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San Mateo County Community College District
  • Position Number: 2184038
  • Location: San Mateo, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Accounting

Dean of Creative Arts and Social Science

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141010S
Department: Social Science / Creative Arts CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4A0006
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $162,108 (annual)
Max Salary: $205,980 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The Districts Students First Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 15,000 students each academic year. College of San Mateo has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateos Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
The following academic programs are within the scope of the Creative Arts/Social Science Division: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Art, Digital Media, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, and Sociology.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Provide the leadership, management, and development of the instructional programs for the Division

2. Address issues that arise within the Division relating to personnel, facilities, equipment, curriculum, team building, and coordination

3. Recommend personnel actions to the Vice President of Instruction

4. Coordinate hourly and full-time staffing activities for the Division

5. Work closely with faculty to support excellence in teaching that leads to student learning and student success

6. Guide and support faculty in their efforts to develop and assess student learning outcomes at the course, program, and division levels

7. Collaborate actively and cooperatively with other administrators to address college-wide concerns, including but not limited to Guided Pathways and Dual Enrollment

8. Plan and administer the Division budget

9. Coordinate preparation of catalog, schedule, and brochure materials for the Division

10. Write grant proposals, manage Division grants, and prepare required reports

11. Provide articulation/liaison with other college divisions and services, advisory committees, student groups, and appropriate off-campus institutions and groups

12. Recommend and participate in implementation of staff development programs for Division faculty and staff

13. Establish and maintain mutually beneficial ties with industry, local high schools, and the local community

14. Serve on designated college and District committees

15. Direct the operation of the Division Office

16. Administer collective bargaining agreements for Division faculty and classified staff

17. Direct the tenure review process and evaluation processes for all Division faculty and staff

18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Instruction

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a Masters degree or above from an accredited institution OR the equivalent

One year of experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment

Demonstrated cultural competence, 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

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires sitting for extended periods of time, pushing and pulling, and visual acuity. The ability to type, use phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight, work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse or other control device, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard, ability to communicate and provide information to others; ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive to off campus locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Community college teaching experience and demonstrated appreciation for the disciplines taught in the Division

2. Evidence of involvement, initiative, and leadership in instructional activities

3. Ability to develop, organize, and coordinate a wide variety of instructional programs to achieve college and Division goals

4. Ability to facilitate faculty endeavors in the development and assessment of student learning outcomes

5. Ability to elicit and bring focus to recommendations from Division faculty and staff

6. Ability to represent effectively the Division and its goals at college and District levels

7. Organizational skills to facilitate the development and administration of curriculum, budget, staff development, and performance evaluation

8. Ability to manage the Division Office and other services to assist faculty and students

9. Commitment to supporting the needs of students with diverse educational and professional experiences as they prepare for employment or transfer

10. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with District and college administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public

11. Ability to creatively facilitate problem solving between departments and programs in the Division

12. Awareness of and commitment to shared governance

13. Evidence of organizational skills that enable performance of duties in a timely fashion with attention to detail

14. Evidence of grant-writing and/or fund-raising skills

15. Ability to develop partnerships with local business and community groups

16. Commitment to the Districts goal of integrating writing skills across the curriculum

17. Familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of computer-based technology appropriate to the subject area(s) of the assignment

18. Demonstrated managerial skills, including experience in delegating responsibility for tasks and following up on completion of tasks

19. Skill in respectful, tactful and sensitive interaction with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 12/07/2020
First Review Date: 03/01/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicants cultural competence, 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 as well as the applicants qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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