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Division Dean Physical Sciences Mathematics and Engineering
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2021
Title Division Dean Physical Sciences Mathematics and Engineering
University Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Cupertino, CA, United States
Department Mathematics and Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Sciences - Math
    Sciences - Physics

Division Dean Physical Sciences Mathematics and Engineering

Initial Closing Date: 11/18/21*, but open until filled.

*For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date. Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.


Full Salary Range: $135,187.36 - $190,222.19 annually*

*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $135,187.36 - $149,044.06 annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

De Anza College Mission Statement:

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college's Institutional Core Competencies:

  • Communication and expression
  • Information literacy
  • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
  • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking


Reporting to the Vice President of Instruction, provides vision and organizational leadership for the Division of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering. Responsible for the vision, leadership, curriculum quality, class scheduling, personnel management, and financial accountability of the Division with a core focus on the needs and interests of all students.


The Division includes the following departments: Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, and Physics. The Dean has the overall responsibility for all day-to-day Division operations. They also serve as a liaison between senior administration and faculty, and are responsible for leadership and coordination of faculty department chairs.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

1. Provide vision, leadership, long-range planning, and direction for the Division of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.

2. Support, implement, and promote an equity minded, student-centric focus for all Division initiatives and activities.

3. Administer and supervise faculty (full-time and part-time), classified staff, and directors; including assignment allocation, performance evaluation and recommendation for promotion, tenure, professional achievement awards, or dismissal.

4. Provide leadership in all Division hiring (full-time and part-time), including advocacy for positions, recruiting, selection, orientation, and mentoring.

5. Encourage and facilitate open communication among colleagues and students; resolve interpersonal problems among students, faculty, and staff.

6. Administer and manage development and publishing of quarterly class schedules, insuring they are completed in a timely manner. In coordination with faculty, manage curriculum development and approval. Perform effective enrollment management to maximize utilization of Division resources.

7. Ensure Division and Department information and forms (including course syllabi and descriptions, faculty, student clearance rules & policies) are current and easily and publically accessible.

8. Communicate with and advise the faculty and staff regarding Division, College, District and State procedures and regulations; involving faculty and staff in the decision making process.

9. Coordinate, design, and support opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff that are aligned with Division and College, interests, goals and initiatives.

10. Develop, advocate for, manage, and monitor Divisional budgets. Monitor and manage equipment, supplies, and support services required to maintain smooth day-to-day operations.

11. Represent and advocate for the Division needs and goals at the College and District levels.

12. Collaborate with other administrators, supervisors, faculty, and staff to develop and coordinate program services across the campus that meet the needs of a diverse student population.

13. Collaborate with external agencies, accrediting commissions, health and safety regulators, and other organizations related to the Division's programs and services.

14. Participate in College-wide planning initiatives and activities.

15. Provide leadership and guidance in soliciting and managing external grants.

16. Assure compliance with all health and safety standards, including all chemical hygiene requirements.

17. Perform other related duties as assigned.



1. Needs and interests characteristic of the diverse De Anza student population.

2. Strategies and activities that encourage and ensure an equitable educational environment.

3. Principles of leadership, management, supervision and organization that enable performance of duties in a timely fashion and an attention to detail.

4. Principles and goals of shared governance and collective bargaining.

5. Hiring, supervising, and evaluating a diverse workforce.

6. Principles of oral and written report and presentation.

7. Concepts and principles of student learning, especially in STEM disciplines, and the development of appropriate curriculum.

8. General understanding of current knowledge in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering and pedagogical approaches to these disciplines and their corresponding laboratories.

9. Effective use of computer software and equipment to communicate and manage a division.

10. Effective use of computer software and equipment appropriate for the classroom and laboratories

11. Budget development and management.

12. Applicable federal, state, local, District, and College laws, rules, regulations, and policies.

Skills and Abilities:

1. Understand, be sensitive to, and respect the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2. Communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse culture, languages, and points of view.

3. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a variety of campus stakeholders.

4. Administer program operations, decision-making, and long-range planning in a large, diverse division with high academic and financial accountability.

5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Prepare presentations and reports with clear and concise expression.

6. Develop and monitor budgets.

7. Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

8. Utilize College, District, and external databases to plan, monitor, and evaluate Division metrics.

9. Provide work direction and guidance to a wide range of Division personnel and effectively evaluate their performance.


1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2. Master's degree from an accredited institution in a discipline within or directly related to the Division or the equivalent.

3. One year of administrative experience, formal training, internship, or leadership in a related area.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Three years teaching experience in a discipline within the division.

2. Administrative experience in an academic environment



1. Typical office environment.

Physical Abilities:

1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.

2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.

3. Vision sufficient to read various materials.

4. Sitting for extending periods of time.

5. Bending at the waist.

6. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.


1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.

3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.


Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year

Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022

(650) 949-6217


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