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The Lake Tahoe Community College District announces a unique and rewarding opportunity to work in college administration. Under the direction of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Instruction manages functions associated with educational programs of the college and works in collaboration with administration in supporting faculty and other instructional initiatives. This cabinet-level position will provide leadership and further advancement of the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism efforts in instructional services as well as continue the development of Guided Pathways initiatives.

The Superintendent/President is seeking an innovative, energetic, and proven leader who is committed to student access, equity, and success. The beauty of the Lake Tahoe south shore provides for a truly stimulating environment for the entire college community. The Dean of Instruction will join a dynamic leadership team inspired by transforming the next generation of learners and closing the achievement gap. The Dean of Instruction will be appointed by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Superintendent/President with input from the Vice President of Academic Affairs. LTCC is seeking applicants with direct instructional experience.

Campus Leadership

The College is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees elected by the citizens of the Lake Tahoe Community College District (LTCCD). Each trustee represents a different area within the district. A student trustee is elected by the students and is the official representative of the students to the Board. LTCC's Board of Trustees has a reputation of being collegial and cohesive in their decision-making often voting unanimously as board.

The College’s Senior Leadership Team is made up a committed group of educational leaders committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The College is led by Superintendent/President Jeff DeFranco who has served in this role for six years and has been a senior administrator at LTCC for nearly a decade.



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Under the direction of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Instruction manages functions associated with educational programs of the college.

  • Responsible for the administration of assigned instructional and support programs and areas.
  • Provide academic leadership to assigned instructional areas.
  • Responsible for the development of quarterly class offerings and the preparation of the Schedule of Classes utilizing and further developing Guided Pathways and Strategic Enrollment Management frameworks.
  • Provide leadership in the college’s Guided Pathways efforts, working collaboratively with faculty and staff to lead the implementation of specific initiatives related to Guided Pathways.
  • Recommend to the Vice President of Academic Affairs new, revised, or updated programs and courses. Oversee the curriculum development process in new, revised, or updated programs and courses of study. Ensure curriculum process utilizes culturally-responsive curriculum and equity-based classroom practices.
  • Support the advancement of the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts in support of students and instruction.
  • Develop and administer assigned budgets. Assist with the planning of the annual District budget.
  • Maintain necessary records and prepare reports as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Assist the Vice President of Academic Affairs in determining program development priorities and needs, assist in the development and approval of new and revised programs.
  • Assist the Vice President of Academic Affairs in the evaluation of instructors and programs and recommend priorities for the establishment of full-time teaching and support positions in assigned areas.
    Perform personnel functions (e.g. interviewing, evaluating, supervising, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity of personnel and achieving objectives within budget.
  • Mediate any student, staff, and/or faculty issues and conflicts in assigned areas; coordinate with appropriate campus resources to aid in the positive resolution of such matters.
  • Recommend and assign loads to adjunct faculty on a quarterly basis.
  • Responsible for coordinating and preparing appropriate applications and/or grant proposals and administering certain grants and categorical programs.
  • Serve as a liaison between Maintenance and Operations and faculty regarding instructional facilities.
  • Manage the Annual and Comprehensive Program Review process in collaboration with faculty within the assigned Meta Major.
  • Serve on a variety of district committees as requested and prepare presentations to campus governance and constituent groups. Participate in district all staff events including but not limited to all campus team building day, convocation, state of the college address, senior day, and graduation.

Other Duties:

Perform other duties assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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Education and Experience:

  • Possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Possess two or more years of recent professional experience in higher education, including two years of direct supervisory experience of academic programs.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Postsecondary teaching experience preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Successful leadership and management theories and practices.
  • Current technology and its application in an administrative setting for an educational institution.
  • District policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Manage in a participatory style.
  • Work in an environment that demands a respect for divergent opinions, a sense of mutual trust, and a willingness to work together for the good of the institution.
  • Prepare reports and make effective public presentations.
  • Develop positive and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Work cross-functionally with leaders across the college.
  • Initiate cooperative interactions with local, other governmental and private organizations.
  • Establish and maintain good community relationships.
  • Handle the wide variety of duties and responsibilities characteristic of a small college.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 
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Complete applications must be received by noon on Monday, February 5, 2024, to be considered for this opening. LTCC reserves the right to reopen the position or extend the deadline if an adequate applicant pool is not received.

Please click here to apply for this position.

Applicants may be required to submit official transcripts upon offer of employment. Every effort should be made in the application to demonstrate the applicant's ability to meet the qualifications listed for the position.

Prepare the following documents to include in your application:

  • Cover Letter indicating reasons for interest in position and why you would be a good fit at Lake Tahoe Community College  (please limit to two pages)

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including applicable professional preparation and experience annotated to describe major responsibilities and achievements of previously held positions.

  • A statement of qualifications describing experience in the following (please limit your answer to 1 page per question):

    1. Your administrative philosophy and how it helps you effectively manage the different areas you supervise. Include examples of how you lead these diverse functions in a collaborative institutional setting.

    2. Demonstrate your knowledge of leadership and organizational development, please be specific.

    3. Understanding of the Guided Pathways efforts and how they relate to Strategic Enrollment Management.

    4. What steps have you taken or would you take to remove barriers typically experienced by the wide-range of students who attend community colleges? Is there an experience you can share that demonstrates your sensitivity to diversity and those from culturally or economically diverse backgrounds?

  • The names, titles, phone numbers, and emails of at least six references: two supervisors, two employees who you supervised, and two colleagues. References should include at least one faculty member and one classified staff member. References will be contacted upon selection as a finalist for this position after candidate approval.

Once submitted, packets will become the property of LTCC and will not be returned. Only completed packets will be considered.

After reviewing applications, those applicants judged most suitable for the position will be invited to first-round interviews. These applicants will be notified by phone on or about Thursday, February 15, 2024. Initial interviews are tentatively scheduled for February 29 and March 1, 2024 with final interviews occurring on or around the week of March 25, 2024. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Candidates advanced for final interviews for this position must agree to a full background and reference check.

Lake Tahoe Community College adheres to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this position, please call the office of Human Resources at 530-541-4660, ext. 226.

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Salary Range: LTCC offers a competitive compensation package that includes a starting placement salary of $126,353 to $139,305 with the potential to reach $161,263 annually through step advancement. 

In addition to base salary:

  • This position receives an annual in-district allowance of $4,800 and
  • an annual technology allowance of $500.
  • LTCC also provides a doctoral stipend in the amount of $2,400 each year for senior leadership positions.
  • Moving allowance will be negotiated with the final candidate.

Benefits: Health and Welfare benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Two plan options maintain a zero monthly premium cost from the employee and include full coverage of a gold-level medical plan that, on average, covers 80% of healthcare expenses for a standard population. LTCC also matches 19.1% of an eligible employee’s salary and contributes it into a CalSTRS pension account for qualifying employees.

Work-Life Balance: It is understood that the demands of the position of Vice President, Academic Affairs will require more than eight (8) hours a day or forty (40) hours per workweek. After an introductory period, this position may qualify for the telecommute pilot program, which allows employees the opportunity to telecommute for up to 20% of the work week.

This position is exempt from overtime compensation; however, LTCC provides 17 paid holidays per year plus 24 days of vacation and 12 days sick leave per year. Furthermore, LTCC has made a commitment to full closures during holidays and several weekends adjoining holidays to provide employees the ability to take advantage of holiday and vacation usage.

In order to further the District's strong commitment to staff excellence, administrators are encouraged to participate in meetings, conferences, institutes, courses, workshops, and other development activities for the purpose of developing or strengthening administrative skills, reviewing district operations and organization, and planning programs and activities for the improvement of the institution. 

This position will also be entitled to and expected to make full use of a 60-day paid professional development leave after five years of continuous administrative service.

Terms: The Superintendent/President and the selected candidate will mutually agree on the terms of employment and the start date. The preferred start date is June 2023.

Employment with LTCC is not official until the selected candidate meets all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis, proof of eligibility to work in the United States, and fingerprints for California Department of Justice clearance.

LTCC's Commitment to Diversity

Our ideal candidate will share and participate in LTCC's commitment to the values of diversity and equity while serving its ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student population. Lake Tahoe Community College is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the surrounding California and Nevada area.

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LTCC has embraced the evidence-based Guided Pathways framework to create structure and support that ensures success for students from a variety of backgrounds. Guided Pathways and their corresponding Meta Majors can help students discover their particular areas of interest, get on the right academic path, and network with others who share those interests. The framework ensures students achieve their goals in a cost-effective and efficient way, with wraparound and coordinated support services. 

Promise Students

LTCC's Lake Tahoe College Promise is one of the most comprehensive in the state, and provides free tuition and wraparound services to first-time, full-time students for up to three years. It also includes a wealth of support services and specialized events just for Promise students. LTCC is the only bi-state Promise in the country, ensuring California and Nevada residents and DREAMers and members and descendants of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California can access the program. 


Students planning to transfer to a four-year university have a wide variety of options. The University of California, the California State Universities, and other accredited colleges and universities give full credit for equivalent and transferable courses completed at LTCC. The campus is also home to the Lisa Maloff University Center, which provides access to a variety of advanced degree programs through university center partners. LTCC is also working to expand career and technical education offerings. The Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy prepares students for careers in fire suppression and management. The Forestry Education program provides stackable certificates and an AA degree leading directly to employment in the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE. As of Fall 2023, LTCC provides students the opportunity to earn certificates of achievement and foundational skills certificates in 53 high-demand career fields, and 26 associate degrees (AAs) and 16 associate degrees for transfer (ADTs).


LTCC's campus is home to the Child Development Center (CDC), a fully licensed child care facility providing care and education to children aged 6 weeks through 6 years. The CDC provides a hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum. Open year-round, the CDC serves students, staff, faculty and community members. Child care is available in full or half-day blocks, and meals are provided. Adjacent to the CDC is the brand-new Early Learning Center, which houses the longstanding Tahoe Parents Nursery School and supports other youth education programs as well. These programs provide convenient and affordable on-campus child care options for employees. 


LTCC has maintained strong fiscal stability despite a multi-year global pandemic and the threat of the Caldor Fire in Fall 2021, thanks to responsible budgeting, investments in staff and programs, and grant efforts that have allowed programs to expand to accommodate more students. LTCC has regained enrollments lost during the COVID-19 pandemic; fall 2023 enrollment is trending above fall 2019, the previous high-water mark for the College. Additionally, thanks to South Lake Tahoe’s support, LTCC has the funding to revitalize and modernize the campus. A $55 million General Obligation Bond (Measure F) was passed in November 2014. The bond is supporting major campus renovations (classrooms, laboratories, and modern technology), leveraging state capital outlay and scheduled maintenance funding.  


With the support of a $39 million grant from the State of California, LTCC is constructing a new 100-bed on-campus student housing for full-time, income-qualifying students. The facility will open in Fall 2025, allowing LTCC to offer both on- and off-campus affordable student housing. The new facility complements LTCCs existing off-campus housing that provides access to public transportation, shopping, restaurants, and more. With students living on campus, LTCC is preparing to become a 24/7 campus offering student dining, expanded support services offered for more hours of the day, additional security, and much more.

LTCC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education. In January 2018, LTCC’s accreditation was reaffirmed for a seven-year period as the result of a comprehensive evaluation. In January 2022, the College’s Midterm Report was fully accepted by the ACCJC. LTCC will submit its newest Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) in December 2023, and members of the ACCJC team will conduct their site visit in October 2024. LTCC is confident that the college will be fully accredited for another seven years at the conclusion of this process.


LTCC serves an average of 7,500 students annually, helping them to earn terminal degrees, preparing them for transfer to four-year institutions, and readying them for successful careers. As an open-door institution, LTCC strives to minimize barriers to college participation for those within and outside its service area. Ensuring access to higher education is central to the core mission of LTCC.


Lake Tahoe Community College serves our local, regional, and global communities by promoting comprehensive learning, success, and life-changing opportunities. Through quality instruction and student support, our personalized approach to teaching and learning empowers students to achieve their educational and personal goals.
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South Lake Tahoe provides an active and welcoming community that is known for beautiful scenery and year-round outdoor recreation. World-class winter skiing and boarding, summer mountain biking, hiking, camping, water sports and fishing as well as concerts, sporting events, and entertainment draw state, national, and international tourists/visitors, and is central to the culture and economy of South Lake Tahoe. The city is home to a year-round, residential population of about 22,000. 


Students and employees are only minutes away from world-class beaches and three of the 14 ski resorts located around Lake Tahoe. The sun shines an average of 249 days each year, providing plenty of opportunity to get out and explore the Sierras. 


The Lake Tahoe Basin is a one-of-a-kind geographic, political, and economic region comprising two states, five counties, and multiple cities and municipalities. Known as the “jewel” of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe is a congressionally designated Regional Planning Area for land use and planning. The Regional Plan, last updated in December 2012, focuses on a unified commitment to Lake Tahoe and sustainable communities. 


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Lake Tahoe Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer
For inquiries or if you have any technology related issues please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources:
Human Resources
Lake Tahoe Community College
530-541-4660, extension 226
Fax: 530-541-8611 
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