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San Mateo County Community College District
  • Position Number: 4198971
  • Location: San Mateo, CA
  • Position Type: Deans - Fine and Applied Arts

Dean of Language Arts

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141565S
Department: Language Arts CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4A0005
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $169,668 (annual)
Max Salary: $215,580 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College 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 San Mateo County Community College District team, 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 and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo (CSM) is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 students each academic year. CSM 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.

The President has called for the college community to be student-focused, always find a way to get to "yes" as one team, and serve local communities to the best of our abilities. The college recognizes the need for all students to achieve their goals and recognizes that as an institution we are stronger together. To learn more about CSMs antiracism and justice-centered efforts, please read our Solidarity Statement.

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 Dean of Language Arts is responsible to the Vice President of Instruction for administration of the division, including the disciplines of Communication Studies, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Film, Literature, and Modern Languages (American Sign Language, Chinese, Spanish).

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 leadership, management, and development for the instructional programs in the Division
  2. Address issues that arise within the Division relating to personnel, facilities, equipment, curriculum, team building, and scheduling
  3. Work closely with faculty to support a strong teaching and learning experience for students and faculty which includes development of curriculum and application of up-to-date methods of instruction, including computer-assisted instruction and distance learning
  4. Guide and support faculty in their efforts to develop and assess student learning outcomes at course, program, and Division levels
  5. Coordinate preparation of catalog, schedule, and brochure materials for the Division
  6. Plan and administer the Division budget
  7. Direct the tenure review process and evaluation processes for all Division faculty and staff
  8. Collaborate actively and cooperatively with other administrators to address College-wide concerns
  9. Write grant proposals, manage Division grants, and prepare required reports
  10. Serve on designated College and District committees
  11. Manage the Division Office and other services to assist faculty and students
  12. Provide articulation/liaison with other College divisions and services, advisory committees, student groups, and appropriate off-campus institutions and groups
  13. Coordinate preparation of catalog, schedule, and brochure materials for the Division
  14. Establish and maintain mutually beneficial ties with industry, local high schools, and the local community and support College and District priorities such as Dual Enrollment
  15. Participate in implementation of staff development programs for Division faculty and staff
  16. Administer collective bargaining agreements for Division faculty and classified staff
  17. Serve as key emergency prevention, preparedness, and response personnel as assigned
  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 in one of the disciplines taught in the Language Arts Division OR the equivalent
  • One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the managerial assignment
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
  • A well-formed leadership philosophy, demonstrated listening skills, and experience as a successful leader who can meet desired outcomes
  • Ability to authentically connect and interact with students, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators to promote a "students first" and equity-focused mindset, especially during a time of remote learning and operations
  • Demonstrated experience in budget development and management
  • Demonstrated experience in building a culture of continuous improvement in higher education institutions
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader in implementing diversity, equity, and social justice actions
  • Understands and has experience in shared governance consultation and collaboration among college constituency groups and associated campus committees, such as Accreditation Oversight Committee, Institutional Planning Committee, Curriculum Committee, Enrollment Sustainability and Growth Work Group, and Educational Equity Committee
  • Demonstrated fiscal prudence and accountability

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. Successful teaching experience in a discipline that is taught in the Language Arts Division and demonstrated appreciation for the other disciplines taught in the Division
  2. Knowledge of state and federal laws, such as Title IX, Equity in Education Act, Title 5 and Education Code, as well as policies, programs, regulations, and services related to student recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, financial aid, matriculation, and records management
  3. Evidence of ability to provide leadership that inspires institutional change, encourages autonomy, and provides guidance to faculty and staff
  4. Evidence of involvement, initiative, and leadership in instructional activities
  5. Ability to develop, organize, and coordinate diverse instructional programs to achieve College and Division goals
  6. Ability to elicit and coordinate recommendations from Division faculty and staff, and ability to represent effectively the Division and its goals at College and District levels
  7. Ability to recognize, respond to, and encourage innovative practices
  8. Ability to facilitate the development and administration of faculty and staff hiring, curriculum, budget, staff development, and performance evaluation
  9. Ability to manage the Division office and other support services to assist faculty, staff, and students
  10. Demonstrated ability to communicate and problem solve effectively with District and College administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public
  11. Awareness of and commitment to the goals of participatory governance
  12. Evidence of organizational skills, including prioritization and delegation
  13. Commitment to support, develop, and implement instructional programs related to equity-focused initiatives
  14. Familiarity with and willingness to use or to encourage the use of computer-based technology for management of the Division and for instructional purposes, such as curriculum development and outcomes tracking
  15. Experience in or willingness to support, develop, implement and assess outcomes of programs that lead to the success of all students, including underrepresented groups
  16. Knowledge of accreditation standards and their implementation
  17. Experience in articulating curriculum and programs with both university and high school faculty
  18. Successful experience in grant writing and management
  19. Demonstrated ability to form and maintain community and industry partnerships
  20. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration to plan and implement facilities modifications
  21. Commitment to programs that encourage pre-collegiate students to pursue education
  22. Skill in building equity-minded language that is respectful and inclusive of people at various levels within organizations who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ 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: 05/17/2023
First Review Date: 06/28/2023
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, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ 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 requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 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. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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