Dean, Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Job Open: 
Monday, December 21, 2020
Salary Low: 
Job Closed: 
Monday, February 15, 2021
Salary High: 

Job Term:


Closing Date: 02/15/2021
Open Until Filled No
Classification Title Dean
Working Title Dean, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Recruitment Limits
Location San Diego Mesa College
Pay Information
Range 18 ($9,033.99 – $14,485.37) per month based on the current Management Salary Schedule.

Initial salary placement is commensurate with related experience and promotional rules. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid: medical, dental, and vision plans; sick and vacation leave; and opportunities for professional development. Initial Salary Placement, Promoted or transferred employees will be placed as specified in the Management Employees Handbook. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. A temporary probationary period will be applied to the employee entering this assignment. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

Position Equivalent FTE:
1.0 FTE

Job Duration 12 Months
Position Number: 000494
FLSA Status Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Bargaining Unit Management
Range 18
Position Type Academic
Department School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
The Position
From San Diego Mesa College President Pamela Luster:
San Diego Mesa College seeks energetic and dedicated candidates to apply for academic positions. The College is committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity and inclusion among its faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students. As the “Leading College of Equity & Excellence”, we take responsibility for equitable outcomes and successful pathways for all of our students.
As the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, the institution enjoys a solid financial standing, state of the art facilities, and a world class faculty, classified professionals, and staff. For 57 years, Mesa College has been on the leading edge, from offering a Community College Bachelor’s Degree, to being a lead California Community College in graduating students with an Advanced Degree for Transfer. We embrace the mission of community colleges, and are committed to empowering our students to maximize their potential, leading to healthy and thriving communities.
We are adding new staff, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators who, alongside our stellar colleagues, will lead us into the future. If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, I encourage you to file an application for employment.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, beginning July 1 at San Diego Mesa College.

While the current vacancy exists at San Diego Mesa College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor.

The Dean, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, reports to the Vice President of Instruction, and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, evaluating, and advocating for all instructional programs in close cooperation with Department Chairs. This includes the coordination and supervision of class schedules, faculty teaching assignments, curriculum development, staff development, and budget planning. The Dean is involved in the hiring and evaluation of staff – both academic and classified. The Dean is expected to establish and maintain connections with relevant community and professional organizations as well as participate in college governance and decision making. The college is looking for an applicant who is a positive, collaborative, innovative, and energetic leader.

Major Responsibilities
• Provide effective leadership in the areas of planning and administering programs within the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The programs include: Accelerated College Program, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanography, Physical Sciences and Physics.
• Work collaboratively with faculty, classified professionals, instructional laboratory technicians and academic leaders to develop long- and short-range goals for the school, including alignment with the college’s master plan, strategic plan, and other planning documents and processes.
• Work collaboratively with faculty, classified professionals, and academic leaders to support curriculum development and review at both the course and program levels.
• Work collaboratively with department chairs and administrators to hire, supervise, evaluate, support, and mentor all faculty and instructional laboratory technicians.
• Work collaboratively with department chairs and administrators to understand and utilize enrollment management strategies in schedule development and other aspects of school management.
• Conduct and support ongoing Program Review for the school.
• Understand and contribute to a college participatory governance structure and collective bargaining environment.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with departments and schools across the campus, community and professional organizations.
• Apply local, state, and federal regulations, including preparing reports, to the College’s and School’s instructional programs, courses, laboratory safety, and activities.
• Knowledge of current state initiatives and legislative mandates, and programmatic challenges especially for mathematics education.
• Provide direct support to students as needed to resolve student concerns and make referrals as appropriate to college resources.
• Advocate for, coordinate, manage, and evaluate STEM programs, departments, disciplines and grants at the college, district, and community levels.
• Work collaboratively and transparently with the VPI and other administrative leaders.
• Promote and support policies, actions, and activities that foster an institutional culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
• Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, classified professionals, and staff.

In compliance with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, applicants for
this position must show evidence of the following minimum qualifications:
1. Possession of a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited
institution; AND,
2. One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience
reasonably related to the administrator’s assignment.

Desired Qualifications
• PhD or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.
• Minimum of 3 years classroom teaching experience in a higher education setting.
• Demonstrated experience in related STEM fields, industry, or organizations.
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills including both oral and written communication.
• Demonstrated effective conflict resolution skills.
• Demonstrated skills in leading to high standards of STEM classroom and laboratory instruction and technologies.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diverse effective learning theories leading to student success that foster an institutional culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
• Demonstrated experience in educational leadership roles.
• Knowledge of and experience with the curriculum development process at the community college level.
• Demonstrated recognition of and experience in the vital and valuable role of STEM education across many different college programs.
• Experience with preparing and managing a departmental budget in a transparent way that meets the goals and objectives of programs and disciplines within the School.
• Experience with planning, organizing, coordinating, supervising, and evaluating academic programs, and advocating for future resource needs, including laboratory equipment and maintenance.
• Experience in developing relationships with high schools, transfer institutions, and industry partners to promote seamless pathways for students.
• Experience with the community college accreditation process.
• Knowledge of, experience with, and respect for working in a participatory governance environment.
• Demonstrated understanding and experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to the missions and values of the California Community College System, the San Diego Community College System, and Mesa College.

If you do not possess the exact degrees, or higher, listed above or if you anticipate receiving the required degree prior to the start of teaching classes, please complete a Request for Equivalency Form and attach it during the application process.

Foreign Degree:
Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC.(ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

[If possess] California Community College Supervisor Credential (valid for life).

Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and classified professionals.

Working Conditions
Typically sedentary in nature.

Favorable, involves an office and college campus setting.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed). References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online application will be considered an “incomplete” application; please enter “N/A” if any section does not apply.

1. Complete online application;
2. Cover Letter;
3. Résumé that addresses your background, education, and experience (not to exceed five pages);
4. Five references (include two faculty, two supervisors, and one support staff) within the online application;
5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts;
6. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts;
7. Equivalency Request (required if applicable); AND
8. Foreign Degree Evaluation (required if applicable).

Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.

Application materials sent via mail, fax, or email will not be accepted.

Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be sent to you via email.

All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Conditions of Employment:
Submit “official” transcripts as stated on application;
Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the candidate’s expense;
Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment (Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment);
Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment);
Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States; AND
Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices.
Additional Information:
Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.

SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its full-time academic employees. The District contributes toward the cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Contract employees become members of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) upon appointment.

Posting Number AC00804

Contact Name: 
Jenelle Castillejos
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