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Dean, School of Exercise Science, Health, Dance and Athletics
San Diego Community College District

  • Jan. 5, 2017
  • Dean, School of Exercise Science, Health, Dance and Athletics
  • Exercise Science
  • San Diego Community College District
    San Diego, CA
    United States
  • 1/23/2017
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Health Sciences
    Fine Arts - Dance
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San Diego Community College District

Dean, School of Exercise Science, Health, Dance and Athletics

Closing Date: 1/23/2017

Position Number:

Location: Mesa College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:

From San Diego Mesa College President Pamela Luster:

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, 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 and staff. For 52 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor's Degree, to being the #1 California Community College to graduate 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, 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 Exercise Science, Dance, Health, and Athletics, beginning Fall 2017, at San Diego Mesa College.

The Dean, School of Exercise Science, Dance, Health, and Athletics, reports to the Vice President of Instruction, and is positive and energetic leader who is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and evaluating instructional programs in close cooperation with Department Chairs and Assistant Athletic Directors. This includes the coordination and supervision of class schedules, faculty teaching assignments, curriculum development, staff development, and budget planning. The Dean is expected to oversee and comply with the Constitution of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), and provide administrative support and supervision to 21 athletic teams during day, late afternoon, evening, and weekend on/off campus contests and activities. 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. 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 in the areas included within the School of Exercise Science, Dance, Health, and Athletics.
Develop long- and short-range goals for the school, including alignment with the colleges master plan, strategic plan, and other planning documents and processes; conduct ongoing Program Review.
Support curriculum development and review at both the course and program levels.
Understand and utilize enrollment management strategies in schedule development and other aspects of school management.
Understand and contribute to a college participatory governance structure and collective bargaining environment.
Develop collaborative relationships with departments and schools across the campus.
Participate in campus committee work to help drive and influence college planning and future directions.
Execute all aspects of program management to include planning, organizing, promoting, budgeting, and evaluating programs/projects/facilities, including grant funded projects.
Apply local, state, and federal regulations to the Colleges instructional programs, and courses, and activities.
Recruit, supervise, evaluate, support, and mentor all faculty, coaches and other athletic personnel.
Convene meetings and work collaboratively with faculty and staff to establish and carry out the Schools planning and goals.
Prepare all required reports, including District, State, and Federal.
Maintain positive community relations; coordinate publicity with coaches and Office of Communications/Public Relations (to include season passes, press releases, schedules, awards, banquets, etc)
Provide direct support to student athletes on a variety of issues and academic progress, and make referrals as appropriate to college resources.
Advocate for program and departmental needs at the college, district, and community levels
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 and staff.


Possession of a Masters degree from a regionally accredited institution;
One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrators assignment;
Possession of a lifetime California Community College Supervisor Credential.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain high standards of instruction by providing leadership in establishing goals /objectives, and in using innovative methods of delivery (including instructional technology and distance education).
Knowledge of and experience with the curriculum development process.
Experience with preparing and managing a departmental budget.
Knowledge of and experience with working in a participatory governance environment.
Evidence of demonstrated value for student success and equity in setting priorities and implementing school and institutional goals.
Demonstrated ability to work with school faculty to develop and implement strategies for improved transfer rates, degree and certificate completion rates, basic skills acquisition rates, and other types of enrollment goals.
Experience with planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating a comprehensive athletics program.
Experience with fund raising at various levels.
Experience with coordinating the selection, use, and maintenance of equipment and facilities assigned to the school.
Ability to assess departmental facility needs, develop a plan, and advocate for future resources.
Ability to interpret, apply, and communicate, applicable District, State, Federal, and CCCAA regulations, standards, and requirements.
Experience assisting in the articulation of transfer requirements and working with 4-year college coaches and compliance officers to assist with the transfer of student athletes to four-year colleges and universities.
Experience with developing team schedules and supporting the execution of home contests as well as team travel.
Ability to provide effective coordination, supervision, encouragement, and support to faculty and staff.
Evidence of ability to promote partnerships and remain current on all information relative to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and other governing athletics agencies.
Effective conflict resolution skills.
Experience with supporting college efforts through participation on accreditation teams.
Effective interpersonal skills including both oral and written communication.
Administrative or faculty experience in a higher education setting.


Valid California drivers license (will be verified at time of hire, please do not upload)

California Community College Supervisory Credential (if applicable)

Pay Information:

Range 18 ($8,463.73 $13,571.00) 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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