SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
INVITATION FOR APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS FOR
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled at https://jobs.socccd.edu
To ensure full consideration, please submit applications no later than August 11, 2010. First level interviews will be conducted on September 2-3, 2010.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The South Orange County Community College District (formerly the Saddleback Community College District) was established in 1967 when community members voted overwhelmingly to form a college district in the southern area of Orange County. What began as one college serving 1,500 students has developed into a multi-college district with an enrollment of more than 43,000 students.
Today, the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) includes Irvine Valley College in Irvine and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, and is in the process of developing an Advanced Technology and Education Park and additional satellite locations. The District currently employs over 360 full-time faculty, over 900 part-time faculty, approximately 550 support staff, and 107 administrators/ managers.
The District and its colleges are governed by a locally elected, seven-member Board of Trustees. The trustees represent the rapidly growing population of the District that now numbers just under 1,000,000. The 382-square-mile District encompasses approximately 50% of Orange County.
Educational preparation, including an earned doctorate from an accredited institution, previous experience in community colleges, other postsecondary education institutions, and/or business and industry are important preferred criteria for the position. In addition, the Chancellor for the South Orange County Community College District will, in the areas designated below, be an administrator who is:
• Able to work productively with an elected seven-member Board of Trustees.
• Able to understand and implement mandated shared governance.
Student and Community Orientation
• Student oriented, listening to and caring about students’ needs and concerns.
• Knowledgeable of the role of community colleges in economic development.
• Visible on the campuses and in the community.
• A dynamic leader possessing interpersonal skills necessary to build a sense of community within the District, and establish viable linkages with external communities.
• Able to create and maintain administrative and faculty environments that encourage and support innovation.
• Able to identify needs and priorities and make decisions in a climate of competing interests.
• Able to effect conflict resolution.
• Fiscally responsible, resourceful, and creative in ways to generate new revenues.
• Both well-organized and visionary.
• Knowledgeable of developing technologies and their roles in learning and administration.
• Committed to the collective bargaining process as mandated for California Community Colleges.
Communication and Consultation
• Able to maintain rapport with faculty and staff of the District’s colleges.
• An effective communicator, able to listen to others, inspirational, open, responsive, and able to establish and maintain a climate of trust and collegiality.
• Able to work with diverse populations, maximizing the benefits of diversity.
• Politically astute, able to communicate effectively with local and state legislators.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
In the coming decade, the Chancellor must challenge SOCCCD to build a strong image in the dynamic, high-tech Orange County community and strengthen the sense of community within the District. This is a growing area with a great potential for linkages not only with local businesses but also with international and global enterprises. The Chancellor must provide strong, decisive, and visionary leadership that is imbued with a high level of energy, integrity, educational commitment, and concern. The challenges and opportunities include:
• Strengthening management systems for sound decision-making, effective policy implementation, and equitable budget resource allocations in the changing times.
• Maintaining a strong and cohesive collegial model.
• Possessing an in-depth understanding of state/federal funding and economic development.
• Assisting the members of the Board of Trustees in developing their skills and abilities as policymakers within the District and developing a shared vision for the future within South Orange County communities.
• Enhancing the reputations of the colleges and leading them to ever greater accomplishments.
EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution is required. An earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution is preferred. In addition, candidates must present evidence of extensive and successful teaching and/or student services experience in higher education.
• At least five years administrative experience and three years senior executive experience in higher education, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the vision and mission of the community colleges.
• At least three years experience managing a multi-million dollar budget at the community college level or equivalent.
• Understanding of and experience in contract negotiations and employee grievances at the community college level or equivalent.
• Understanding of and experience in a shared governance environment at the community college level or equivalent.
COMPENSATION AND FRINGE BENEFITS
Compensation is competitive and negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, long-term disability income protection plan, a comprehensive legal plan, and STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). All premiums are fully paid by SOCCCD. Executive administrators are provided 24 days of paid vacation leave per year.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, individuals should submit complete application materials no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 11, 2010.
First level interviews will be conducted by the Hiring Committee on September 2-3, 2010.
To be considered a candidate for this position, the following materials must be submitted:
1. A completed District electronic application form. (Do not state “see resume” on the application form.)
2. A letter of application, in electronic form, which includes how you meet the elements of the Chancellor Profile and how your background and experience have prepared you to succeed in meeting the Challenges and Opportunities. Your letter must reference position #1693/3697 and be no longer than five pages.
3. Names with business and personal phone numbers for a minimum of nine references. References should include: two supervisors, two faculty, two administrators, one student, and two community members.
4. A detailed resume that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position. Resume must reference position #1693/3697.
5. Academic transcripts of graduate level work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this time). Official transcripts will be required within three working days of employment.
For confidential inquiries about the position, contact Community College Search Services:
• James Walker, 805-279-0009, or firstname.lastname@example.org
• John Romo, 805-698-7987, or email@example.com
To complete an on-line application, please visit https://jobs.socccd.edu
Incomplete application packages will not be considered. All submitted material becomes the property of SOCCCD. The materials will not be returned or copied, and will be considered for this position only.
Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring that the application package is complete when submitted. All supplemental application materials must reference the position #1693/3697. EOE.