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Cerritos College — Instructional Dean, Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Instructional Dean, Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Salary: $176,196.00 – $221,136.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: Dean of SEM-2023
Closing: 4/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Dean of SEM-2023
Division: Science, Engineering, Mathematics


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. Enrollment currently averages 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

Department Profile

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.

Supplemental Information
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 need.

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.

Required Documents

  • Employment application
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • 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 $3,681 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.
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.

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-5151e53638a59649ad128d105800d021