Dean, School of Art & Design - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Saratoga, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

West Valley College, a Bay Area leader in transfer, degree, and career programs, is searching for a visionary leader to guide our newly created School of Art and Design. The Dean will provide an open, interconnected, and creative learning environment that provides education in traditional and emerging areas of the fine arts, performing arts, and design.

Just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under the direction of the President and Vice President of Instruction, the Dean of the School of Art and Design serves as senior administrator of the School, providing leadership and advocacy for its departments and programs. The Dean represents the School in community, cultural, and professional organizations, develops and creates resources from internal and external sources to further goals of the School. The Dean provides leadership to enhance innovation and increase student participation in design and the arts. The Dean oversees development and implementation of a comprehensive plan addressing needs of students in programs within the School.

The Dean represents and advocates for the School 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 the School.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of August 19, 2015. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is an Educational Administrator and part of the Administrative employee unit.

Work Location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 9-12 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or the equivalent. Candidates who claim the equivalent qualifications must provide conclusive evidence;
  • Minimum three years of successful teaching experience at the postsecondary level, in at least one of the areas of this assignment—visual arts, performing arts, or design.
  • Minimum two years of successful postsecondary administrative/supervisory experience, with a career or transfer program emphasis in visual arts, performing arts, or design.
  • Demonstrated experience in educational leadership and administrative skills.
  • Broad experience in curriculum and resource development.
  • Ability to design, develop, and implement programs and services for students that are relevant to business, industry, and community needs.
  • Experience working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the campus community in a participatory governance environment.
  • Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desired Qualifications

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of instruction and service components of the arts and/or design career/vocational areas, including work skills integration, internships/work experience, curriculum and new program development, distance learning, economic development and job placement
  • Leadership role in a community college program.
  • Proven record of fundraising.
  • Budget development and administration experience.
  • Interpersonal skills including patience, diplomacy, and tact.
  • Knowledge of community college curricula and curriculum development processes related to the art and design disciplines and career/occupational education
  • Understanding of the mission and changing role of the community college in workforce needs of the community.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging technologies related to teaching and learning environments.
  • Innovative strategies and techniques integrating academic and vocational programs and courses, including essential skills.
  • Classroom teaching, program management and professional leadership
  • Knowledge of California Education Code and other state, federal, and local laws, regulations restrictions, and requirements, as applied to management within the community college system.
  • Grant writing and administration experience.
  • Knowledge of the purpose, mission, and goals of a community college.
  • Understanding of District organization, operations, and objectives.
  • Principles of teaming, training, supervision, and administration.
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

Advocacy and Leadership

  • Provide leadership, support and direction to all members of the School, while inspiring vision, creativity, and integrity necessary to carry out its mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Work collaboratively within and outside of the School and College to foster innovative curriculum and create infrastructure necessary for the success of programs in the School.
  • Coordinate and facilitate recruitment of faculty and staff.
  • Facilitate academic planning and assessment of curriculum and instruction.
  • Ensure the viability of transfer and career/vocational programs within the School.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to applicable departments in order to develop and maintain industry advisory boards.
  • Support faculty in development of new programs.
  • Communicate needs, goals, plans, and overall role of programs in the School in all shared governance platforms.
  • Keep abreast of current trends and practices in respective fields to support and facilitate continuous improvement of all departments in the School.
  • Embrace change productively and facilitate smooth transitions within the School.
  • Work closely with the Curriculum Committee to assure compliance with curriculum development and approval requirements.
  • Develop processes for collection of data pertaining to workforce development and success rates, employment, labor statistics, and preparation of statistical reports for submission to the State in collaboration with the Dean of Career Programs and Workforce Development.

Public Relations and Recruiting

  • Develop and implement a coordinated outreach, marketing, and public relations process and plan for the art and design areas.
  • Maintain positive and effective public relations with the larger community
  • Oversee the process of developing, implementing and maintaining a significant presence on the web.
  • Serve as the contact for the School and provide leadership in developing strong ties with business, industry, and educational institutions.
  • Promote workforce and economic development in the areas of design and the arts.

Fundraising and Resource Procurement

  • Develop resources from internal and external sources, including initiating, coordinating, and supporting efforts to secure grants and additional funding for art and design programs in the School
  • Engage in fiscal planning and budgeting, allocating resources to all departments and programs in the School
  • Prepare and administer annual budgets for the School and its departments and programs, review and approve expenditures, and assure maintenance of documentation according to established College and District policies and procedures in conjunction department chairs and division chair(s).

Administrative Responsibilities Related to the College

  • Participate in the development of the College’s strategic plan.
  • Assist in resolution of concerns from students and faculty members related to instruction, in consultation with the appropriate division chair and the vice president of instruction.
  • Take an active leadership role in creating a positive campus climate of innovative instruction and services in the art and design areas with emphasis on student learning and student success.
  • Contribute to creating an academic community where a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for each individual.
  • Develop policies and implement programs which serve under-represented students.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of management toward achievement of College and District goals and objectives, while providing leadership consistent with the missions and functions thereof.
  • Assure compliance with a variety of applicable laws, rules, regulations and requirements related to community college instruction. Analyze, interpret and apply established laws, regulations, and College and District policies in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the College and District management team toward achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the College and District.
  • Report known or likely fraud, illegal acts, violations of contract provisions and grant agreements to appropriate parties in a timely manner.
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline, and evaluate performance of staff members to assure efficient and effective performance and develop expectations for performance and standards of excellence, in accordance with College and District policies.
  • Be available to participate and lead College and District committees, initiatives, teams, or ad hoc groups. Be responsible and accountable for completion of tasks.
  • Perform related duties as assigned and as directly related to the School of Art and Design.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of leadership, management and supervision.
  • Purpose, mission and goals of a community college district.
  • State Education Code sections, federal laws and regulations, and district policies related to community college instruction and matriculation.
  • Laws, regulations, restrictions and requirements related to area of assignment.
  • Local, state and federal laws related to services provided to students at a community college including Title 5 regulations related to instruction.
  • Goals and objectives of the college’s educational master plan.
  • Community college curricula and the curriculum development process.
  • Preparation, publication and distribution of the college catalog and schedules of classes.
  • Budget preparation, implementation and administration.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • Collective bargaining contract negotiation and administration.
  • Microcomputer hardware and software, including IBM and MacIntosh platforms, client- server networks, graphics presentations, and instructional applications software.
  • Preparation, publication and distribution of promotional materials.
  • District organization, operations and objectives.
  • Principles of training, supervision and administration.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Ability to:

  • Provide leadership, direction and support to academic and classified staff involved in assigned programs and services.
  • Plan, organize, direct, review and evaluate the development, implementation and evaluation of the college’s instructional support services.
  • Optimize the delivery and accessibility of services to students.
  • Analyze complex financial, statistical and narrative data, reports and recommendations regarding the College’s instructional services.
  • Assure timely and accurate preparation and submittal of comprehensive statistical reports to the state as required.
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends and technological advancements in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Work cooperatively in an environment of shared governance.
  • Assure compliance with detailed regulations and requirements related to instruction.
  • Interpret, apply and explain district policies and legal regulations and requirements.
  • Select, assign, orient, train, supervise, counsel, discipline and evaluate the performance of direct subordinates.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $9,482–$10,046 monthly (Administrative Salary Schedule, Range 16, Steps A-C).
  • 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.
  • Voluntary 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.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Dean, School of Art & Design
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Fine Arts / Applied Arts Deans
  • Community College Executives
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume