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Dean, Kinesiology, Health & Wellness, Fitness & Athletics

College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons, CA, CA

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Santa Clarita Community College District announces an employment opportunity for Dean, Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Fitness and AthleticsAn Educational Administrator Position Open Until FilledFirst Review Date: January 3, 2024This position is a high priority for our District for the 2023-2024 year.
Salary Placement: This educational administrator position is twelve (12) months per year and will be on an individual, multi-year contract and exempt from overtime and compensatory time accumulation. Salary placement is on the administrative salary schedule, Range 20, starting on steps 1 to 3 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent benefit package including medical, vision, dental, life and Section 125 is offered.


Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction, the Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Fitness, and Athletics must demonstrate visionary leadership in support of teaching excellence, coaching excellence, competitive excellence and student learning, with the goal of student success and continuous improvement of programs and services. The Dean ensures division compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations, including Title IX and the CCCAA, board policies, and the protocols and integrity of communication associated with campus decision making and organizational structure. Within the scope of this position, new components may be added or deleted based on evolving needs by the district or community.Example of Duties


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Leads the overall operations of the Physical Education, Kinesiology, and Athletics Division. Promotes a dynamic environment that allows for faculty, staff, and coaches to flourish and encourages innovation and excellence across the division.
  • Leads in the development of wellness programs and other opportunities to support the campus and local communities. Represents College of the Canyons in the community as an entrepreneur, cultivator of new ideas, and identifier of resources to best serve the evolving needs of our students, staff, emerging programs, and the community.
  • Supervises and provides work direction to the Athletic Director.
  • Planning
  • Facilitates the development and integration of ideas into the strategic plan for the District with input from departments chairs, directors, coaches, staff, and colleagues. Initiates and encourages the development and exchange of innovative ideas within the division. Plans both the short- and long-term goals and objectives for the division and provides the support necessary to achieve those goals.
  • Plans, monitors, and oversees the administration of division budgets and expenditures. Strategically allocates resources to support division needs including those of individual teams, as well as the needs related to the instruction of Physical Education, Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Management. Identifies and works to secure outside funding opportunities. Ensures the proper execution of grant and contract funds by assisting with planning, implementing grant budgets and ensuring reports are prepared in a timely manner for local, state and federal grants.
  • Collaborates with faculty to develop curriculum and funding proposals in response to student, workforce, and community needs, including establishment and use of student learning outcomes. Leads the faculty to design new credit and noncredit opportunities to enhance student access and success within the division and conducts outreach to K-16, business, and industry to respond to evolving workforce development and community needs. Develops marketing strategies for credit and noncredit classes as well as Community Education offerings.
  • Formulates and recommends the final schedule of classes to the Instruction office and ensures it meets the needs of students using a Guided Pathways framework. Facilitates input from department chairs, faculty, the Athletic Director, and staff to ensure that the academic mission works seamlessly with the needs of instruction, practice, and competition. Reviews with faculty and staff the selection and approval of textbooks, supplies, materials, equipment maintenance and inventory to support all instructional offerings and athletic competitions.
  • 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. Seizes and makes the most of opportunities to support and enhance the division and build bridges within the college and with the community. 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.
  • Communication and Coordination
  • Ensures the communication and enforcement of applicable policies and procedures as required and stipulated in Federal law, the California Community Colleges Athletic Association (CCCAA), college policies, administrative procedures, program certification and accreditation, articulation activities with colleges and universities, and local, state and federal guidelines, such as Title IX.
  • Actively supports institutional accreditation and program-specific accreditation processes. Monitors and communicates changes to the Office of Instruction related to accreditation standards affecting the division. In conjunction with the Athletic Director, prepares reports for the Western State Conference Program Review, as well as other reporting requirements, including contributing to the College’s self-evaluation reports.
  • Participates in and provides leadership to several personnel related processes for the division including hiring, orienting, scheduling, and evaluating faculty, coaches and staff. Ensures compliance with AB 1725, Education Code, Title 5, collective bargaining agreements, college policies and procedures, and accreditation rules and regulations. Promotes, encourages, and provides opportunities for staff development and participation in community outreach activities.
  • Works closely with the Institutional Research Department to conduct an annual survey related to student interests in competition. Responsible for annual reports to the Federal Government via the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) and related reports to the Western State Conference and CCCAA.
  • Works closely with the Public Information Office (PIO) and Athletics Director to promote and market the competition programs within the division. Ensures that the Sports Information Director and other PIO staff have access to coaches, players and staff. Ensures that all statistical reporting and websites are accurate and complete.
  • Assists in the recruitment of students within the Division’s curricular offerings and services. Serves as an advocate for students.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with regional educational institutions, local business, and community supporters. Assists faculty and coaches in fund raising activities designed to enhance the overall program.
  • Serves as District Representative on relevant campus committees, the local community and statewide organizations, events and meetings, and professional organizations. Participates in professional development opportunities, and models continuous learning and improvement. Guides faculty in the development of advisory committees and provides support in working with advisory committee members.
  • Ensures that competitive events meet the standards expected by the College, California Community College Athletic Association, and the Western State Conference. Supervises the Athletic Director in game management, away competition travel and all other aspects of two-year college competition.
  • Makes written and oral presentations on behalf of the College.
  • Serves as Night Administrator and Incident Command System (ICS) as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications and Minimum Requirements

    (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, Doctorate or Ph.D. in educational leadership preferred; (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 full-time leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment; AND
  • A minimum of one (1) year of successful full-time 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.

  • Three (3) years recent academic or professional experience in one of the professional areas in the discipline (Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Fitness, Athletics, Recreation Management);
  • One or more years of responsible experience in developing, implementing and managing Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Fitness, Athletics, Recreation Management Division programs in a college, university, or district post-secondary educational setting. Includes program and curriculum development processes as well as leading the implementation and approval for the local and state levels;
  • Demonstrated successful experience networking with the community in support of Kinesiology, Health and Wellness, Fitness, Athletics, and Recreation Management programs and services;
  • Demonstrated successful experience using data, surveys and student/community input to develop new and revise existing curriculum;
  • Prior teaching experience at the college or university level in one or more areas to which the Dean position is assigned;
  • Demonstrated successful experience acquiring program, division or institutional resources and facilitating partnerships between local and regional business and industry and the campus community;
  • Demonstrated experience related to innovations in instructional technology, methods and student learning;
  • Demonstrated experience related to basic skills and student success;
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading programs related to the administrative assignment, including: strategic planning and decision making; staffing, evaluation, and supervision; and developing and managing budgets; and
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, meet deadlines and establish structures, systems, and processes to reach goals and objectives with initiative and to completion.

  • Knowledge of the mission of California Community Colleges, the California Community College Athletic Association, and the Western State Conference;
  • Understanding of the curriculum process and ability to develop and implement credit and not-for-credit programs;
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning strategies and experience in evaluation of those strategies;
  • A track record of being innovative in planning, developing and producing quality instruction and support services;
  • Ability to relate will 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 segments of the college community and community at large;
  • Proficiency in applying technological applications to daily responsibilities;
  • 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 sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, 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;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, 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; and
  • A tolerance for ambiguity and a good sense of humor.

    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, an entrepreneurial nature, and a tolerance for ambiguity;
  • 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;
  • An excellent communicator, an initiator, and anticipator;
  • 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 capable 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.

    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.Further Details


  • 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.
  • Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.

    Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online at 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 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.
  • 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.
  • A presentation will be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
  • 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.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:
  • Human Resources Office(661) 362-3427TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at
    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.
    This position is open until filled. Initial interviews may be held in-person on campus. Final interviews will be held in-person on campus. Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

    This is an in-person, on campus position. Position is 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.

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