Sierra College is committed to Guided Pathways to increase
student achievement and timely goal completion and to close equity
gaps. In that spirit, the Program Director is responsible to ensure
areas of oversight afford an inclusive educational and employment
environment and are focused on equitable outcomes for all. Under
the administrative direction of an assigned Educational
Administrator, this position provides leadership and operational
direction for the College’s Distance Learning Department. The
position designs, recommends, and implements a strategic online
education plan using research and data analyses of online student
success and enrollment trends and models. The position manages the
Distance Learning staff and the operation of the Department and
works collaboratively to develop new programs and delivery formats
in support of District needs. The position establishes and reviews
internal policies and procedures while ensuring compliance with
Title 5 and District policies as well as other applicable State and
Federal laws and regulations. Additionally, this position creates
effective structures for on-going evaluations and reviews, working
with others to ensure effective teaching and student success in the
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
Program Director must demonstrate a profound understanding of, and
experience with, successfully supporting individuals with varying
backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities and various
gender identities and sexual orientations, individuals from
historically underrepresented communities, and individuals from
other groups to ensure the District provides strategies for success
and pro-active, student-centered practices and policies committed
to eliminating equity gaps and promoting a college-going
1. Manages and leads the operation of the Distance Learning
Department and supervises the staff.
2. Working collaboratively with the assigned AEA, creates,
develops, and implements a strategic direction and plan for
3. Works with Research and other departments to analyze data
associated with student success, equity gaps, and enrollment trends
in online and hybrid courses; uses data to enhance and continually
update strategic plan for the Department.
4. Works collaboratively with Sierra College Instructional Division
Deans to ensure effective online teaching and class scheduling;
collaborates with Deans to develop online delivery of existing
programs as appropriate and to standardize implementation of
distance learning policies and processes across
5. Works with Professional and Organizational Development to ensure
effective and up-to-date professional development and training for
faculty and staff.
6. Ensures compliance with accreditation standards and state and
federal requirements for online education.
7. Completes all reports for California Community College
Chancellor’s Office and other areas as needed.
8. In alignment with District student success and equity goals,
establishes, monitors, and reports on programmatic goals for
Distance Learning program, including targets for student and
courses, equity specific goals, and student success metrics.
Collaborates with College stakeholders to synthesize goals and data
for program improvements and adjustments.
9. Manages Distance Learning budget with assistance from designated
10. Works with Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, an
Academic Senate standing committee, for their advice and
recommendations for short and long-range plans and goals for
Distance Learning programs, assessment, policies and procedures,
professional development, and equity efforts.
11. Interprets, articulates, implements, and monitors compliance
with federal and state requirements, local Board and Administrative
Policies, applicable human resources, and business services
12. Attends, participates, and represents the college in relevant
Distance Education/learning and/or educational technology
professional conferences, associations, and trainings. Maintains
awareness of new trends and developments regarding the
13. Stays current on all new developments in the field by
participating in state-wide and national associations for DL
14. Performs other related duties as assigned.
MINMIMUM 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 Guidelines— 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:
Education/Training: A Master’s degree from an
accredited college or university, preferably in educational
technology, instructional design, online teaching and learning,
multimedia or other related degree.
• At least three (3) years of experience or the equivalent working
in Distance Learning or Instructional/educational technology
• At least two years of increasingly responsible supervisory or
equivalent experience within a Distance Learning or Educational
Technology program .
• At least two years of work in administration or the equivalent
within an educational program. Experience teaching in the online
environment highly desirable.
• Current directions, issues, and developments in Distance
• Equity-minded practices that support increased student success
and the closing of equity gaps in a distance learning
• Higher education metrics, such as student success and retention,
time to completion, etc.
• Schedule planning and development.
• Pertinent federal, state. and local laws, codes, and regulations
pertaining to online education, including accessibility.
• 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
• Current developments, issues, and concerns with the online
• Current developments in online teaching.
• Collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution
• Accounting and budgeting methods, audit procedures, statistics,
and data interpretation
• Management concepts and practices, including change management,
organizational and motivational techniques.
• Personnel management practices and techniques of supervision and
• Employment processes, collective bargaining processes, data
collection, and report writing.
• Laws, regulations, and legislation relevant to assigned program
• Manage and direct the activities of and provide effective
leadership for a Distance Learning program.
• Envision, develop, and maintain short and long-term strategic
• Collaborate effectively with partners across the
• Coordinate and direct student success programs for general and
specific identifiable student populations.
• Apply an equity-minded framework and ensure programs, services
and processes are designed and delivered to assist with the
recruitment of and support the varying needs of all
• Supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned staff
involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of
• Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies, and
procedures for the Distance Leaning Department. Analyze problems,
identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed
actions, and implement recommendations in support of
• Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned
• Promote comprehensive solutions involving a diverse body of
• Stay professionally active within the State and national distance
• Conduct ongoing research and evaluation of best
• Identify and respond to sensitive organizational issues,
concerns, and needs.
• Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned
• Compile data and prepare accurate reports.
• Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural
diversity of the community.
• Adhere to critical deadlines while working with frequent
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Commit to equity and student success.
• Interact and work effectively with a diverse population utilizing
exceptional interpersonal and intercultural skills.
• Perform consistently under the pressure of deadlines and other
• Plan and manage in an environment of participatory
• Demonstrate integrity and consistency.
• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Effectively coordinate group work efforts.
• Effectively utilize social/interpersonal skills.
• Utilize listening and negotiating skills.
• Interact effectively with District faculty and staff, and the
• Set priorities and establish goals and objectives.
• Organize work and manage time effectively.
• Conduct effective meetings.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING
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
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard
office setting and requires occasional travel to local high school
districts and campuses.
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
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, having been named an
Aspen Prize for College Excellence eligible institution for 2019.
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.
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.
Given the current pandemic in our country, interviews will likely
take place virtually via Zoom or a conference call.
TRAVEL EXPENSES BORNE BY THE CANDIDATE (if in person interviews)
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.
Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer
committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and
equity among its faculty, staff, and students.
Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO
may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO & Title IX (Title IX
Coordinator) at the address below, at (916) 660-7006 or via email
Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of
physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College
Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
If you have limitations hearing or speaking, the State of
California offers a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA)
that can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls. Dial
711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for
everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard
phone. If you prefer having your calls immediately answered in your
mode of communication, dial one of the toll-free modality and
language-specific numbers below. The call will be routed to the CRS
TTY/VCO/HCO to Voice
or to Speech-to- Speech
English & Spanish 1-800-854-7784