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Associate Dean, Guided Pathways and Student Success

Southwestern College (CA)
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Sep 14, 2022

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Associate Dean, Guided Pathways and Student Success

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: Counseling & Student Support Programs

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

This is an Academic (Educational) Administrator classification. Reporting to the Dean of Counseling & Student Success, the Associate Dean, Guided Pathways and Student Success provides leadership for integrated systems of student planning and support that lead to completion of academic and career goals. The position oversees a college-wide operational infrastructure that provides active case management guidance for students related to: personal counseling, academic planning; career exploration and decision-making; academic progress monitoring and intervention for goal completion; academic and learning support; and college navigation support. The position requires the Manager to work with instructional deans, student services deans, faculty, staff, and Administrators in creating and maintaining an open, collaborative and inclusive college environment focused on student learning and success.

This is an Academic (Educational) Administrator classification that directs, supervises, and manages all activities of the District's comprehensive Counseling programs. Responsibilities include performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibility. The incumbent organizes and oversees day-to-day activities and is responsible for providing professional-level support to the Dean in a variety of areas. Successful performance of the work requires an extensive professional background, as well as skill in coordinating programmatic work
  1. Provides strategic level leadership for integrated student progress tracking and holistic support systems, cohort-based student retention programs, multiple measures course placement system, transfer partnerships, and support for curriculum/academic pathways development.
  2. Ensures culturally responsive and inclusive operations that center on minoritized populations and marginalized communities; accountable for flexible service delivery modalities that support access and equitable student outcomes.
  3. Direct management and operations of a student success center, including oversight of faculty, and staff assigned to provide support to fields of study.
  4. Develops, executes and measures the impact of a comprehensive student academic and career counseling system from point of entry to educational goal completion.
  5. Creates and maintains collaborative and productive partnerships across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, administrative/systems services, and shared governance bodies in order to integrate institutional effectiveness and planning efforts and holistic student support; assists the Dean of Counseling in providing leadership for college-wide strategic initiative execution (e.g., Strategic Plan, Guided Pathways/Jaguar Pathways, Student Equity & Achievement Plan, and Vision for Success).
  6. Collaborates with the Director of Career & Transfer Connections, and Dean of Enrollment Services related to K-12 partnerships, and articulation with postsecondary colleges and universities.
  7. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Strategic leadership and Management in Higher education in community colleges.
  • The issues and requirements of California Community Colleges.
  • The California Education Code, Title V and other state, federal, and local laws, regulations, restrictions and requirements as they apply to the community college.
  • Knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies, including but not limited to contextualized learning, directed learning activities, collaborative learning, and technological approaches.
  • Budget preparation and management.
  • College governance structure and processes.
  • Public relations principles and practices.
  • Office productivity software such as Microsoft, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access.
  • Internet navigation, data entry and correction, inquiry/retrieval and report generation.
  • Modern office procedures, practices and equipment.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and diplomacy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles and practices of effective administration, supervision, and training.

  • Direct systemic change for racial and social equity and justice
  • Communicate and execute a vision for student-centered (flexible, multimodal) delivery of instruction and counseling services through oral and written mediums.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines including Federal and state legislation, and California Education Code.
  • Effectively counsel and assist staff, faculty, administrators, and the public.
  • Develop, administer, and control budgets.
  • Use data to drive the decision-making process.
  • Work closely and effectively with instructional areas.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Work independently with limited direction.
  • Interact with others using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Organize relatively complex projects or activities that are interdepartmental in scope.
  • Embrace a vision and coordinate details of implementation.
  • Operate a computer and various software programs; and
  • Demonstrate clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, staff and community.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
A Master’s degree
One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in Education, Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Counseling, or related discipline AND four (4) years of formal training or leadership experience related to the administrator’s assignment.
  • Teaching experience, preferably at the community college level.
  • Direct experience in leading or co-leading Guided Pathways work at a community college setting.
  • Extensive understanding of pro-active student success measures that directly reduce student equity gaps and improve degree or program completion for students in higher education.

Range 43, $10,607.75-$12,894.00 plus $2,090.00 annual stipend for earned Doctorate Degree. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review. Extended deadline date of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Approximately). Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department.Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at">

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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