Dean, Equity & Engagement

Website Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Dean, Equity & Engagement

Initial Review Date: 06/02/23**

**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

Salary Grade: A2/A3-K

Full Salary Range: $149,938.85 – $210,979.04 annually*

*Actual placement is based on applicant’s verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $149,938.85 – $165,307.59) annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.

The Foothill – De Anza Community College District does not have a remote work policy. All employees are expected to be available to work in person and on-site per the requirement of the department.

Foothill – De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

De Anza College Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:

• Communication and expression
• Information literacy
• Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
• Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
• Critical thinking


Reporting to Associate Vice President of Instruction, the Dean of Equity and Engagement supports and advances a campus culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural humility and is responsible for leadership, planning, direction, coordination, general supervision, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of instructional areas, programs, and initiatives. Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and managers across campus, the dean will support culturally responsive development and retention strategies and pedagogies, practices, and programs that result in an effective, welcoming environment that fosters student success.


The Dean has specific areas of oversight within the department to include:

Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

Student Success and Retention Services (Learning Communities)

The mission of Student Success & Retention Services is to address historical and institutional inequities resulting in achievement gaps for underserved students by fostering a community of learners and leaders through innovative services and pedagogies that increase retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates.

Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy In Action

In 2015, the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement was renamed the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) in memory of late California State Senator John Vasconcellos. Throughout his career, Senator Vasconcellos was known for his work on public education and his commitment to civic engagement. VIDA will continue the ICCE’s mission to empower students to become agents of change in their communities and beyond; to foster education that meets the needs of the communities we serve; and to help develop pathways to meaningful participation in local, state, and federal government decision making processes.

Learning in Communities

A LinC is an innovative approach to learning designed for student success, links two or more classes together with a common theme, content, and materials and is a group of students and faculty working collaboratively in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. LinC is open to all De Anza students.

Honors Program

The goal of the De Anza Honors Program is to engage, support, and challenge self-motivated students to pursue a deeper education based on the principles of continuous intellectual growth, critical thinking, service-leadership and academic integrity, thereby enabling them to create opportunities for success in both their personal and professional lives.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center supports classroom instruction by helping students at all levels become better learners and gain the confidence and skills to achieve their greatest possible academic success.

We provide individual, group, and online tutoring in a variety of subjects; workshops on study skills, listening/speaking, reading/writing/grammar and other topics; course-specific Adjunct Study Skills courses; and tutor training courses.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

• Provide leadership and oversight in the implementation of the campus equity framework, including short and long-term goals, objectives and strategies for equity and inclusion and alignment with college mission, values and strategic directions and other college plans.
• Coordinate and collaborate with campus and district constituencies regarding equity-related projects, programs, activities and initiatives including instructional and student services divisions, shared governance groups, the Office of Professional Development, and the District Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee.
• Within the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education, support and direct staff and faculty in the coordination of special programs, trainings, and events; manage office operations and facilitate Equity Action Council meetings.
• Supervise and evaluate assigned academic, classified and management personnel; Coordinate faculty and staff work assignments, facilitate staff meetings, and conduct performance evaluations in accordance with district policies.
• Ensure quality of program accountability including program reviews, student and area learning outcomes and overall program quality. Utilize the results of assessments and institutional research to improve instruction and instructional support programs, teaching and student learning.
• Develop and monitor budgets and expenditures for areas of responsibility, including categorical funds; researches and approves expenditures for services, supplies, and equipment; works with appropriate staff to prepare reports required by college, district, state, and federal agencies within areas of responsibility.
• Assist the Associate Vice President in oversight of the Student Equity and Achievement Program and other equity and success initiatives by developing and maintaining effective programs, implementing assessment and evaluation methods, and completing plans and reports.
• Interpret and implement applicable federal and state regulations and ensure college policies and procedures, as appropriate. Assure compliance with district-negotiated agreements.
• Serve on relevant college and district committees, attend administrator meetings, and facilitate division and or area meetings.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and goals of shared governance.
• Administrative organization and management practices.
• Typical modern office computer software programs; report and presentation writing.
• Applicable federal, state, local, District and college laws, rules and regulations including but not limited to BSI, SSSP and Student Equity Initiatives.
• Collective bargaining contract provisions.
• Effective use of typical modern office computer software programs and equipment.
• Effectively communicate orally and in writing including report and presentation writing.
• Organizational skills that enable performance of duties in a timely fashion with attention to detail.
• Management of financial resources effectively including determining how best to utilize resources and managing budgets and expenditures.
Skills and Abilities:

• Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
• Coaching, mentoring or facilitation experience with regard to diversity, equity, social justice, and multicultural education initiatives.
• Planning, supervising and evaluating the work of others.
• Employee motivation and training.
• Work effectively with managers, faculty and staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the college and the assigned divisions or areas.
• Communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities.
• Demonstrate ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities.

• Master’s degree.
• One (1) year experience in a lead role such as a department chair, etc. or equivalent.
Preferred Qualifications:

• Three (3) years of full-time instructional, student, and/or support services experience in an institution of higher education or equivalent.


• Typical office environment.
• Subject to travel to conduct work.
Physical Abilities:

• Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
• Vision sufficient to read various materials.
• Sitting for extending periods of time.
• Bending at the waist.
• Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

• A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
• A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
• A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.
If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.


Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year

Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022


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