Director of the Learning Commons

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141726S
Position Title Director of the Learning Commons
Location Skyline College
Department Academic Support & LT SKY (DEPT)
Position Number 2F0167
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year 12
If other, please specify
Min Salary $142,008 (annual)
Max Salary $179,892 (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
Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Skyline College’s Office of Planning, Research, Innovation, & Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

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 Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies, the Director of the Learning Commons has primary responsibility to fulfill the college mission by serving our diverse communities through engagement, collaboration, partnerships, innovation, and leadership to integrate library, learning center, and other academic support services. The Director provides vision, leadership, and management in developing innovative services and integration of technology in library, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and related student success functions. Public contact is extensive and involves staff, faculty, and administrators at all levels within the college. The Director of the Learning Commons supervises, assesses, trains, and develops faculty and staff so that they can provide exemplary service that focuses on student success.

Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. 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 classification.
  1. Directs all aspects of the Learning Commons with a strong commitment to public service, customer satisfaction, and quality programming for students, faculty, staff and community patrons
  2. Provides leadership for all aspects of library operations, including acquisitions, reference, circulation, collection development, technical services, outreach, and programming
  3. Coordinates and integrates academic support services with leadership from other functional areas such as tutoring, testing, supplemental instruction, and professional development
  4. Contributes to curriculum development, student success, and retention initiatives
  5. Creates a dynamic and innovative Learning Commons environment that meets the needs of students based upon current research, best practices, and user assessments assuring that services are provided in multiple formats and locations
  6. Collaborates with students and academic partners to meet the needs of all types of learners in both face-to-face and online courses
  7. Directs and supervises all aspects of staffing including developing, scheduling, training, and evaluating Learning Commons employees
  8. Makes recommendations for innovations and improvement based on the review and tracking of system and process data, and keeping informed on advancements and changes in the fields of student learning, library, academic support, and academic technology
  9. Provides leadership for the interpretation of college policies and establishes and administers Learning Commons’ procedures
  10. Develops, administers, and advocates for the Learning Commons budget, programs, and grant proposals when applicable
  11. Serves as key emergency prevention, preparedness, and response personnel as assigned
  12. Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
    • Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution in Library Science or a discipline reasonably related to the position OR the equivalent
    • Two years of managerial experience in a supervisory role reasonably related to the assignment
    • Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills
    • 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. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages change and innovation; and the ability to interact effectively and work productively, collegially, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a complex and rapidly changing environment
  2. Ability to view issues from a college and campus-wide perspective, foster teamwork, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration
  3. Excellent customer service skills and proven ability to develop and sustain productive customer relationships
  4. Proven successful supervisory, management, and leadership experience with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development
  5. Experience planning and coordinating all aspects of library and/or learning center operations
  6. Progressive administrative experience within a library, learning commons, or academic support center; minimum of three years of experience working in higher education
  7. Knowledge of best practices in student success strategies and learning-related support services
  8. Demonstrated experience and engagement in applying emerging and academic technologies that support the learning process in the classroom and online and those that support process improvement and automation of services
  9. Skill in communicating respectfully, sensitively, and effectively with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds
Physical Requirements
This classification requires sitting for extended periods of time, pushing and pulling, and visual acuity. The ability to type, use a phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight, work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse or other control device, and dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience in a community college library and/or learning center
    • Knowledge of specific programs and related college services available to the campus community, students, and other potential participants
    • Experience in grant writing
    • Knowledge of library operations
    • Experience with Ex Libris Alma
    • Knowledge of specific Learning Commons programs and related services
Benefits
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. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are also available. Academic managers participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Open Date 01/16/2024
First Review Date 02/20/2024
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 https://jobs.smccd.edu 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: www.smccd.edu/hr

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.
Accommodations
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) 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 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.

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