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Dean, Student Services

College of the Sequoias
Visalia/Tulare/Hanford, CA, CA

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Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

General Description

Under the direction of the Vice President of Student Services, the Dean will provide leadership, direction and administrative responsibility to a diverse and comprehensive Student Services Division charged with promoting and delivering programs and services that enhance student success.

Areas of responsibility, divided between three deans, may include:

  • Admissions & Records
  • Articulation
  • CalWorks
  • Counseling
  • Access and Ability
  • EOPS
  • Financial Aid
  • Foster Education Programs
  • Hanford Student Services Coordination
  • Mini-Corps
  • Student Success Program
  • Student Activities and Affairs/Student Senate
  • Student Discipline/Grievances/Concerns
  • Giant Dream Center
  • TRIO Programs: UBMS SSS
  • Transfer & Career Center
  • Tulare Student Services Coordination
  • Veterans
  • Welcome Center
  • Basic Needs
  • International Students
  • Puente
Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. Sequoias Community College District provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career, and technical programs for our students. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, and who have a passion for student success.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITYSequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and values candidates who have the ability to serve students from diverse academic, cultural, socioeconomic, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Sequoias Community College District seeks to promote and maintain an environment that is built on mutual respect and free from discrimination by employing faculty members who are equity-minded, collegial, and guided by their dedication to helping students achieve their educational goals. Ideal candidates will share the Sequoias Community College Districts’ commitment to be knowledgeable about and implement equitable learning and teaching methods appropriate to serve students from all backgrounds, demographics and experiences.

Job Duties

Job duties of the Dean, Student Services include:

  • Provide leadership, supervision and administrative direction to all functional areas of responsibility.
  • Manage, direct and evaluate the work of assigned managers, academic and classified support staff; recommend for employment, direct the assignment of, and direct the evaluation of all assigned Student Services staff.
  • Prepare, monitor, and recommend an annual budget for assigned Student Services components of the District and approve and monitor fiscal expenditures for all programs within the areas of responsibility.
  • Review and evaluate assigned programs and services; recommend and implement approved plans and policies to facilitate and improve the operations and programs of Student Services.
  • Work cooperatively with District staff, coordinators, managers and administrators to achieve established goals and objectives for all programs within the Division.
  • Develop and generate statistical data and reports related to Student Services programs.
  • Develop, coordinate, and dual supervise student services programs at all three campuses.
  • Represent the division concerns and needs to the Vice President.
  • Interpret District policy and administrative decisions to those employees under your supervision.
  • Provide leadership and direction for a staff development program for management, classified and certificated personnel in the Student Service area.
  • Work in collaboration with other Dean of Student Services, and Program Directors.
  • Direct and participate in the preparation of grant proposals for external funding.
  • Prepare and present governing board matters, reports, and action items related to areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate program review and program planning for areas of responsibility; participate in and support the accreditation process.
  • Represent the District in District and State-level activities related to Student Service Operations.
  • Administer the Student Code of Conduct due process and student discipline; adjudicate a student appeals and grievances.
  • Interpret and perform assignments in compliance with pertinent federal, state and local laws, and contractual eligibility regulations for each Student Services program.
  • Chair or serve on various District committees and participate in professional organizations as appropriate; act as Evening Administrator as assigned.
  • Assume other duties normally associated with management.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):
Any combination equivalent to:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position (in either education or experience) but feel you possess qualifications that are equivalent to the minimum qualifications, please write a one-page summary explaining your position and submit as a "Supplemental Attachment" within the "Attachment" section of the online application.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience managing a student service program is highly desirable.

Licenses and Other Requirements:
  • Valid California's driver license.
  • An incumbent must be insurable at the "standard rate" by the employer's insurance carrier at all times while employed in this classification by the College of the Sequoias Community College District.

Working Conditions:
  • Indoor work environment.
  • Travel from site to site.
  • Multi–project, fast–paced office environment; able to meet concurrent deadlines.

Physical Abilities:
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate to provide information over the phone and in person.
  • Ability to remember key information and concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard.

Knowledge and Abilities
The hiring committee is seeking evidence of the following:
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of leadership, management and supervision.
  • Purpose, mission and goals of the COS Community College District.
  • District organization, operations and budget.
  • Laws, regulations, restrictions and requirements related to college admissions, records, financial aid programs and other assigned programs.
  • Budget preparation, implementation and administration.
  • Curriculum development at both the course and program level.
  • Student services theory and practice.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

Ability to:
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to staff involved in assigned programs and services.
  • Communicate clearly in both oral and written form.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and programs related to enhanced use of computer technology in the delivery of services to students.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural and disability backgrounds of community college students and staff
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Work on multi-projects; meet deadlines.
  • Stay current with trends and technological advancements in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work cooperatively in an environment of shared governance by maintaining effective working relationships with students, staff and community organizations.
  • Interpret, apply and explain district policies and legal regulations and requirements
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline and evaluate performance of direct subordinates.
  • Work cooperatively with other educational institutions and agencies (i.e., universities, Chancellor's Office, other community colleges, county office of education and K-12 schools.)
Application Procedure

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit:

  • An online job application.
  • Equity Narrative (included within the online application).
  • Letter of interest which addresses how the applicant's experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the job duties.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university work. Official transcripts required upon employment.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Linda Reis at or (559) 736-3867.
The Sequoias Community College District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to prohibiting unlawful discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, age (40 and above), religious creed, religion, political belief or affiliation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, childbirth, breastfeeding/lactation status, medical condition, military and veteran status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. College of the Sequoias does not sponsor H-1B Visas


College of the Sequoias is a two-year California community college offering educational and enrichment programs for the residents of its district in Tulare and Kings counties. The college was established in 1925 and moved to its current 62-acre main campus site in Visalia in 1940.

In addition to the campus in Visalia, COS operates a full-service center in Hanford that is also home to the college's police and fire academies.

COS also opened its Tulare College Center in January 2013. It is a full-service college center and the home of COS' agriculture program

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