Instructional Dean, Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Cerritos College

Job Description

The Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) Division is one of the largest instructional divisions at Cerritos College, comprised of six departments: Biology; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Earth Sciences; Mathematics; and Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering. Project HOPE, a student support service committed to student success in healthcare-related fields, is also housed in the SEM Division.

The faculty in the SEM Division continuously seek to expand program offerings to best serve our students-offering programs that lead to immediate employment in the workforce or successful transfer into a four-year course of study in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The SEM Division is excited to introduce its newest program offering in Biotechnology. This new Associate's degree and certificate program of study will prepare students for immediate employment in the rapidly growing area of employment in the biosciences in the Los Angeles region, throughout the State of California, and across the United States.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a dynamic, flexible, and responsive leader and manager of a team of over 200 members-over 170 full-time and part-time faculty, eight full-time staff members, and over 30 short-term hourly employees. With the division's proven track record of acquiring grant funding to support its innovative programs, the SEM Division Dean will have experience in leading a team of proposal writing and successful funding acquisition. The SEM Division Dean will also offer innovative ideas to the division faculty and staff as well as the college management team as Cerritos College continues to develop and implement equity-focused, student support programs that close equity gaps, eliminate disproportionate impact, and ensure completion and success for all our students.

Plans, supervises, assesses and evaluates instructional programs for an academic division. Plans, develops and evaluates curriculum, programs, and services that meet the needs of a highly diverse urban student population. Oversees the planning, supervision, assessment and evaluation of instructional programs, including their services, personnel, interagency reports and contacts, and budget. The position also provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Vice President, Academic Affairs.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Dean, Instructional Division reports to the Vice President, Academic Affairs and is responsible for integrating and providing academic and administrative services to a diverse student population. This position requires a demonstrated ability to direct the activities of an academic division and its related functions and services, to provide leadership over curriculum, faculty and staff, and offer excellence in delivering instructional programs.

Job Duties
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads, plans, supervises, assesses and evaluates programs and services within the division for effectiveness, efficiency, compliance with legal mandates and student success.
  • Provides leadership in new and emerging technologies in support of teaching and learning.
  • Oversees the planning, supervision, assessment and evaluation of the instructional division including its programs, services, personnel, interagency reports and contacts, and budgets.
  • Provides leadership in the development and assessment of course, program, and institutional student learning outcomes.
  • Provides leadership in the new and emerging technologies.
  • Leads, supervises, trains and evaluates assigned personnel. Certifies payroll for assigned personnel. Applies the terms and provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements; state and federal laws; and District Board Policies and Administrative Procedures in personnel matters.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the schedule of classes and proper staffing of classes, teaching assignments and class size. Consults with faculty to design schedules that meet the needs of students.
  • Ensures that the division and the departments engage in strategic and long-range planning for the District in accordance with Board policies, administrative procedures, and guidelines. Administers overload and summer assignments of faculty pursuant to division/department processes and applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Supervises curriculum and program reviews. Consults with faculty and administration for reviews of curriculum materials. Participates in technical curriculum reviews and committee processes.
  • Evaluates, approves and processes requests for conference attendances, textbook selection, supplies, equipment, independent study and field trips, credit by exam, course waivers, and other student petitions.
  • Monitors workload indicators for accuracy and balance including faculty reassigned time. Assures accurate and timely attendance reporting for all offered courses.
  • Administers and participates in the performance appraisals of faculty and conducts performance appraisals of support staff in accordance with District standards, collective bargaining agreements, and Board Policies and Administrative Procedures.
  • Monitors workload indicators for accuracy and balance including faculty reassigned time. Assures accurate and timely attendance reporting for all offered courses.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of new developments and innovations in community colleges and higher education. Recommends and works with faculty to revise and maintain relevant programs in the Division and to meet college instructional objectives and student and community needs.
  • Communicates with faculty by conducting regular division/department meetings to facilitate planning and collegial decision-making, keep staff informed about issues and projects, and informs the division about college instructional program.
  • Advises faculty and students on student-instructor and academic issues.
  • Works cooperatively with other administrators and managers to coordinate programs and services across the curriculum to meet student needs and administer programs and budgets. Resolves conflicts and issues within and among the divisions.
  • Facilitates academic partnerships and maintains communications with Division faculty, and faculty in feeder high schools and four-year transfer institutions.
  • Certifies procedures for grade changes, late withdrawals, and credit by examination.
  • Encourages student success and excellence in teaching; orients new faculty and staff, plans, implements and evaluates staff development;, and contributes to recordkeeping for staff development accountability.
  • Communicates with leaders in the private and public sectors and in educational agencies to determine needs for new courses and programs. Supports faculty in the establishment of advisory committees and other research and outreach as appropriate.
  • Prepares recommendations and/or contracts as appropriate and submits them to the administration and/or Board of Trustees for consideration.
  • Develops and implements operational and safety procedures for the division.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned personnel to provide high quality service.
  • Ensures accuracy and certifies faculty, staff and hourly payroll and related reports.
  • Ensures accuracy of print and online publications related to the area of responsibility.
  • Anticipates, prevents, and/or resolves conflicts and problems under areas of supervision.
  • Develops, implements and monitors budgets and expenditures, and maximizes financial resources for the areas supervised.
  • Provides leadership in space, equipment and facilities planning.
  • Participates in and supports the accreditation process.
  • Responsible for federal and state reports and grants as needed.
  • Remains current on legislation and regulations affecting assigned area to adjust programs and/or services to assure compliance as required. Represents the District in advocacy settings.
  • Participates on and chairs committees, task forces, and special assignments.
  • Participates in community, state, and national organizations, committees and meetings.
  • Engages in continuous learning and skill development in the areas related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications for Education and Experience
Requires a master's degree preferably in one of the disciplines of the division, two years of full-time teaching experience or the equivalent, preferably at the community college level, and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment. Understanding of and sensitivity to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of the student, community, and employee population.

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