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Position Number: CLA-376

College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita Community College District

announces an employment opportunity for

Director, Technology User Supp Svcs

 

Review Date: July 19, 2021

This position is a high priority for our District for the 2021-2022 year and is contingent upon continue available district, grant and state funding.

The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons is seeking a full-time Director, Technology User Support Services.

Who We Are

The Santa Clarita Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As presented in our District Strategic Plan, which focuses on Access, Engagement, and Success, “Equity, inclusion, and diversity are not goals in themselves, but ideologies embedded in all actions and planning across all departments and functions of our college and its two campuses.” These areas of focus demonstrate a resolve to focus on student success and confirm that we are at the forefront of change with integrated planning efforts that both evolve and anticipate the needs of our students. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — fostering healthy inclusion through inquiry, shared dialogue and reflection to ensure that we promote a sense of community, collegiality and cooperation. When you join our team at the Santa Clarita Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, creative, flexible, innovative and equity-focused community that engages students, each other, and the community in scholarly inquiry, creative partnerships, and the application of knowledge and success.

The College and the District

College of the Canyons is part of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 32,000 students each academic year. College of the Canyons has a diverse student population that reflects our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve. Detailed information about our student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the College of Canyons Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) website. Additionally, College of the Canyons, was recently honored as a 2021 Bellwether College Consortium award winner, was honored in 2018 and 2019 with the Champion of Higher Education award, was ranked #1 in Los Angeles County during 2019 as the best two-year college for adult learners, and is rated #1 in Los Angeles County for completion rates by college-prepared students. It is distinguished as one of the top transfer institutions in Los Angeles County.

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 must be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who share our commitment to closing equity gaps. The Santa Clarita Community College District seeks leaders possessing a strong grounding in academic and student services programs and a thorough understanding of the primary mission of the community college. We seek employees that value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

"BIG PICTURE" RESPONSIBILITY:

Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Technology and University Center Operations, the Director performs a variety of responsible and complex duties related to end-user support of information technology-based systems primarily in the areas of hardware, application software, audio visual, and multimedia.   Plans, directs, and supervises the operations of the John Drislane Technology Center, Help Desk, Audio Visual and Technical Support staff; evaluates assigned personnel and develops the department budget.  The Director runs the day-to-day operations and performs tasks and projects that are assigned to the department.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Canyons Hall

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  1. Oversee the daily operations of the Computer Support and Audio Visual department.
  2. In coordination with the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, develops and evaluates standards and specifications for District technology hardware and software to ensure system and procedural integrity, security, compliance, and compatibility.
  3. Develops and executes a technology acquisition and replacement program that is compatible with the District’s long range strategy and planning processes. Researches and recommends alternatives to meet identified needs.
  4. Participates in needs assessments and evaluates potential technology purchases for compatibility with existing technologies and adherence to District standards.
  5. Work with vendors to obtain quotes for equipment, software, and services as needed. Places orders and receive products.
  6. Requests, negotiates, monitors, and reviews contracts, Service Level Agreements, and maintenance agreements with vendors for hardware and software products and services within assigned areas of responsibilities. Working with District Contracts and Risk Management office, ensures contracts and agreements are consistent with District guidelines.
  7. Effectively documents and executes technology projects in support of instructional and administrative operations to allow the District to operate more effectively and efficiently.
  8. Oversees Help Desk operations and ensures that all requests for assistance are properly documented, resolved and handled with the highest quality of customer service.
  9. Develops and implements performance measures to evaluate customer focused service and support as well as provide information for department planning.  This includes appropriate tracking and reporting of customer requests and responses, user satisfaction surveys, as well as evaluation of hardware and software performance and reliability.
  10. Ensure all technology hardware, software and peripherals are properly cataloged, inventoried, assigned and tracked from the point of acquisition through disposal by an approved E-Waste vendor or donation to other organizations as authorized by Board Policy.
  11. Develops user documentation, guides, outlines, and technical publications. 
  12. Designs, implements and conducts District technology training sessions.
  13. Trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff, develops and prepares work schedules, coordinates duties and assignments to assure effective operations, and participates in the selection of new personnel.
  1. Prepares an annual self-evaluation that includes evaluations of each full-time staff person, the achievements and goals of the department, as well as the facility and staffing needs of the department.
  2. Participates with other IT management employees in the development, implementation, interpretation and application of plans, policies, procedures, controls, standards, and objectives related to areas of responsibility. Recommends revisions as necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations.
  3. Develops and monitors the department’s budget and completes the annual program review.
  4. Participate on college-wide committees as assigned including but not limited to the District’s Technology Advisory Committee.
  5. Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience:

Three (3) years of full-time equivalent experience in a technical support role with at least two (2) years in a supervisory, or lead capacity.  Experience in project management, computer hardware/software installation and maintenance, troubleshooting end-user technical problems, and supervising or directing the activities of other technical support staff. 

Education:

Education equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester units) from an accredited institution is required. Education equivalent to an Associate’s degree (60 semester units) and two (2) years of experience in addition to what is required above may be substituted for two years (60 semester units) of the education requirement.

 

DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Position requires knowledge of:

  • Information technology hardware, software, and related systems in an enterprise environment
  • Educational technology, multimedia environments and delivery systems
  • Help Desk/Call Center operations and administration
  • System utilities, features, installation, maintenance procedures and diagnostic techniques
  • Facilities design and electrical systems integration
  • Concepts, practices and procedures of supervision and leadership
  • Data communications processes and network design
  • Database management
  • Information security best practices

Position requires ability to:

  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills in working with users to interpret and provide appropriate solutions.
  • Use leadership and management theories and practices in carrying out daily responsibilities.
  • Establish departmental priorities, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain materials, budgets, inventory, and technical references.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Develop plans and budget for support services responsibilities.
  • Plan, organize and direct the work of others. 
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing to assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
  • Make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
  • Withstand considerable pressure and follow an activity, project, or plan of action from inception through implementation.
  • Prioritize workload.
  • Analyze technical problems and do abstract problem solving.
  • Evaluate and summarize technical documentation.
  • Plan, organize, and manage complex purchase processes, including negotiations with vendors for hardware and software acquisitions that maximize the utilization of available resources and enhance organizational efficiency.
  • Communicate with peers, subordinates, supervisors, and students in an open, honest manner and build trust among all constituencies in the District.
  • Be an effective and motivational member of a team.
  • Demonstrate clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and the community.

SALARY PLACEMENT

Salary placement – This twelve (12) month per year position will be on an individual contract. This classified administrator position will be placed on Range 15 of the Administrator Salary Schedule. Step placement is based on experience. Initial salary step placement for new employees is customarily at step 1, 2, or 3 ($9,959 / $10,108 / $10,260 per month) of this 20-step salary range. All administrators are on an employment contract and exempt from overtime and compensatory time accumulation.

BENEFITS INFORMATION 

Full-time employees are provided with a diversified program that includes medical, dental and vision insurance including dependent coverage, disability and life insurance as well as Section 125 options.  These benefits commence on the first of the month following date of hire. Professional development opportunities are provided to all classified administrative employees.

RETIREMENT: Classified employees contribute to the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan through the State of California.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Sedentary position requires use of a computer and related equipment for extended periods of time; frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; communicating and providing information to others; work outside on all parts of District locations and in varying weather conditions. In the event of an emergency, employees will be relied upon to serve as emergency service workers.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance, pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening. 
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.
  • Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment.
  • Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Santa Clarita Community College District is committed to employing qualified employees who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters 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 consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not unlawfully discriminate in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law  or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Human Resources office directly at (661) 362-3427.

Students

ABOUT THE DISTRICT

Innovative. Collaborative. Entrepreneurial. These characteristics not only define College of the Canyons, they are embodied by the faculty, staff and administrators who make this college unique among the 114 California Community Colleges.

Established in 1969, College of the Canyons is among the fastest-growing colleges in California and the nation. It is widely recognized as a model community college for enhancing student access, success and equity. Its completion rates rank among the highest in the state. The college has established a well-deserved reputation for bolstering economic development and offering innovative career technical education responsive to industry needs.

Guided by visionary leadership, the college serves a 367-square-mile area of northern Los Angeles County that includes the dynamic, growing Santa Clarita Valley. A steady influx of new residents and businesses creates a spirit of possibilities that inspires the college to be flexible, creative and attuned to the community’s evolving needs. The growing diversity of the community is mirrored by the college, which qualifies as a Latino-serving institution.

The college’s influence in the community is best illustrated by the dozens of collaborative partnerships it has forged with local school districts, government entities and service organizations. Examples include the Performing Arts Center’s K-12 Arts Education Outreach initiative, which allows thousands of children to experience the arts each year, and Academy of the Canyons, an early/middle college high school at the Valencia campus that is ranked among the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation.

With campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, the college offers 92 associate degree programs, including 23 associate degree for transfer (AD-T) options, as well as 71 certificate programs. Classes are offered during traditional fall and spring semesters, as well as shorter, intensive summer and winter sessions. Additional educational opportunities exist at the University Center, whose four-year colleges and universities offer approximately 30 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well certificate and credential programs.

Because of the college’s commitment to meeting the needs of the community, local voters have approved two bond measures valued at more than $240 million since 2001. The college also secures substantial funds from the state and millions of dollars in grants each year that allow new, cutting-edge programs to be developed and facilities built to accommodate them.

Given its commitment to growth and innovation, College of the Canyons sets a new standard for what a college can achieve. It is a vital cultural, educational and economic force in the region. Join us to discover unexpected possibilities, the freedom to innovate and an opportunity to shape the future.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online at https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/. If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661)362-3427 or for the hearing impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661)362-5178.  Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.

All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the Review Date in order to assure consideration for this position. Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings.  The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite #360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.

Your application is not complete until the following required materials have been uploaded online or received by the Human Resources office:

  • Online District CLASSIFIED Application.
  • Detailed resume, which includes month/year dates of employment and descriptions of responsibilities at each employer.
  • Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties and the abilities section of this announcement.
  • Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree awarded. You can submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
  • Confidential Recruitment Source Information (voluntary survey). This is voluntary and is a part of the online applicant profile, separate from the application.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire. Please answer the following questions as part of your application packet.
  1. Do you possess Education equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester units) from an accredited institution, OR, an Education equivalent to An Associate’s degree (60 semester units) and two (2) years of experience in addition to what is required above may be substituted for two years (60 semester units) of the education requirement? If yes, list your degree(s) and please provide a legible copy of your college/university transcript(s) in your online application packet. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts.
  2. Do you possess three (3) years of full-time equivalent experience in a technical support role with at least two (2) years in a supervisory, or lead capacity? If yes, please describe.
  3. Please describe any experience you may have in developing and evaluating standards and specification for an organization’s technology hardware and/or software.
  4. Please describe district and/or organizational projects in which you have led and been directly responsible for.
  5. Please describe your experience in implementing performance measures to ensure customer focused service.
  6. Please outline your experience in developing, implementing and conducting end-user trainings.
  7. Describe your experience with departmental short and long term planning and budgeting.
  8. Why do you want to work at College of the Canyons in this IT administrative position?

 

Please note:

  • Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
  • A presentation will be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
  • Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:

Human Resources Office

(661) 362-3427

TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 or visit our website at

https://www.canyons.edu/administration/humanresources/

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District.  Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.

 

The College is expecting to conduct initial interviews between the weeks of August 2, 2021 and August 9, 2021 and conduct final interviews between the weeks of August 16, 2021 and August 23, 2021. This is an estimated timeline, and is subject to change.

Positions are offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled. This recruitment may be used for future vacancies.


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