San Diego Community College District
PRESIDENT, SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE
4:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. - Monday, February 21, 2011
The San Diego Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional development. Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications, and is highly competitive. This position is covered by the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS).
Position Type: Academic
Job Category: Administrator / Manager / Supervisor: Academic
Application Types: Application for Academic /Vocational Employment
The San Diego Community College District invites applications for the position of President, San Diego Mesa College. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the college and reports to the District Chancellor.
The District and College seek a leader committed to student success and academic excellence. The successful candidate is expected to make a long-term commitment to the District and continue the development and implementation of a common vision developed through participatory governance processes in the best interests of all students, faculty, and staff. The ideal candidate will be an innovative, energetic, and proven leader. The successful candidate must thoroughly understand the role of a large, comprehensive community college within a large multi-college community college district and the dynamics of the communities it serves. The successful candidate must also have an extensive record of community involvement and understand and appreciate the importance of partnerships between the college and its local businesses, industries, and community organizations. The successful candidate must also have a commitment to diversity.
The President of Mesa College serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet with responsibilities for implementing and administering Board policies; reviewing and recommending legislation to benefit both district and college programs; participating at district-wide, local, and state levels of community college planning and instructional articulation; and representing the college at civic, professional, and political events to maintain continuous community relations and develop fund-raising capabilities.
The President plans, develops, administers, and evaluates instructional offerings, curriculum, co-curricular activities, staffing, and student services; directs, reviews, and recommends changes to campus facilities, including construction, repair, and maintenance; oversees the development and submission of the college budget for Board approval; directs operations within the provisions of the approved budget; and implements equal opportunity programs and hiring policies.
Note: Currently, there is an interim president who will not be a candidate for this position.
CHALLENGES, ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
These topics reflect current challenges, issues, and opportunities at San Diego Mesa College that the candidate will need to address in his/her letter of application:
GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP, AND ADVOCACY
- Encouraging open communication throughout the college and in the larger community and engaging students, faculty, and staff in meaningful dialogue at all levels of the organization.
- Advocating and actualizing participatory governance, including implementing procedures that ensure shared decision-making.
- Promoting collegiality, staff cohesiveness and respect, and empowerment among all college constituents.
- Working to improve the image of the college in the community and developing appropriate marketing strategies to strengthen the connection between the college and its larger community.
- Continuing to strengthen cooperative partnerships with local K-12 districts and with institutions of higher learning.
- Effectively advocating for the benefit of the college within local, state, and national legislative arenas.
STUDENT LEARNING AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
- Promoting and supporting teaching, learning, and student success including the maintenance and improvement of quality instruction and services.
- Advocating equal access and understanding and appreciating the importance of a comprehensive student support program for student academic success and educational goal achievement.
- Understanding and appreciating student support programs, including those needed for students at risk, and proposing ways to improve the success of under-prepared students while maintaining academic standards.
- Ensuring the success of all students in a multicultural environment.
- Fulfilling the needs of a growing and diverse student body by working with faculty, staff, and students to initiate innovative programs and curricula, and co-curricular activities.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Demonstrating an extensive record of community involvement and understanding and appreciation of the importance of partnerships between the college and its local businesses, industries, and community organizations.
- Supporting community economic development programs and services of the college.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
- Demonstrating leadership in promoting an environment that fosters interest-based labor relations with faculty and support staff associations based on knowledge and experience in collective bargaining and conflict resolution.
- Supporting professional growth and development for all employees.
- Demonstrating effectiveness and commitment to diversity, equity, and equal employment opportunity.
PLANNING, FINANCE AND FACILITIES
- Providing experience and leadership in the continuing review and development of a strategic master plan and the establishment and completion of institutional goals.
- Overseeing, protecting, expanding, and leveraging the college's fiscal resources by maintaining a prudent financial management system and aggressively advocating for state and federal funding.
- Creatively pursuing alternative resources for institutional development by building community relationships, developing industry ties and generating industry and community resources.
- Carefully managing and providing leadership in the continuing development and planning of new facilities and the renovation and expansion of existing facilities.
- Understanding and promoting the review, upgrading, and maintaining equipment and technological systems for teaching, learning, and administrative support.
VISION FOR SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE
- Articulating a clear and compelling vision of the future of San Diego Mesa College that will be embraced by all members of the college community.
- A Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university; AND,
- One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment; AND,
- Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.
- An earned doctorate or other equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a recognized discipline, or substantial progress in attainment.
- Senior leadership experience in progressively responsible positions in higher education, preferable within community college education.
- Demonstrated experience in community involvement and institutional advocacy, including fund-raising or other resource development.
- College faculty experience in a classroom or non-classroom capacity.
DESIRABLE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
The ideal candidate will be:
- A visionary leader with a high level of energy, who is an ethical, honest, and trustworthy individual.
- An administrator with exceptional interpersonal qualities, who possesses effective oral, written, and listening communications skills.
- An articulate communicator with the presentation skills essential to effectively represent the college to its larger community, including the public media.
- A person with cultural competency as demonstrated by sensitivity to, and appreciation of, ethnic, cultural, and social diversity.
- An educator who is a consensus builder with a management style that is inclusive, collaborative, and enthusiastic, who values, supports, motivates and develops employees, acknowledges their contributions and who is an open, approachable and accessible leader.
- An educator and leader who is committed to consensus-building through participatory governance.
- An individual who supports the comprehensive community college and the competing priorities of honors, transfer, vocational/technical, non-credit, and basic skills education, as well as co-curricular programs.
- An educator who demonstrates an understanding of the role of a comprehensive community college within a multi-college community college district.
- An individual who has successfully led an institution of higher education through the accreditation process.
- An educator with a demonstrable understanding of community college resources and expenditures in order to solve complex budgetary issues.
- A leader who is student-centered, committed to offering learning-centered programs, supports student services and is sensitive to the effects of all decisions on students, the campus community, and the larger community the college serves.
- An individual who will work with college leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely manner utilizing input from constituent groups.
- A leader who is regarded by others as an innovative problem solver, who employs participatory governance as a component and complimentary tool in that process.
- An actively involved community leader with the ability and desire to interact with, and respond to, the requests and needs of business and industry leaders and represents the college effectively.
- A politically-astute administrator with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of local, state, and national legislative processes and issues.
- A person who has experience in the planning, development, renovation, and construction of college facilities.
[If possess] California Community College Chief Administrative Officer Credential (valid for life)
Commitment to Diversity:
All applicants must demonstrate cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
- Typically sedentary in nature.
- Favorable, involves an office and college campus setting.
San Diego Mesa College is the largest of three colleges within the San Diego Community College District and, at approximately 24,000 students, is among the largest community colleges in California and the nation. The college offers a diverse curriculum and comprehensive programs in both academic and career technical subject areas.
Its innovative faculty, many with earned doctorates, includes Fulbright and Rhodes Scholars as well as numerous published authors. The college and its faculty provide education for students preparing for university transfer, for immediate employment, for skills-upgrading and many other purposes. The college is well-known for its Honors Program.
Most of Mesa's students are younger than 25, with many preparing for transfer. An increasing segment of the student population is above 25 years of age and includes people in careers who are seeking retraining. The student body represents a vibrant mixture of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Mesa College is currently experiencing a dynamic phase of development and construction growth, having completed its Instructional Technology Strategic Plan, a Strategic Plan for Faculty Hiring, and the construction of several buildings in its Facilities Master Plan. Funded by Propositions S and N, these projects have included a new Design Center, Allied Health Building, College Police Sub-station, and a 1,000-space Parking Structure. Projects currently underway are new Student Services and Mathematics and Sciences Buildings. The President leads and directs the college's operations in all areas of its mission, including Administrative Services, Instruction, and Student Services.
- Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the option of the Chancellor.
- Newly hired academic staff are required to submit official transcripts and must be live scanned.
- Each candidate for appointment will be required to pass a pre-employment physical exam at his/her expense.
- All new SDCCD employees must provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment, and must renew the certificate every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
The following documents should be assembled prior to completing the on-line SDCCD Application for Academic/Vocational Employment. These documents will need to be uploaded during the application process:
- Letter of application (described subsequently) - please upload using the "Cover Letter" document label
- Current résumé
- Names and contact information for seven (7) references (described subsequently) - please include this list at the end of your résumé
In a letter of application, not to exceed five (5) pages, a candidate will succinctly state how she/he would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at San Diego Mesa College. Candidates should cite specific examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter of application should indicate to what extent personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the preferred qualifications sought for this position.
In addition, please submit a current résumé to include the names and business and home telephone numbers of seven (7) references: one supervisor, one colleague, one reporting support staff member, two faculty members, one student leader, and one community member.
Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate's permission.
Note: A background investigation, under the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, will be required of all finalist candidates.
Applications may be accepted until the position is filled. However, the search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 22, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. (PST). The search committee may cease to accept additional applications at any time after this date. Therefore, early submission of application materials is strongly encouraged. Only complete on-line applications will be reviewed by the committee. All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Required Applicant Documents:
- Cover Letter
To view job posting and apply on-line, please go to:
http://apptrkr.com/166692 or call (619) 388-6579.