Dean, Learning Resources

Santa Monica College

Dean, Learning Resources

Posting Number: 0000230

Position Type: Academic Administrative


Position Profile

Under the direction of the Vice President, Academic Affairs, the Dean, Learning Resources provides vision, leadership, and administrative oversight for the Learning Resources programs for the District. The Dean directs, organizes, and manages program planning and development in accordance with the mission, student learning outcomes, and goals of the College. In collaboration with staff and faculty members the Dean is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of Learning Resources programs and delivery of services in support of the academic programs. The Dean serves as a member of the Academic Affairs administrative team and provides leadership and support for the academic operations of the college.


– Provide administrative leadership for Learning Resources including learning laboratories and instructional assistance in multiple academic disciplines, tutoring, and supplemental instruction in order to promote student engagement and success. Assist in the development of online learning resources to support student success.

– Serve as a liaison between instructional support services and the campus community for the purposes of assessing and planning program services and needs.

– Support, implement, and promote technology as related to Learning Resources and classroom instruction.

– Provide supervision and direction to the Associate Dean, Online Services and Support; Associate Dean, Instructional and Student Programs; Director, Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring; Director, Library Services; and the Media and Reprographic Services Manager.

– Regularly evaluate and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Learning Resources and instructional support services. Engage in annual program review.

– Collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence staff to promote high quality instructional practice and student success, specifically related to instructional support services.

– Support the District’s Student Equity Plan and related programs and activities.

– Represent the District in development of contracts with external vendors related to Learning Resources.

– Develop, implement, and manage area budgets.

– Engage in participatory governance processes and activities and serve on other college committees as assigned.

– Serve on hiring and evaluation committees for faculty and staff.

– Participate in accreditation and program review processes.

– Ensure compliance with regulations, district policies, and collective bargaining agreements.

– Assume leadership for projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

The qualified candidate must possess a master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution and have at least three years of leadership experience reasonable related to the administrative assignment.

Must be sensitive to and have awareness and understanding of the academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the community college student population, including students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include recent successful experience in learning resource administration or experience as a department or division chair or director or dean as well as teaching experience in higher education. Competitive candidates will have:

– The ability to work effectively as a member of the administrative team to realize the College’s vision, mission, goals, and institutional learning outcomes.

– Knowledge of and experience with innovative instructional technology solutions.

– Willingness to adopt a “hands-on” approach to completion of projects and tasks, to work in a dynamic environment that requires flexibility, and to balance multiple responsibilities.

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills in addition to excellent interpersonal skills dealing with all college constituencies and members of the public.

– Strong computer skills and the ability to work with technical staff in developing technology solutions.

– Creative problem solving skills.

– The ability to lead in a participatory governance environment emphasizing collaboration and consensus building.

– This position supervises classified personnel and managers.

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

– Ability to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

– Possess excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

– Skill and ability to relate and work with people and systems from diverse cultures and bureaucracies;

– Ability to create a safe, collegial environment for faculty and students.

– Skill and ability to reconcile divergent views of others.

– Work collegially, communicate openly & effectively.

– Knowledge of and ability and skill to plan, implement and evaluate instructional programs.

– Knowledge of and ability to interpret and comply with applicable laws and codes relevant to the assignment.

– Knowledge of the statues, regulations, and principles that guide participatory governance.

– Ability to develop, administer and manage a complex budget.

Fringe Benefits:

– 24 paid vacation days

– 12 paid ill days

– Fully paid medical, dental and vision care coverage for the employee and dependents

– $50,000 Life insurance for employee

– STRS (State Teachers Retirement System) or PERS (Public Employees Retirement System if pre-qualified)

The selection process shall include the following steps:

(a) A screening/evaluation committee will review application materials to determine minimum qualifications for the position are met;

(b) A pool of qualifying candidates will be invited to an initial interview with the selection committee at the Santa Monica Community College District’s main campus or one of its satellite campuses;

(c) Upon completion of initial interview process, the selection committee will recommend candidates for final interview with the Superintendent/President who will recommend a candidate for appointment by the Board of Trustees.

Applicants will be notified by letter of their status as the committee progresses through the hiring process. Candidates who are selected for a final interview with the Superintendent/President should not expect official notification of the status of candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the Superintendent/President’s recommendation.

All travel costs related to an initial interview will be borne by the candidate. Only ½ of the airfare cost to the Superintendent/President’s interview will be borne by the college.

The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer of any candidate and to investigate past employment records.

The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay filling the position indefinitely if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Accommodation: Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodation in the interview and the selection process by notifying the Office of Human Resources by the deadline date. Candidates may be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made.

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Conditions of Employment: Appointment subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis exam, and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Disclosure The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District’s Board Policy 3120 (EEO) may be accessed at:


Equivalency Statement: The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at

Posting Date: 09-17-2015

All applications and materials must be received by the Closing Date

Closing Date: 10-30-2015

Required Applicant Documents:


Cover Letter

Applicable Transcript 1 (Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required)

Number of reference letters required: 3

Optional Applicant Documents:

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

Other Document

Applicable Transcript 2 (Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required)

Applicable Transcript 3 (Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required)

Equivalency Statement Form

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Candidates with legally-defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodation in the interview and the selection process by notifying the Office of Human Resources.

Cover letter:

Include why you are interested in the position of Dean, Learning Resources.

Please note:

An email notification will be delivered to your reference provider once you have completed your application and attached the required documents (via the online process). The reference provider will then submit their confidential letter of reference via the online confidential portal.

Your application is not considered complete without the submission of the confidential letters of reference through the online system.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date.

Salary Range: $142,045 – $164,669

Employment Status: No Response

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