The Board of Trustees of Siskiyou Joint Community College District
Invites applications for
Vice President Student Learning
First Review Date February 22, 2010
The Board of Trustees of the Siskiyou Joint Community College District invites applications for the position of Vice President of Student Learning. This new position is a result of the College’s reorganization that will combine Instruction and Student Services into a single unit.
The Vice President of Student Learning reports to the Superintendent/President of the District. The College is seeking an individual who understands the opportunities and challenges described herein and has the desired characteristics necessary to lead this new unit.
The College and Community
As a potential candidate, picture yourself in this unique situation. You are urged to peruse this announcement and explore the District and Siskiyou County.
Community: College of the Siskiyous (COS) offers an exceptional leadership opportunity and a chance to live in one of the most desirable areas in California. The beauty of the area is matched only by the friendly people who call this breathtaking area home.
The College serves the vast, beautiful, rural area of Siskiyou County with a population of 45,000. The Weed campus sits at the base of 14,162 foot snow-capped Mt. Shasta.
The area offers world-class outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, skiing, hiking, golfing and much more. The region also offers an assortment of quaint shops, interesting restaurants, varied nightlife activities, cinema, live theater, concerts, poetry readings, and art galleries. In addition, Siskiyou County continues to enjoy a reasonable real estate market.
College: COS is a major influence in the area and employs a faculty and staff of approximately 300, making it the third largest employer in the county. The college serves about 4,500 full and part-time students through comprehensive transfer courses, employment-oriented programs, life-long learning opportunities, and excellent student services.
The Weed campus, accessible from Interstate 5 and Highway 97, is 60 minutes south of Ashland and Medford, Oregon. Our satellite campus in Yreka is 25 minutes north of Weed. The college maintains over 30 buildings, including a 600-seat theater, a distance learning facility, science laboratories, television studio, library, football stadium, fire tower, career/technical education labs, and two residence halls. The college is widely recognized for its excellent programs in the humanities, arts, sciences, technology, career/technical education, and athletics. Nursing, fire science technology, an EMT/paramedic program, and an environmental resources technology program are four outstanding career/technical education programs. The Yreka campus has general purpose classrooms, a computer lab, POST certified training simulation classrooms, a fully equipped weight training classroom, and our newest building, a 20,000 square foot, high tech Rural Health Science Institute.
In November 2005, Siskiyou County voters passed a $31.4 million bond for new construction and campus renovation that allowed program improvement and growth. Completed bond projects include residence hall renovations, videoconferencing capabilities with Siskiyou County high schools, construction of a Tactical Training Center, Rural Health Sciences Institute and an Emergency Services Training Center.
Students recognize the beauty of the campuses and surrounding areas and view the college staff as highly skilled and friendly. Students maintain that quality instruction is provided in a caring atmosphere of small class sizes where opportunities to interact with faculty are frequent. The campus community is committed to helping students succeed. In addition, students and staff enjoy exemplary technological support.
A devoted, seven-member, elected Board of Trustees takes pride in overseeing student achievement, a dedicated staff, and a financially solvent District. They are eager to continue providing excellence in education to the people of Siskiyou County and are supported in this effort by a productive, supportive COS Foundation and appreciative public.
Major Opportunities & Challenges
- Lead within an organization that is moving toward a team approach to decision-making rather than a hierarchical approach
- Lead a new unit within the College that combines Instruction and Student Services
- Obtain experience in rural college leadership in a county where small towns are separated by large geographical distances
- Participate in the opportunity to achieve financial efficiency while improving student learning
- Serve as a member of an administrative team that shares and actively promotes an institutional vision and philosophy
- Provide leadership in continued efforts to generate Student Learning Outcomes and develop meaningful assessment that leads to the improvement of learning by students and employees of the College
- Translate the college to the community and the community to the college by assisting in the development of strategies and activities that build stronger ties with the entire COS service area
The successful candidate will be a person who is an energetic, patient, ethical, and innovative leader who will have demonstrated:
- Relational Leadership: The ability to engage positively with all staff and the community at large, as well as an understanding that the student services and instructional areas are stronger when integrated in their purpose and mission
- Experience in both Student Services and Instruction
- Team-oriented problem solving skills
- Passion for student-centered education
- Commitment to and understanding of the philosophy of a comprehensive community college
- Personality traits which inspire confidence and trust
- Ability to delegate authority and decentralize decision-making
- An understanding of the function of technology in education
- An understanding of the characteristics of a “Learning Institution”
- Experience with education law and code
- A collaborative, visionary leader, who encourages improvement and inspires his/her colleagues
- Experience with budget philosophy and effective practice, especially in a difficult state budget environment
- Master’s Degree from an accredited institution; earned doctorate preferred. (Degrees must have been earned from an accredited institution.)
- A minimum of three years documentable, successful experience in senior level college administration at the dean level or higher.
- An understanding of the teaching/learning process
- Three years minimum teaching experience at the college level preferred.
A Search Committee, representing the Academic Senate, Classified Staff, Administrative Support / Management (classified managers), and Administrators/Management will screen applications. In mid-March, the Committee will select candidates who will be invited to an initial interview with the Committee. Prior to this initial visit, references may be called, but only with candidates permission. In mid-April several ranked candidates will be invited to meet with the Committee and the President and participate in an open forum that same day. Candidates advanced to this level must agree to a full background and reference check and may be required to submit further materials. The President will make the final decision.
Complete application packets must be submitted on or before February 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. and shall include:
- A current resume, including educational background, professional experience, achievements and professional activities.
- A letter of application addressing the Desired Characteristics and Major Opportunities and Challenges listed in this announcement. The letter should be five typed pages or less.
- A COS application cover sheet, which can be found at: www.siskiyous.edu/jobs
- A list of 6 to 8 references, which shall include a supervisor, colleague, faculty, and staff and the office and home phone numbers of these references.
- Transcripts of college work. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation at the time of application. Copies are acceptable for application. Official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate.
- A 2 to 3 page paper that describes and explains your philosophy for combining Student Services and Instruction in a single learning environment and how it would function. Once submitted, packets become the property of the District and will not be returned.
Once submitted, packets become the property of the District and will not be returned. Applications should be mailed to:
College of the Siskiyous
Human Resources Office
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
For questions about the process, contact Nancy Miller, Director of Human Resources, (530) 938-5317, or email email@example.com. The position description may be viewed at www.siskiyous.edu
For questions about the District and/or the position, contact Carl Ehmann, Consultant, Professional Personnel Leasing, (707) 463-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary and Benefits
The salary, fringe benefit package, length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment will be similar to that of comparable districts in California.
The starting date will be mutually agreed to by the President and the selected candidate, but is anticipated to begin on or before July 1, 2010.