Los Angeles Community College District
Invites Applications & Nominations for the Position
Los Angeles Southwest College
The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Los Angeles Southwest College.
Los Angeles Southwest College is one of the nine colleges that comprise the Los Angeles Community College District. Led by a Chancellor and governed by an elected Board of Trustees, the Los Angeles Community College District is the nation’s largest community college District with more than 6,800 employees and an enrollment of approximately 136,000 students each semester.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Established in 1967, Los Angeles Southwest College is located in the southwest section of Los Angeles County and is in close proximity to the neighboring cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox, and parts of Torrance. Los Angeles Southwest College has an approximate enrollment of 8,000 students. The college is an Achieving the Dream Institution which is a nationally recognized program that promotes student success. Los Angeles Southwest College works closely with local secondary institutions to assist high school students in their transition to higher education. The college has strong programs in career and technical education as well as basic skills. It maintains strong ties to the business community by providing highly successful job training programs that meet the professional needs of local employers.
The President provides leadership and advocacy for the college, is responsible and directly accountable for all college operations and is a district team member on the Chancellors’ cabinet. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and energetic leader with the skills to move the college to greater excellence. He/ she must thoroughly understand the role of an urban community college and the dynamics within the communities it serves.
CHALLENGES, ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The following list reflects current challenges, issues and opportunities that the candidate will need to manage:
LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE & ADVOCACY
» Improving communication on campus and in the community, being accessible and visible, and engendering trust and confidence in the office of the president
» Developing an increased level of confidence within the college and community regarding the stability and future growth of the college
» Advocating shared governance and promoting collegiality, staff cohesiveness and respect among and between all the college constituencies
» Commitment to professional development for faculty, staff and administrators
» Working to improve the image of the college by promoting its accomplishments and developing appropriate strategies to enhance the relationship between Los Angeles Southwest College and the community
» Appreciating and promoting the importance of the college campus as an educational and cultural center for the community and understanding the college’s role in building bridges with the community
» Serving as an advocate for the college locally, district- wide, statewide and nationally as appropriate
INSTRUCTION & STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
» Meeting the needs and demands of a growing, changing and diverse student body by anticipating and initiating innovative programs and curricula to fulfill those needs
» Promoting student enrollment by utilizing a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy to meet the changing needs of a diverse student body
» Advocating open access and student support programs needed for students at risk and proposing ways to improve the success of underprepared students while maintaining academic standards
» Building and strengthening cooperative partnerships with local high schools, business and industry and other institutions of higher education
» Demonstrating effective commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunity in the hiring of faculty, staff and administrators
» Continuing assessment of the need to recruit and hire faculty and staff in areas of greatest student need and demand
» Reviewing the college organizational structure and staffing patterns with the goal of creating a more effective and responsive organization
» Improving labor relations with the faculty and support staff associations based on knowledge and experience in collective bargaining and conflict resolution
PLANNING, FACILITIES AND FINANCE
» Providing leadership for the meeting of accreditation standards
» Keeping institutional planning and research current & viable
» Providing leadership in the continuing development of a strategic plan that drives the budget process, resource allocation and program development
» Demonstrating ability to initiate and lead new programs
» Completing the campus facilities plan and the institution’s infrastructure to facilitate current and projected student growth
» Improving the technological infrastructure for instruction and administration
» Protecting and expanding the college’s fiscal resources by maintaining a prudent financial management system, aggressively advocating for district, state, and federal funding, and creatively pursuing alternative resource development activities
» Assuming a leadership role in the economic development of the college and community by expanding partnerships with business, industry and government
» Strengthening the viability of the Southwest Community College Foundation to enhance college resources and student scholarships
DutIES AND RESPONSIBILItIES
President is responsible for:
» Expert administration for effective fiscal and operational planning of the college
» Assuming the leadership of the college, taking into account its existing institutional and community cultures, including shared governance and collective bargaining
» Administration and oversight of a comprehensive facilities and ongoing bond-related construction program with oversight duties within fiscal and time constraints
» Allocating and managing resources: human, technological, financial, and physical
» Administering a variety of teaching and learning methodologies, (both traditional and non-traditional), administrative services, and student support services programs
» Developing, initiating and carrying-out new policies and procedures, while maintaining continuity with existing policies and procedures within the shared governance framework
» Working with the College Foundation to develop new college-centered relationships in addition to nurturing those already established with various community and civic organizations, economic and workforce development entities and the surrounding community
» Facilitate the development of funding opportunities at the local, state and national level
» Serving as the college representative on the Chancellor’s Cabinet
» Performing other duties as assigned by the Chancellor
» A master’s degree or advanced degree of at least equivalent standard from an accredited college or university or a California credential authorizing administrative service at the community college level. The required degree must be completed at the time of filing an application.
» Two years successful full-time experience in administrative positions in higher education at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities and/or comparable business and industry experience.
» Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff and students.
Heath: A medical certificate indicating fitness to engage in administrative work is required for new employees at the applicant’s expense after selection and before employment.
» An earned doctorate or other terminal degree preferred
» Five years successful full-time experience in administrative positions in higher education at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities and/or comparable business and industry experience
The ideal candidate will be:
» A visionary with a capacity to make a difference and who is not afraid to take risks
» Trustworthy and noted for integrity and honesty in personal and professional interactions
» Open, forthright, courageous, hospitable and compassionate
» Self-assured, decisive, patient and possess a strong sense of humor
» A role model for students, staff and community
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCE
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
» An understanding of the community college mission with ability to bring quality to every area of the college
» A commitment to student access, success and outcomes
» A commitment to a student-focused teaching and learning environment
» Ability to manage budgets and expand fiscal resources to enhance institutional effectiveness
» Strength in oral and written communication, strategic planning and organizational skills in providing both internal and external leadership
» A commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity, equity and inclusion
» The ability to work with union leaders to avert issues before they become problems
» A commitment to personal and staff accountability
» Outstanding skills in interacting and working with people and a demonstrated ability to enhance campus culture » An understanding of and commitment to the principles of academic freedom, academic standards and shared governance
» Experience in building collegiality among our campus constituencies
» An understanding of the needs and concerns of surrounding communities, as well as faculty, staff and students of Los Angeles Southwest College
» Success in initiating and leading new programs
» A commitment to creating college partnerships with business and industry, high schools and four year institutions » Understanding of major issues and trends affecting
California Community Colleges
» Evidence of ability to successfully engage in fund-raising activities
» Expertise in the oversight of enrollment management
SALARy AND BENEFItS
The current salary range is $180,922 to $210,215 annually, with a transportation allowance of $500 per month in additional compensation. Employee benefits include 15.5 paid holidays annually, 24 days paid vacation annually, District-paid medical/hospital, dental and vision care plans and a $50,000 group life insurance policy.
FILING AN APPLICATION
For consideration in the selection process, all interested candidates must submit the following using the LACCD Online System:
» Letter of interest, no more than three (3) pages, which addresses the responsibilities and preferred qualifications as detailed in the announcement
» A current resume of professional experience, educational background and other pertinent information
» A list of four (4) references with names, addresses, email addresses, business and home telephone numbers
If selected, additional documentation including official transcripts will be required. Paper applications will not be accepted. To be considered in the first reading, applications must be submitted by April 21, 2014.
For additional information, contact Ana Boyadzhyan, LACCD Human Resources, (213) 891-2141 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
To apply for this position, please visit: http://laccd.peopleadmin.com/postings/1259
For more information about LACCD, please visit www.laccd.edu; for information about Los Angeles Southwest College, please visit www.lasc.edu.
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Americans with Disabilities Act
Individuals protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an accommodation in the selection/ interview process with at least three (3) business days’ prior notice. Documentation of the need for accommodation may be requested. For more information, please visit http://www.laccd.edu/ada.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the LACCD is to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free from prohibited discrimination in violation of state or federal law on the basis of actual or perceived ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex (including gender-based sexual harassment), pregnancy, marital status, cancer-related medical condition of an employee, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. Individuals with legally-defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodation.