Interim Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies

  • Dean
  • Redwood City, CA
  • This position has been filled
  • October 1, 2023

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141598S
Position Title Interim Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies
Location Cañada College
Department Academic Support & Learning Technologies CAÑ (DEPT)
Position Number 3A0019
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year other
If other, please specify Through June 30, 2024
Min Salary $178,152 (annual)
Max Salary $226,356 (annual)
Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District
Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), enrolling approximately 10,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that reflects the communities that it serves. For more than 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs with a variety of innovative student support services. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIEwebsite.

Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position
Reporting to the Vice President of Instruction, the Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and assessing instructional student support, professional development programs, and academic technology designed to ensure student success. The Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies works closely with the Vice President of Instruction, Academic Division Deans, faculty and staff to deliver integrated instructional programs, including the Learning Center, Library, Faculty Teaching & Learning Center and Lounge, learning communities, communities of practice, online education and resources, professional development, zero textbook cost initiative, instructional technology campus lead, student support/retention for guided pathways, and other college-wide student success programs. The Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies is responsible for improving, expanding, and delivering innovative and successful programs which promote student success
and are integrated into the college comprehensive re-design efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the position and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.
  1. Provide leadership, plan, coordinate, direct, support, and assess the activities of the Learning Center, the Library, online education and resources, professional development, zero textbook cost initiative, communities of practice, learning communities, academic technology campus lead, student support/retention for guided pathways, and other college-wide student success programs
  2. Work in collaboration with the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness to set up reporting mechanisms to maximize program efficiency
  3. Oversee the execution of evaluation procedures for all faculty and staff in the Academic Support Division
  4. Work with faculty and staff to ensure that all academic support programs meet requirements for all college planning and evaluation activities, including but not limited to program review, accreditation, resource allocation, and student learning outcomes and assessment
  5. Provide leadership in addressing accreditation standards and college initiatives
  6. Participate collaboratively in strategic planning and policy development
  7. Plan on both a short- and long-term basis for staffing levels in the Academic Support division
  8. Develop and manage the Academic Support division budget and direct the development and implementation of selected externally funded initiatives
  9. Assist with the development of resource allocations for facilities, equipment, and technologies that sustain academic support programs
  10. Provide leadership and coordination for the efficient use of college academic support services facilities and learning technologies and collaborate with District
  11. Support and promote external grant opportunities to support student success and faculty development
  12. Provide direction and support to help faculty and staff engage in meaningful assessment of student learning outcomes
  13. Work with the Vice President of Student Services to encourage integration of appropriate student and instructional services
  14. Plan, implement, and evaluate activities to ensure that academic support services are regularly assessed for evidence of student achievement and learning, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes and accreditation standards
  15. Promote professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  16. Represent the college to professional organizations, governance entities, community groups, and prospective donors and friends of the college
  17. Serve on college and District committees
  18. Serve as key emergency prevention, preparedness, and response personnel as assigned
  19. Foster instructional and institutional effectiveness by undertaking other duties as necessary or as delegated by the Vice President of Instruction
Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution OR the equivalent
  • One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
  2. Knowledge of and/or experience with federal regulations, Title 5/Education Code, California regulatory agencies, accreditation requirements, and collective bargaining practices
  3. Knowledge and understanding of learning assistance programs and learning-centered strategies for adult learners
  4. Knowledge or familiarity with library and learning center services
  5. Knowledge or familiarity with learning technologies and distance education
  6. Knowledge or experience with establishing and managing basic skills programs
  7. Knowledge or experience with state-wide professional development initiatives and best practices
  8. Knowledge or experience with learning communities or other student learning programs
  9. Knowledge or experience with directing the development of student learning outcomes and their assessments and using the results to improve student learning
  10. Ability to improve student success and retention through effective services and programs
  11. Ability to foster innovation in instructional programs
  12. Ability to provide leadership, direction, and support to academic and classified staff within the assigned programs and services
  13. Ability to motivate and encourage others to work constructively and cooperatively to achieve and sustain a student-centered learning environment
  14. Skill in providing leadership for appropriate integration of learning technologies and pedagogy into instructional programs and activities, including distance education
  15. Skill in effectively managing budgets and coordinating the use of facilities
  16. Skill in coordinating the writing, implementation, and reporting of grant applications
  17. Ability to communicate effectively with students, staff, faculty, and the public
  18. Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  19. Skill in effectively managing faculty and staff and coordinate work performed by others
  20. Skill in interpersonal communication, professional relations, and conflict resolution; persuasive communication and negotiation skills and ability to handle confrontation
  21. Ability to promote and adhere to the principles of participatory governance
  22. Ability to ensure timely and accurate preparation and submittal of comprehensive reports as required
  23. Ability to compare, analyze, and interpret data with attention to detail
Physical Requirements
This classification requires the ability to type, use phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing 35 pounds or less; ability to exert 10 to 20 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a computer monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control device, manual dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard; ability to communicate and provide information to others; read materials and computer monitor in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience and a minimum of one year experience as an administrator in post secondary instruction or related field.
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date 06/30/2023
First Review Date 07/14/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.  The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.