Senior Dean (Curriculum and Instruction)


Posting Number: 0001707


Location: Diablo Valley College


Salary: $11,316 – $13,787 (see special instruction for step placement)


Position Definition:


Under administrative direction of a college-level or District-level executive manager, oversees the work of lower level managers and/or major college instructional, student services and/or support programs. Manages and evaluates assigned managers, directors, supervisors, faculty and staff, in conformance with appropriate policies and procedures. Carries out complex projects and special programs.


Distinguishing Characteristics:


A Senior Dean can have multiple major programs reporting to the position and may supervise assigned managers. The Executive Dean classification is reserved for the oversight of major college-wide or Districtwide programs, projects or large off-campus centers.


Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:


Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: Provides vision and leadership for a diverse, dynamic and innovative community of managers, faculty, staff and students. Provides year-round leadership, management, participation and development of major instructional, student services and/or support programs. Assists in the hiring process of management, faculty and classified staff. Manages assigned managers, faculty, classified and supervisory staff. Assists in the training of assigned managers, supervisory, faculty and classified staff. Evaluates assigned managers, supervisors and classified staff. Assists in the evaluation of faculty. Administers assigned major program area budgets. Provides leadership for, assists and/or prepares instructional, student services and/or support program research, reports and program evaluations as needed. Manages and implements major regular and specially funded projects and programs in the instructional, student, and/or support services areas. Develops and/or assists with the creation of policies, regulations, and procedures for managing a college’s educational, student and/or support services programs in accordance with college and District mission and goals. Facilitates grant applications for assigned divisions or major program areas, manages grants, and prepares required reports. Serves as liaison with other college program areas and services advisory committees, individual students and student groups, and appropriate university, school and other off-campus and community groups. Serves on college and district committees as assigned. Organizes, manages and participates in the annual planning and budgeting process in cooperation with managers, supervisors, faculty, and classified staff and in concert with college goals for assigned divisions and/or major program areas. Manages the approved annual budget for assigned area. Responds to and seeks resolution of complaints arising from assigned divisions and major program area activities, including participating in the process of collective bargaining contract grievances. Provides leadership for and assists with college or District program reviews. Assists in accreditation process. Supports a climate that promotes innovation and improved service to students and the community; cooperates with area staff and other managers to develop processes that are student friendly and supportive of student success. Manages and participates in the continued evaluation and improvement of the assigned areas’ instructional, student and/or support services programs. Promotes the assessment of student outcomes in order to determine the effectiveness of student learning and student development programs in assigned areas. Assists in the coordination of area programs with those of other institutions and in the development of partnerships with external agencies. Actively participates in and supports college and District shared governance components and activities and other collaborative processes. Employs appropriate techniques and strategies to resolve disputes and to enhance communication and cooperation among the members of the college and District communities. Interpret and analyze appropriate laws, policies, rules and procedures to determine impact on assigned instructional, student and/or support services program areas and oversee compliance and reporting strategies. Travels throughout the District in carrying out responsibilities and functions. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:




Education/Training: Earned master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Experience: Equivalent to at least three (3) years of relevant full-time management experience.

License/Certification: Ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver’s License.


Knowledge Of:


Computer-based technology for management of assigned divisions/areas and for instructional, student and/or support services; the goals of shared governance; principles and practices of administrative organization and management, planning, supervising and evaluating the work of others, employee motivation and training; applicable federal, state, local, District and college laws, rules and regulations, and collective bargaining contract provisions; complex business level English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; modern office tools such as computers and printers; typical modern office computer software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation programs and databases; report and presentation writing.


Skill To:




Ability To:


Organize, implement and direct complex management activities in the areas of instructional, student and/or support services; make appropriate judgments and decision weighing the relative costs and benefits of potential actions; perceive when important changes are needed in the delivery of services or in the management of programs; effectively communicate orally and in writing; use personal computers utilizing various software applications (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet, presentation programs and database management) including the Internet; work effectively with managers, faculty and staff in a participatory governance environment to accomplish the goals and objectives of the college, the District, and the assigned major program areas; communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, politics, philosophy, disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Desirable Qualifications:


Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.


1. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for students and employees in an educational environment. Successful experience leading and/or contributing to efforts to increase diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

2. Demonstrated interest in increasing access and success among historically underserved populations. Successful experience leading and supporting faculty and professional staff in improving the college’s progress towards equitable student outcomes. Successful experience implementing guided pathways to improve equitable student outcomes.

3. Experience with curricular processes including development of courses, programs, and degrees, articulation agreements with both high schools and universities, and knowledge of the curriculum approval processes at the California State Chancellor’s Office.

4. Experience with the assessment of courses and programs, including program review, contributing to continuous improvement and impacting student success metrics.

5. Experience in leading strategic enrollment management efforts to maximize enrollment using multiple offering modalities that address a variety of community needs.

6. Experience with schedule development processes and ability to analyze the schedule with regard to apportionment and attendance accounting guidelines.

7. Experience as leader or collaborator in institutional or organizational change efforts to support equitable student success.

8. College and community leadership experience.


Special Instructions:


The Senior Dean of Curriculum and Instruction works under the direction of the Vice President of Equity and Instruction and assists with overall strategic planning and leadership in instruction. Principal areas of responsibility include: support for all instructional programs in the areas of curriculum planning, development, review and compliance in accordance with relevant Education Code, regulations and accreditation standards; college catalog development; instructional program and course assessment and review; strategic enrollment management and schedule development; support for faculty evaluation processes; coordination of student success initiatives such as Guided Pathways. The position supervises various instructional support staff.


Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. We are looking for a colleague who will show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students and staff. We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people.


In addition to the application, please submit a cover letter (not to exceed 3 pages) addressing what interests you in this position and how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications outlined in the job announcement.


Supplemental Questions: The supplemental question section of this application (below) is an opportunity for us to learn about your strengths and how your unique background, experiences, and skills will help to achieve the goals of the college and enhance our community. Please make sure to answer all parts of each supplemental question. In addition to information from your cover letter and resume/CV, your responses to the questions help us determine how you satisfy the desirable qualifications for this position. The information provided by your responses guides the decision on which individuals will be invited for an interview. Feel free to repeat information from a previous answer, cover letter, or resume if necessary to fully answer a question. Please respect the word limit (maximum 500 words each) for your responses.


Selection Process: Applications will be screened to ensure the applicant meets the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement:

1.The applications, cover letters, answers to required supplemental questions, resumes, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and other supporting materials submitted by all qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening committee.

2. Those who are deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to an interview. The interview will be conducted via Zoom. These interviews will be scheduled for the week of October 3rd, 2022.

3.Based upon the overall rating, a small number of applicants will be invited to the campus at their own expense for an interview with the college president, vice president of instruction, and vice president of student services. We estimate these interviews will be scheduled for October 27th.Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $11,316.00 per month, second step $11,888.00 per month or third step at $12,490.00 per month (depending upon experience). Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on annual basis, until the maximum step of $13,787.00 per month is reached on the salary schedule.


Job Close Date: 9/20/2022


Open Until Filled: No


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