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East Los Angeles College


Associate Dean of STEM & MESA



DEADLINE DATE TO FILE: February 03, 2017                                                                                                                                                              Issue Date: December 21, 2016


The Los Angeles Community College District announces an opening for an Associate Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA).

East Los Angeles College (ELAC), with an enrollment of approximately 28,000, is the largest of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District, and is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park in the San Gabriel Valley.  ELAC is dedicated to providing the highest quality transfer and workforce education courses, along with superior adult education, basic skills, and community service programs.  We serve a culturally diverse community in a dynamic urban setting with the purpose of supporting students in achieving associate of arts degrees, general education, skill/certificates, and/or personal development.  The college seeks to fulfill the potential of each student through innovative teaching methods, the latest in educational technology, and committed support services.


East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully purse their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.


The Associate Dean of STEM and MESA provides vision, leadership, and administrative oversight for multiple aspects of the multilayer STEM and MESA programs at the college.  The Associate Dean is the project administrator for STEM and MESA grants and activities, and is responsible for attaining the primary objectives of the grants and renewing grants, accordingly.  The key goal of this position is to increase the number of students successfully pursuing a degree in a STEM area, especially those underrepresented in STEM, by overseeing STEM and MESA programmatic aspect.  The Associate Dean will implement the projects under the leadership and guidance of the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and will report to the Dean of STEM


1)    Oversee planning for program implementation and evaluation; in consultation with the Deans of Academic Affairs and Student Services recommends steps for improving the program and delivery of services to students.

2)    Supervise and evaluate certificated and classified employees.

3)    Provide leadership and guidance to faculty coordinators in their collaboration with STEM department chairs and faculty to select the best available mathematics, science, computer science, and engineering teaching assistants, supplemental instructors (SI) and tutors for STEM students.

4)    Provide supervision of faculty coordinators in the development and implementation of a tutoring and study program for the MESA and STEM Center including the recruitment and training of tutors (peer, volunteer, and community college sources), incorporating a mix of individual small and large group study activities.

5)    Supervise the STEM Counselor and collaborate with the STEM Counselor in planning, scheduling, and coordinating activities for STEM/MESA students related to career advising, job orientations, academic advising, and student retention.

6)    Provide administrative oversight of the ELAC Learning Labs (Learning Assistance, Math, Escalante, and MESA); work with the different Learning Center Directors to coordinate learning support services in STEM disciplines for the general East LA College population.

7)    In coordination with the Associate Dean of CTE, Associate Dean of First Year Experience, and Dean of Adult Education,  plan Math, Engineering and Science intersession and intervention workshops to address STEM student needs.

8)    Responsible for student STEM admission approvals with input from staff; responsible for ensuring appropriate maintenance of student records.

9)    Collaborate with K-12 District administrators, State Chancellor’s office, faculty senate and other key stakeholders to develop action plans to address articulation, and other issues affecting student success.

10) Coordinate with deans and other administrators at four-year institutions to develop and maintain research experience opportunities between institutions including the public, private and industry sector.

11) Assists the Dean of STEM to develop and lead all communication with the college external STEM Advisory Board, including recruiting of new board members, board orientation and development; assists in planning board meetings, retreats, and follow up, in collaboration with board leaders.

12) Assist in the coordination of Advisory and Faculty/Administrator Board efforts to create, develop and implement plans that focus on generating successful state and national grant proposals with measureable outcomes of student success and continuous program improvement.

13) Utilizes content knowledge to research and identify appropriate opportunities that will align with the college mission.

14) Helps develop an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that all human subject research, if any, be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

15) Works closely with local business, government and non-profit leaders in identifying opportunities for the college and in combining efforts to develop grants.

16) Serves on the Grants Committee, and other campus committees as appropriate.

17) Exercises a supervisory oversight role on planning the program’s budget and expenditures.

18) Attends orientation and training sessions or other activities to stay informed of statewide and local MESA activities and opportunities.

19) Serves on the Transfer Committee, the Student Success Committee and other campus committees as appropriate.

20) Serve as a point of contact to STEM student organizations on campus, their advisors and the different offices on campus such as Student Services, Academic Affairs and Administrative Services.

21) Organizes and attends travel with STEM students to different regional and national STEM organizations and meetings.

22) Manages and oversees the submission of monthly, quarterly and annual budgets and project progress reports to the CCCCO.

23) Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.


Applicants must meet minimum requirements as an administrator by:

1)    A master’s degree (from an accredited college or university);

2)    Completion of one year of full-time formal training, internship or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment;

3)    Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


A medical certificate indicating fitness to engage in administrative work is required for new employees at the applicant’s expense prior to employment.


  1.  Meet the minimum qualifications for a STEM discipline (math, science or engineering).
  2. Demonstrated leadership experience in planning, organizing, and implementing all aspects of STEM programmatic programs.
  3. Experience in working with academic departments, with an expertise in academic programs and student success.
  4. Experience developing partnerships with High Schools, 4-year institutions, governmental institutions and industry.
  5.  Experience and exposure in STEM research experiences, internships, careers and job development.
  6.   Knowledge of the management- information needs of an effective instructional program and uses of various computer resources to meet those needs.
  7.   Demonstrated experience in successful grant administration, managing and implementing grants and grant activities, including grant writing, both at state and federal level.
  8.  Demonstrated experience in grant reporting, both at state and federal level.
  9. General knowledge of budget development, implementation and management.
  10. Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and administrators.
  11.  Personal characteristics necessary for working with students, employees and the public in an administrative capacity, including stability, good judgment, tact, team spirit, and ability to cooperate with co-workers.
  12.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and demonstrated ability to produce significant reports/documents.
  13. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and the academic program necessary to serve those students.


1)    Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program.

2)    Academic and student services aimed at improving academics, study, test-taking, and other skills.

3)    Community college operations.

4)    State and federal grant agencies: NSF, NIH, ED, DE, EPA, etc..

5)    Principles of supervision, management, and planning.


Salary ranges from $96,257 to $113,021 annually.  The selected candidate will be allocated within the salary range according to previous salary.  In addition, there is a monthly pay differential of $338.94 for a doctoral degree.  Benefits include 15.5 paid holidays annually, 15-24 days paid vacation annually depending on length of District service, medical/hospital, vision and dental care plans, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.


Applicants will be required to file the application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments and can be found at the following website:  After review of application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted only if selected for interviews.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • A detailed letter of interest that specifically addresses the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications for the position as well as professional development activities, and current education goals and interests.
  • A current resume.
  • A list of three references including the name, title, address and telephone numbers of individuals who can assess the candidate’s qualifications for the position.
  • Legible copies of unofficial transcripts for bachelor’s, masters and/or advanced degrees and any other post-secondary coursework completed.  Foreign degrees will need to be evaluated by an approved foreign evaluation agency.  A listing of agencies can be retrieved from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

The completed application package and required documents must be submitted by February 03, 2017 to be considered.  Application materials will not be accepted by Fax, Mail or E-Mail.  All materials submitted become the property of the Los Angeles Community College District.  Immediate filing is recommended.

For questions regarding this position please contact:


Dean Armando Rivera-Figueroa



Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/interview process with at least three business days’ prior notice.  Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested.


The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, layoff or termination.  A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of underrepresented groups through the implementation of specific result-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).

East Los Angeles College is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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