Dean of Student Success And Equity

  • Dean
  • El Cajon, CA
  • This position has been filled
  • January 4, 2023

Website Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District



San Diego County – Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn’t just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: College Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

Months worked out of the Year: 12 months

FTE: 1.0

Work hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Shift Differential: None

Salary Range: MG-10: $118,523 (Step A) or $123,264 (Step B) or $128,195 (Step C)

Based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: January 2023


Under the direction of the Senior Dean of College Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, plan, organize, and direct college success and equity planning and implementation to advance the College’s strategic goals and the District’s commitment to equity-minded student success; facilitate the implementation of the College’s strategic plan and equity and success initiatives with the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating equity gaps; provides leadership in other college planning and implementation efforts as they relate to student equity; supervise and evaluate the performance of certificated and classified personnel. Leads and advances a college culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at the college.


The ideal candidate will share Grossmont College’s commitment to our Vision, Mission, and Values (see below), especially our commitment to working collaboratively to cultivate an equitable student-centered learning environment for our students whose backgrounds include a broad range of cultural, socioeconomic, genders, abilities, and orientations.

Vision: Empowered through a culture of inclusivity, Grossmont College strives to maintain our student-centered philosophy while working to support the ever-changing needs of our students. Along with ensuring student success, Grossmont College continues to advance our antiracism and equity work as we venture further into the 21st century.

Mission: Grossmont College serves the diverse population of our surrounding community and beyond by creating clear and accessible pathways to degrees and jobs leading to social and economic mobility for our students. We work collaboratively to cultivate an equitable student-centered learning environment, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving student outcomes through ongoing assessment, evaluation, and data-informed decision making. Grossmont College offers associate degrees; transfer preparation, including Associate Degrees for Transfer; certificate programs; career education and workforce development.


  •  Learning and Student Success
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Pursuit of Excellence and Continuous Improvement
  • Integrity
  • Power of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Civility

Desirable Qualifications:

Experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students with an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusions of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes. Demonstrated commitment to participatory governance, consensus building, and team approach to management. Deep knowledge of critical issues of diversity and inclusion including experiences with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) practices. Proven ability to articulate a mission, vision, and related planning components based on the unique needs of an institution.


  •  Oversee campus-wide professional development opportunities needed to develop and implement evidence-based practices which lead to equitable outcomes.
  • Collaborate with faculty professional development coordinators to provide training in culturally relevant pedagogy, equity-minded classroom strategies, unconscious and implicit bias, cultural humility, and other related topics.
  • Facilitate relevant, courageous, and respectful campus dialogue and foster awareness and appreciation of the value of diversity and inclusion, and to empower individuals to take action in their respective roles.
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs and Student Services to support the infusion of culturally relevant pedagogy and practices into the college curricula and programs.
  • Partner with the Senior Dean of College Planning & Institutional Effectiveness and the District Office of Research and Planning to integrate disaggregated data and an equity mindset into all research, planning implementation and assessment processes, including campus climate surveys and the development and tracking of college performance indicators.
  • Provide consultation to campus leadership and constituents on institutional matters related to diversity, inclusion, and educational equity.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators to align SEA, Guided Pathways, and other Vision for Success initiatives into an intentionally cohesive strategic framework of programs, services, policies and processes, which are student-centered, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Co-chair both the Student Success & Equity and Professional Development participatory governance committees; serve in an advisory role to the Planning & Institutional Effectiveness governance committees.
  • Oversee, organize, and implement a cohesive student success and equity program in accordance with legal requirements, district policies and sound instructional and student services principles and practices.
  • Establish overall goals, objectives and plans; initiate and participate in success and equity program planning; communicate statutes, district and college policies and philosophies to division staff and the college community.
  • Support college-wide planning and inform decision making, student learning and service outcomes, and determine implications of college practices, policies and measures, and procedures.
  • Supervise and coordinate assigned curriculum planning and development; utilize available resources to develop new or revised curriculum; evaluate and recommend instructional materials, equipment and facilities.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement strategies, services and initiatives with other college departments to address disparities in educational access and success, especially for under-served students.
  • Develop processes, produce and implement strategies to effectively implement success and equity Professional Development; assess training needs and evaluate outcomes.
  • Communicate and interpret strategic plan priorities, objectives, and program offerings to students, staff, faculty, community organizations, and others.
  • Provide supervision and leadership to assigned faculty and staff participating in success, equity, and inclusion initiatives and projects.
  • Work with appropriate faculty and staff to ensure college-wide coordination for student success and equity initiatives.
  • Provide supervision and leadership to assigned programs, focused on disproportionately impacted populations.
  • In accordance with Governing Board policy; plan and coordinate orientation and in-service education for professional development of program faculty and staff.
  • Responsible to planning, coordination, and implementation of college-wide initiatives relating to equity and inclusion, leadership, and development of faculty and staff.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on college strategic priorities and other success, equity, and inclusion initiatives and activities for college-wide retreats, councils, committees, Academic and Classified Senates, and Governing Board.
  • Prepare and assign program budgets and submit through appropriate channels for approval; monitor and control assigned program-operating budgets; initiate special fund requests; determine need and priority for capital equipment and materials.
  • Administer and implement district and college rules, regulations, policies and procedures; assist in implementing contract provisions negotiated by the Governing Board and recognized bargaining units representing employees.
  • Serve as a member of district, site or other committees and task forces.
  • Participate in public information activities to promote and publicize total instructional and student services programs; respond to inquiries regarding curriculum or course offerings and services provided.
  • Prepare catalog material, class schedules, publications, program information, and other materials to communicate implementation of new programs and initiatives to advance the College’s mission and strategic priorities; recommend and implement new programs and activities to advance the College and District’s commitment to student access, success, and equity.
  • Prepare and provide data, reports, and presentation to support the college’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success by closing equity gaps.
  • Leads in the review of policies, procedures, programs and staff engagement that enhances equity and professional and leadership development.
  • Assure responsiveness of assigned special programs and student services functions to the overall needs of the campus, students, faculty and administrators.
  • Assure responsiveness of college-wide student success and equity measures and programs to the overall needs of the campus, students, faculty and administrators.
  • Participate in the search, screen and selection process for contract employees.
  • Prepare reports and make presentations.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the resolution of student, instructor and staff conflicts and problems.
  • Perform related duties as assigned regarding assigned programs as necessary; coordinate programs with business, industry, community organizations and other educational institutions.


Any combination equivalent to: Master’s degree from an accredited institution plus five years of achievement in management, supervision or leadership programs, departments or divisions within an institution of higher education, with emphasis in one or more of the areas to which the Dean position is assigned.


  • Understand the importance of holding oneself accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices.
  • Lead college-wide efforts to reframe inequities as a problem of practice and to view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility.
  • Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference.
  • Collaborate with faculty coordinators on providing professional development opportunities that foster a culturally responsive teaching environment.
  • Thoughtfully build relationships to promote buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity related projects and activities.
  • Effectively engage and support historically and racially minoritized groups by addressing issues of inequity and work toward creating a culturally responsive, affirming, and validating environment.
  • Develop and maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters diversity, respect and engagement.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Education Code, Title 5 and other administrative regulations and the ability to apply these regulations. Sensitivity to all facets of the community including the needs of various groups which comprise it.
  • Ability to successfully delegate, ensure adherence to College and District policies, practices and procedures, hold others responsible yet instill confidence among the faculty and staff.
  • Ability to exercise academic leadership to advance the College’s mission.
  • Facilitate communication and understanding of perspectives among faculty, staff, and students, within the framework of a multi-college district.
  • Commitment to the community college concept, including the open door philosophy and a diverse curriculum for a heterogeneous student population.
  • Ability to participate in the Community College planning process while participating in the achievement of the goals and priorities of the District as a whole.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and responsively with all segments of the College, District and community at large.
  • Facilitate communication and understanding, among faculty, staff, students, the community, within the framework of a multi-college district.
  • Dedication to keeping students informed while seeking their opinions and providing a range of student services.
  • Commitment to a comprehensive, student-oriented environment that facilitates learning and student development.
  • Ability to participate in the process, development, and achievement of the college vision, and communicate that to faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access and equity. Ability to exercise strong, academic leadership to advance the College’s mission.
  • Facilitate communication and understanding of perspectives among faculty, staff, students, and the community.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the classification.

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.