Dean of Counseling

Website San Diego Community College District

Dean of Counseling

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 5/16/2022

Position Number: 007654

Location: Continuing Education

Position Type: Academic

The Position:

Under the direction of a Vice President of Instruction/Student Services or other assigned manager, plan, organize and direct a major instructional, instructional support or student services program on a college campus or at a large continuing education site.

Incumbents in this classification are assigned to manage and provide leadership to a large instructional program involving a group of academic subject areas, a large continuing education program, an instructional support or a student services program employing certificated personnel such as academic support, student affairs, student development, student affairs/matriculation or student services. Dean positions may supervise staff directly or through first-line supervisors, such as Associate Deans.Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and evaluate an assigned instructional or instructional support program in accordance with legal requirements, District policies and sound instructional/guidance principles and practices. Establish overall objectives and plans; initiate and participate in overall program planning; assess needs for new programs/services; facilitate their development and implementation in accordance with established approval guidelines and budgets.

Major Responsibilities:

The Dean will supervise all operational functions of the Counseling Department. The Dean will engage in enrollment management, budget development, and tracking, and program development and implementation with the goal of improving student outcomes and closing equity gaps for disproportionately impacted students. Additional duties will include working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and classified professionals from instructional, administrative, and student services to develop and implement policies, procedures, and processes to standardize workflow and improve student success.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Develop and implement department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.

• Plan, organize, and direct student support programs, services, and initiatives relative to the area of assignment.

• Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the department work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.

• Prepare the department budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.

• Recommend the appointment of faculty and staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; monitor faculty contracts to assure accordance with association contract and district policies; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.

• Represent the department and division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.

• Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

• Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.

• Being an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.

• Perform related duties as assigned.



In compliance with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, applicants for this position must show evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Possession of a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; AND,

2. One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s assignment.

Desired Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

• Demonstrated experience in leading and developing student services and/or academic programs.

• Previous experience leading a counseling department.

• Proven success in the virtual environment delivering student support programs.

• Broad experience in program development, student engagement, student success initiatives, collaboration with instructional programs, and institutional change

• Ability to design, develop, and implement programs and services for students that close the equity gap.

• Ability to lead a team through strategic planning and vision

• Experience with guided pathways, multiple initiatives and funding streams.

• Experience working collaboratively with campus community stakeholders in a participatory governance environment.

• Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, physically challenged, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

• Experience providing or overseeing student success and retention programs and services

• Previous experience at a Community College and/or Adult non-credit institution

• Strong presentation skills to a diversified audience.


Training and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: qualification for a California Community College Supervisor Credential and three years of increasingly responsible and directly related management or supervisory experience in an institution of higher education.

Both of the following: (a) Master’s degree; AND (b) One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.

Pay Information:

Range 18 ($9,263.00- $14,852.57) per month based on the current Management Salary Schedule.

Initial salary placement is commensurate with related experience and promotional rules. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid: medical, dental, and vision plans; sick and vacation leave; and opportunities for professional development. Initial Salary Placement, Promoted or transferred employees will be placed as specified in the Management Employees Handbook. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. A temporary probationary period will be applied to the employee entering this assignment. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

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All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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