Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff and students and values the rich diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. The Executive Dean must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes former foster youth, first-generation students, persons with disabilities, undocumented scholars, individuals from historically underrepresented communities, various gender identities, sexual orientation, and other groups to ensure the District provides strategies for success and pro-active, student-centered practices and policies committed to eliminating equity gaps.
Examples Of Functions and TasksESSENTIAL The following duties are typical for this job classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Provide executive leadership in the implementation of the college’s Equity and Student Completion Guided Pathways Strategic Plan, ensuring an equity-mindset is applied throughout design, implementation, evaluation and assessment processes;
- In support of District wide goals, make recommendations to the college planning process to address equity gaps through the employment of initiatives such as campus climate engagement, culturally responsive teaching and programming, historical trauma and cultural healing work, and the promotion of a campus culture of well-being, belonging, and respect.
- Work collaboratively with Executive Dean of Student Success and the college community, including Institutional Research and Planning, to facilitate assessment, planning, and evaluation efforts to mitigate identified disparities. Understand current research and apply data to address barriers, including both qualitative and quantitative data, to support systemic initiatives that improve student experiences, access to resources, and goal completion.
- Support the campus community, including college leadership, in developing an understanding of equity and student success goals and initiatives; build support for district-wide efforts to close equity gaps, increase student success, and identify and mitigate organizational biases.
- Supervise assigned Instructional or Student Services departments or programs.
- Identify and create opportunities to capture student voices in planning processes for Guided Pathways and Equity initiatives and implementation.
- Provide leadership to ensure the college provides culturally responsive programming to meet the needs of students.
- Coordinate with Professional and Organizational Development to develop and provide equity and inclusion training for faculty, staff and students, with a goal of institutional skills development to successfully support our diverse student populations.
- Formulate and make recommendations to the college’s executive team regarding improvements to college policies, processes, procedures, and practices pertaining to the college’s goals of student completion and elimination of equity gaps.
- Work with Executive Dean of Student Success to coordinate and complete various collegiate plans and Chancellor’s Office reports.
- Coordinate with Executive Dean of Student Success and the Research and Planning Office to track and monitor disaggregated cohorts of entering students to identify loss and momentum points along students’ paths through college; highlight variations by course and/or program and facilitate appropriate review and response.
- Devise and monitor systems of evaluation that measure equity and success, report evaluative results regularly to the college community, and employ strategies for continuous improvement.
- In partnership with the Executive Dean of Student Success, work with members of the college community to promote grant-writing, development and fundraising activities specifically to enhance efforts in equity, student success, and completion.
- Serve as liaison to develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external community stakeholders around issues of equity and inclusion and student completion.
- Engage faculty and staff in collaborative processes to achieve goals related to creating a culture of assessment including inquiry, reflection, and ongoing improvement.
- Serve on workgroups and project teams as either a facilitator, sponsor, or participant to help guide and implement equity and student completion-related initiatives.
- Work with Professional Development and other campus entities to provide high profile campus events that promote equity and inclusion, provide institutionalized trainings for faculty and staff to become champions for the work of student equity and completion, and enhance a diverse and inclusive campus environment.
- Serve as needed as a member of the District negotiations team(s).
- Maintain active membership in relevant professional associates and attend relevant conferences, trainings and institutes to remain current in emerging trends.
- Perform related duties as required.
- Minimum Qualifications
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The following describes the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enter the job and successfully perform the assigned duties.
Education and Experience – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Minimum: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in any related field and (1) year of experience related to the duties of the position.
Preferred: Any additional combination of three or more years of experience in student equity, instruction, and/or student services program administration or coordination; documentable evidence of negotiation skills and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
QUALIFICATIONS – The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism concepts and issues;
- Equity data, metrics, and effective use of analytics;
- Guided Pathways principles, practices, challenges, and opportunities;
- Effective equity, inclusion, and student success practices in an educational setting;
- Federal and state regulations pertaining to student equity;
- Effective research methodologies, including needs assessments and methods for determining disproportionate impact;
- Project management techniques and design-thinking frameworks;
- Participatory governance, collaborative decision-making processes, and team management techniques;
- Leadership and management techniques including planning, organizing, assigning, and reviewing work; faculty and staff performance evaluation, recruitment and selection;
- Methods to successfully support individuals with varying backgrounds, which includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities, sexual orientation, individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups;
- Historical and systemic inequities and the effects and trauma on underrepresented and underserved populations;
- Basic computer software use (e.g.: Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Research best practices and lead equity and student completion initiatives and programs;
- Navigate complex and emotionally charged issues with divergent perspectives to result in successful resolution and action;
- Work collaboratively and build strong relationships with faculty, students, staff, governance entities, and colleagues to ensure broad stakeholder input, engagement and support;
- Work effectively and collaboratively across a complex organization to identify and mitigate organizational biases;
- Multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
- Read, interpret and apply relevant and related laws, regulations, and policies;
- Exercise initiative and creativity to meet a broad diversity of perspectives and needs;
- Maintain accurate and adequate records to meet internal/external analysis, audits, planning, and reporting requirements;
- Prepare oral and written reports and presentations;
- As appropriate, administer the District’s collective bargaining agreements.
- Apply an equity-minded framework and ensure programs, services and processes are designed and delivered to meet the varying needs of all students.
- Approach all duties of the position with an equity-minded perspective that supports and promotes inclusion and diversity while supporting effective calling in practices.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT – The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
- Supplemental Information
- Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville. Our District prides itself on academic excellence.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term, where approximately: 21% of Sierra College’s students are Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), 3% are African-American, 3% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 1% are Pacific Islander, 7% are multiracial and 57% are White.
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
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REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:
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- A Sierra College application,
- A resume, and
- A cover letter of no more than 4 pages that addresses:
- Please describe the transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you possess to serve in this role.
- What culturally-inclusive/equity-minded practices/strategies would you incorporate into this role?
- Please describe your evidence of the responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning), sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within the classroom and in the campus community.
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.
*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.
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Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
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