The President Position
The Pierce College District is seeking a community college administrator who is career ready to take the next step in leadership. The Pierce College Puyallup President reports to the Chancellor. This individual will use talent, energy and wisdom to lead the College within a district environment, working collaboratively with executive leadership throughout the district and with key stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes.
The Pierce College District includes two comprehensive community colleges and a far-reaching extended learning program. Pierce College Puyallup located in Puyallup, Washington serves eastern Pierce County. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located in Lakewood, Washington, in the west end of the service district. Pierce College Extended Learning has a vast array of sites and services, including major education centers at area military installations, a state mental hospital, and continuing education and training program sites. The district and the community recently celebrated the opening of new, state-of-the-art buildings at both colleges.
For over 45 years, Pierce College has developed a national reputation for academic excellence and support services to ensure student success. The district is proud of the many awards and recognitions it has received. Serving nearly 30,000 individuals each year, Pierce is one of the largest educational providers in Washington State, and has been nationally ranked in degrees conferred. Pierce College is a new Achieving the Dream college and is committed to making evidenced-based decisions to promote student success and goal completion.
The Pierce College District offers programs that include:
- Transfer courses parallel to the first two years of university and four-year college work
- Professional/Technical degree and certificate programs for training or retraining in a variety of job fields
- Developmental, basic skills, high school completion, and English-as-a Second Language courses
- Personal and professional development through continuing education courses
- Traditional and nontraditional learning opportunities including a growing on-line, elearning program.
Pierce College Puyallup
Pierce College Puyallup is located in the fastest growing area of Pierce County and is the newest community college in Washington State. The College serves 2,270 of the district's 5,848 annual state-supported full-time equivalent students, with a large number of students preparing to transfer to four year colleges and universities, many being Running Start students, who are high school students taking college courses on campus, as well as, those gaining basic skills and preparing to directly enter the workforce in their chosen career.
The College recently opened a new Arts and Allied Health Building, that provides state-of-the-art teaching, learning, performance and simulated clinical space for a variety of programs in art, music, theatre, humanities, nursing and allied health. Pierce College District partnered with the Pierce College Foundation to provide funding for nursing equipment and a new music-recording studio.
The College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.
Pierce College District is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information about Pierce College District and its colleges and programs, visit our web site here.
Pierce County: An amazing place to call home
Pierce County stands out as one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the United States, offering its citizens the benefits of both rural and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. Both campuses command views of majestic Mount Rainier. The area's moderate climate, along with nearby mountains, forests, rivers, the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean, provide for many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, kayaking, beach combing, biking and golf.
At the same time, most of Pierce County is only minutes away from Tacoma or a short drive to Seattle where world-class cultural, arts, shopping and sporting activities abound. The area boasts an amazing array of housing options from urban condos to rural acreage and everything in between. And in Pierce County, real estate remains relatively affordable. Located in the heart of one of America's most amazing areas, Pierce County is a wonderful place to call home.
Earned doctorate strongly preferred; Master’s degree required.
Minimum of 3 years experience in senior level community college leadership required.
Attributes and Characteristics
- Uses outstanding interpersonal skills as an advocate, a successful team builder and as an executive leader internally, in the community and in the state
- Collaborates as a team member and is an effective partner working successfully with faculty, students and other internal constituents
- Skilled in leading an effective campus planning, budgeting, and continuous improvement process in the context of a district strategic vision
- Ability to understand and evaluate data and use to make strategic decisions
- Appreciates, is committed to, and supports the teaching/learning process at a two-year college
- Exhibits sound educational leadership with vision for the future
- Committed to student success, whole student development and access to education
- Ensures that faculty, staff and students are engaged in college governance and decision-making processes
- Articulates clearly the mission and philosophy of a comprehensive community college
- Skilled in stimulating and encouraging creativity that results in new cutting edge programs needed by the community
- Appreciative of ethnic and cultural diversity and students with unique and special needs, and is committed to advancing the college's efforts as a leader in diversity education
- Knowledgeable about fiscal matters and resource development, with the ability to participate in the development of a district budget and manage a college budget using collaborative processes
- Problem solver with a willingness to make tough decisions
- Promotes use of existing and emerging technologies in teaching and business
- Forms partnerships with business/industry, educational, and other community agencies
- Fosters good community relations through participatory involvement
- Possesses strong verbal, writing, and listening skills in formal and informal settings
- Understands resource development, grants and fund raising, and is capable of promoting the college and district.
Terms of Employment
The Pierce College District offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, sick leave and vacation. Salary and other benefits are highly competitive and are negotiated with the Chancellor. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2013.