Dean of Language Arts

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West Valley College, a Bay Area leader in transfer, degree, and career programs, is searching for a visionary leader to serve as the first Language Arts Division Dean. As we transition to a Dean structure, the college will focus on building on the strengths of our committed faculty, outstanding campus facilities, and strong academic reputation to help broaden our already outstanding programs and build the premier Language Arts division in Northern California.

The division is comprised of the Honors Program and the Communication Studies, English, ESL, Reading, Women and Gender Studies, and World Languages departments. Pursuant to our Educational and Facilities Master Plan, the college is committed to serving our diverse student body at all points along their academic journey with a comprehensive curriculum designed to engage and inspire.

The Dean will build collaborative external and internal relationships to foster innovative programs, expanded internship opportunities, and cutting-edge curriculum to help our students thrive in the demanding Silicon Valley job market or transfer to the bachelor’s program of their dreams.

The college benefits from a strong alumni and giving community that has collaborated at record levels in order to foster a well-rounded educational experience for our students and to provide greater resources for our faculty.

Thus, the Dean will report directly to the Vice President of Instruction, be a member of the President’s Cabinet, and will be provided institutional support and resources necessary to achieve academic excellence.

Application Information

Required Materials

Interested applicants must submit all materials requested online, including:

  1. A completed West Valley-Mission Community College District online application.
  2. Resume.
  3. Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees, having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required, prior to employment start date, should the position be offered.
  4. Cover letter and reference list.
  5. Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.

The new Dean will represent the Language Arts Division via:

Advocacy and Leadership

  • Advocate for the needs of faculty, students, and staff served by the division.
  • Provide leadership, support and direction to all members of the program, while inspiring vision, creativity, and integrity necessary to carry out its mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Work collaboratively within and outside of the school and college to foster innovative curriculum and create infrastructure necessary for the success of programs.
  • Coordinate and facilitate recruitment of faculty and staff.
  • Develop processes for collection of data pertaining to workforce development and success rates, employment, labor statistics, and preparation of statistical.
  • Engage in fiscal planning and budgeting, allocating resources to all departments within the division.

Public Relations and Recruiting

  • Develop and implement a coordinated outreach, marketing, and public relations process and plan for the Communication Studies, English, ESL, Honors Program, Reading, Women and Gender Studies, and World Languages departments.
  • Serve as the contact for the division and provide leadership in developing strong ties with business, educational, and cultural organizations.

Fundraising and Procurement

  • Develop resources from internal and external sources, including initiating, coordinating, and supporting efforts to secure grants and additional funding for academic programs.
  • Engage in fiscal planning and budgeting, allocating resources to all departments within the division.


Education and Experience

Equivalent to a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in education or a field related to specific area of assignment and five years of increasingly responsible experience in instruction at a college level; including two years of administrative and management responsibility.

Desired Experience

  • Minimum of three years of successful, full-time teaching experience at the postsecondary level, in at least one of the areas of this assignment including Communication Studies, English, ESL, Reading, Women’s Studies and World Languages.
  • Demonstrated experience leading an academic department and proven fundraising skills.
  • Broad experience in budgeting, branding and promotions, community relations, course scheduling and curriculum, facilities development, personnel including the hiring of full-time and adjunct faculty and staff, and resource development.
  • Ability to design, develop, and implement programs and services for students that are relevant to business, industry, and community needs.
  • Experience working collaboratively with campus community stakeholders in a participatory governance environment.
  • Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
Last Updated 2/14/19