Closing Date: 02/05/2014
PRESIDENT, SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
Location: City College
The San Diego Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications, and is highly competitive. This position is covered by the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS).
Position Equivalent FTE: 1.0
Job Duration: 12
FLSA Status: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Bargaining Unit: Management
Position Type: Academic
Department: Office of the President
The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Community College District invites applications for the position of President, San Diego City College. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the college and reports to the District Chancellor.
The Board seeks a leader committed to student success and academic excellence. The successful candidate is expected to make a long-term commitment to the District and continue the development and implementation of a common vision developed through participatory/shared governance processes in the best interests of all students, faculty, and staff. The ideal candidate will be an innovative, energetic, and proven leader. The successful candidate must thoroughly understand the role of an urban, comprehensive community college within a large multi-college community college district and the dynamics of the communities it serves. The successful candidate must also have an extensive record of community involvement and understand and appreciate the importance of partnerships between the college and its local businesses, industries, and community organizations.
The President of San Diego City College plans, develops, administers, evaluates and supports instructional offerings, curriculum, co-curricular activities, staffing, and student services; directs, reviews, and recommends changes to campus facilities, including construction, repair, and maintenance; oversees the development and submission of a college budget for approval by the District and Board; directs operations within the provisions of the approved budget; and implements equal opportunity programs and hiring policies.
The President of San Diego City College serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet with responsibilities of implementing and administering Board policies; reviewing and recommending legislation to benefit both district and college programs; participating at district-wide, local, and state levels of community college planning and instructional articulation; and representing the college at social, professional, and political events to maintain continuous community relations and develop fund-raising capabilities.
Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at San Diego City College
These topics reflect current challenges, issues, and opportunities at San Diego City College that the candidate will need to address in his/her letter of application:
Governance, Leadership, and Advocacy
- Creating connections through encouraging open communication throughout the college and in the larger community and engaging students, faculty, and staff in meaningful dialogue at all levels of the organization.
- Advocating and actualizing participatory/shared governance, including implementing procedures that ensure shared decision-making.
- Promoting collegiality, staff cohesiveness and respect, and empowerment among all college constituents.
- Working to improve the image of the college in its community and developing appropriate marketing strategies to strengthen the connection between the college and its larger community.
- Continuing to strengthen cooperative partnerships with local K-12 districts and with institutions of higher learning.
- Effectively advocating for the benefit of the college within local, state, and national legislative arenas.
Student Learning and Student Support Services
- Promoting and supporting teaching, learning, and student success including the maintenance and improvement of quality instruction and services.
- Supporting the college in its implementation of the statewide student success initiative.
- Advocating equal access and understanding and appreciating the importance of a comprehensive student support program for student academic success and educational goal achievement.
- Understanding and appreciating student support programs, including those needed for students at risk, and proposing ways to improve the success of under-prepared students while maintaining academic standards.
- Fulfilling the needs of a growing and diverse student body by working with faculty, staff, and students to initiate innovative programs and curricula, and co-curricular activities.
Community Involvement and Economic Development
- Demonstrating an extensive record of community involvement and understanding and appreciation of the importance of partnerships between the college and its local businesses, industries, and community organizations.
- Supporting community economic development programs and services of the college.
Professional Development and Employee Relations
- Demonstrating leadership in promoting an environment that fosters interest-based labor relations with faculty and support staff associations based on knowledge and experience in collective bargaining and conflict resolution.
- Supporting professional growth and development for all employees.
- Demonstrating effectiveness and commitment to diversity, equity, and equal employment opportunity.
Planning, Finance, and Facilities
- Providing experience and leadership in the continuing review and development of a strategic master plan and the establishment and assessment of institutional goals, to include integrated resource planning.
- Overseeing, protecting, expanding, and leveraging the college’s fiscal resources by maintaining a prudent financial management system and aggressively advocating for state and federal funding.
- Creatively pursuing alternative resources for institutional development by building community relationships, developing industry ties and generating industry and community resources.
- Carefully managing and providing leadership in the continuing development and planning of new facilities and the renovation and expansion of existing facilities.
- Understanding the need to integrate the ongoing review and maintenance of equipment and technological systems for teaching and learning.
Vision for San Diego City College
- Articulating a clear and compelling vision of the future of San Diego City College that will be embraced by all members of the college community.
- A master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, AND,
- One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment; AND,
- Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
- An earned doctorate or other equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a recognized discipline, or substantial progress in attainment.
- Senior leadership experience in progressively responsible positions in higher education, preferable within community college education.
- Demonstrated experience in community involvement and institutional advocacy, including fund-raising or other resource development.
- College faculty experience in a classroom or non-classroom capacity.
Desirable Personal and Professional Characteristics and Skills
The ideal candidate will be:
- A visionary leader with a high level of energy, who is an ethical, honest, and trustworthy individual.
- An administrator with exceptional interpersonal qualities, who possesses effective oral, written, and listening communication skills.
- A person with cultural competency as demonstrated by sensitivity to, and appreciation of, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic and social diversity.
- An articulate communicator with the presentation skills essential to effectively represent the college to its larger community, including the public media.
- An educator who is a consensus builder with a management style that is inclusive, collaborative, and enthusiastic, who values, supports, motivates and develops employees, acknowledges their contributions and who is an open, approachable and accessible leader.
- An educator and leader who is committed to consensus-building through participatory/shared governance.
- An individual who supports the comprehensive community college and the competing priorities of transfer, career/technical, non-credit, and basic skills education, and honors, as well as co-curricular programs.
- A leader who embraces the challenges and opportunities related to a growing community college in an urban setting.
- An educator who demonstrates an understanding of the role of a comprehensive community college within a multi-college community college district.
- An individual who has successfully led an institution of higher education through the accreditation process.
- An educator with a demonstrable understanding of community college resources and expenditures in order to solve complex budgetary issues.
- A leader who is student-centered, committed to offering learning-centered programs, supports student services and is sensitive to the effects of all decisions on students, the campus community, and the larger community the college serves.
- An individual who will work with college leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely manner utilizing input from constituent groups.
- An inspirational leader who is regarded by others as an innovative problem solver, who employs participatory/shared governance as a component and complimentary tool in that process.
- A pro-active, involved community leader with the ability and desire to interact with, and respond to, the requests and needs of business and industry leaders and represents the college effectively.
- A politically-astute administrator with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of local, state, and national legislative processes and issues.
- A person who has experience in the planning, development, renovation, and construction of college facilities.
Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A copy of the evaluation must be attached during the application process. If you need to obtain one, please open the “Foreign Degree Evaluation Information” link to the left.
An ORIGINAL of the evaluation(s) must be presented at the time of hire.
[If possess] California Community College Chief Administrative Officer Credential (valid for life)
Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must demonstrate cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
- Typically sedentary in nature.
- Favorable, involves an office and college campus setting.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete on-line application (references to résumés or other uploaded documents within the on-line application will be considered an “incomplete” application; if any section does not apply, please enter “N/A”). The following document(s) should be assembled prior to completing the on-line SDCCD Academic / Vocational Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):
- Letter of Application (described subsequently)
- Current Résumé
In a Letter of Application, not to exceed five (5) pages, a candidate will succinctly state how she/he would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at San Diego City College. Candidates should cite specific examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter of application should indicate to what extent personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the preferred qualifications sought for this position.
Professional References (within respective section of on-line application): Candidates must provide 7 professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following: 1 supervisor, 1 colleague, 1 reporting support staff member, 2 faculty members, 1 student leader, and 1 community member. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s permission.
Note: A background investigation, under the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, will be required of all finalist candidates.
Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted on-line ( http://apptrkr.com/408220 ) with all requested documents by February 5, 2014. Please review the posting in its entirety and allow time to upload requested documents. Only complete on-line applications will be reviewed by the committee within 2-3 weeks following the deadline date. All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.
Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.
Note that correspondence may be sent to you via e-mail. Interview invitations will be via personal phone call.
Candidates selected as finalists for this position will be asked to participate in a public college forum as part of the search process.
Conditions of Employment:
SELECTED CANDIDATE IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT:
- Submit “official” transcripts
- Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the candidate’s expense
- Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment
(Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment)
• Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment)
• Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
• Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located at the District Administrative Offices
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2014, San Diego City College serves as the educational cornerstone of downtown San Diego. The 60-acre park-like campus is a short walk from the City College Trolley station, the world-renown Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo, the bustling downtown Gaslamp Quarter and beautiful San Diego Bay. The multicultural campus is home to more than 18,000 students each semester and offers more than 200 majors and certificate programs and 1,500 classes each semester. City College is home to many highly regarded programs that provide professional staff to industries in health care, biotech, engineering, broadcasting, cosmetology, business and apprenticeship programs throughout the region.
As a leader in innovation, City College is home to the first Sustainable Urban Agriculture program of its kind in the region, including an outdoor Seeds@City Urban Farm classroom. City’s Institute of Human Development opens doors into the community through its Child Development, Community Health Work, Youth Development Work, Peace Studies and Mental Health programs.
City College is undergoing a transformative and extensive campus construction and improvement plan under the District’s 2 bond measures. By 2014, new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings completed will include Science, Arts & Humanities and Business Technology, Math and Social Sciences, and the Career Technology Center.
For general inquiries regarding the application process, contact:
Human Resources–Employment & Professional
San Diego Community College District
3375 Camino del Rio South, Suite 330
San Diego, CA 92108-3883
(Monday through Friday/8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST)
Board of Trustees:
Mary Graham, Rich Grosch, William H. Schwandt, Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D.; Peter Zschiesche Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor
The San Diego Community College District includes San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education.
The SDCCD is governed by its Board of Trustees. No oral or written representation by any employee is binding on the San Diego Community College District without the express approval of the Board of Trustees.
An EEO Employer