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Job Title

Chancellor

Company

Community Colleges of Spokane

Location

Spokane, Washington

Job Description

The CCS chancellor is the chief administrative officer for Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and the Institute for Extended Learning — the three educational units that comprise Washington State Community College District 17.  This position provides an exceptional executive the opportunity to lead one of the most highly respected higher education entities in the state.

 

Chancellor Profile

The following traits, characteristics and personal competencies were cited during the recent survey process conducted by the trustees and are critical to the success of the future chancellor.

Servant Leader Passionate About Education

    An altruistic, student-centered leader passionate about the learning process, committed to directing resources to further student success, focused consistently on the best interests of students, faculty, staff and the community, and  knowledgeable about developing trends in education.

Effective Communicator

    A genuine communicator who possesses outstanding interpersonal skills, listens more than he/she speaks, learns from and values input, negotiates and collaborates effectively, and appreciates reason, logic and differing viewpoints.

Savvy

    A leader who understands and is comfortable in the political environment; builds mutually beneficial relationships with business, industry and local, state and federal governmental leaders; knows or can quickly learn the Washington state higher education system, and can ensure a CCS presence at all appropriate levels.

Commitment

    A leader who is loyal and eager to make a personal investment in the long-term success of our region, community and institutions, and inspires loyalty from others.

Integrity

    A trustworthy leader, who is slow to make promises but quick to keep them; is principle-centered and forthright with even the most difficult message; believes full disclosure is a prerequisite to effective problem-solving, and builds trust as an investment.

Participatory

    A participatory leader who genuinely values differing viewpoints; creates venues for discussion and debate; believes that superior solutions result from collaboration but understands when informed decisions must be made in a timely manner, and accepts accountability thereafter.

Dynamic

    A leader who inspires enthusiasm about our mission; projects a clear vision and motivates the entire organization to fulfill it; is recognized by the public as synonymous with CCS, and is accessible, connecting personally with faculty, staff and students.

Organizational Leadership

    A leader with a sense of personal security, who delegates and empowers presidents and other administrators with appropriate levels of authority over their colleges or units; encourages autonomy within an overarching philosophy that promotes operating as a district; facilitates a sense of fairness among the various educational and support units of the district; proactively resolves conflict and promotes mutual respect, and understands that the strength of the district comes from its colleges, units and people.

Wisdom

    A leader with knowledge drawn from broad experiences, who displays critical thinking skills, a systems perspective that appropriately considers all implications of potential decisions, and the foresight to select the best decision possible.

Chief Executive Officer

    A leader who understands the dynamics of a multi-college organizational structure;  exercises sound financial management and effective governmental budgeting practices; supports a mutual-gain, collective bargaining philosophy and integrative employee relations; promotes investment in employee skill development and career growth, and values strategic and master facility planning.

Change Leader

                A leader who thrives in the face of massive, constant change; effectively appeals to higher ideals and values as a cause for change; is resilient and uses his/her sense of humor and external interests as a coping mechanism for the inevitable setbacks associated with change; convenes and facilitates problem-finding and problem-solving efforts, and challenges, motivates and empowers his/her team through change, creating an environment that supports action and does not tolerate inaction.

 

CCS Challenges and Opportunities

    Candidates for the position of CCS chancellor will be evaluated on the basis of their educational background, professional experience and accomplishments, reputation and fit with the organization.

    In November and December 2009, the board of trustees surveyed faculty, staff, students and the community CCS serves to gather their views regarding the challenges Community Colleges of Spokane will likely face in the near future, opportunities CCS is particularly well positioned to take advantage of, and the personal traits and characteristics the next chancellor will need to be successful in this environment.

Challenges CCS is Likely to Face in the Near Future

Budget

      Providing open, transparent, resourceful and effective fiscal administration of Community Colleges of Spokane during challenging budgetary times, working closely with the Board of Trustees to establish short- and long-term financial strategies and goals.

Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness

      Promoting and enforcing collegiality, collaboration and fair play among the district’s three educational units.  Identifying and facilitating system changes that eliminate outdated systems and processes, promote the best interests of students and increase operational efficiency.

A Motivated Workforce

      Valuing faculty and staff contributions in a balanced and motivating manner during a time of record enrollment, scarce resources, reduced staffing and challenging workload expectations.

Changing Education Environment

      Providing relevant policy leadership during a time of higher education change — including rapid developments in technology, new competition from private educators, heightened competition for scarce resources among peer institutions, and changing student and workplace demands.

Quality of Education and Services

      Providing the policy leadership needed to maintain high-quality instruction and support services during a time of increasing faculty and staff retirements, aging technology infrastructure, budgetary pressure to increase class sizes and reduce support services, and increasing student demand for flexible and adaptable delivery of instruction.

Student Access and Affordability

      Providing the policy leadership necessary to fulfill our mission of providing affordable and accessible education for people of all ages and backgrounds in our region during a time of increasing costs, decreasing fiscal support, changing student demographics, and increasing workforce and student demands.

Opportunities CCS is Particularly Well Positioned to Take Advantage of in the Near Future.

Alternate Funding

      Strategically determine institutional needs and provide the policy leadership necessary to secure fund sources that best address those needs; take advantage of increasing federal, state and private support for the mission of community college education; determine which alternate funding sources would further our mission and develop our ability to successfully compete for those resources, and continue to grow our highly functioning and successful Foundation.

A High Quality Workforce

      Take advantage of the changing demographics of CCS faculty and staff to add new knowledge, abilities and skills, enhance innovation and creativity in the classroom and complementing support services; mentor and encourage the ongoing development of institutional talent, and expand the benefits gained from a more diverse workforce.

Changing Student Needs

      Position CCS to take maximum advantage of changing student and workforce demands for flexible, adaptable, technology-enhanced educational and support services, ensuring CCS can address student needs regarding instructional delivery and support.

Partnerships, Networks and Outreach

      Maintain, further develop and take advantage of the excellent partnerships that are well-established between CCS and local, state and regional higher education, K-12 education, business, legislative, workforce development and community groups.

 

Conditions of Employment

    The person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S.  This is an absolute condition of employment.  In addition, CCS maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and vehicles.  CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote

a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment.

    Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs, activities or employment.  Applications and nominations of individuals who would increase the richness of the district’s diversity are welcomed.

 

Application Instructions

    In a letter of application of five pages or less, individuals interested in this position should specifically state how they would address the challenges/opportunities facing CCS.

    Applicants also must submit a current resume and the names, business and home telephone numbers of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, and two business or community members.  Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references.

Note:References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission.  All inquiries, applications and nominations will be held in strictest confidence. Materials submitted for consideration become the property of CCS.

    Copies of academic transcripts are required.  Unofficial copies will suffice for initial application, but official copies must be submitted if a candidate becomes a finalist.

    Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.  However, the CCS chancellor screening committee will begin reviewing applications February 10, 2010.  Submissions are encouraged prior to that time to ensure consideration.

    To view the chancellor job description, including required qualifications, go to www.ccs.spokane.edu/ChancellorSearch.

    Applications should be addressed to the CCS Chancellor Screening Committee and submitted to:

CCS Chancellor Screening Committee

501 N Riverpoint BlvdMS 1004

P O Box 6000

SpokaneWA99217-6000

Telephone:(509) 434-5037Fax:(509) 434-5055 

ChancellorSearch@ccs.spokane.edu

For additional information, contact:

Greg Stevens, Chief Human Resources Officer

501 N Riverpoint BlvdMS 1004

P O Box 6000

SpokaneWA99217-6000

Telephone:(509) 434-5037Fax:(509) 434-5055

gstevens@ccs.spokane.edu

 

 

 

Position Type

Contract Full-Time

Job Functions

Executive Vice Chancellor/President

Department/Division

District

Benefits

Salary Range

Travel Level

Education

Minimum Experience

Professional Designation

Contact Name

CCS Chancellor Screening Committee

Contact Phone

509-434-5037

Contact Fax

509-434-5055

Contact E-mail Address

ChancellorSearch@ccs.spokane.edu

Approved

Yes

Approval Date

1/11/2010 5:24 PM
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