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Job Title

CHANCELLOR

Company

State Center Community College District

Location

heart of California's Central Valley

Job Description

State Center Community College District

Announcing the Search for CHANCELLOR

THE POSITION

The elected seven member Board of Trustees of the State Center Community College District seeks a visionary educator with a record of strong leadership and accomplishments to serve as its next Chancellor. The District is a well established multi-college district located in the heart of California's Central Valley. Currently the District has two colleges and four centers and anticipates the addition of a third college in the near future. The District provides high quality educational programs to several diverse communities and is critical to the region's economic development.

THE MISSION

State Center Community College District is committed to lifelong learning and success for all students by providing accountable, accessible, innovative and quality education programs and services that enable productive citizenship in a diverse, global society.

THE COMMUNITY

Less than an hour from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the City of Fresno offers easy access to the Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Seven nearby lakes offer sailing, fishing, boating, water skiing, or just plain relaxing.  Art enthusiasts can enjoy ten theater groups, an opera association, a philharmonic orchestra, eight museums, and numerous galleries. Baseball fans can see Fresno’s Triple-A baseball club, the Fresno Grizzlies, play in their stadium, which is part of an ambitious downtown revitalization.

THE DISTRICT

State Center Community College District was formed in 1964 when it assumed control of Fresno City College and Reedley College. The District serves approximately one million people and 17 unified and high school districts in more than 5,500 square miles of urban and rural territory which includes most of Fresno and Madera Counties, and portions of Kings and Tulare Counties. The District is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees, who are elected at-large and represent six trustee areas. Total district enrollment for the Spring Semester 2009 was approximately 37,240 students (estimated annual FTE was 29,394). The operating budget for the District in 2008/2009 was over $165 million.

FRESNO CITY COLLEGE

Fresno City College, established in 1910 as the first community college in the State of California, enrolls 24,580 students and offers more than 100 Associate of Arts or Science Degree programs including transfer majors for students planning to attend four year colleges or universities and 60 Certificates of Achievement in vocational/occupational areas.

REEDLEY COLLEGE

Reedley College, established in 1926, is located in Reedley (approximately 25 miles southeast of Fresno) and enrolls approximately 6,490 students in a variety of courses and programs, including agriculture, aeronautics, dental assisting, forestry and natural resources, as well as academic courses in the arts and sciences.

NORTH CENTERS

MADERA CENTER, CLOVIS CENTER, WILLOW-INTERNATIONAL CENTER AND OAKHURST CENTER

The State Center Community College District operates four educational centers in the northern part of the District, which enroll a combined total of 8,700 students. The North Centers offer programs in general education for transfer and two-year degrees, occupational education and developmental education.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

As chief administrative officer of the District, the Chancellor is responsible to the Governing Board for the administration of the District in accordance with the provisions of the California Education Code and the policies of the District.  The Chancellor provides leadership and has general supervision over the offices of the College Presidents, Vice Chancellor-North Centers, Vice Chancellor-Finance & Administration, Associate Vice Chancellor-Workforce Development and Educational Services, Associate Vice Chancellor-Human Resources, Executive Director Public & Legislative Relations, and Executive Director District Foundation. 

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to the multiple roles and responsibilities of all excellent chancellors of a large multi-college district, the new Chancellor of the State Center Community College District must be able to:

- Be a change agent that encourages the colleges to move to an increasingly sophisticated level with respect to technology, sustainability, and creative approaches to student success.

- Support the development of new programs which bring recognition to the SCCCD for its outstanding "cutting-edge" programs and services.

- Respond to local high unemployment rates by ensuring that the communities' needs for workforce development and career and technical programs are met.

- Advocate strongly for the college district at the local and state levels with community, educational and political leaders.

- Recruit, retain and promote the success of a student body, staff, faculty and administration that is reflective of the communities' diversity.

- Be creative and efficient in the acquisition, allocation, and management of the District's fiscal resources.

- Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of leading a growing multi-college district and implementing successful and efficient collaboration among the multiple sites.

- Provide strong leadership, communication and facilitation of the professional development of the Board of Trustees.

IDEAL CHARACTERISTICS

The successful new Chancellor will:

- Be passionately committed to the mission of the comprehensive community college.

- Champion innovative teaching and learning with a focus on student success.

- Relate well and interact regularly with students and student leaders.

- Practice shared governance, collaboration and collegiality, and be able to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.

- Support a highly effective and accountable senior leadership team.

- Possess superb knowledge and skills related to fiscal management and the ability to acquire new resources.

- Actively support the expansion and utilization of technology throughout the District.

- Build partnerships with leaders in business and industry, K-16 education, and community-based organizations.

- Model and encourage a high level of energy, enthusiasm, creativity and innovation.

- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- Be visible, approachable and accessible on campus and in the community.

- Operate ethically and with a high level of integrity and expect the same of others.

- Maintain a calm and professional manner under pressure and be open to constructive criticism.

- Communicate regularly and often with the Board of Trustees.

- Establish a trusting and respectful working relationship with each member of the Board of Trustees.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

1. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution is required.

2. Significant senior administrative leadership experience in higher education is required.

3. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students is required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, individuals should submit a complete application prior to February 10, 2010.  This is a confidential search process.

To apply, please submit these four (4) separate documents:

1. A letter of application that succinctly addresses the challenges and opportunities identified and how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to serve the needs of the District (not to exceed 5 pages).

2. A current resume including an email address and telephone numbers.

3. A reference list with names, home and business telephone numbers and email addresses of eight references: three supervisors (including one board member), two direct reports and three faculty members from current or former institutions.

4. Candidate Cover Sheet which is a one-page synopsis of your professional career. You will find the template for this form posted at http://apptrkr.com/134065 or http://www.acct.org.

Salary and benefits are competitive with similar positions in California Community Colleges.  The successful candidate should be available for employment no later than July 1, 2010.

Electronic copies of the application package should be sent to:  searches@acct.org

In addition, please send a paper copy of the application to:

State Center Community College District Chancellor Search
Attention: Dr. Narcisa Polonio
Association of Community College Trustees
1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington DC 20036

For additional information about the position, visit the District's website at http://apptrkr.com/134065

For confidential inquiries or to make a nomination, please contact:

Dr. Pamila Fisher, ACCT Search Consultant
pamfisher@bresnan.net or (406) 570-0516

or

Dr. Narcisa Polonio, Vice President
Board Leadership Services, ACCT
npolonio@acct.org or (202) 775-4670 or (202) 276-1983 (cell)

* AN ACCT SEARCH *

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Full-Time

Job Functions

President/Chancellor/Provost

Department/Division

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Salary Range

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Minimum Experience

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Contact Name

Dr. Narcisa Polonio

Contact Phone

Contact Fax

Contact E-mail Address

npolonio@acct.org

Approved

Yes

Approval Date

12/28/2009 12:00 AM
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