Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rio Hondo College

$200,180 - $208,995 yearly
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Whittier, CA, USA
  • Feb 19, 2021
Full time Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP Other Academic Administration & Affairs

Job Description


Job Number MAN00065P
Position Title Vice President of Academic Affairs
Position Type Academic Administrator
Percentage Employee
Number of Months Assignment 12
Starting Date As soon as possible
Current Work Schedule
Salary Range VP Salary Schedule
Salary $200,180 – $208,995/Annually

Shift Differential
FLSA Exempt
Location Main Campus
Department Academic Affairs (Dept)
Open Date 02/02/2021
Initial Screening Date 03/02/2021
Open Until Filled

About Río Hondo College

Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.


Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.

Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.

Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.

Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.

In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.

Basic Function

Reporting to the Superintendent/President, the Vice President of Academic Affairs serves as the chief instructional officer and leads the planning, development and implementation of instructional programs. The Vice President of Academic Affairs provides leadership, direction and support in delivering instructional programs and services; assumes responsibility for personnel and personnel practices in academic areas; oversees operational services and activities; and works effectively with outside agencies. May assume the responsibility of the President in the absence of the President.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of administrative experience or other related experience in an institution of higher education. Teaching and/or student services experience is required.

Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university; doctorate preferred.


Essential Duties

Provide Leadership in the following:
● Planning, coordinating, supervising and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of instructional programs and services;
● Developing and implementing the Educational Master Plan;
● Developing, implementing and monitoring an enrollment management plan to achieve and maintain enrollment targets;
● Developing, implementing and assessing student learning outcomes in all instructional programs and services;
● Directing research related to student learning; developing new and revised programs to reflect changing needs and priorities;
● Planning the implementation of academic support services to achieve retention of students and maximize academic success;
● Overseeing the faculty and staff development program.
● Assist in preparation and implementation of accreditation reports.

● Exercises direct supervision over instructional Deans and Directors;
● Selects, trains, counsels, supervises and evaluates instructional program personnel;
● Attracts and retains instructional personnel that are outstanding and diverse;
● Promotes equal opportunity and student and gender equity to effectively serve the District’s diverse community;
● Promotes collaboration, teamwork and positive working relationships among all personnel;
● Responds to and resolves complaints and/or conflicts;
● Develops, implements and updates a personal professional development plan;
● Develops, applies, and evaluates effective approaches to implement the policies of the Rio Hondo Community College District relating to program and workforce diversity in order to fulfill the core academic mission of the District and serve its diverse community.

● Develops and prioritizes budget recommendations for instructional areas and assists in the administration of the divisional budgets;
● Provides leadership in collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration;
● Participates in a variety of campus committees and task forces;
● Attends Board of Trustees’ meetings;
● Makes presentations to internal and external community;
● Provides input on issues affecting assigned functions;
● Works effectively with the Board of Trustees within parameters established by the Superintendent/President.
● Works in partnership with local school districts and community groups

● Provides leadership, support and direct involvement in the College’s various accreditations and state agencies;
● Builds relationships and partnerships with individuals, agencies and organizations involved in education, business, government and other enterprises that may help advance the mission and goals of the District.

Supervision Exercised
Exercises direct supervision over instructional Deans and Directors, where applicable.

Other Job Related Duties
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Curriculum development and instructional methodology and technology.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

Instructional techniques designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and promote welcoming classroom environments for students from culturally diverse groups.

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive instructional program.

Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of instructional programs, policies, and operational needs.

Principles and practices of instructional program development and administration.

Scheduling policies and procedures.

The California Community College System as it functions on the State, local, and institutional level.

Educational community needs and resources as related to classes and subjects.

The relationship among community college systems and K-12 and post secondary institutions.

Accounting practices.

Database applications.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including appropriate sections of the California Education Code.

Safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:
Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.

Operate a motor vehicle safely.

Ability to:
Work effectively and collaboratively with a broad based constituency within a shared governance setting.

Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the assigned instructional programs.

Be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient instructional programs and services.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of faculty and professional, technical, and administrative support personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.

Select, supervise, motivate, counsel, train, and evaluate staff.

Identify and respond to instructional program issues, concerns, and needs.

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

Research, analyze, and evaluate new instructional program service delivery methods,procedures, and techniques.

Administer instructional program budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.

Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to instructional programs and functions.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Foreign Degrees
Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.

License Certificates/Credentials
Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate valid driver’s license.



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Desired Qualifications
Working Conditions
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:
Ability to work in a standard office environment including ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and lift 20 lbs.; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Position Description
Applications are currently being accepted for Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Application Details

Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on the closing date.

Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.

  • Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Please include a cover letter with your application where you describe your leadership experiences in public higher education as it relates to this position (up to 2 pages).
  • Complete transcripts of all colleges/university studies, including degree earned (copies will be accepted) NOTE: Transcripts from multiples colleges/universities may need to be scanned as one document, then uploaded.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Additional Information

  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
  • Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
  • As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
  • Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
  • For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
  • Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
  • A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.

Commitment to Diversity
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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EEO Statement
Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.

Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* Please explain in detail your experience developing and overseeing a college enrollment management plan and educational master plan.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please explain in detail your experience with program review and developing new and revised programs to reflect changing needs and priorities.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please explain in detail your experience overseeing the development of a college catalog, class schedule and other related academic publications.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please explain in detail your experience supervising and evaluating manager and staff.
(Open Ended Question)

* Please explain in detail your experience in self-study and accreditation process.
(Open Ended Question)

* Describe your experience with participatory governance. What approaches have you used to ensure input and participation by each constituent group in an institution, especially the students?
(Open Ended Question)

* Rio Hondo College is known for its quality vocational programs. How would you approach the challenges of recruiting more high school students and adults into Career Technical Education programs and maintaining program currency?
(Open Ended Question)

* What should be the balance and relationship between the academic/transfer curriculum, career-technical programs, non-credit programs, and the remedial/basic skills curriculum in a comprehensive community college?
(Open Ended Question)

* What are the most important aspects of your experience and education that would make you a good Vice President, Academic Affairs?
(Open Ended Question)

* Describe your training and/or experience that demonstrates your sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
(Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Unofficial Transcript (Graduate)
Unofficial Transcript (Undergraduate)
Optional Documents
License or Credential


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled