Director, Science Learning Institute
Foothill DeAnza Community College
 Los Altos, CA

Director, Science Learning Institute


Foothill DeAnza Community College

Date Posted:



Employment Services


Number Openings: (At time of posting)

Not Specified

Length of Work Year:

12-months per year

Employment Type:

Application Deadline:

1/6/2020 5:00 PM Pacific


$84,592.04 - $119,029.49 annually*

Date Posted: 12/3/2019 Application Deadline: 1/6/2020 5:00 PM Pacific Employment Type: Length of Work Year: 12-months per year Salary: $84,592.04 - $119,029.49 annually* Number Openings: (At time of posting) Not Specified Contact: Employment Services Email: Phone: 650-949-6217

Job Description / Essential Elements: Print

Director, Science Learning Institute

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Posting #: 19-024

Campus: Foothill College

Close/Initial Review Date: 1/6/2020

Open Until Filled: No


Full Salary Range: $84,592.04 - $119,029.49 annually*

  • Actual placement is based on applicant's verified education and experience (Customary Hiring Range: $84,592.04 - $93,262.72 annually). In addition, candidates with verified educational units beyond the minimum qualification may qualify for additional pay, up to $564 per contract month.

Initial Review Date: 01/06/20

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.

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.


Reporting to the Dean of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the Director of the Science Learning Institute (SLI) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for SLI programs and student employees, expansion and execution of its mission. The Director will work closely with the Dean of the STEM division and the SLI advisory board in executing the mission of SLI to diversify the workforce in STEM areas.


The Foothill Science Learning Institute vision and mission is to diversify the STEM fields. The college's leaders, faculty and students are committed to teaching and learning excellence, but philanthropic, academic and corporate partnerships are required to make the enterprise a success.


The following duties and responsibilities are typical but not limited to the following:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Seek STEM Internships from academic and industry partners. Develop a mechanism for Foothill students to apply for Internships and develop selection criteria. Recruit students to apply for Internships and interview and select applicants and place them in various Internships.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop, write, and apply for grants to support the various SLI activities such as Internships, faculty professional development, seminars, workshops, and STEM day.
  • Coordinate the operations of the TECH Core program (A two-year Guided Pathway towards a Computer Science Associate Degree for Transfer). Recruit cohorts of students for this program from underserved communities. Work closely with division deans and campus schedulers to schedule the required classes and enroll the cohort into these classes. Provide a support system for the cohort to enable successful completion of the program.
  • Organize STEM days twice a year at Foothill College to showcase various STEM programs on campus. Recruit faculty and staff to participate in STEM day activities. Work with campus outreach and marketing office to promote STEM day activities to students and community members.
  • Coordinate summer programs in STEM such as camps and recruit underserved students to participate in the camps. Seek funding (philanthropic or grants) to provide scholarships for students to participate in camps.
  • Organize professional development opportunities for STEM faculty. Develop a quarterly seminar program with guests from local industry or academia from a STEM field for faculty and student participation.
  • Lead the campus Diversity in Tech initiative: work closely with the Dean of STEM, Associate VP of Workforce, Computer Science department, and college President in this initiative towards developing a regional coalition aimed at creating a diverse workforce pipeline in Tech.

Planning and Operations

  • Prepare presentations for the SLI Advisory Board documenting progress toward objectives, milestones and future plans.
  • Prepare presentations for the Foothill Foundation and potential donors.
  • Keep key donors informed of program success.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • Scheduling of camps at both high school and middle school levels.
  • Familiar with setting up internships.
  • Experience with grant writing and submission.

Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • Execute on the vision and to bring innovative ideas to the program.
  • Strong track record and leadership experience.
  • Prioritize issues and activities, and to manage timelines.
  • Experience in fundraising including relationship development and management.
  • Develop and monitor budgets.
  • Experience working with a diverse population.
  • Exceptional work ethic, committed and passionate about SLI's mission.
  • Approach situations and challenges with flexibility and optimism.
  • Coordinate multiple project activities and tasks.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Compile and analyze data and prepare reports.
  • Work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds, and abilities of students and staff.


  • 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.
  • Bachelor's degree in any STEM field.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree highly preferred
  • Scholarships administration
  • Familiarity with STEM Summer Camps
  • Grant writing



  • Typical office environment.
  • Subject to travel to conduct work.

Physical Abilities:

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


  • *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.
  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  • 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, Categorical Funded, 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.

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

(650) 949-6217


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