Dean, Cilker School of Art

West Valley-Mission Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 15, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean, Cilker School of Art & Design

West Valley-Mission Community College District

Closing Date: 1/14/2021

West Valley College, a Bay Area leader in transfer, degree, and career programs, is searching for a visionary Dean to guide our state-of-the-art Cilker School of Art and Design. The Dean will provide an open, interconnected, and creative learning environment that provides education in traditional and emerging areas of the fine arts, performing arts, and design.

Just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College is located in Saratoga , California. The campus is on 143 wooded acres of a beautiful park-like setting. The college is known for the strength of our academic programs and faculty as well as our equity-minded and student-focused approach that combines high-tech and high-touch.

Under the direction of the College President and the Provost/Vice President of Instruction, the Dean of the Cilker School of Art and Design serves as senior administrator of the School, providing leadership and advocacy for its departments and programs. The Dean represents the School in community, cultural, and professional organizations, develops and creates resources from internal and external sources to further goals of the School. The Dean provides leadership to enhance innovation and increase diverse student participation in design and the arts. The Dean oversees development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that highlights closing equity gaps and implementing anti-racism goals.
The Dean represents and advocates for the School with other colleges, the District, and the community. The Dean facilitates academic planning, coordination and assessment of curriculum and instruction, accreditation, recruitment and evaluation of diverse faculty and staff, professional development, budgeting and management of funds, and allocation and use of facilities. The Dean actively promotes standards of excellence within the School.

West Valley College is a powerful change maker in social justice and anti-racism . A new Anti-Racism and Inclusion Plan is innovative and bold. The Educational and Facilities Master Plan is being renewed in 2020-21, and it will certainly embrace the social justice activism the campus represents. Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to engage in anti-racist work are encouraged to apply.

This is an academic administrator position with an anticipated start date in March 2021. This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime.

Salary and Benefits:
  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $152,358-$162,265 annually (Administrative Salary Schedule, Range 25, Steps A-C).
  • Annual salary step increases to maximum of salary range, $189,942 (Administrative Salary Schedule, Range 25, Step G)

Benefits include:
  • Additional compensation: $1,500 for doctorate added to base salary annually, to be prorated on a monthly basis.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Employer-provided life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalSTRS retirement.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

1. Understanding of, and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

2. Equivalent to a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in education or a field related to specific area of assignment.

3. Five years of increasingly responsible experience in instruction at a college level; including two years of administrative and management responsibility.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop and implement department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct instructional and student support programs, services, and initiatives relative to area of assignment.
  • Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the department work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Prepare the department budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of faculty and staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; monitor faculty contracts to assure accordance with association contract and district policies; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Oversee the accurate development, approval and implementation of college curriculum; participate in the coordination, preparation, publication, and distribution of the college catalog and schedule of classes.
  • Ensure instructional programs and support services are regularly assessed for evidence of student learning and achievement, particularly in terms of student outcomes and adherence to standards of accreditation; participate in developing and implementing enrollment performance goals.
  • Manage and oversee functions associated with area of assignment.
  • Initiate, support and participate in efforts to secure local, state or federal grant funding for college programs and services; ensure that grants are implemented according to approved plans and that reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Represent the department and division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Coordinate the selection, use, and maintenance of equipment and facilities assigned to the division.
  • Plan and coordinate course schedules in response to the needs of students and within the district’s enrollment targets; manage enrollment to maximize use of faculty loads, operating budgets, and space resources.
  • May oversee revenue-generating classes, programs, and activities.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

For more information on this position and to apply, please visit our website at the following link:

Applicants who, due to a disability, require accommodations to complete the application, testing or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (408) 741-2174 to arrange for assistance.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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