Dean of Science and Math

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General Information

West Valley College, a Bay Area leader in transfer, degree, and career programs, is searching for a visionary leader to serve as Dean to guide our Science and Math Division. With this new administrative position, the college endeavors to build on the strengths of our committed faculty, outstanding campus facilities, and strong academic reputation, to establish the premier Science and Math brand in Northern California.

Pursuant to our Educational and Facilities Master Plan, the college is committed to serving our diverse student body at all points along the their academic journey with a comprehensive curriculum designed to engage and inspire. The Dean will oversee the Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences departments.

The Dean will build collaborative internal and external 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 cultivate a well-rounded educational experience for our students and provide greater resources for our faculty.

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Instruction, the Dean will 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

  • A completed West Valley-Mission Community College District online application.
  • Resume.
  • 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.
  • Cover letter and reference list.
  • Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.

The new Dean will represent the Science and Math Division via:

Advocacy and Leadership

  • 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 reports for submission to the State.

Public Relations and Recruiting

  • Develop and implement a coordinated outreach, marketing, and public relations process and plan for the Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanography, and Physics departments.
  • Maintain positive and effective public relations with the larger community.
  • Oversee the process of developing, implementing and maintaining a significant presence on the web.
  • Serve as the contact for the school and provide leadership in developing strong ties with business, industry, and educational institutions.

Fundraising and Resource Procurement

  • Develop resources from internal and external sources, including initiating, coordinating, and supporting efforts to secure grants and additional funding for academic programs and facilities.
  • 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 Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanography, and Physics.
  • Demonstrated experience leading an academic division and proven fundraising skills.
  • Broad experience in budgeting, branding, and promotions; community relations; course scheduling and curriculum; facilities development, overseeing personnel including the hiring of full-time and adjunct faculty and staff, and resource development.
  • Ability to collaborate in the design, development, and implementation of programs and services for students that are relevant to business, industry, and community needs.
  • Experience working collaboratively with stakeholders in the campus community 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.
  • Knowledge of general State and Federal health and safety regulations, to support, and engage, expert Science faculty in their classrooms.

Candidate Forums/Videos

Candidate Date Time Location
Laura Hyatt Forum Video Wednesday, November 29 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Board Room


Laura Hyatt

Last Updated 1/30/19