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Dean, Language Arts, Social Science and Academic Support
West Valley-Mission Community College District

Date Posted Sep. 20, 2022
Title Dean, Language Arts, Social Science and Academic Support
University West Valley-Mission Community College District
Saratoga, CA, United States
Application Deadline 10/11/2022
Position Start Date January 2023
  • Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Social Sciences - Other
    Humanities - Other
    Administration - Undergraduate Education
    Administration - Student Affairs

Dean, Language Arts, Social Science and Academic Support

West Valley-Mission Community College District

Closing Date: 10/11/2022

West Valley College, a Bay Area leader in transfer, degree, and career programs is searching for a visionary leader to guide our Schools of Language Arts and Social Science and the library and Success Center (peer tutoring center and embedded tutoring program).

Just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College is located in Saratoga, California. The campus is on 143 wooded acres of a beautiful park-like setting. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state. Our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere. The college has a strong focus on equity and anti-racism with ongoing work to eliminate our equity gaps and build an inclusive community where all students, faculty, and staff thrive.
Under the direction of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Language Arts, Social Science, and Academic Support serves as the senior administrator of those areas, providing leadership and advocacy for language arts, social science, the library, and the Success Center (peer tutoring center and embedded tutoring program). The School of Language Arts includes communication studies, English, English as a second language, and world languages. The School of Social Science includes anthropology; economics; geography; history; philosophy; political science; psychology; social justice studies; sociology; and women, gender, and queer studies.
The Dean will build collaborative external and internal relationships to dramatically expand resources, and to foster innovative programs, expanded internship opportunities, and cutting-edge curriculum to help our students thrive in the demanding Silicon Valley job market or transfer to the bachelor's program of their dreams. The Dean will lead faculty and staff in focusing on inclusive student support to eliminate the equity gaps and ensure all students succeed.The Dean represents West Valley College and language arts, social science, the library, and the Success Center in related community, cultural, and professional organizations. The Dean develops and creates resources from internal and external sources to further the goals of those areas. The Dean represents and advocates for the schools with other colleges, the district, and the community. The Dean facilitates academic planning, coordination and assessment of curriculum and instruction, recruitment and evaluation of faculty and staff, professional development, budgeting and management of funds, and allocation and use of facilities. The Dean actively promotes standards of excellence within their areas.

West Valley College is a powerful change maker in social justice and anti-racism. Our new Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan and our Educational Master Plan are innovative and bold in their goals of building an anti-racist community. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to engage in anti-racist work are encouraged to apply.

This is an academic administrator position with an anticipated start date of January 19, 2023. This is an exempt, management position and is not subject to overtime.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary:Anticipated Hiring Range: $167,975 - $178,897 annually (Administrative Salary Schedule, Range 25, Steps A-C). *Annual salary step increases to maximum of salary range, $209,411 (Administrative Salary Schedule, Range 25, Step H)Benefits include:

  • Additional compensation: $1,500 for doctorate added to base salary annually, to be prorated on a monthly basis.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Employer-provided life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalSTRS retirement.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

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

2. Equivalent to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in education or a field related to specific area of assignment.

3. Five years of increasingly responsible experience in instruction at a college level; including two years of administrative and management responsibility.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct instructional and student support programs, services, and initiatives relative to area of assignment.
  • Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the department work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Prepare the department budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of faculty and staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; monitor faculty contracts to assure accordance with association contract and district policies; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Oversee the accurate development, approval and implementation of college curriculum; participate in the coordination, preparation, publication, and distribution of the college catalog and schedule of classes.
  • Ensure instructional programs and support services are regularly assessed for evidence of student learning and achievement, particularly in terms of student outcomes and adherence to standards of accreditation; participate in developing and implementing enrollment performance goals.
  • Manage and oversee functions associated with area of assignment, which may include library, tutorial center, and instructional support labs.
  • Initiate, support and participate in efforts to secure local, state or federal grant funding for college programs and services; ensure that grants are implemented according to approved plans and that reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Represent the department and division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Coordinate the selection, use, and maintenance of equipment and facilities assigned to the division.
  • Plan and coordinate course schedules in response to the needs of students and within the districts enrollment targets; manage enrollment to maximize use of faculty loads, operating budgets, and space resources.
  • May oversee revenue-generating classes, programs, and activities.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

For more information on this position and to apply, please visit our website at the following link:

Applicants who, due to a disability, require accommodations to complete the application, testing or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (408) 741-2174 to arrange for assistance.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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