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Director of College Equity, Inclusion and Access

South Orange County Community College District
Saddleback College

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Director of College Equity, Inclusion and Access

Job Category:

Classified Administrators and Managers

Job Opening Date:

March 30, 2023

Job Closing Date:


Saddleback College

Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA

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Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs)

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Starting at $10,318 per month

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Description:

Classified Manager District Management Team Salary Range 15

Initial Screening Date: April 27, 2023

A Resume and Cover Letter are required.

Please Note: Employment in this position is contingent upon funding from Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEAP).


The Director of College Equity, Inclusion, and Access is a strategic leader focused on promoting an inclusive and equitable environment for the college. The Director will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and programs which will support the college’s strategic plan, and engage students, faculty, and staff in building a welcoming and inclusive culture at the college.


In collaboration with constituent groups, leaders, and stakeholders from across the college, the Director is responsible for the development, coordination, planning, and delivery of programs, trainings, and services that address the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. The Director ensures effective processes and procedures that facilitate dialogue and strengthen a welcoming campus climate of respect, innovation, and commitment to social justice. The Director will provide expertise and consultation to college leadership and relevant constituencies on best practice standards in support of the college’s strategic plan, including strategies on closing equity gaps among students.

The Director also provides leadership, support, programmatic development, and administration for equity efforts at the college, including overseeing the college’s equity and inclusion center in providing a safe space and support system for historically minoritized college students.


Receives supervision from the Vice President for Student Services or designee.

Management and supervision of program staff, including participating in the program hiring, evaluation, performance intervention and retention of staff members in areas of supervision.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical for this position. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Lead the establishment of a clear long-term strategic vision for the college equity center rooted in best practices, student development theory and social justice.

Develop and implement diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives that create an inclusive and respectful campus that engages all members of the college community, including, but not limited to, college leadership, faculty, staff, and students, in developing and implementing these initiatives.

Assist committees with the implementation of professional development activities related to equity and inclusion.

Provide expertise and consultation to college leadership and relevant constituencies on best practice standards to continually improve planning, policies, and services that align with DEIA initiatives.

Collaborate with Student Services and the Office of Instruction to bring focus to and/or develop initiatives for addressing the elimination of equity gaps in student achievement needs; facilitate the use of disaggregated data and other equity data to measure, assess and track the college’s progress in addressing gaps in access, inclusiveness, and achievement.

Organize, attend or chair a variety of college equity committees and/or meetings related to assigned areas of responsibility.

Advocate to college leadership on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access including strategies for closing and/or improving student equity gaps.

Coordinate and manage the staff and operations of assigned areas.

Manage the development, administration, implementation, and evaluation of program and service operations of assigned areas such as Basic Needs, Undocumented Liaison, LGBTQ+ Coordinator, and cohort programs for underrepresented student groups.

Develop, prepare, administer, monitor and review annual budgets for all assigned programs.

Coordinate with the Student Development Office to provide support and guidance to campus recognized cultural and identity-based student organizations.

Work closely with academic department chairs and other faculty to support and complement academic courses and programs with special lectures and events.

Expand and deepen relationships with academic departments and campus offices to build capacity and cultural fluency to better serve historically minoritized college students.

Partner with the Office of Planning, Research, and Accreditation to conduct needs assessments to identify justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues that are not currently being addressed, with an emphasis for supporting and/or improving equity gaps of diverse student populations; collaborate interdepartmentally to implement initiatives to meet identified needs.

Train, supervise, evaluate, and direct the work of personnel as assigned.

Participate in hiring committees as assigned; develop and provide orientation for new employees within assigned areas.

Maintain relationships and collaborate with external and internal stakeholder groups to promote and advance DEIA, including legislative leaders and organizations.

Keep informed of changes and developments in the areas of DEIA including in legislative and legal areas.

Keep relevant campus stakeholders informed of such changes and developments.

Perform other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position and the District's mission and philosophy.

Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Bachelor's degree in education related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA), ethnic studies, social justice, cultural studies, critical race studies, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, multicultural education, psychology/counseling, sociology, anthropology, or related field,. Master’s degree in related field desired.


Two years of progressively responsible experience related to the duties and responsibilities listed above.


Leadership experience in multicultural, social justice education, and leadership development programs in a college or university setting including experience working in a multicultural environment.

Skills to communicate and work with diverse constituencies, particularly in program and service development, implementation, and assessment.

Experience with fiscal, unit operational and supervisory responsibilities.

Evidence of leadership in developing and administering training programs on various DEIA related topics to promote individual and organizational growth and development.

Knowledge of student development, identity development, multicultural, and social justice education.

Broad knowledge of social justice concepts, practices, and experience in articulating the intersections of identities.

Evidence of working in a complex multi-layered higher education organization with diversity in people, policies, and programs.

Experience in providing an inclusive work/educational environment to faculty, staff, and students.

Advance skills to effectively lead and facilitate group discussions; lead small group training sessions and engage in public speaking.

Strong conflict resolution and restorative justice skills.

Evidence of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.

Experience teaching or facilitating workshops at the college/university level.


A valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability may be required for some positions to drive a District or personal vehicle to attend meetings or pick up/deliver documents or other materials.


District policies and applicable state and federal regulations related to student development and equity.

Modern office management methods and technology, including computers and a variety of software.

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned project or program area.

Oral and written communication skills.

Organizational development and administration; staff and program management.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Preparation and administration of budgets.

Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to office staff and student workers.

Processes, procedures, and practices of budget preparation and administration.

programs; website maintenance; use of social media.

Strong knowledge, commitment, and ability in the areas of identity development, diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Work organization and office management principles and practices.


Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

Apply District and departmental policies, procedures, and regulations.

Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Communicate professionally in confrontational situations.

Compile, organize and use various financial information necessary in the preparation of the budget(s).

Compose reports and correspondence; analyze administrative problems and prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise reports and recommendations.

Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Develop innovative programs that strengthen the quality of services provided to students of varying backgrounds.

Ensure compliance with all laws, regulations and policies through effective office supervision and leadership.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues and situations.

Fairly and effectively manage personnel.

Maintain departmental website that promote programs and inform program participants through the use of social media.

Manage categorical budgets and grants.

Perform duties in a timely manner despite interruptions; meet established deadlines.

Plan and coordinate the most effective use of staff, facilities, and resources to achieve program goals. Comprehend and stay current with laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Provide available resources to students on an individual basis.

Utilize keyboarding skills commensurate with the required functions for this position.

Work effectively with diverse populations.


The work environment and physical demands described here represent those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Duties are typically performed at a desk or computer terminal; subject to noise from office equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with academic and classified staff and others. At least minimal environmental controls are in place to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:

Must frequently sit for long periods; use hands and fingers to handle keyboard or other objects; reach with hands and arms. Must speak clearly and distinctly to ask questions and provide information; hear and understand voices over the telephone and in person; and respond quickly and effectively to campus emergencies. Must see and hear adequately to perform accurate mental assessments of students or others. Lift, carry, and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Important: You must make sure that you have completed your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.


The South Orange County Community College District, founded in 1967, is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in the City of Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in the City of Irvine, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in the City of Tustin. With its strong ties to the 25 communities it serves, South Orange County Community College District links higher education to the quality of life and economic vitality of Orange County while helping generations of residents to fulfill their learning aspirations. South Orange County Community College District currently serves over 40,000 students each semester and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff.

Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are accredited, offering associate degrees and providing academic major prerequisites that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Critical career technical education programs, popular continuing education courses, and exciting cultural opportunities are also available at each campus.

Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine provide students with rigorous academic classes, as well as state-of-the-art professional, vocational and skills training. Students, ranging in age from teens to retirees, receive cutting edge, “real world” training, making them highly competitive in the job market. For older, retired students, the Emeritus Institutes offers challenging and enriching special interest courses covering a broad spectrum of educational topics. Vibrant Community Education programs provide myriad lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in Tustin the Fall of 2007 by offering courses from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.

Visit one of our campuses today and help us celebrate over 40 years of education and opportunity!

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