civility as the accepted mode of discourse, and an exceptional level of creativity and initiative;
    • Ability to manage and direct a staff with diverse responsibilities and simultaneous projects in a team environment and achieve conflict resolution;
    • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally, in writing, and using technology;
    • Ability to motivate and develop staff as well as provide a collegial work environment.

    SALARY PLACEMENT

    This twelve (12) month per year position will be on an individual contract. Salary placement will be Range 18 of the Administrative Salary Schedule. Initial salary placement will be based on education and experience. All administrators are on an employment contract and exempt from overtime and compensatory time accumulation.An excellent benefit package, including medical, vision, dental, life and Section 125 is offered.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    Position requires sitting and viewing a computer monitor for extended periods of time plus frequent periods of standing and walking, which may include climbing staircases; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and related equipment; reaching, bending, kneeling, crawling and stooping; frequently exert 10-20 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; hearing and speaking to communicate and provide information to others; vision to read printed material and computer monitor; handling and working with various materials and objects; and travel from site-to-site.

    DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR BENEFITS

    Full-time employees are provided with a diversified program that includes medical, dental and vision insurance including dependent coverage, disability and life insurance as well as Section 125 options. These benefits commence on the first of the month following date of hire. Professional development opportunities are provided to all employees. Educational incentive programs are available to eligible employees.

    RETIREMENT: Educational Administrators contribute to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
    • Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening.
    • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
    • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
    • Board of Trustees approval.
    • Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment.
    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

    Santa Clarita Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    The Santa Clarita Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected basis under the law.

    Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.

    Students

    ABOUT THE DISTRICT

    Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These characteristics not only define College of the Canyons, they are embodied by the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college unique among the 116 California Community Colleges.

    Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the fastest-growing colleges in California and the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. Its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education responsive to industry needs.

    Guided by visionary leadership, the college serves a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that includes the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley. A steady influx of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. The growing diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution.

    The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. Examples include the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach initiative, which allows thousands of children to experience the arts each year, and Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school at the Valencia campus that is ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation.

    With campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, the college offers 92 associate degree programs, including 23 associate degree for transfer (AD-T) options, as well as 71 certificate programs. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. Additional educational opportunities exist at the University Center, whose four-year colleges and universities offer approximately 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well certificate and credential programs.

    Because of the college’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved two bond measures valued at more than $240 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities built to accommodate them.

    Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons sets a new standard for what a college can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us to discover unexpected possibilities, the freedom to innovate and an opportunity to shape the future.

    APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:

    Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online at https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/. If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661) 362-3427 or for the hearing impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661) 362-5178. Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.

    All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the Review Date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings. The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite #360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.

    Your application is not complete until the following required materials have been uploaded online or received by the Human Resources office:

    • A District Academic application.
    • A list of six (6) references with their names, titles, business and home telephone numbers. The list should include two (2) current and two (2) former supervisors, one (1) subordinate, and one (1) community or business representative. All references (except for former supervisors) must be within the last five (5) years. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s knowledge.
    • A current detailed resume, summarizing education and experience.
    • Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement. Provides specific details and examples of your direct leadership in achieving the list of minimum and desirable requirements for this position.
    • Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree awarded. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
    • Confidential Recruitment Source Information (Voluntary Survey). This is voluntary and is part of the online applicant profile separate from the application.
    • Supplemental Questionnaire. Complete the Supplemental Questions as part of your application packet.
        1. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to equity and diversity? How have you demonstrated that commitment throughout your professional career? How would you see yourself demonstrating it in the role as the Division Dean for Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering at College of the Canyons?
        2. Please provide a concise summary of your experience overseeing the development and maintenance of new, innovative curriculum and programs as related to disciplines found in the Division of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering.
        3. Describe your experience with budgeting, monitoring expenditures, grants, and other resource procurement efforts.
        4. How have you worked with faculty, staff, and management to develop a student-centered schedule of classes using a Guided Pathways framework that allows for student access, success, and completion?
        5. What role have you served in working with faculty, staff, and management to promote short-term and long-term instructional program planning in support of overall district strategic goals?

    Please note:

    • Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
    • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
    • Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
    • “Experience” generally refers to relevant paid experience. In some instances, unpaid experience may be counted as experience towards meeting the minimum qualifications or requirements for the position only if it entailed responsibilities substantially similar to those of relevant paid positions in the field. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide sufficient information and details to the Human Resources office at the time of submission of their application packet. Details should include the organization, contact name and contact information, start and end dates, hours per week, and a list of relevant unpaid/volunteer duties or responsibilities performed. Not all unpaid experience may qualify. Upon offer of employment, an applicant will be required to obtain written verification(s) of any relevant unpaid/volunteer experience.
    • Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
    • Please be aware that, should you be considered as a finalist for this position, reference checks will include current supervisor(s).
    • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:

    Human Resources Office

    (661) 362-3427

    TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at

    https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District. Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.

    The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews between the weeks of February 28, 2023 and March 1, 2023 conduct final interviews between the weeks of March 7, 2023 and March 8, 2023. This is an estimated timeline, and is subject to change.

    Interviews may be conducted in-person or remotely via Zoom.

    This is an in-office position.

    Positions are offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled. This recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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