Dean, Arts, Letters and Learning Services

  • Dean
  • Imperial, CA
  • September 5, 2024

Website Imperial Valley College

Dean, Arts, Letters and Learning Services

Salary: $160,749.00 – $209,747.00 Annually

Job Type: Educational Administrator

Job Number: 24-057

Closing: Continuous

Location: Imperial, CA

Division: Arts & Letters/Learning Services

Representative Duties


With the goal of ensuring the equal educational opportunity of all students, Imperial Valley College embraces diversity among students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve as an integral part of our history, a recognition of the complexity of our present state, and a call to action for a better future. Embracing diversity means that we must intentionally practice equity and respect toward one another, and understand that discrimination and prejudices create and sustain privileges for some while creating and sustaining barriers for others. In order to embrace diversity, we also acknowledge that institutional discrimination and implicit bias exist, and that our goal is to eradicate those vestiges from our system. Our commitment to diversity requires that we strive to eliminate those barriers to equity, and that we act deliberately to create a safe and positive environment where individual and group differences are valued and leveraged for our growth and understanding as an educational community.

To advance the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for the success of students and employees, we must honor that each individual is unique and that our individual differences contribute to the ability of the college to prepare students on their educational journeys. This requires that we develop and implement policies and procedures, encourage individual and systemic change, continually reflect on our efforts, and hold ourselves accountable for the results of our efforts in accomplishing our goals.

We are invested as a community in cultivating and maintaining a climate where equity and mutual respect are both intrinsic and explicit by valuing individuals and groups from all backgrounds, demographics, and experiences. Individual and group differences can include, but are not limited to the following dimensions: race, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, religion, creed, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, and any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. We acknowledge that the concept of inclusion and diversity is ever-evolving, thus we create space to allow our understanding to grow through the periodic review of this statement. In service of these goals, Imperial Valley College is committed to fostering an employment environment that offers equal employment opportunity for all and an educational environment that ensures the equal educational opportunity of all students.

Imperial Valley College is co-recipient of the 2023 Aspen Award for Community College Excellence. It offers a full range of associate degrees, professional certificates and basic skills courses as well as a comprehensive array of university transfer and education courses. IVC has an annual full-time enrollment of more than 10,000 students.  The Aspen award committee noted that IVC has created one of the nation’s most effective partnerships with local K-12 systems and has excelled in graduation rates and post-graduation success of its student population. Its student success is based upon IVC’s work in eliminating barriers, addressing student challenges and fostering a culture of care in a rural area with high rates of poverty and traditionally low rates of educational attainment. Imperial Valley College is known throughout the region for its outstanding career programs, excellent programs of study in business, quality allied health, renewable energy and public safety programs and for excellent transfer and general education courses.  IVC is also a major economic engine in Imperial County. It is responsible for infusing millions of dollars annually into the local economy through its construction projects, general operations and annual earnings of its current students and graduates. For additional details regarding Imperial Valley College click here.

Under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Services, the Instructional Dean plans, organizes, administers, develops, and evaluates programs, projects, and activities of assigned academic departments and programs; provides leadership (and works collegially with) faculty and staff to offer high quality educational services for students; and supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned full-time faculty and part-time faculty, classified staff, and student workers.

Incumbents in this classification are assigned to manage and provide leadership to a large instructional program involving a group of academic subject areas, a continuing education program, or an instructional support, such as academic support. Dean positions may supervise staff directly or through first-line supervisors, such as Associate Deans.

The Instructional Dean is assigned to Instructional Services and manage the Learning Resources Center, major instructional program(s), and perform the following:

Review and evaluate curricula and effect changes as needed with the advice of department chairpersons and faculty; develop and coordinate instructional services in support of matriculation and student services; advise and direct faculty members in designing and implementing special projects; approve the selection of textbooks, visual aids, and other instructional materials; direct course approval applications for submission to the District and the State Chancellor’s Office; assure the timely development of class schedules; direct the review and revision of materials for college catalogs related to assigned instructional area(s); assign instructors according to qualifications, scheduling requirements, and established workload standards.

*  Provide effective leadership for program development and program review; analyze program outcomes; and participate in long-range planning for the District.

*  Responsible for the development of program and course schedules and enrollment management; set priorities for resource needs; Work with faculty and staff to develop ideas for program sustainability and improvement; maintain relevance of Division programs to meet student and community needs.

*  Responsible for the development and management of the division budget and administers financial resources consistent with District policy and sound financial management principles.

*  Supervise and evaluate faculty, classified staff, student workers, and auxiliary personnel in accordance with District policies and procedures, collective bargaining contracts, state, and federal regulations.

*  Encourage excellence in teaching; arrange for department orientation of new faculty and staff; work with appropriate staff and faculty to develop department/program/division staff development activities; Hold regular department chair and/or division meetings.

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Minimum Qualifications


1) Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a discipline related to the assigned area, AND
2) One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s assignment, AND
3) Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
1) Possession of a lifetime California Community College Chief Administrative Officer Credential,
2) Two (2) years of recent management experience in an institution of higher education,
3) Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Applicable sections of California Education Code.
Budget, accounting, and fundraising principles.
Content and course outlines.
Current trends which affect the assigned program.
Delivery systems for instructional and instructional support programs and services.
District organization, operations, policies, procedures and objectives.
District’s collective bargaining process.
Goals and objectives of assigned programs.
Goals of the District’s educational master plan.
Governance systems for California community college districts.
Local, State, and federal laws governing programs and services of community college districts.
Modern business practices, procedures, and equipment, including computer hardware and software.
Oral and written communication skills.
Principles and techniques of instruction and training.
Program and staff evaluation principles.
Public relations and marketing techniques.
Management, supervision, and public administration principles.
Technical aspects of field of specialty.
Trends in educational program offerings.

Skills and Abilities
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrate analytical and assessment abilities.
Develop and control budgets.
Develop and direct delivery systems and implementation procedures for assigned programs and services.
Influence and persuade people to follow a prescribed course of action.
Maintain excellent interpersonal relations with college, program and district staff, students and community groups.
Train, select, assign, supervise, and evaluate staff.

Certificates, Licenses, Special Requirements
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Supplemental Information

Initial salary placement is normally at Range 10 step 1. Initial placement may be negotiated at a higher step depending on experience and education. Please click here to review current salary schedule.

First Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by July 17, 2024, are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point. 

A standard application consists of the following:

  • Online District Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional Resume
  • All Academic Transcripts showing the date degree was awarded/conferred.
  • NOTE:  Please note that no additional attachments or information beyond the required documents noted above will be considered as part of the application. We kindly request that you adhere to the specified requirements outlined in the application guidelines.

For Additional inquiries please contact:
Martha Gutierrez

HR Technician – Recruitment
Phone: 760-355-6212

EEO Information

Imperial Community College District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

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