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Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • Position Number: 3686861
  • Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Associate Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges (CCC) - Online Education Initiative (OEI)

Initial Closing Date: 01/02/23*, but open until filled*

*For full consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date. Any complete applications received after the review date will only be forwarded to the hiring committee at their request.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the management position above.


Full Salary Range: $184,500.35 - $259,610.53 annually*

*Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $184,500.35 - $203,411.63 annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.

Foothill - De Anza Community College District Mission Statement:

The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.

Job Summary:

Foothill - De Anza CCD is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges (CCC) - Online Education Initiative (OEI) to serve in the capacity of Executive Director for the California Virtual Campus - Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI). The selected candidate will serve as the leader of the state-wide online education program operated by Foothill - De Anza CCD as the grantee on behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO). The AVC/Executive Director is accountable for successful leadership and operation of the CVC-OEI statewide program.

The mission of the CVC-OEI is to leverage online education at statewide scale to help CCC students decrease time to completion of transfer or graduation goals. The Course Exchange program is one of the cornerstones of this student-centric strategy, providing state-wide access to high quality online courses for students across colleges, meeting students where they are with just-in-time classes to accelerate their journey, and leveraging the most student-friendly, streamlined, and integrated enrollment experience in the CCC system. Currently, the primary focus is continuing to rapidly scale up the Course Exchange, expanding to reach the goal for all 116 CCCs to be connected as provider ("teaching") colleges, supporting student acceleration and achievement across the largest system of higher education in the world. This is a groundbreaking project and an opportunity to impact the future of online education for millions of students.

The AVC/Executive Director provides vision, leadership, and direction to a remote and geographically dispersed staff, with accountability for ensuring project outcomes are achieved. This position has strategic and operational leadership responsibility for a broad-based state-wide program. Areas of knowledge and experience that drive success in this role include leadership for strategic planning, experience managing grant or categorical funding, budgeting across multiple multi-year funding sources, outcome-based work plan development, and operations management. This position engages frequently with stakeholders from various areas across over 100 community colleges, including leaders with responsibility for: instruction, online education, educational technology, student services, academic affairs, communications and outreach, information technology, and faculty leadership.

The Course Exchange program is a platform that requires complex back-end technical and business integrations with college data systems and staff. This position requires the ability to persuade, motivate, and inspire as individuals and stakeholder groups, including conducting regular outreach to faculty and administrators, individually and in groups, leading advisory committees and the CVC-OEI Consortium, and working closely with statewide leaders to promote a student-centered approach to online courses, platforms, and services. Also important to success is the ability to shepherd institutions through adjustment of key business processes utilizing strong listening skills, diplomacy, and the ability to translate technical issues for non-technical audiences.

The AVC/Executive Director acts with a high degree of autonomy with direct accountability to the Foothill - De Anza Vice Chancellor of Technology (Executive Sponsor for CVC-OEI). In addition, this position interacts frequently with Vice Chancellors and Grant Monitors from the State Chancellor's Office to ensure alignment with CCCCO strategy and planned milestones, and to address statewide issues or priorities. The CVC-OEI grant work plan is created annually and may be revised periodically. The AVC supervises a management team that directs activities related to the defined outcomes of the grant. The CVC-OEI team operates within a collaborative matrixed organizational structure, and managers routinely balance strategy and administrative or "hands on" responsibility due to the relatively small but nimble size of the overall team. Collaboration, accountability across organizational areas, and a team-first orientation are expected of all employees in order to achieve the program outcomes.

This is a remote position, leading a geographically dispersed remote team that serves colleges across California. Frequent to intermittent travel may be required to achieve optimal outcomes. Office space at the Foothill-De Anza district offices in Los Altos Hills, CA may be provided for the selected candidate if desired.


Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Technology (CVC-OEI Executive Sponsor), this position serves as the lead director, innovator and visionary for the development, implementation and continual improvement of the California Virtual Campus designed to anticipate, meet and exceed the needs of California Community College student to access and complete a high-quality, affordable CCC education in a fully developed, integrated, coordinated and supported online education environment that integrates the instructional practices, support systems, technology platforms, course exchange, and funding structures, of individual community college districts. The Associate Vice Chancellor provides leadership to the CVC-OEI management team; develops the budget; assures integration of activities and components of the CVC-OEI; guides the steering committees, and task forces; and interacts with the CCC Chancellor's Office and stakeholder groups.


This position is responsible for all aspects (planning, budgeting, hiring and overseeing all components, projects, services, and staff) of the planning and implementation of the CVC-OEI Program. The Associate Vice Chancellor will ensure scalable growth for the CVC-OEI Consortium Colleges. In addition, the Associate Vice Chancellor will work with key coalitions to achieve specific educational outcomes, incorporate new tools as they become available.

The Associate Vice Chancellor serves as the chief executive (Executive Director) providing the vision and leadership for this statewide initiative and will lead a team of professionals and support staff to design and develop the California Virtual Campus, build partner relations, advance appropriate regulatory changes, acquire supporting resources, and deliver outcomes commensurate with the objectives and activities stated in the grant work plan.

The Associate Vice Chancellor leads the management team including the Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Chief Student Services Officer, Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, Director of Information Technology, and other CVC-OEI Project Staff.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:
  1. Provide strategic leadership for the design, development, and implementation of the California Virtual Campus and related components using advanced technologies and instructional design.
  2. Act as chief promoter, internally and externally, fostering and developing engagement with partners, enthusiasm within the employee groups, constituency group partners, and develop sponsorship for supporting legislation and regulation where necessary.
  3. Be the public face of the initiative for communications, media, and technology development; respond to media inquiries, make presentations, develop public relations and constituency support; work with diverse constituencies, including media and legislative liaisons, to enhance methods to support the establishment of effective outcomes.
  4. Lead continued expansion and effectiveness of the CVC-OEI Consortium, build statewide collaboration for the initiative; develop partner relations with other providers and districts, incorporate partner competencies, build integrated leadership and support.
  5. Monitor progress, make adjustments as needed and deliver outcomes consistent with established objectives and activities in the CVC-OEI work plan.
  6. Ensure future oriented vision and decision-making; encourage and demand the best academic, technological and people solutions.
  7. Coordinate and facilitate the growth and expansion of online programs; lead and facilitate the development and implementation of online program courses in collaboration with faculty, program staff, administrators, and contractors.
  8. Ensure integration of all components of the CVC-OEI consistent with program objectives.
  9. Participate in program evaluation and dissemination of the results.
  10. Develop an outstanding user experience in the California Virtual Campus and course exchange for an ever-increasing number of students and potential students.
  11. Implement, monitor, support and adapt the program; build marketing and outreach capabilities in coordination with the State Chancellor's Office.
  12. Develop and manage the CVC-OEI budget.
  13. Direct and supervise the activities/services of the CVC-OEI staff in providing services to faculty, staff, and administrators of the CCCs. Assign, evaluate, and provide development opportunities to CVC-OEI staff; establish standards of performance and methods of operation, assign and monitor workloads and projects.
  14. Effectively collaborate with campus and other stakeholders to develop offerings that will improve student access and success in California higher education via the CVC-OEI Course Exchange and other services.
  15. Support and implement the District's Diversity and Equal Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs and services.
  16. Ensure compliance with the District's Injury and Illness Prevention Program by providing motivation, incentives and discipline to assigned staff; maintain a safe work environment, enforcing safe work practices, reporting and investigating accidents, maintaining necessary documentations and requiring employees to receive mandated training.
  17. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Statistical analysis, program planning, and trend projection.
  2. State and federal compliance issues and regulations for distance education.
  3. Working knowledge of all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and collective bargaining agreements, OSHA regulations, Title V, and Education Code and other regulatory issues and compliance concerns.
  4. Current and developing educational technology emphasizing online courses.
  5. Accessibility issues; ability to design, implement and adapt.
  6. Computers, commonly used software and communication media.
  7. District policies and procedures.
  8. Personnel management.
  9. Current technologies to improve delivery of services.
  10. Mission and goals of California Community Colleges.
  11. Principles of leadership, management, and supervision.
  12. Standards and practices of higher education organization and structure.
  13. Marketing technologies and approaches.

Skills and Abilities:
  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Implement innovative academic programs, online programs, and services.
  3. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  4. Effectively interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  5. Communicate with the press and media.
  6. Communicate with government officials and legislative staff.
  7. Convey passion for the vision, motivate and develop teams.
  8. Inspire a high level of commitment and performance and build consensus among the management team.
  9. Encourage innovation and positive change.
  10. Create a culture of respect for diversity and inclusiveness.
  11. Manage large complex project in complex organizational structure using virtual technologies.
  12. Proven leadership, management and decision-making.
  13. Experience working to build a consensus among diverse constituencies.
  14. Manage and track the progress of a complex, diverse, large-scale project.

  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Master's Degree related to higher education, instructional technology, learning theory, curriculum, or related fields of study.
  3. Two (2) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in the creation and administration of innovative academic programming, particularly with online components.
  4. Proven track record managing teams in collaborative endeavors.
  5. Experience with start up programs, projects or businesses.
  6. Experience developing online education programs or related support projects.
  7. Personnel management experience.
  8. Organizational management experience at the executive level.

Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Doctorate degree related to higher education, instructional technology, learning theory, curriculum, or related fields of study.
  2. Comprehensive expertise in online learning, online business models, instructional design, faculty development, content management, curriculum development, industry best standards, infrastructure development, and legal requirements.
  3. Experience in a California Higher Education environment.
  4. Experience working with governmental agencies and legislators.
  5. Experience in managing complex, matrixed teams or organizations.
  6. Ability to respond promptly to requests from the California Community College stakeholders for in-person, campus-based consultation and support.
  7. Experience providing statewide organizational leadership.
  8. Have a background in student services, faculty, administrative, or other academic-related position.


  1. Typical office environment including mobile and connected interactions.
  2. Significant travel throughout the state and nationally.
  3. Primary work location negotiable.

Physical Abilities:
  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations.
  2. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  3. Vision sufficient to read various materials.
  4. Sitting for extending periods of time.
  5. Bending at the waist.
  6. Lifting and carrying objects up to 20 lbs.

  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. Additionally, you will be asked to explain how your life experiences, studies or work have influenced your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date.


Position: Full-Time, Contract, 12-months per year

Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.

Annual salary plus benefits; excellent benefits package which includes coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance.

For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement.

The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District does not reimburse applicants for travel, lodging or any other costs incurred by applicant to attend interviews. All interviewing costs incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:

Employment Services

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

12345 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022


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