KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York and the Presidential Search Committee invite nominations and applications for the position of President at Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York.
A comprehensive two-year college, Kingsborough offers 38 associate degree and certificate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, enrolling approximately 15,000 degree-seeking students. The college maintains one of the most comprehensive adult and continuing education programs in New York City, which enrolls over 20,000students. Located in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, Kingsborough's magnificent 70-acre campus overlooks three bodies of water-Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.
About half of Kingsborough’s students enroll in a liberal arts or science degree program; the rest pursue degrees in more specialized, career-oriented programs in business, communications, criminal justice, culinary art, nursing and allied health careers, information technology, journalism, maritime technology, tourism and hospitality, and the visual arts. The college has articulation agreements with most of CUNY and SUNY senior colleges, and transfer agreements with several private colleges in the region.
The college employs363 full-time faculty, 82 percent of whom hold a doctorate or University equivalent and 600 adjunct faculty, drawn from throughout the New York City metropolitan region. Professional staff and full-time and part-time support staff total 1,000. The college’s annual budget is $94.6 million, funded through New York State and New York City appropriations and student tuition and fees.
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Kingsborough has a history of innovation. It was named a finalist-with-distinction for the 2013 Aspen prize for Community College Excellence as one of the top four community colleges in the nation. The college pioneered the nationally acclaimed College Now program for high school students. An 800-student New York City public high school resides on campus. Other pioneering programs include My Turn, which allows senior citizens to fill open class spaces for free; the New Start Program, offering students a second chance to succeed in college; and the Kingsborough Center for Economic and Workforce Development, which provides New York’s under and unemployed residents with training and skills necessary to advance their careers or continue towards a higher education goal.
Kingsborough’s academic calendar is divided into two 18-week semesters, each consisting of 12-week and 6-week sessions. This flexible calendar allows students to accelerate their progress towards an associate degree.
The student body is racially and ethnically diverse. More than half of Kingsborough’s students were born outside the U.S., representing 142 different countries and 73 different native languages. Sixty percent are the first generation to attend college, fifty-eight percent are full time students, over one-fifth are 25 or older and more than 40% come from households with annual incomes of under $20,000. Half of the students work full-time or part-time while attending college, and one in five supports children. A broad array of student services permit all students to succeed to the maximum of their abilities.
The President serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the college, under the general direction of the CUNY Chancellor, according to policies set by the Board of Trustees.
Preferred qualifications for the position include:
- An earned doctorate or professional equivalent, college-level teaching experience, and a record of scholarly and/or professional achievement.
- Experience in senior-level management of an urban community college or institution and a demonstrated commitment to creative, effective management.
- A clear commitment to and passion for the unique, multiple roles a community college plays.
- A leadership style that emphasizes consultation with faculty and senior administrators and open communication with faculty, students and community members. Experience working in the context of collective bargaining units for faculty and staff.
- A commitment to student learning and a record of supporting high academic standards in programs offering students a strong liberal arts education, as well as career development and preparation for transfer.
- An understanding of how technology can support learning, and a record of support for technological advancements.
- An ability to navigate successfully in a multi-layered political environment.
- Openness to innovative programming to expand the college’s reach into the community.
- A passion and commitment to enhance the quality of student life and strengthen the delivery of services to a multi-cultural student body.
- The capacity to persuasively communicate the College’s mission and programs to multiple constituencies.
- Experience in attracting external funding and in handling the complexities of city, state, federal and private support.
The position is available on or before September 1, 2014. Salary and benefits are competitive. The review of applications will begin February 28, 2014 and submission of applications and/or nominations are encouraged by that date.
Applications and Nominations: Applicants should send (1) a letter expressing their interest in the position that addresses how they meet the Search Committee’s preferred qualifications, (2) their curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of eight references (two each: superiors, subordinates, faculty members, and community/business leaders). References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission. Nominators should send a letter of nomination and, if possible, the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
Applications and nominations should be sent electronically to: Kingsborough Community College Presidential Search at email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information: Please contact Dr. Robert Parilla, Senior Consultant, AGB Search, at 301- 518-2071,email@example.com; or Ms. Mahlet Tsegaye, Office of Executive Search/CUNY, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 205 East 42nd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Please visit Kingsborough Community College on its website at www.kbcc.cuny.edu for additional information.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
CUNY is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer with a strong commitment to racial, cultural and ethnic diversity. The Search Committee actively seeks and encourages nominations and applications from men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds.