Dean (Business, Computer Science, Culinary and Community Education- Interim Assignment)

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Dean (Business, Computer Science, Culinary and Community Education- Interim Assignment)

Posting Number: 0001485

Location: Diablo Valley College

Salary: $10,250 – $12,489 per month

Position Definition:

Under administrative direction of a higher-level manager, oversees division(s) or areas of a college or District instructional, student and/or support services operation. Manages and evaluates assigned managers, supervisors, department chairs, faculty and staff, in conformance with appropriate policies and procedures. Carries out complex projects and special programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

A Dean serves as a division/area administrator, overseeing the delivery of instructional, student or support services programs within a defined area or divisions. A Senior Dean can have multiple major programs reporting to the position and may supervise lower level Deans and administrators. The Executive Dean classification is reserved for the oversight of major college-wide or Districtwide programs, projects or large off-campus centers.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: Provides vision and leadership for a diverse, dynamic and innovative community of faculty, staff and students. Provides year-round leadership, management, participation and development of an instructional, student, and/or support services division’s day, evening, weekend, inter-session and summer programs. Assists in the hiring process of management, faculty and classified staff for assigned division or area and recommend personnel actions to supervisor. Assists in the training of assigned managers, supervisors, faculty and classified staff. Evaluates assigned managers, supervisors and classified staff. Assists in the evaluation of faculty. Organizes and manages the operation of the assigned division or area office; coordinates and administers its budget. In collaboration with faculty, develops curriculum, supports a variety of methods of instruction, including computer-assisted instruction and distance learning, and ensures course and program articulations are kept current. With division faculty, staff, and other administrators, manages the preparation of the class schedules, catalogs, brochures and other printed or electronic materials for the assigned division(s). Facilitates grant applications for assigned division or area, manages grants, and prepares required reports. Serves as liaison to other college divisions, areas and services, advisory committees, individual students and student groups, and appropriate university, school and other off-campus and community groups. Serves on college and district committees as assigned. Organizes, manages and participates in the annual planning and budgeting process in cooperation with managers, supervisors, faculty and classified staff and in concert with college goals for assigned division or area. Manages the approved annual budget for assigned area. Accurately interprets applicable laws, regulations and collective bargaining contract provisions. Responds to and seeks resolution of complaints arising from division/area activities, including participating in the process of collective bargaining contract grievances. Provides leadership for and assists with departmental program reviews. Assists in accreditation process. Supports a climate that promotes innovation and improved service to students and the community; cooperates with area staff and other managers to develop processes that are student friendly and supportive of student success. Manages and participates in the continued evaluation and improvement of the assigned area’s instructional, student, and/or support services programs. Promotes the assessment of student outcomes in order to determine the effectiveness of student learning and student development programs in the area. Assists in the coordination of area programs with those of other institutions and in the development of partnerships with external agencies. Actively participates in and supports college and District shared governance components and activities and other collaborative processes. Employs appropriate techniques and strategies to resolve disputes and to enhance communication and cooperation among the members of the college and District communities. Interpret and analyze appropriate laws, policies, rules and procedures to determine impact on assigned instructional or student services division or program area and oversee compliance and reporting strategies. Travels throughout the District in carrying out responsibilities and functions. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:


Earned master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Experience: Equivalent to at least three (3) years of full-time instructional, student, and/or other relevant support services experience. Equivalent to one year’s experience in a lead role such as a department chair, etc.

License/Certification: Ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver’s License.

Knowledge Of:

Computer-based technology for management of assigned divisions/areas and for instructional, student, and/or support services; the goals of shared governance; principles and practices of administrative organization and management, planning, supervising and evaluating the work of others, employee motivation and training; applicable federal, state, local, District and college laws, rules and regulations, and collective bargaining contract provisions; complex business level English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; modern office tools such as computers and printers; typical modern office computer software programs; report and presentation writing.

Skill To:

Ability To:

Use organizational skills that enable performance of duties in a timely fashion with attention to detail; effectively communicate orally and in writing; manage financial resources effectively including determining how best to utilize resources and managing budgets and expenditures; use personal computers utilizing typical office software applications, including the Internet; work effectively with managers, faculty and staff in a participatory governance environment to accomplish the goals and objectives of the college and the assigned divisions or areas; exercise good judgment; communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, politics, philosophy, disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students and employees in an educational environment. Successful experience leading and/or contributing to efforts to increase diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in business, computer science, culinary arts, or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated interest in increasing access and success among historically underserved populations. Successful experience leading and supporting faculty and professional staff in improving the college’s progress towards equitable student outcomes. Successful experience implementing guided pathways to improve equitable student outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative leadership experience, demonstrating the ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders across the organization to build teams and support student learning and success.
  • Ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence, empathy, perspective-taking, openness, and willingness to give and receive feedback.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem identification and creative problem solving, sound judgment and decision making, critical thinking and analysis, organizational skills, and cultural humility.
  • Track record of successful entrepreneurial leadership, strategic planning, change management, program implementation and evaluation, and managing across multiple important priorities.
  • Ability to develop and maintain budgets, records, and statistical information for internal analysis, management, planning, evaluation, and reporting purposes.
  • Experience in promoting and providing profitable not-for-credit college educational programs and services to the community.

Special Instructions:

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read this announcement and apply for this interim Dean position at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill campus. We are excited about getting to learn more about who you are, why you are passionate about leading faculty and programs at a community college, and what you would be like as an administrator and member of our campus community.

As part of our ongoing work in guided pathways, we are realigning our college structure around Interest Areas, and this position is a newly created role to support our commitment to equitable student success. Under the general direction of the Vice President of Instruction, the Interim Dean of Business, Computer Science, Culinary, and Community Education provides entrepreneurial vision and leadership for Community Education and the career areas represented in the Business, Computer Science, Culinary, and Community Education programs. The dean joins a collaborative and integrated team of instructional and student services deans responsible for providing leadership in supporting equitable student success at Diablo Valley College. This position will be directly responsible for administrative oversight of four academic departments and programs with strong traditions of academic excellence: Business, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, and Community Education. The Dean nurtures and promotes a culture of excellence, equity and student learning within and among departments and divisions in order to increase student success. The Dean shares leadership for the implementation of the college’s Educational Master Plan and Guided Pathways within the Business, Computer Science, and Culinary Arts interest area. The Dean participates actively in the college’s governance processes, including institutional planning, resource allocation, and evaluation. The Dean provides vision, support, and oversight for Community Education, an enterprise area of the college that provides community programming such as College for Kids and Lifelong Learning. The Dean will work creatively with Community Education staff to increase service to the community and revenue generation to enhance the Community Education program. Internal and external applicants will be considered for this 24 -month Interim Dean position effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

In addition to the application, please submit a cover letter (not to exceed 3 pages) addressing what interests you in this position and the minimum and desirable qualifications outlined in the job announcement.

The supplemental questions are a chance for us to learn about your strengths, perspectives, and how your unique background, experiences, and skills will help to achieve the goals of the college. Please make sure to answer all parts of each supplemental question and use these questions to explain how you satisfy the desirable qualifications for this position (maximum 500 words each). You may repeat information from a previous answer if you feel it is necessary to fully answer a question.

NOTE: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $ 10,250, second step $ 10,770, or third step 11,314 per month, depending on experience. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $ 12,489 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Job Close Date: 4/14/2021

Open Until Filled: No

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