Instructional Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences

Cerritos College

Instructional Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences

Salary: $191,556.00 – $240,420.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: Instructional Dean HSS
Closing: 2/9/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Instructional Dean HSS
Division: Humanities & Social Science


Equity and Diversity
The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal opportunity employment. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.

College Profile
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions.

Department Profile
The Humanities/Social Sciences Division is one of the largest divisions on campus and includes eleven departments: Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Chicano Studies, Economics, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The Dean supervises approximately 130 full-time faculty and part-time faculty and 2 full-time support staff.

The eleven departments in the Division continually seek to expand their curriculum to meet student needs. Programs in the Division are developed to serve a diverse student population consisting of day, evening, and distance education students as well as students interested in completing their course sequence in an accelerated format.

Faculty in the Humanities/Social Sciences Division integrate technology into their teaching and need a leader who understands the importance of online education and the use of technology in teaching, delivery, and learning.

The prospective Dean will have a thorough knowledge of current issues in education and student success that will enable him or her to assist and guide the Division in the implementation of programs, acceleration, multiple measures, articulation, accreditation,
transfer, student pathways, curriculum, and peer and staff evaluations. The Humanities/Social Sciences Division requires a visionary Dean who demonstrates strong organizational skills that reflect effective planning and the implementation of shared goals. Ongoing changes in funding for community colleges will require this leader to advocate for the Division and to actively support the search for alternate funding sources and grants to maintain staffing levels and provide instruction. Candidates should be familiar with the complete job description which may be found at: (Download PDF reader)

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

Qualifications for Education and Experience
Requires a master’s degree preferably in one of the disciplines of the division, two years of fulltime 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.

Preferred Qualifications
A doctorate (Ph.D.) is desired. Recent senior-level administrative experience in California community colleges and/or other accredited, post-secondary educational institutions. Teaching, curriculum, and administrative experience in one of the departments in Humanities/Social Sciences is highly preferred. Evidence of advanced leadership training and/or experience.

Knowledge and Skills
The position requires professional knowledge of:

  • Theories, principles, and practices associated with higher education counseling, curriculum and instruction, matriculation, and student services.
  • Development, maintenance and administration of a budget.
  • Philosophy and objectives of the community college.
  • Principles of functional leadership, training and performance evaluation.
    Pertinent federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Learning and student success process, assessment, student learning outcomes, learning communities and application of technology.
  • Strategic planning in organization and management practices, assessment, analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and administrative needs

The position requires demonstrated skill in:

  • Developing assessment, teaching, and learning processes that enhance student success and outcomes.
  • Organizing work and building an effective team to meet the needs of the assigned areas.
  • Oral and written language sufficient to prepare reports and professional correspondence.
  • Human relations/interpersonal skills to conduct performance reviews, deliver presentations, and convey technical information to a wide variety of audiences.

This position requires the ability to:

  • Learn, interpret, and ensure compliance with state and federal laws, Title 5, and other federal and state regulations as related to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Be open to change and new methods in the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Continuously engage in learning and self-improvement.
  • Meet change with innovation to promote and meet the college mission.
  • Organize, plan, develop, and write new programs, develop new concepts, analyze outcomes, and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Guide and direct others in goal achievement.
  • Direct and facilitate development of personal and team perspectives, and develop and deliver training programs.
  • Develop and monitor budgets and maximize financial resources.
  • Work cooperatively and productively with internal and external constituencies.
  • Advocate for shared governance, collegiality, staff cohesiveness and for the core values of the institution.

Physical Abilities
This position requires the physical ability to:

  • Function in an office environment performing work of primarily a sedentary nature with some requirement to move about campus and to off-campus locales.
  • Use hearing and speech to make presentations to groups and carry on conversations over the phone and in person.
  • See with sufficient visual acuity to read printed materials and computer screens.
  • Use hand/arm/finger dexterity to retrieve work materials and operate standard office equipment.
  • Work a flexible schedule which may include evenings, weekends, and split schedules.

Licenses and Certificates
May require a valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Supplemental Information

Required Documents
Employment application
Letter of interest
Unofficial transcripts

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position. Transcripts must be from regionally accredited institutions. A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The website address is

Application materials must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

This is a full-time 12-calendar month academic manager position. Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.

An annual stipend of $4,002 shall be provided to management employees with an earned doctorate degree.

Conditions of Employment
Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.
The individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, Federal Bureau of Investigation (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station), produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.

This position is on site. Must be able to provide proof of California residency prior to employment.

**Please note – Management employees are not eligible to hold an additional Cerritos faculty assignment.

**Please note – the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas.

Board Policy 2905 requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. The District requires all employees to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Full policy details can be found on the website; Cerritos College – Chapter 2 – Board of Trustees. Employees may submit requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate for consideration. Details are available on the District’s COVID-19 webpage

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The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .jeid-5da98c47773eb84391e600ca6eb2f994

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