The Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) Board of Trustees is conducting a search for candidates for the position of President of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The President reports directly to the Board, which is composed of seven elected members and a student representative. The President serves as the Superintendent, Chief Executive Officer, and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. The Board seeks a proven leader who is enthusiastic and strongly committed to student success and instructional excellence, and who values our rich institutional traditions while offering an innovative and strategic vision of SRJC’s future. The successful candidate is expected to develop and implement a vision aligned in the best interest of students, faculty, and staff developed through the participatory governance process. The President must thoroughly understand the role of a large, multi-site, comprehensive community college in an economically diverse region and be insightful to the dynamics of the communities served by the College.
The Board of Trustees of the Sonoma County Junior College District invites applications for the position of President. The primary responsibility of the President is to ensure an excellent education for the students of Santa Rosa Junior College. Consistent with educational excellence, the President shall provide sound and innovative financial management of the College.
Vision And Mission
The Mission of the Sonoma County Junior College District is to promote student learning throughout our diverse communities by increasing the knowledge, improving the skills, and enhancing the lives of those who participate in our programs and enroll in our courses. This Mission affirms the District’s responsibility to provide the following:
- Lower division academic education to support transfer to four-year institutions
- Career and technical education to support economic development and job growth
- Basic skills to include English language skills acquisition
- Student and academic support services to improve student success and student retention
About The Region
Santa Rosa Junior College is located approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco. Sonoma County’s exquisite landscapes offer recreational activities close to vineyards, lakes, rivers, and the Pacific coastline. Renowned for its wine industry and tourist attractions, Sonoma County has traditionally drawn many talented citizens to its substantial urban amenities of fine schools and colleges, business centers, hospitals, and performing arts centers.
Santa Rosa Junior College, founded in 1918, is the tenth oldest of California’s 112 publicly funded two-year colleges. From its initial freshman class of 19 students, SCJCD has become one of the largest single college districts in the United States.
With 15 major high school districts within its borders, the District encompasses more than 1,600 square miles from the southern border of Mendocino County to the northern tip of Marin County. The District is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by Napa and Lake counties.
The District operates two campuses in Sonoma County: a 100+ acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa and a 40-acre campus in Petaluma. SRJC also operates a regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, a 365-acre farm near Forestville, and a Culinary Arts Center. Each semester classes are offered at dozens of locations throughout the District as well as a robust program overseas. SRJC employs nearly 3,000 full and part-time faculty and staff.
The College offers a strong General Education program for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 160 career skills certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce. SRJC’s basic skills program prepares students for college level courses. The College grants both Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. SRJC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
More than 35,000 students enroll at SRJC each semester at all of its locations, with an annual headcount of approximately 51,000. The College attracts students from throughout the state and from more than 16 countries around the world.
In its 90-year history, SRJC has had only four Presidents: Floyd P. Bailey (1921-1957), Randolph Newman (1957-1970), Roy Mikalson (1971-1990) and the current retiring President, Dr. Robert F. Agrella.
- A master’s degree from an accredited institution and significant leadership experience reasonably related to this position; OR the equivalent. Candidates must also meet faculty minimum qualifications for a current SRJC discipline. Requires a sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
- Applicants who do not possess the minimum qualifications exactly as stated above, must file for equivalency. If claiming equivalency, applicants are responsible for documenting all coursework, degree programs, and related professional experience at the time of application.
- An earned doctorate degree from an accredited educational institution.
- Successful record of recent senior-level administrative experience at an institution of higher education with multiple sites.
- Strong instructional, student services and/or business services background and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.
- Demonstrated success working with a Board of Trustees and a record of positive Board relations. Proven ability to keep a Board informed of progress, to provide recommendations that contain alternatives for action with appropriate rationale, and to interpret and apply Board policy.
- Ability to clearly articulate and implement vision with decisiveness and enthusiasm.
- Proven ability to bring innovative approaches to challenges while demonstrating an appreciation and respect for the history and culture of the College.
Challenges & Opportunities
- The following categories reflect current challenges and opportunities at Santa Rosa Junior College. The ideal candidate will have the desire to address these areas and be able to fulfill these needs:
LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY & GOVERNANCE
- Successful record of enforcing the highest standards of accountability at all levels and commitment to the highest standards of integrity.
- Proven experience as a collaborative leader who has shown a commitment to participatory governance characterized by transparency and leadership by being accessible to staff and students.
- Demonstrated experience leading an educational institution through change and challenging times while working collaboratively with the college community in a way that strengthens the culture and pulls people together.
- A visionary who can articulate where the College should be in the future, with an ability to gain support of all constituent groups for their chosen actions and solutions.
- A leader who demonstrates an understanding of California community colleges, the statewide educational system, and the political dynamics and realities that affect the higher education sector.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, STUDENT SERVICES & COMMUNITY
- Demonstrated knowledge of key educational issues affecting academic, occupational, developmental, and continuing education programs combined with a background of successful visionary leadership in the encouragement, development, implementation, and support of educational programs and student learning outcomes to assess the effectiveness of these programs.
- Demonstrated recent evidence of a commitment to students and Student Services functions, including the promotion of student life, matriculation goals, and the ability to promote and maintain a positive working environment between Student Services and instructional areas.
- Proven track record of recent involvement in civic, business, and local diverse community organizations that benefits and cultivates collaborative work with the College.
- Sensitivity to the diverse community groups served by the District with experience as an effective and articulate spokesperson/representative at community, state, and/or national levels.
- A strong personal commitment and sensitivity to the diversity of our students, community, and workforce; embraces and honors diversity as a strength and understands and reflects the need for multiculturalism; experience in nurturing an open college culture that is respectful of all members of the community.
- A history of successful leadership in the hiring of talented faculty and staff with a commitment to equity in salaries, benefits, and working conditions for all SRJC employees.
- Promotion of professional growth and development opportunities for all employees.
- Demonstrated experience with and commitment to labor relations, including interest-based bargaining, and proven success creating effective and positive working relationships with collective bargaining units.
PLANNING, FINANCE & FACILITIES
- Support and facilitate the integration of the District’s planning processes with its financial resources.
- Oversee technology integration across the District and promote the need to review, upgrade, and maintain equipment and technological systems to foster innovative teaching, learning, and administrative support.
- Strong financial background and experience in times of fiscal uncertainty; the ability to be visionary, while maintaining the highest level of services and academic programs.
- Proven experience in working with a foundation office to implement innovative approaches to creating fundraising opportunities and new sources of income for the College with a strong command of community college funding.
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainability with regard to implementing business practices, supporting green building/maintenance methods, integration of sustainability into curriculum and a commitment to social equity within a diverse college community.
Compensation & Benefits
- SRJC offers a competitive compensation package comparable to similar community college districts in California. Compensation, length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment will be based on the qualifications of the successful candidate and negotiated with the Board of Trustees.
PRIORITY FILING DEADLINE:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
For priority consideration for this position, applicants must submit AN ORIGINAL PLUS ONE COPY OF EACH of the following documents by the priority filing deadline:
- A completed SRJC Management Application Form and Personal Data Form. Voluntary Data Form is optional. If applicable, completed Equivalency Application.
- A statement describing demonstrated experience in understanding and being sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the requirements and are qualified to addresss the challenges and opportunities as detailed in this job announcement.
- Current resume.
- Copies of transcripts of all college-level coursework. Unofficial copies (both sides) are acceptable, but official transcripts must be submitted prior to hiring. If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application. Contact the Human Resources Department for more information.
Please submit only materials requested.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials reach Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on the priority filing deadline to be given priority consideration for the position. All documents included in your application file become the property of the College and will not be returned. (Loose-leaf form; no folders or binding please.)
Prior to beginning employment, new employees must: (a) provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States; (b) be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at employee’s expense); and (c) take a TB test.
The Jeanne Clery Annual Security Report, which includes personal safety and crime prevention information related District policies and District crime statistics, is available at www.santarosa.edu/police or paper copies are available upon request from the District Police Department.
SRJC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Santa Rosa Junior College
Human Resources Department
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401
Fax (707) 527-4967
For general inquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact:
Karen Furukawa, Vice President, Human Resources
(707) 527-4302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Resources is located on the Santa Rosa Campus in the Button Building at 1988 Armory Drive. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The College will be closed for the winter break from December 18, 2010 through January 2, 2011.
If you need special services or accommodations in order to apply or interview for the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.
The Human Resources Department will complete the initial screening of applications. Qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The Committee will review and determine those who most closely meet the stated minimum and preferred qualifications.
- The preliminary screening is scheduled to be completed by the week of February 22, 2011.
- Interviews are scheduled to be held March 9 - 14, 2011.
- Interviewees will be reimbursed for the reasonable expenses associated with participating in the interview process.
- The Human Resources Department will notify candidates of the results of the interview process. The reference check process could begin at any point after the initial interviews with the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
- Semi-finalists for the position will participate in interviews with the Board of Trustees and college forums with faculty, students, and staff during the week of March 30, 2011.
- It is anticipated that site visits and a job offer will be made by May 1, 2011.
- The tentative start date for the position is June 28, 2011.