The Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) Board of Trustees invites potential candidates to apply for the position of Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC ).
The President reports directly to the Board of Trustees, which is composed of seven elected members and a student representative. The primary responsibility of the President is to ensure educational excellence for the students of Santa Rosa Junior College and maintain the College’s reputation as a premier resource of higher education for the citizens of its service area. The President serves as the Superintendent, Chief Executive Officer, and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. The Board seeks a proven, enthusiastic leader who has a commitment to student success and instructional excellence, and who values our rich institutional traditions while offering an innovative and strategic vision of SRJC’s future. Consistent with educational excellence, the President shall provide sound and innovative financial management of the College. The successful candidate is expected to develop and implement a strategic vision, building on the commitment of students, faculty, and staff in a participatory governance environment. The President must have a thorough understanding of the role of a large, multisite, comprehensive community college in an economically diverse region and be insightful to the dynamics of the communities served by the College.
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 and serves all of Sonoma County and portions of Marin and Mendocino Counties. 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. The region offers a delightful mix of urban and rural living environments.
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 robust programs in London, Spain, and Italy. SRJC employs nearly 3,250 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 57,000. The College attracts students from throughout the state and from more than 16 countries around the world. In its 93-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.
- Significant leadership experience reasonably related to this position.
- The educational preparation and experience, if applicable, that qualifies a candidate to meet faculty minimum qualifications for a current SRJC discipline.
- 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, learning, and student success.
- Demonstrated success working with a Board of Trustees and a record of positive Board relations. Proven ability to keep a Board informed of progress with timely and accurate information and the ability 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.
- A proven track record of sustainable, high-energy leadership, which includes the encouragement of constructive discourse and the recognition of individuals’ successes.
Challenges & Opportunities
The following categories reflect current challenges and opportunities at Santa Rosa Junior College. The ideal candidate will have the desire to address and the ability to illustrate success in 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 and by being accessible to faculty, 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.
- Evidence that, as a visionary, he/she can articulate where the College should be in the future 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, StudentServices & 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.
- 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 inclusion 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.
- Ability to promote 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
- Success in supporting and facilitating the integration of the District’s planning processes with its financial resources.
- The capability of overseeing 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 responsible fiscal stewardship times of economic 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.
- A strong command of the community college funding process.
- Demonstrated commitment to sustainability with regard to implementing business practices, supporting green building/maintenance methods and the integration of sustainability into curriculum.
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: Wednesday, August 31, 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 cover letter explaining your interest in being the next Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College. In five pages or less, address your background as it relates to the Required and Preferred Qualifications, Ideal Characteristics and Challenges/ Opportunities as detailed in this job announcement.
- Current resume, which includes contact information for references as follows: 2 colleagues, 2 faculty, 2 classified staff, and a combination of 2 trustees/community members. The contact information should include home, cell, and work phone numbers and e-mail addresses. References will not be contacted until the candidate is selected for an interview and written permission from the candidate is granted.
- 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 5:00 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: (1) provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States; (2) be fingerprinted and have background clearance (at employee’s expense); and (3) take a TB test.
The Jeanne Clery Annual Security Report, which includes personal safety and crime prevention information related to 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
(707) 527-4954 • Fax (707) 527-4967
For general inquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact:
Karen Furukawa, Vice President, Human Resources
(707) 527-4302, email@example.com
We are being assisted in this search by Professional Personnel Leasing, Inc. For information about the position and the District, contact consultants Dr. Carl Ehmann, (707) 463-1521 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Robert Griffin, (408) 616-9282 or email@example.com.
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. For the month of July, hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
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 in accordance with the required qualifications and the completeness of the application packet. Qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.
- The preliminary screening by the Committee is scheduled to be completed by mid-September 2011.
- Interviews are scheduled to be held mid-October 2011.
- Interviewees will be reimbursed for the reasonable expenses associated with participating in the interview process for a maximum reimbursement of $300 for in-state candidates and $600 for out-of-state candidates (per visit).
- The Human Resources Department will notify all candidates of the results of the screening process The Committee will identify the first group of invitees. Once candidates have confirmed their interview appointments with Human Resources, permission will be requested for reference checks to be done by the District’s consultants. Reference checking will be done only after candidates give written permission.
- Semifinalists for the position will participate in interviews with the Board of Trustees and college forums with faculty, students, staff, and community members in November 2011.
- It is anticipated that site visits will be conducted and a job offer extended by mid-December 2011 with the start date for the position beginning in January 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter.