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Director of Equity

Job Description

Posting Number


Position Title

Director of Equity


Cañada College


Student Services CAÑ (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$135,240 (annual)

Max Salary

$171,324 (annual)

Position Type

Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), enrolling approximately 10,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that reflects the communities that it serves. For more than 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs with a variety of innovative student support services. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Services, the Director of Equity has the primary responsibility to fulfill the Cañada College mission by serving our diverse communities through engagement, collaboration, partnerships, innovation, and leadership to improve the educational outcomes for historically underrepresented student populations. An important aspect of this position is working with the college community to increase awareness and appreciation of cultural, social, and ethnic diversity and also systems of oppression and racism in our communities. The Director will support the holistic needs of students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds and provide support for the ongoing development of culturally relevant teaching and learning pedagogies. The Director serves as one of the college’s primary leaders in implementing changes that support diversity, racial equity, and social justice; assesses programmatic needs in collaboration with college constituents; serves as the Director of the College Cultural Center, and provides leadership that fosters a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff and administrators through programming efforts, training, mentoring, and advocacy. The Director is also actively involved in the recruitment and retention of students as related to the College’s goals for equity and antiracism.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related to, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Develops and maintains partnerships with organizations in target service areas to increase access and support of historically underrepresented student populations
  2. Develops and maintains the College’s Student Equity and Budget Plan in coordination with the Office of the Vice President of Student Services and Instruction, Budget Office, and related student support programs and services
  3. Serves as one of the chairs for the Equity and Antiracism Planning Council (EAPC)
  4. Serves as the College’s primary contact regarding key success and performance indicators related to the College’s Student Equity Plan
  5. Provides leadership, management, and vision for the College Cultural Center, including all of its programs, events, and initiatives
  6. Coordinates and develops events for Cañada College staff and faculty in current trends and effective best practices in equitable and antiracist education, teaching, and learning through flex workshops, faculty and staff mentorships, division and department meetings, and individual sessions
  7. Works closely with the Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) staff to develop evaluative methodology, research, statistical reports, and other outcome measurements to identify disproportionate impact, assess Student Equity Plan effectiveness, and determine future goals and strategies that enhance student equity and to ensure its integration with institutional planning
  8. Assesses and monitors the retention and academic achievement rates of designated learning community cohorts and historically underrepresented student populations, develops new equity initiatives, and strengthens existing programs to support students’ academic progress and development of leadership skills
  9. Consults regularly and works closely with learning community coordinators (e.g., PUENTE, UMOJA)
  10. Consults regularly and works closely with special program coordinators and leads (e.g., Dream Center, EOPS/CARE/FYSI, Promise Scholars Program, SparkPoint & Basic Needs)
  11. Coordinates and works closely with the College’s Professional Development Coordinator
  12. Participates in outreach and recruitment of historically underrepresented students to promote access, retention, and academic success
  13. Contributes to the development of student equity policies and administrative procedures, identifies funding opportunities for other resources, and participates in the preparation of proposals to meet College goals for equity and antiracism
  14. Develops and administers program plans and grant proposals when applicable, especially in relation to the College’s federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI)
  15. Provides leadership consistent with the mission and institutional priorities of the College. Keeps abreast of current trends and practices in the field of student equity and culturally relevant pedagogies by participating in professional organizations and attending relevant workshops and conferences
  16. Fosters a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff through programming efforts, mentoring, and advocacy
  17. Assists in the development of the College’s professional development program and promotes equity-related opportunities for faculty, staff, and administration
  18. Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, including District policies and procedures, ensures submission of timely reports, prepares and provides progress reports to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services and other college groups such as Planning and Budgeting Council, Student Services and Instructional Planning Council and all Senate constituencies (faculty, staff, students)
  19. Performs other related work assignments as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a Master’s degree or above preferably in ethnic studies, education, psychology, counseling, social services, or a closely related field OR the equivalent
  • One year of formal training or leadership experience in a supervisory role reasonably related to the managerial assignment
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of best practices in student success strategies and learning-related support services, specifically related to the education and knowledge of systemic racism including anti-Blackness and Asian hate
  2. Demonstrated experience in theories and practices on intersectional identity and systems change
  3. Proven successful supervisory, management, and leadership experience with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development
  4. Demonstrated experience and engagement in applying culturally relevant emerging curriculum and retention strategies that support the learning process in the classroom and in support services
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages change and innovation; and the ability to interact effectively and work productively, collegially, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a complex and rapidly changing environment
  6. Excellent customer service skills and proven ability to develop and sustain productive customer relationships
  7. Ability to view issues from a college and campus-wide perspective, foster teamwork, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration

Physical Requirements

This classification requires multi-tasking, flexibility, adaptability; accurate work under deadline pressure; attention to detail; listening, good memory, sensitivity and tact; persuasive communication; negotiation; compromise; manual dexterity; working independent of direct supervision or specific guidelines; data analysis in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in ethnic studies, education, psychology, counseling, social services, or a closely related field
  • Community college classroom training and teaching experience
  • One year of formal training or leadership experience in a supervisory role directly related to student equity issues within higher education
  • Knowledge of specific programs and related college services available to the campus community, students, and other potential participants
  • Experience in grant writing


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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