Assistant Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7145006 (Ref.No. REQ11141)
Posted: May 12, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


Assistant Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences

Job Category:

Academic Administrators

Job Opening Date:

May 12, 2023

Job Closing Date:

June 15, 2023


Saddleback College

Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA


Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Pay Rate Type:


Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Starting salary at $13,083 per month

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Description:

District Management Team Salary Schedule - RANGE 20

A resume and cover letter are required.

Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on June 14, 2023.

Specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the position. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


To support the Dean by providing overall supervision and administrative oversight for selected instructional programs and student support services including but not limited to onboarding students, service learning, internship.  

Serve as secondary administrator in the leadership, supervision, guidance, growth and direction for local, regional, and State initiatives associated with the unit and provide the Dean with other assistance as directed and needed.

To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.


Receive general direction from the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences or designee of the President.

Exercise functional and technical supervision over academic, professional, technical and classified staff as assigned.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical for this position. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Support the School of Humanities and Social Science with program development in carrying out the College’s mission, goals and objectives, performing duties in conformance with applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Assist in leading student completion, engagement, and extracurricular efforts within the unit. These efforts include service-learning activities, which require collaboration between faculty and external service-learning partners; explore and support the creation and implementation of on and off campus internship opportunities for students majoring within the unit; support the development of local and regional research opportunities and appropriate funding sources for students and faculty.

Assist and provide leadership and management, and maintain accountability for assigned departments' faculty, staff, and operations; hold regularly scheduled meetings with direct reports; promote and support the professional development of faculty and staff; provide administrative support to the Dean and provide direction to faculty chairs and staff as directed; work with faculty chairs in assignment of faculty, in the preparation of the multiple course catalogs/schedule of classes and appropriate budgets pertaining to course offerings.

Enhance and create a widespread culture of inquiry in which thoughtful interpretation of assessment information by faculty and staff is used to improve teaching and learning; ensure the creation, distribution and evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes; utilize data informed decision-making processes to make recommendations to the Dean for program adjustments; and respond to the evolving needs of current and future students.

Assist the Dean in developing and managing grants and external funding sources.

Participate in the hiring of employees and temporary staff in related programs in accordance with District policies and legal requirements and with consideration given to diversity in ethnicity, gender, clinical specialty, experience and regulatory and accreditation requirements.

Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned faculty and classified staff in keeping with the policies of the Board of Trustees and administrative procedures; visit classroom/work sites and observe and evaluate methods and effectiveness.

Represent the college on college-wide committees related to the area assigned; participate in a variety of committee and staff meetings in support of Humanities and Social Sciences, both on and off campus.

Organize, attend or chair a variety of administrative and staff meetings related to planning, budget, curriculum, advisory committees and other activities; participate in collegial consultation, participatory governance and appropriate advisory committee meetings and provide in-service and workshops for employees.

Assist the Dean with the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, regarding personnel, facilities, and activities.

Promote and coordinate a variety of programs and services and arrange for the development of promotional materials and college publications.

Assist the Dean with program development and implementation of programs in collaboration with local K-12 school districts.

Maintain current knowledge of instructional methods and new technologies pertinent to the assigned unit; monitor legislation, new State Education Code regulations and other State guidelines to determine instructional program impact.

Create a positive campus climate that fosters innovation in curriculum development for instruction and services in the assigned unit; work with the community, businesses, industry and other educational institutions to promote the assigned unit of instruction; contribute to the development and implementation of a coordinated outreach, marketing and public relations process and plan for assigned instructional programs and services.

Perform other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position and the District's mission and philosophy.

Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.



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:


A master’s degree from an accredited college or university reasonably related to the assignment. An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.


At least one year of formal training, internship, leadership, or administrative/supervisory experience reasonable related to the assignment.

Commitment to equity and diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within an educational environment.

Desirable Experience:

Experience managing grants and programs within an instructional unit.


Valid California driver's license.


A community college system.

All units and departments of a community college district and their inter-relationships.

A thorough knowledge of the various student support services required to enhance instruction.

Applicable District policies and local, State and Federal laws, codes and regulations, including Title V and California Education code.

Basic data collection and analysis related to student learning outcomes, retention, and success.

California Community Colleges basic skills initiative.

Community relations and external resource development.

Computer systems and software applications related to assigned instructional unit.

Curriculum development.

District safety policies and procedures.

Evidence of a working knowledge of local, regional and national CTE and economic and workforce development trends, legislation and agencies.

Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of students, faculty and staff.

Evidence of understanding and experience with the principles of collegial consultation.

Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Management techniques that encourage creativity, improve efficiency and increase productivity.

Oral and written communication skills.

Organizational and management practices as applied to assigned unit.

Participatory governance process and venue, fostering open communication among units, programs and services.

Principles and practices of budget preparation and management.

Principles and practices of training and supervision.

Principles and practices of program evaluation, student assessment, and organizational development.

Role and purpose of technological systems in providing online instruction, instructional support and student services.

Team-oriented leadership style.

Trends in assigned areas of education and related regulations.

Web page design, Blackboard and/or other course management systems, and other instructional and student services software.


Administer budgets, personnel and facilities.

Advocate for assigned unit’s programs and needs.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Assess, manage, implement, use and apply technology in the management and delivery of assigned instructional, training or student services programs.

Assist in forecasting current and future needs and costs affecting assigned unit.

Build successful partnerships with business, industry, the community and other educational institutions.

Collect, compile and analyze data.

Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside the District.

Demonstrate commitment to academic and professional excellence.

Demonstrate evidence of sensitivity, understanding and commitment to working with community college students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged and ethnic backgrounds.

Demonstrate evidence of participation in activities with campus, business or community organizations, such as a member of a planning body or committee.

Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.

Develop and implement technology-based solutions to curriculum and instructional issues.

Develop contract training programs for business and/or industry.

Develop markets and promotional strategies for courses, services and projects related to foundational skills that will promote enrollment growth, retention and student success.

Develop, prepare and administer project budgets.

Embrace and work effectively within a system of participatory governance.

Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation and quality services.

Establish and maintain effective, harmonious, and collaborative relationships with a diverse population of students, staff and community.

Exercise initiative and work independently.

Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.

Interact effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty and administrators.

Interpret, analyze, apply and explain applicable local, State and Federal laws and regulations.

Interpret, apply and explain applicable District policies and procedures.

Lead, train, supervise, provide work direction and evaluate others as assigned.

Learn District and College organization, operations and objectives.

Manage and assess technology needs and implementation in an instructional or training environment.

Manage complex budgets, including grants.

Operate computer/applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to assigned instructional unit.

Operate modern office equipment.

Perform with tact, patience and sensitivity.

Plan and organize work.

Plan, evaluate and supervise delivery of instructional programs and strategies.

Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite assigned projects and activities related to assignment in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

Provide leadership, including program and curriculum development, in a multidisciplinary environment.

Provide leadership, training, and support for faculty who wish to explore innovative approaches to student learning using instructional technology.

Read, interpret, and explain laws, rules and regulations, and develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background, using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

Represent the college at the community, State and national levels.

Resolve conflicts and solve problems.

Serve as an effective management team member.

Understand and commit to working with culturally and ethnically diverse groups.

Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

Use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Work collaboratively with administration, classified management, faculty, staff and students.

Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with numerous interruptions.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

Standard office setting. Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation. An incumbent also visits instructional sites and is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding legal timelines. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:

The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis, travels to various locations to visit instructional sites, attends meetings and conducts work; uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms, speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Important: You must make sure that you have completed your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on the posting's Job Close Date, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.