Dean, Counseling

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College of the Canyons

Dean, Counseling

An Educational Administrator Position

Position # ACA21-370 

Review Date: November 1, 2021 

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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.

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.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. 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.


Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services, the Dean of Counseling provides visionary leadership in support of teaching and counseling services for our students. This position leads and supports the delivery of counseling instruction, academic counseling, transfer counseling, career counseling, delivery of life skills, and oversight and development of student success teams. The Dean will continue to implement the Canyons Completes (Guided Pathways) framework. The Dean is responsible for promoting best practices through the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in support of student success. Engages College stakeholders in formulating best pedagogical and andragogical practices that promote the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in support of student access, success, and engagement. Within the scope of this position new components may be adjusted based on district or community needs.


(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:

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 administrative 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.

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