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Dean, Creative Arts
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Date Posted Jun. 1, 2018
Title Dean, Creative Arts
University Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Department Creative Arts
Application Deadline 7/10/2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Los Altos Hills, CA
    United States
  • Dean
  • Fine Arts - Other

Dean, Creative Arts

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Posting #: 17-132

Campus: De Anza College

Close/Initial Review Date: 7/10/2018

Open Until Filled: No


Full Salary Range: $121,787.29 - $171,366.95 annually*
*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $121,787.29-$134,270.49 annually).

Initial Review Date: 7/10/18**
**Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

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

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 culturally responsive administrative leadership and delivery of program objectives for the Creative Arts Division of the college. This position is responsible for ensuring a demonstrated commitment to and alignment with institutional core competencies, multicultural education, equity, and culturally responsive practices across the division.

The position includes leadership of the division and up to 30% teaching duties in the individual's teaching discipline. The Creative Arts Division consists of the following departments and programs: Art, Film/Television, Music, Photography, Dance/Theater, and the Euphrat Museum of Art.

The Dean is responsible for the vision and leadership of the division. This position hires, evaluates, budgets, schedules, monitors and analyzes enrollment, productivity, recruitment, arbitration of conflicts, and compliance with legal obligations. The dean is responsible for oversight and implementation of division goals and objectives and is responsible for organizing and coordinating divisional programs; including the oversight and preparation of the divisions class schedule.

This position also makes operational decisions and coordinates division needs with other college services throughout the campus and the district. The Dean determines the allocation of department funds, and works with College Services to schedule and monitor of the use of the Visual and Performing Arts Center by classes and outside groups.

The Dean is responsible for the supervision, hiring and evaluation of full- and part-time faculty, classified professionals, temporary and student employees, and volunteers.

The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:
  • Provides vision, creativity, and leadership to the division as it meets the educational needs of the departments, division and learning community.
  • Supports, implements and promotes compliance with the campus and district's Equity Plans in all aspects of employment and education; encourages cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs and services.
  • Encourages and facilitates open communication among peers, staff and students. Actively practices the principles of shared governance. Uses collaborative decision making in Creative Arts Division programs and services.
  • Acts as a liaison between various groups of faculty, staff, students and the administration.
  • Communicates with and advises the faculty and staff regarding college and division procedures and regulations; involves faculty and staff in the decision-making process.
  • In conjunction with faculty, reviews curriculum and enrollment trends; identifies implications upon the division's goals and objectives, and implements a plan for action, schedules and monitors comprehensive review of division programs and services.
  • Engages in program development pertinent to student and community needs and consistent with the district/college/division's master plan goals and objectives.
  • Assures compliance with the District's Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives and discipline to assigned staff; maintains a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentation and requiring employees to receive mandated training.
  • Supports curricular and program articulation with high schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Develops and promotes, with the administration and Faculty Senate, a program of staff development for the division.
  • Develops and maintains a close relationship with the community through advisory committees, etc.
  • Develops and implements a marketing and promotion plan for the division in consultation with faculty, staff, students, community members and the college's Assoc. Vice Pres. Communications
  • Plans for the development of facilities for the division.
  • Advises District Plant Services and Assoc. Vice Pres. College Services regarding facilities problems within the division.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Quality principles of trust, teamwork and collaboration.
  • Principles and practices of higher education organizations and structures.
  • Principles and practices of management and supervision.
  • Mission and goals of community colleges.
  • Concepts and principles of student learning.
  • Intellectual and pragmatic demands and concerns of the various disciplines.
  • Support of curriculum development.

Skills and Abilities:
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including complex proposals and presentations.
  • Supervisor and/or manage a complex division serving a diverse student population.
  • Lead, advocate and network in the interest of the Division.
  • Strong supervisory skills.
  • Provide leadership management.
  • Handle difficult and sensitive issues and problems and resolve conflicts.
  • Motivational and mediation skills preferred
  • Interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Implement concepts of shared governance.
  • Train, assign, supervise, evaluate and develop staff.

  • 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.
  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines within the Creative Arts Division or related field.
  • One (1) year of administrative experience or two (2) years of leadership experience.


  • Typical office environment.

Physical Abilities:
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  • Sitting for extending periods of time.
  • Bending at the waist.
  • Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  • 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.
  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  • 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. You may also visit our Applicant Information to assist with technical difficulties at:

Position: Full-Time, Permanent, 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

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