Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning

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Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141782S

Department: Educational Svcs & Planning DIST (DEPT)

Location: District Office

Position Number: 1F0001

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

If other, please specify:

Salary Range:


Min Salary: $149,112 (annual)

Max Salary: $188,892 (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 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:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 20,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District 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 the

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:

Responsible to the Vice President of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE), and under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning, the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning is a full-time 12-month position responsible for managing initiatives, partnerships, and grant development efforts that support the implementation of the District Strategic Plan. This position is expected to manage the office, both its staffing and budgets; identify opportunities, including funding sources, and to support the development and sustainability of District and college programs. The Director develops projects and grant proposals; identifies and interprets policies; develops procedures; engages in technical writing; and maintains effective collaboration with District and college leadership, external partners and various internal and external stakeholders.

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.
• Plan, direct, organize, and manage the administration of high-quality initiatives and partnerships that support the District’s Strategic Plan and further student success
• Develop proposals and solicit grants from external funding sources; work with the District and colleges to apply for public and private grants to support district-wide efforts; administer grant funding
• Monitor district-wide grant projects, including – but not limited to – the submission of required reports as necessary in accordance with grant contract terms and agency requirements, federal, state, and District, policies and regulations. Analyze, plan, and implement systems to support efficient and effective management of grant funds and grant funded activities
• Work with the Director of Districtwide Research and the colleges to design and implement program evaluation processes and procedures to assess effectiveness of strategic initiatives related to external funding sources
• Work with the Director of Districtwide Research and the colleges to evaluate outcomes of strategic initiatives aligned with the metrics of the District Strategic Plan
• Maintain operational, financial, and related records required by granting agencies and prepare reports for grant-funded projects as required
• Perform duties in conformance with applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
• Train, motivate, and oversee the work of staff, student assistants, and contract employees
• Direct, coordinate, and participate in short-range and long-range planning; conduct research and surveys to determine current effectiveness and future needs; prepare related reports and plans and share with the District and college community
• In collaboration with District and college leads, liaise with business organizations, governmental agencies, community and regional groups, other community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities
• Participate in a variety of committee and staff meetings in support of economic development programs and activities; participate in other related committee assignments as required, both on and off campus
• Current/upcoming projects include: Districtwide coordination and budget reconciliation of the Promise Scholars Program, Districtwide coordination of Project Change (program development, management, and reporting) and the Rising Scholars, Districtwide coordination of CCAP Dual Enrollment, SB 893 Free Community College policy implementation coordination, Cohort code/Special Population coordination, Selective/Special Admissions Compliance Project, DegreeWorks: Course to Program Applicability implementation and Enrollment Services Committee (ESC) participation
• Perform related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution, preferably in business, public administration, or a related discipline OR the equivalent
• Three years of increasingly responsible experience in public administration, policy analysis or related programs, which include grant writing, 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

Physical Requirements:

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of higher education policies, procedures, and practices
• Knowledge of and experience in strategic initiative and partnership development and management
• Skill in preparing clear, concise, comprehensive, and technical written and oral reports
• Ability to learn, interpret, and successfully apply District policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
• Demonstrated skills in successful interpersonal communication and leadership
• Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer software to format, compose and prepare statistical, financial and narrative reports, presentations and other written materials
• Understanding of and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college district
• Successful experience in writing and securing grants (public and private)
• Knowledge of basic research and planning methods
• Experience in training, supervising, directing, and evaluating the work of others
• Quality collaborator with a superior work ethic and good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:


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: 04/26/2024

First Review Date: 05/31/2024

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 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:

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 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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