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Dean of Arts and Humanities (Open until filled) Initial review on May 23, 2022

Antelope Valley College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 22, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Antelope Valley College


Dean of Arts and Humanities 

Salary: $131,767.52 - $151,357.39 Annually

Deadline: (Open until filled) Initial review on May 23, 2022


Complete job description and application available online at:


Under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs the dean will provide leadership to and support for the Arts and Humanities division, which includes the areas of Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Television, Digital Media and Dance.  In addition to the academic disciplines, the dean oversees the art gallery, academic programming in theatre, the division’s co-curricular activities.  The dean is responsible for program development; course support; and the day-to-day supervision of division personnel, programs, expenditures, and facilities, as well as serving as the division's advocate to the administration and board of trustees.



Provide leadership for program development and work directly with faculty to plan for curriculum and program additions, modifications, and deletions; set priorities for resource needs, provide program analysis and multi-year instructional plans and participate in strategic and long-range instructional planning for the district

Demonstrate a commitment to fulfill the comprehensive mission of the community college

Promote the assessment of student outcomes in order to determine the effectiveness of student learning

Stay abreast of national trends and innovations in visual and performing arts, disciplines, including alternate modes of assessment, hiring practices, academic freedom, the role of technology in the classroom, and/or changes in course design prerequisites

Promote the needs of the division to on- and off-campus organizations, on committees, and at meetings.

Encourage excellence in teaching and orient new staff

Serve on or participate in campus organizations, committees, and meetings

Create a positive working environment for all levels of division staff and work cooperatively with other campus personnel to integrate and coordinate programs and services across the curriculum

Prepare budget requests; allocate funds; and prioritize division financial needs, including new hires, program funding, technology and instructional equipment, and communicate those priorities clearly to the departments involved

In consultation with faculty, design the schedule of classes each semester, provide for staffing of division courses; administer and evaluate courses

Evaluate full time and part-time faculty and staff

Support staff development and professional growth among division members

Communicate with leaders in the private and public sectors and in educational agencies to determine needs for new courses and programs; establish advisory committees as appropriate

Serve as a contact point for articulation with local high schools and four-year institutions

Determine and fulfill needs for other college sites and centers regarding instructional programs and services

Maintain current knowledge of new developments and innovations in community colleges and higher education, including, but not limited to, computer and related technologies which may affect instruction; recommend changes to maintain relevance of division programs to meet student and community needs

Work cooperatively with other administrators and supervisors to coordinate programs and services across the curriculum and at all locations to meet student needs; resolve conflicts and issues within the division and between divisions in compliance with collegiality and due process

Analyze requests for staff to meet short-term and long-term needs and make recommendations to the vice president; assist in development of job descriptions for new positions

Maintain an effective working knowledge of computer and related technologies which affect office management including electronic spreadsheets, word processing, data collection, and internet/intranet capabilities

Evaluate and process student assessment challenge forms

Participate in the program review process

Organize and preside over monthly staff meetings

Host visiting professionals, sponsor division activities, and coordinate/manage co-curricular activities with the faculty 

Monitor compliance with state and federal regulations

Solicit grants, awards, or foundation funding

Be available for day or evening assignments

Other duties as assigned



Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.  (Title V, section 53420.  Minimum Qualifications for Educational Administrators.)

Sensitivity to and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students



Desirable Qualifications:

Master’s in an academic subject area directly related to the assignment 

Three years full time, post-secondary teaching experience preferably in a community college setting

Demonstrated commitment to high academic standards and academic freedom

Experience with and commitment to a shared governance culture, consensus building, and a team approach to management

Evidence of effective planning in the management, supervision, and evaluation of the work of others

Evidence of a commitment to teaching/learning and the vision of a learning-centered institution and community

An understanding of how technology can support learning and a record of support for technological advancements

Knowledge of varied assessment instruments 

Grant writing experience and/or program development experience

Experience with and commitment to a participatory governance culture, consensus building, and a team approach to management



Knowledge of:

Higher education in community colleges, including the mission of the California Community Colleges

Shared governance within the California Community College System

Local, state, and federal laws governing programs and services 

Adult learning theory and learning styles and multiple methods of instruction

Discipline(s) within the division

Varied evaluation procedures for staff and faculty

Curriculum development

Course/program Articulation/Educational Pathways

Student matriculation

Budget preparation and control

Principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

District organization, operations, policies, and objectives

Computer and related technologies for instruction

Institutional Learning Outcomes, Program Learning Outcomes,and Student Learning Outcomes


Ability to:

Plan, organize, develop, and evaluate the programs, activities, and curriculum of college instructional programs

Develop and modify curriculum and policies/procedures to meet staff, student, and community needs.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, in order to promote equal access to all divisional programs 

Select, train, supervise, and evaluate personnel

Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions

Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions

Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action

Plan, organize work, and meet schedules and deadlines

Work cooperatively with and coordinate projects with other administrators and staff

Evaluate and support faculty and staff recommendations for program improvements and/or new programs

Identify resources and develop grant or special projects applications

Develop and control budgets

Mentor and support new full-time and adjunct faculty


For a complete listing and details of all open positions and how to apply, select the HR & Employment link on the AVC Web site at or contact the Human Resources Office at (661) 722-6311; Voice/Relay, (661) 722-6300 x. 6360, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536.

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