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Dean of Instruction: School of Agriculture - Modesto Junior College 2024

Yosemite Community College District
Modesto, CA

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Job Title:

Dean of Instruction: School of Agriculture - Modesto Junior College 2024


Modesto Junior College

Salary Range/Other:

2023-2024 Management Salary Schedule Range 45: $11,028 to $14,015 monthly / $11,261.10 to $14,248.10 monthly with Doctoral. Stipend is provided for an earned doctorate.

Benefits :

The District currently pays for a number of health options for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Scope of Assignment:

DEFINITIONInstructional Deans lead Schools that bring together MJC’s discipline programs for similarity in curricular, transfer, and career goals. The Schools provide cohort support services through Success Networks that serve students in their general areas, assisting from the incoming undecided student to the declared major to succeed, persist, and complete. Instructional deans encourage success by creating a culture where students and employees can belong, learn, and thrive in and out of the classroom. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISEDUnder direction of the Vice President of Instruction, plans, directs, manages and oversees the administrative activities and operations of the assigned School; supervises classified and certificated personnel assigned to the School; oversees the preparation and conduct of academic programs (day and evening), academic curricular and co-curricular activities of the faculty, and all pertinent administrative and personnel actions; guides and participates in equity-based curriculum planning and evaluation, course and program promotion, and evaluates requirements for instructional staff, facilities, supplies and equipment; makes recommendations to the Vice President about standards, policies, and procedures applicable to instructional services and performs other duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The Education/Experience, Knowledge and Ability requirements are representative of essential duties.

Education and Experience:

  • Education: Possession of a Masters’ degree from an accredited college or university related to the administrative assignment.
  • Experience: One year of formal training, internship, or college leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment. AND three years of teaching or administrative experience, preferably at the community college level.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of current issues involving community, economic development, curriculum development and instructional technology related to academic disciplines in the School
  • The diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and strategies.
  • Principles of current issues involving curriculum and instruction; all college services and programs; state and federal laws
  • Codes and regulations affecting instruction and instructional programs
  • Principles and techniques used in the administration of equitable and strategic budget and planning practices

Ability to:
  • Work with an equity-minded framework. that is committed to diversity and inclusion. Learn, use, and implement new technologies as tools for learning, teaching, administering and generally improving the work area or scope of work
  • Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies, within and outside the District
  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills, ability to motivate students and staff; deal with issues related to instruction and needs of students and staff
  • Plan, organize, direct, administer, review, and evaluate assigned programs and services
  • Exercise sound judgment in the performance of duties
  • High degree of professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to understand, motivate and deal with issues related to instruction and the needs of students and staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and campus activities

Example of Duties:


  • Leadership & Operations
    • Plan, direct, manage and oversee the administrative activities and operations of the School.
    • Supervise and evaluate faculty and staff within the School, including but not limited to supervising workload, providing in-service training and professional development, fostering an equitable and inclusive culture, resolving conflicts.
    • Call and preside over regularly scheduled School meetings and special meetings as needed; serve on regular and special committees as assigned by an executive team member.
    • Provide leadership in facilities planning, development, maintenance and management.
    • Participate in local, regional, and/or state professional leadership organizations.
    • Participate in Deans’ Cabinet; serve on committees within and outside the district.
    • Set School priorities, long-term and short-term goals
  • Enrollment Management, Scheduling, and Budget
    • Plan and develop teaching schedules and coordinate room assignments; supervise curricular and co-curricular programs in the day, evening, and summer and utilize a variety of modalities in support of the goals of the enrollment management plan
    • Support the goals of Dual Enrollment and other enrollment-related initiatives
    • Develop the School’s budgets; plan and maintain budgetary control within the funds allocated directly for the School; collaborate in fund-raising and grant-writing activities.
    • Plan, organize, and implement strategies to meet enrollment goals.
  • Student Success, Completion, and Equity
    • Develop and facilitate diverse and equitable staffing for programs, including the recruiting, hiring, supervision, and evaluation of all certificated and classified staff; oversee the evaluation of all certificated and classified staff in accordance with the contracts between the district and employee groups; chair all search committees.
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of equity goals for the School.
    • Support excellence in teaching and innovative pedagogy.
    • Work with success network to promote retention, success, and belonging.
    • Coordinate School activities and initiatives that help students feel connected, engaged, valued, directed, nurtured, and focused.
  • Curriculum and Program Development
    • Compile and report information related to the School’s programs, including the Administrative Program Review, the Educational Master Plan, Accreditation, and special projects.
    • Coordinate with faculty to design, implement, and maintain clear program pathways within the School to maximize student retention and completion.
    • Develop and administer grants when needed to support instruction and activities of the School.
    • Provide effective leadership for program development and improvement; represent School concerns and needs to the assigned Vice President.
  • Community Outreach
    • Work with community and industry groups, advisory committees, and/or K-12 partners to promote a positive image and community support of the college in the assigned School; serve as liaison between the college and the community; identify community education needs and communicate those needs to the Vice President or other appropriate party.
    • Work with citizens advisory committees to maintain links between college programs and employer and industry groups, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Licenses and Certificates:

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License may be required

Physical and Mental Standards:

Physical and Mental Standards*

  • Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person, and exhibit culturally relevant communications.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to work with empathy and creativity; make data-informed, equity-minded decisions and concentrate; navigate frequent contact with others from multicultural backgrounds; represent the college in public; anticipate and meet frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

*Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Work is generally performed in a standard office environment on a campus with a culturally and ethnically diverse student population
  • Work will require evening and weekend hours

Additional Applicant Information:

Applications are accepted online only at:
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Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.


Only online application packets will be accepted including:
• YCCD Administrative online application
• Resume
• Personal letter of interest

Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by email or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

The District may hire more than one applicant with this applicant pool.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.

In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:

District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Yosemite Community College District
2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358
(209) 575-7935

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On behalf of everyone at the Yosemite Community College District Office, Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, we welcome you to our District. All of our employees throughout the District are dedicated to excellence in serving our students. Even with all the fiscal issues that we are facing within the State of California, our staff has been working miracles with continuously reduced budgets. We continue to serve our students well, and provide them with great opportunities and a quality education. As the Chancellor, I am very proud of their efforts and dedication.

One of my greatest challenges is to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability of our institutions. One way this is accomplished is through long-range planning. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Colleges of the YCCD - especially with all the construction and completion of our Measure E building projects. We are very grateful to the community for your support of these efforts. Students will benefit for years to come; we extend to you heartfelt thanks.

The Mission of the Yosemite Community College District is: "The YCCD is committed to responding to the needs of our diverse community through excellence in teaching, learning and support programs contributing to social, cultural and economic development and wellness." We take this mission statement seriously; it is the one key element that we base all our efforts on - it is our charge to provide excellent, meaningful service to the community.

As educators, we always focus on offering life-changing opportunities for our students; that is our business. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my 30 year higher education career has been witnessing lives changing right before my eyes as students graduate or achieve their educational goals. When they go on to create successful lives for themselves, their families and their communities I know we have done our job! This is the reward of the work that we collectively do at the Yosemite Community College District. I most cordially invite you to become more involved in our dynamic educational community called the YCCD.

Most sincerely,

Joan E. Smith, Ed.D.


Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.

Modesto Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in the state, was organized in 1921 to serve the first junior college district established under a State Legislature Enabling Act. Modesto Junior College was established to meet the needs of the community. Today the college strives to maintain the same objective—that of dedication and service to the community.

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