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San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 10/14/2022

Position Number: 000494

Location: San Diego Mesa College

Position Type: Academic

From San Diego Mesa College President Ashanti Hands:

San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students. As the “Leading College of Equity & Excellence”, we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.

As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state of the art facilities, and a world class faculty, classified professionals, and staff. For 57 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor’s Degree, to being a lead California Community College in graduating students with an Advanced Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges, and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.

We are adding new staff, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, beginning January 3, 2023, at San Diego Mesa College.

The Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, reports to the Vice President of Instruction, and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, evaluating, and advocating for all instructional programs in close cooperation with Department Chairs. This includes the coordination and supervision of class schedules, faculty teaching assignments, curriculum development, staff development, and budget planning. The Dean is involved in the hiring and evaluation of staff – both academic and classified. The Dean is expected to establish and maintain connections with relevant community and professional organizations as well as participate in college governance and decision making. The college is looking for an applicant who is a positive, collaborative, innovative, and energetic leader.

While the current vacancy exists at San Diego Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor.

Major Responsibilities:

  •  Provide effective leadership in the areas of planning and administering programs within the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The programs include: Accelerated College Program, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanography, Physical Sciences and Physics.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, classified professionals, instructional laboratory technicians and academic leaders to develop and communicate long- and short-range goals for the school, including alignment with the college’s master plan, strategic plan, and other planning documents and processes.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, classified professionals, and academic leaders to support curriculum development and review at both the course and program levels.
  • Work collaboratively with department chairs and administrators to hire, supervise, evaluate, support, and mentor all faculty and instructional laboratory technicians.
  • Work collaboratively with department chairs and administrators to understand and utilize enrollment management strategies in schedule development and other aspects of school management.
  • Conduct Dean’s office Program Review and support ongoing departmental Program Reviews.
  • Understand and contribute to a college participatory governance structure and collective bargaining environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with departments and schools across the campus, community and professional organizations.
  • Apply local, state, and federal regulations, including preparing reports, to the College’s and School’s instructional programs, courses, laboratory safety, and activities.
  • Knowledge of current state initiatives and legislative mandates, and programmatic challenges especially for mathematics education.
  • Provide direct support to students as needed to resolve student concerns and make referrals as appropriate to college resources.
  • Advocate for, coordinate, manage, and evaluate STEM programs, departments, disciplines and grants at the college, district, and community levels.
  • Work collaboratively and transparently with the VPI and other administrative leaders.
  • Promote and support policies, actions, and activities that foster an institutional culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, classified professionals, and staff.


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


One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience

reasonably related to the administrator’s assignment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 3 years classroom teaching experience in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in related STEM fields, industry, or organizations.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills including both oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated commitment to transparent communication.
  • Demonstrated experience with shared problem solving that is rooted in the vision, goals, and success of students and entire college community.
  • Demonstrated skills in understanding and supporting high standards of STEM classroom and laboratory instruction and technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diverse effective learning theories leading to student success that foster an institutional culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
  • Demonstrated experience in educational leadership roles.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the curriculum development process at the community college level.
  • Demonstrated recognition of and experience in the vital and valuable role and integration of STEM education across many different college programs.
  • Experience with preparing and managing a departmental budget in a transparent way that meets the goals and objectives of programs and disciplines within the School.
  • Experience with planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating academic programs, and advocating for future resource needs, including laboratory equipment and maintenance.
  • Experience in developing relationships with high schools, transfer institutions, and industry partners to promote seamless pathways for students.
  • Experience with the community college accreditation process.
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and respect for working effectively in a participatory governance environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working effectively in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the missions and values of the California Community College System, the San Diego Community College System, and Mesa College.


California Community College Supervisory Credential.

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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