Director, Deaf Studies

  • Director
  • Fremont, CA
  • April 2, 2023

Ohlone College

Director, Deaf Studies

Ohlone College

Ideal Candidate Statement: Ohlone College is seeking a dynamic educational leader with a passion for teaching and learning, along with a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of the community college to assume the position of Director of Deaf Studies. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in the operational duties and responsibilities of providing leadership for an academic department.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess knowledge of the Deaf culture and is able to communicate fluently with deaf employees and students using American Sign Language. The Director of Deaf Studies demonstrates the capacity to be forward-thinking, is student-oriented in their leadership approach, dedicated to student success, and has an enthusiastic interest in curriculum and instructional improvement though ongoing critical thinking about student learning outcomes in courses and programs.

Ohlone College prides itself as a Learning College with the motto of “A World of Cultures United in Learning” and we are looking for administrators who embrace diversity in serving students of varied backgrounds and learning styles.

Job Description Summary: Direct, manage, supervise and coordinate Deaf Studies related programs and activities. Exercise direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff. Coordinate assigned activities with other College, division, and outside agencies. Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Dean of Language, Communication, and Deaf Studies.

The Director is responsible for the following academic programs and services: American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies Program, Deaf Preparation Program (DEAF), Deaf-Centered Interpreter Preparation Program (DCIPP), Gallaudet University Regional Center.

Additional responsibilities will include leadership for securing and maintaining accreditation according to the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE).

Essential Duties:
• Coordinate program efforts to recruit and retain students in ASL, DEAF, and DCIPP including the coordination of the screening of applicants and admissions processes.
• Represent Ohlone and the Deaf Studies programs and engage in activities that enhance partnerships with local, regional, and national stakeholders. Work closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to ensure that the program is responsive to the needs of deaf students. Provide supervision and support to the operations of the Gallaudet University Regional Center. Work closely with local interpreting agencies to ensure that the program is responding to the community needs.
• Oversee the operations of the Deaf Studies lab including hiring and retaining the lab supervisor and student employees.
• Oversee the alignment of DCIPP to CCIE accreditation standards.
• Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
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Education and Experience:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Title 5 Section 53420 – Minimum Qualifications for Educational Administrators)

Possession of a master’s degree;
One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment;
Commitment to community college goals/objectives of being an equity-based, anti-audist, and anti-racist institution, and providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests;
Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices;
Knowledge of Deaf culture and ability to communicate directly with deaf employees and students using ASL.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will have fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture, five years of responsible education related experience including two years of teaching experience in a college environment working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and/or ASL/Interpreting students.

Salary Range:
Range 226 – Management Salary Schedule ($121,714 – $155,343 Annually)

Benefits Statement:
Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. Below is a list of some of our offerings:
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*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

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