President Position

graduating student

OPENING DATE: August 23, 2021
CLOSING DATE: October 11, 2021 (11:59pm)

Job Description

The College President under the direction of the Chancellor shall plan, organize, coordinate, administer, review and evaluate programs for the assigned college and assigned center(s); provide leadership to the college’s faculty, administrators, classified staff and student services; represent the college to the community at large; promote and develop partnerships and effective relationships with the community business leaders, related organizations and others involved in educational services.

The College President is responsible for providing leadership in program and course development, modification, and elimination.  The College President is also responsible for assisting all staff in developing new approaches, methodology, and concepts in the field of education and related support activities that increase the opportunities for student success.

The College President shall see that the district policies, collective bargaining agreements, and federal, state and local rules and regulations are adhered to.  He/She shall select, train, direct and evaluate performance of key college administrators as directed by the Chancellor.

Example of Essential Duties

  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s executive staff and participate in establishing institutional goals in accordance with the district’s educational plan.
  • Exercise discretionary power within the framework of policy established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Formulates and recommends to the Chancellor new or revised policies and procedures for the operation of the college requiring approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • Work with legally constituted campus organizations.
  • Submit to the Chancellor for study, and recommends, the annual budget for the College.
  • Using the existing college and district program review process, reviews the educational programs of the college on a regular basis and recommends modifications which will improve the scope and quality of the college offerings and related services.
  • Work closely with administrators and faculty in developing, modifying and enhancing college curriculum that improves student success; review and evaluate curricular recommendations and encourage expansion or contraction of the instructional program to meet the needs of students in the community, including new, transfer, re-entry and high school advanced placement students.
  • Review reports related to the college’s financial resources; assure that human and financial resources are allocated efficiently and effectively; direct the timely and accurate preparation of enrollment and revenue projections and consolidation of budgetary reports to facilitate attainment of short-and long-range plans.
  • After appropriate consultation, make necessary appointments to the various college committees and councils.                                    
  • Maintain awareness of legislative matters affecting the college and district. 
  • Serve, as necessary, on all negotiation committees with the academic and classified staff.
  • Promotes a positive environment for staff and student diversity and ensures the proper use of resources.
  • Represent the college in all appropriate local community activities.
  • Engage with community members and alumni to cultivate and maintain a positive stewardship of friends of the college.
  • Utilize regular and appropriate means to communicate to staff and students those matters under consideration and decisions made which will affect the college.
  • Assist faculty and others, where appropriate, in the development of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the determination of their effectiveness in helping students achieve their desired learning outcomes.  In addition, provide leadership for the development of SLOs within their program areas of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of the use of technology in performing instructional and non-instructional duties, including distance education technology, online course delivery, computerized presentations, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

 

Reporting Relationships

The College President reports directly to the Chancellor.

Knowledge Of

  • Principles, theories and practices of public administration specifically related to higher education.
  • Instructional program development and implementation at a community college.
  • Sound fiscal management policies as related to community college.
  • California Education Code as it pertains to community colleges.
  • Local economic conditions, student data, and enrollment trends.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • State and National student success agenda for community colleges.

 

Ability To

  • Provide oral and written communication.
  • Use interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and diplomacy.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies within and outside the College.
  • Participate in developing recommendations to improve college programs, services and activities.
  • Analyze complex financial, statistical and narrative data regarding all aspects of college instruction and operations.
  • Confer with community business leaders and others regarding funding sources and cooperative instructional relationships.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity minded practices
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Five years of progressive administrative experience in education, defined as an executive position reporting directly to a governing body or chief executive officer or the equivalent and being responsible for a broad operational segment of the organization with significant fiscal and programmatic oversight (e.g., academic affairs, student services, administrative services, college campus)
  • Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals


Desirable Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Community College senior administrative experience (vice president or vice chancellor level).
  • Faculty experience in teaching or student services, or other professional experience providing support for the role of faculty that demonstrates a strong understanding of the teaching/learning process
  • Demonstrated leadership experience providing support for the comprehensive student experience
  • Proven record of successful management of resources, including integrated planning and budget development, during both increasing and decreasing budget cycles
  • Demonstrated experience to effectively navigate the complexities of the community college policy, legal and accreditation environment or equivalent
  • Successful external resource development experience, including pursuit of grant funding and community support through partnerships and foundation
  • Skilled in the use and application of technology including video conferencing and virtual meeting platforms, appropriate office software, applicable learning management systems (LMS), and the application of data analysis and reporting technology


Professional and Personal Characteristics

Characteristics Description
Embraces the Mission of the Community College in California Exhibits awareness of the California community college and has management experience in navigating relevant issues. Employs leadership practices guided by the diverse needs of students and the community; and promotes rigor that results in high student achievement to advance the mission of the community college.
Collaborative Leadership Has a clear commitment to a collegial environment and inclusion in important decision-making processes. Exhibits a collaborative leadership style with all constituent groups to accomplish critical institutional objectives. Understands the philosophy and practices that are the foundations of AB1725.
Values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms as a college-wide value. Focuses on meeting the needs of underserved student and community populations by identifying and implementing student equity strategies. Seeks diversity in employee positions and will make changes necessary to ensure positive outcomes in diversifying the workforce.
Effective Organizational Leadership Understands how instruction, student services, academic support services, business and administrative services, and technology interface to effectively support student learning and other institutional processes.
Effective Fiscal and Resource Management Understands the role of finances in planning, budgeting, assessing, and leading continuous improvement. Effectively manages all resources to advance the purposes of the College.
Passion to Lead in Difficult Times Has the resilience and perseverance to address challenges and confrontations. Is deliberate in assessing diverse and conflicting perspectives; brings those perspectives to consensus and successful outcomes. Is an effective, data-informed decision maker and manager of change and will commit to making changes based on data.  Is action and results oriented, innovative, and creative, and responds to situations in a timely manner.
Effectively Motivates Others Inspires trust and confidence through strong motivational skills and authentic engagement. Exhibits outstanding communication skills, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the work of the College. Is a successful team builder with a proven ability to motivate everyone to perform at their best by recognizing the potential in others and setting a tone for a positive college-wide inclusive culture and climate that openly appreciates and supports the professional contributions of all College staff and faculty.
Highest Ethics and Integrity Exhibits personal/professional ethics and integrity in all behavior and relationships with a strong sense of transparency, fairness, and equity in all decision making.
Advancing External Relationships Maintains high visibility and the ability to cultivate and maintain external relationships throughout the College service area and region.  Commits personally and supports others in seeking external forms of resources through formal organizations, such as foundations, and community partnerships.
Effective Leadership in a Complex Educational Environment Understands the college president’s role within the authority structure in a multi-college district. Engages in a creative, innovative, and respectful manner with District and college leadership.
Ability to develop and articulate a practical and compelling vision that positions the College for the future Understands that the vision needs to be strategic in considering market realities and current or potential institutional strengths. Ability to combine a data-driven appraisal of today’s realities with the ability to scan the horizon, especially with respect to competition and technological change.
Community Mindedness Embraces and appreciates the unique cultural and dynamic environments of the many diverse local communities throughout the College service area. Values the strengths each of the areas contribute, and at the same time serves as a catalyst for change by engaging stakeholders through actively addressing barriers associated with generational poverty and systemic racism which have existed for decades throughout the region.
Strong Advocate for Student Success and Well Being Demonstrates strong student-centered leadership by addressing institutional barriers and creating a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging environment that provides multiple pathways to success for all students at the College.
Leadership in the New Normal Provide strong leadership and guidance as the College adjusts to the new normal with a focus on advancing and maintaining educational quality, access, and student success during and after the current pandemic crisis. This will include building back enrollments and outreach efforts and adjusting instructional and support services delivery modalities to better meet the needs of students and communities served by the College.
Personable and Approachable Comfortable with a non-traditional organizational hierarchy that is flatter than most and where staff wear many hats and frequently interact with students and faculty. WHCCD administrators are approachable and comfortable being addressed by their first name.

 

Compensation

Salary, length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment will depend on experience and will be competitive with those of similar districts in the Central Valley.

Fringe Benefits

An excellent comprehensive fringe benefit program includes medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental, life and income protection, and membership in the State Teachers' Retirement System or Public Employees' Retirement System. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and background check is required.


West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or covered veteran's status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

 

Apply for President Position
For additional information, nominations, and confidential inquiries, please contact
Will Lewallen, Ph.D., Search Consultant
Community College Search Services
will.lewallen@ccss.solutions
831.682.3541

Joan Smith, Ed.D., Managing Partner,
Community College Search Services
joan.smith@ccss.solutions
209.566.5421

Becky Cazares, Director of Human Resources
(559) 934-2159 or beckycazares@whccd.edu

West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.