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Dean, School of Business
College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California
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Date Posted 02/06/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction (Academic Affairs), the Dean of Business provides administrative supervision and directs the operations of the School of Business. Provides leadership in the School of Business for teaching excellence and student learning, with the goal of emphasizing student success and facilitating continuous improvement of school programs and services.  Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Manages, coordinates, develops, evaluates, and executes a variety of programs, projects and activities related to Business professions. Within the scope of this position new components may be added or deleted based on district or community needs.

Essential Duties

  1. Manages the overall operations of the School of Business. Provides supervision to the faculty and staff of the school including but not limited to the following departments/programs within the school: Business, Computer Applications and Web Technology, Culinary Arts and Wine Studies, Economics, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Paralegal, Real Estate, and other departments as assigned.
  2. Develops the strategic plan for the School with input from department chairs and program supervisors. Plans both short-term and long-term goals for the school as well as the impact of new program offerings.
  3. Plans, develops, and administers program budgets and expenditures.  Strategically allocates resources to support school needs. Identifies and secures outside funding opportunities, as needed, for the school. Coordinates the procurement and execution of grant and contract funds by preparing grant applications, budgets and reports for local, state and federal grants. Prepares and submits all related financial reports for related funds in a timely manner.
  4. Administers and promotes curriculum development with faculty to respond to student and community needs, including establishment and implementation of student learning outcomes.  Ensures assessment and analysis of learning outcome measures. Reviews and evaluates department course development and modifications, as well as facilitates course approval through regular curriculum review processes for credit and non-credit classes.  Develops marketing strategies for credit and non-credit classes, as well as Community Education offerings.
  5. Recommends the final schedule of classes to the Instruction office and ensures it meets the needs of students utilizing the resources available. Takes into consideration the recommendations from department chairs and works with staff to produce accurate schedules, program and catalog information, and multi-year instructional plans. Reviews with faculty the selection and approval of textbooks, supplies, materials, equipment purchases and maintenance requirements. Maintains an accurate inventory of all capital equipment.
  6. Leads the innovation and continual improvement of the College’s academic programs through effective communication, overseeing instructional program planning and systematic program reviews. Recommends changes to maintain relevance of school programs.
  7. Ensures that policies and procedures are followed as required and stipulated in college policies, administrative procedures, program certification and accreditation, articulation activities with colleges and universities, and local, state and federal guidelines.
  8. Assists with the institutional accreditation process. Monitors and communicates relevant changes in accreditation standards to the Office of Instruction. Conducts educational research and participates in college research. Prepares reports for state licensing boards, grants and contracts, program and college accreditation, including contributing to the College’s self-evaluation reports.
  9. Ensures the proper procedures are followed regarding hiring, orienting, scheduling, and evaluating faculty and staff. Ensures compliance with AB 1725, Education Code, Title V, labor agreements, college policies, and accreditation rules and regulations. Promotes, encourages, and provides opportunities for staff development and participation in community outreach activities.
  10. Conducts needs analyses, market surveys and other research to identify viable and sustainable courses, programs and majors not currently offered. Works collaboratively with deans, department chairs, faculty and other relevant staff and external agencies to implement quality programs into the curriculum and schedule of classes.
  11. Promotes and markets the instructional programs within the school. Works collaboratively with relevant programs and faculty to establish partnerships and linkages with business, industry, and community organizations and other educational institutions in the procurement of internship opportunities to identify emerging skills and trends.
  12. Assists in the recruitment of students within the school’s curricular offerings and services. Serves as an advocate for students.
  13. Develops and maintains relationships with regional educational institutions, and appropriate community based organizations related to disciplines/programs with in the School. Assists faculty in the development of advisory committees and provides guidance in working with advisory committees.
  14. Serves as first-line administrator in resolving complaints pertaining to school faculty, curricular, and co-curricular issues. Organizes and chairs school meetings; facilitates group discussions and involves faculty and staff in idea generation, goal setting and decision-making.
  15. Works closely with College services such as financial aid, tutoring, counseling and other programs and services for students. Interprets School of Business program requirements and objectives to other college departments.
  16. Serves on relevant campus-wide committees including enrollment management, strategic planning, student learning outcomes, budget development and management, program review, and program advisory groups such as the College Planning Team, School Dean meetings, Management Advisory Council and numerous others as required. Participates in professional organizations.
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

(Requirements 1 and 2 must be met in order to qualify for the position):

Education (Requirement #1):

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline reasonably related to the assignment, doctorate in educational leadership preferred; (See our website for evaluation requirements for units and degrees earned at foreign institutions)

Experience (Requirement #2):

I. Option #1

Two years of academic administrative experience in an institution of higher education reasonably related to the assignment OR

II. Option #2

  1. A minimum of two years of successful leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment; AND
  1. A minimum of one year of successful experience providing leadership for a major district-level initiative/program; AND
  1. Completion of a leadership training program of at least one semester in duration.


  • Three (3) years recent academic or professional experience in one of the professional areas in the discipline.
  • One or more years of responsible experience in developing, implementing and managing Business related programs in a college, university, or district post-secondary educational setting.  Includes program and curriculum development processes as well as implementation and approval procedures at local and state levels;
  • Demonstrated successful experience linking educational programs and services to the economic and workforce development needs of business and industry;
  • Demonstrated successful experience using data, surveys and student/community input to develop new and revise existing curriculum;
  • Prior teaching experience in one or more of the areas to which the Dean position is assigned;
  • Demonstrated successful experience acquiring program or institutional resources and facilitating partnerships between local and regional business and industry groups and the campus community;
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading programs related to the administrative assignment, including: strategic planning and decision making; staffing, evaluation, and supervision; and developing and managing budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, meet deadlines and establish structures, systems and processes to reach goals and objectives with initiative and to completion.

Demonstrated Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the mission of California Community Colleges;
  • Understanding of the curriculum process and ability to develop and implement credit and not-for-credit programs;
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning strategies and experience in evaluation of those strategies;
  • A track record of being innovative in planning, developing, and producing quality instruction and student services delivered via technology;
  • Ability to relate well and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and business and industry representatives of diverse backgrounds to achieve the college’s strategic goal of being an entrepreneurial college;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a participatory manner with all segment of the college community and community at large;
  • Proficiency in applying technological applications to daily work;
  • Ability to lead, implement and manage change;
  • Ability to interpret and uniformly implement district policies and procedures and the college bargaining agreements;
  • A commitment and sensitively to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, gender, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff as well as commitment to integrating diversity in the College’s instructional program;
  • Commitment to universal access for all populations.
  • A heightened sense of integrity, high energy, devotion to collegiality and civility as the accepted mode of discourse, and an exceptional level of creativity and initiative;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally, in writing, and using technology;
  • A tolerance for ambiguity and a good sense of humor.

Personal and Professional Competencies

Every administrator with the College is expected to be:

  • Committed to Student Access and Success.
  • Willing to take strategic risks related to student-oriented change.
  • Capable of building strong teams.
  • Motivated to establish urgency for improvement.
  • Able to plan lasting internal change.
  • Results-oriented, ensuring effective implementation, routine assessment of programs and continuous data-informed improvement.
  • Effective at communicating and listening to foster strong relationships, shared priorities, and inspire trust and action.
  • Considerate of fiscal responsibilities and sound operations.
  • Dedicated to entrepreneurial fundraising that aligns to student access and success goals.
  • Effective in developing effective external partnerships to achieve broader aims for student success.
  • A creative, innovative, energetic instructional leader; a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications;
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of the college’s strategic goals;
  • A fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept Responsibility.

Salary Placement

This twelve (12) month per year position will be on an individual contract.  Salary placement will be Range 18 of the Administrative Salary Schedule.  Initial salary placement will be based on education and experience. An excellent benefit package, including medical, vision, dental, life and Section 125 is offered.

Physical Demands

Position requires sitting and viewing a computer monitor for extended periods of time plus frequent periods of standing and walking, which may include climbing staircases; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and related equipment; reaching, bending, kneeling, crawling and stooping; frequently exert 10-20 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; hearing and speaking to communicate and provide information to others; vision to read printed material and computer monitor; handling and working with various materials and objects; and travel from site-to-site.

Conditions of Employment

Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening. 

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.

Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.

Board of Trustees approval.

Official, sealed tranScripts are required upon offer of employment.

Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Santa Clarita Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected basis under the law.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.

About the District

Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These qualities not only define College of the Canyons, they characterize the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college one of the most unique among California’s 113 community colleges.

Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. In fact, its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education programs that are responsive to industry needs. 

Guided by visionary leadership, College of the Canyons serves a dynamic, growing 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that encompasses the City of Santa Clarita, the third largest city in Los Angeles County after Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as the surrounding greater Santa Clarita Valley. A steady infusion of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of limitless possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the region’s evolving needs. The expanding diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution. 

The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. More than 75,000 children from every local school district have experienced the arts as part of the college Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program.  And, Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, is housed on our Valencia campus. 

College of the Canyons is housed on two campuses, in Valencia and Canyon Country. It offers 83 associate degree programs, including 21 that provide guaranteed transfer to the California State University system, as well as 71 programs leading to workforce training certificates. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. In addition, the University Center at the Valencia campus has removed barriers to higher education by offering approximately 40 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as certificates and credentials, from five public and private universities. The center has enriched the lives and livelihood of more than 14,500 students and 2,600 graduates since opening in 2002.

Because of the college’s reputation for consistently meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved three bond measures valued at more than $472 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funding from the state, and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities to be built to accommodate them. 

Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons has set a new standard for what a college and its students can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us here, and you will discover unexpected opportunities, the freedom to innovate, and a chance to shape the future.


Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online at If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661)362-3427 or for the hearing impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661)362-5178.  Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.

All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the Review Date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings.  The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite #360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.

Your application is not complete until the following required materials have been uploaded online or received by the Human Resources office:

  • A District Academic application.
  • A list of six (6) references with their names, titles, business and home telephone numbers. The list should include two (2) current and two (2) former supervisors, one (1) subordinate, and one (1) community or business representative. All references (except for former supervisors) must be within the last five (5) years. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s knowledge.
  • A current detailed resume, summarizing education and experience.
  • Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement.  Provide specific details and examples of your direct leadership in achieving the list of minimum and desirable requirements for this position.
  • Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree awarded. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
  • Three (3) current (dated within the last five (5) years) letters of professional reference that clearly describes why you are a strong candidate/good fit for this position based on the job description.  Letters must be signed and dated (no fancy font signatures). 
  • Supplemental Questionnaire. Please answer the following questions as part of your application packet:
  1. Do you possess a minimum of two years of work experience in higher education in an    administrator/manager capacity reasonably related to this position?  (yes/no)  If yes, describe your work experience, including your roles and progression of responsibilities. Include employer name(s), position title(s), dates of employment, full-time or part-time status (hours per week). Please provide your total years of full-time equivalent experience in this field.
  1. If you have not worked as an administrator in higher education for at least two years, do you have any formal training, internship, or leadership or work experience in higher education or outside of higher education that is reasonably related to this position?  (yes/no) If yes, describe your experience, including your roles and progression of responsibilities.  Include employer name(s), position title(s), dates of employment, full-time or part-time status (hours per week).  Please provide your total years of full-time equivalent experience in these areas.
  1. Do you haVe any experience specifically managing operational budgets within higher education or outside higher education that includes managing grant funds? Please describe your work experience in this area, including your specific responsibilities.

Confidential Recruitment Source Information (Voluntary Survey).  This is voluntary and is part of the online applicant profile separate from the application.

Please note:

  • Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
  • A presentation will be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
  • Current COC employees who are applying for this position:  Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:

Human Resources Office

(661) 362-3427

TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District.  Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.

The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews the week of April 8th and final interviews the week of April 15th. This is an estimated timeline, and is subject to change. 

Position is offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled.

COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355


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