The Board of Trustees of the Yosemite Community College District invites applications for the position of Chancellor. The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer for the District and reports to an elected seven-member Board of Trustees. The Chancellor is responsible for the District’s total operation and serves as advisor to the Board of Trustees, administers Board-adopted policies, and represents the Board in its relationships with students, staff, and District residents.
Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to oversee and coordinate leadership for a community college district with two distinctively different colleges and their communities – one with 20,000 students in a highly diverse medium size city in the San Joaquin Valley, and one with 4,000 students in a more homogenous rural Sierra Mountain foothill setting. A major aspect of the Chancellor’s role is long-range planning to ensure the District’s educational quality and fiscal stability, and establishing and maintaining good relationships with representatives from the communities within the District as well as with state and federal agencies and decision-makers. The Chancellor is responsible for supporting and advancing student learning and success within the District’s two colleges, and for the institutional fiscal integrity of the entire District.
We seek a leader who:
Is an active educator with successful faculty experience at the college level.
Has had a variety of increasingly responsible experiences in leadership, management and development, preferably within a multi-campus or multi-college district.
Has a strong understanding of complex financial issues facing community colleges with a proven ability to allocate resources equitably and systematically.
Has the proven ability to obtain additional funding for the colleges through political advocacy, aggressive grant acquisition, and actively soliciting private sector and donor support.
Has successful experience in the planning, development, construction and modernizing of college
facilities both on and off campus.
Has a demonstrated understanding of the role of the District in the Accreditation process.
Desirable Personal Characteristics and Skills
We seek a leader who:
Is accessible and visible to all constituents within the colleges and greater communities and works well with students, faculty, classified staff, and administration.
Possesses a strong vision, a high level of energy, and unquestionable integrity and honesty.
Is committed to academic excellence and student success and will motivate and support others in their efforts to provide high quality and accessible programs and services to students throughout the college District.
Communicates effectively, possesses an open communication style with strong speaking, writing, and listening skills.
Is a consensus builder with a leadership style that empowers others through team building and trust.
Supports the comprehensive community college concept and has the skills to ensure a balance between the competing priorities of transfer, vocational/technical and basic skills education.
Is student centered, committed to offering learning center programs, supportive of student services and is sensitive to the effects of all decisions on students and the campus communities.
Is sensitive to and appreciative of diversity and students with unique and special needs.
Desirable Professional Characteristics
We seek a leader who:
Is committed to establishing an effective relationship with, and a strong accountability to the Board of Trustees.
Demonstrates an understanding of community college issues and challenges and will work effectively with District and College leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely and fair manner utilizing input from constituent groups.
Has a proven commitment to participatory governance and collaborative decision-making.
Is firmly committed to high academic standards, academic freedom, and excellence in teaching and learning.
Is an articulate spokesperson for the District, locally, statewide, and nationally; and is politically astute with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of local, state, and national legislative processes and issues.
Supports quality academic and co-curricular programs and activities at the colleges, including but not limited to student leadership development, student govern-ment, athletics, the fine arts, and extracurricular activities.
Values and advocates for student support services and student development programs as a critical component of student learning and success.
Supports the development of effective partnerships between the colleges and business and industry, cultural entities, and civic organizations throughout the entire District service area.
Understands the importance of technology as it relates to institutional effectiveness including its application to teaching and learning, and administrative support.
Supports and expands the two colleges’ contributions in their respective communities and strengthen community relations district-wide.
Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities Which Face the New Chancellor
The New Chancellor Will Be Responsible for Strengthening Governance, Leadership and Advocacy Throughout the District and Must:
Facilitate, create and sustain a unified district environment by developing and strengthening relations between the two colleges, and between the colleges and the central services (district office). This must be done within the context of supporting and recognizing the unique qualities and cultural attributes of each of the colleges and their contributions to the overall District mission.
Address the need to reorganize and streamline the operations of the District’s central services operations in order to better support the two colleges.
The New Chancellor Will be Responsible for Providing Leadership in Facility Planning and Development:
A $326 million facilities YCCD bond measure was approved by the voters in November 2004. The new Chancellor must lead the process for completing the construction of several new facilities, modernization of existing facilities and improvements to infrastructure at both colleges. This includes the construction of off-campus educational facilities in outlying communities within the District.
The New Chancellor Will Be Responsible for Strengthening Planning and Accountability and Must:
Support and encourage the acquisition and integration of research and institutional data in decision-making process at both colleges and the District office.
Lead the District through a comprehensive revision and update of its’ strategic planning processes and documents.
Provide guidance and support to the colleges and district offices in their efforts to comply with a growing number of accountability standards and requirements.
The Chancellor Will Be Responsible for Strengthening Fiscal Resources to Support Critical Programs and Services and Must:
Develop and lead the implementation of strategies to improve the allocation of resources that support the critical teaching/learning functions at the colleges within an environment of declining state support and increasing demand for programs and services.
Develop strategic relationships with federal and state agencies and policy makers, private foundations, and local donors in order to strengthen alternative resources for the colleges.
The Chancellor Will Be Responsible for Maintaining and Strengthening Human Resources and Employee Relations and Must:
Make every effort to maintain competitive and equitable salaries and benefits to attract and retain outstanding staff and faculty.
Address the growing cost of health care and retirement benefits for employees and develop appropriate solutions.
Provide strong leadership and advocacy to help advance the District’s commitment to diversity, equity and equal opportunity for all employees and students.
Establish an environment that fosters interest-based labor relations and conflict resolution.
Lead efforts to establish a welcoming and supportive environment for the faculty and staff.
The Chancellor Will be Responsible for Maintaining and Advancing High Quality and Accessible Student Learning Opportunities Throughout the District and Will be Expected To:
Provide support to the colleges to develop new programs and services that meet the growing student populations and changing industry needs throughout the district.
Establish a supportive environment and high expectations for educational excellence and transformational learning in all the programs and services at the colleges and central services.
Improve support for technology including ongoing review and planning, updating and maintaining equipment and software, and by maintaining an adequate level of technology support services for teaching, learning and administrative functions at both colleges and the District office.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. An earned doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.
Significant experience in senior administrative leadership is required, preferably at the community college level.
Knowledge of the academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and sensitivity to the needs, problems and challenges associated with the diversity of the community college student population are required.
A comprehensive understanding of the community college mission and the key issues facing higher education is required.
The Yosemite Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, travel allowance and opportunities for professional development. Salary and other benefits depend upon experience and qualifications and are highly competitive and negotiated with the Board of Trustees.
The Application Process
- Letter of Interest and Application, not to exceed 5 pages, which succinctly states how the applicant would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities. Candidates should cite specific examples from their background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter should also indicate to what extent the applicant’s personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the qualifications sought for this position.
- One page statement of Philosophy of Leadership as it applies to this position.
- One page statement of Philosophy of Education as it applies to community colleges.
- References from the following list. (Provide references from current and former institutions. Provide appropriate contact information for each reference. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission.)
- Two Supervisors
- Two Subordinates (who reports(ed) directly to the applicant)
- Two Faculty Leaders
- Two Support Staff
- Two Community Members
Note: A background investigation, under the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, will be required of all finalist candidates. A health statement and physical examination will also be required as an initial and on-going condition of employment.
Applications and nominations may be accepted through Wednesday, January 12, 2011. The Search Committee may cease to accept applications after this date. Therefore, submission of applications is strongly encouraged prior to January 12. Only complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee. All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
The Yosemite Community College District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity through Equal Employment Opportunity and encourages applications for employment from women, minorities, disabled individuals and Vietnam era veterans. The District promotes programs to ensure that our work and campus environment is characterized by inclusiveness and respect for all students, staff and the community.
The Yosemite Community College District is a multi-college district. Modesto Junior College, the larger college in the district, was founded in 1921. It is located in the city of Modesto. The second district college, Columbia College, was founded in 1968 and is located near Columbia State Historic Park in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains.
The district is geographically one of the largest in the State and transects more than 100 miles of the fertile San Joaquin Valley from the Coast Range on the west to the Sierra Nevada on the east. The boundaries include nearly 4,000 square miles encompassing all of Tuolumne and Stanislaus Counties and parts of San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras and Santa Clara Counties.
The District is governed by a seven member elected Board of Trustees and the Chancellor serves as the Chief Executive Officer. College presidents report to the Chancellor and serve as the Chief Administrative Officers and academic leaders on the campuses. Modesto Junior College and Columbia College are comprehensive community colleges with excellent reputations for serving their communities.
Email applications and nominations to:
For confidential inquiries about the application process call or email:
Pam Gurnari, Human Resources Employment Analyst
Chancellor Search Committee Liaison
For general information regarding this District:
Visit the website at www.yosemite.edu