The Board of Trustees of the West Kern Community College District in California invites applications for the position of:
• Master’s degree required and earned Doctorate preferred, both from an accredited institution
• Minimum of three years of demonstrated success in executive level leadership in higher education, with responsibility for operational and fiscal oversight college- wide, or a major segment of the institution; some faculty experience in higher education is preferred
• Demonstrated evidence of strong community involvement as a college administrator
• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physical and learning abilities, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
Highly Desirable Personal and Professional Characteristics:
• Student-centered educational philosophy and practices as they relate to all areas of student learning and support services;
• Leadership in advocacy and innovation, both internal to the College/District and in external community, business, and local/state governmental relationships;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to include speaking, writing, listening, negotiating, problem solving, and managing/resolving conflict;
• Skillful in effective and efficient utilization of the District’s resources and pursuit of external resource development, with business acumen appropriate to the position;
• Commitment to productive CEO/Trustee relationships;
• Commitment to effective implementation of participative decision making (shared governance) and effective relationships with employee organizations;
• Approachable and transparent, as appropriate, in communicating with individuals and constituent groups (as a complement to the Mission Statement Value addressing governance structure and institution-wide dialogue)
• Ethical, honest, trustworthy and, in general, acting with integrity in cultivating, maintaining and rebuilding relationships;
• Capable in working with administrators and representatives of constituent groups in action-oriented and timely planning, organizing, implementing, evaluating and improving diverse areas of institutional effectiveness—e.g., strategic planning, teaching and learning, academic and student support services, budget development and management, facilities, technology, and human resources;
• Effective leadership in establishing a positive institutional presence and image in the community and formulating partnerships appropriate to advancing the mission of the College as an educational resource to students, business, government, and industry;
• Creative, analytical, and research-based approach to addressing complex situations and solving problems;
• Enthusiastic and passionate in the quest for excellence and an ability to motivate others to similarly contribute, to the best of their abilities, toward continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness
The position will remain open until filled. Applicants expecting to be considered at this time must have all materials arrive at the District by November 4, 2011. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials reach the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. on November 4, 2011 to receive priority consideration for the position. A review of applications will begin mid-November.
The College and District will stress confidentiality in every stage of the search and selection process. Candidates are also expected to respect the confidential nature of all such processes and those involved in the search.
Candidates selected for an initial interview will be required to travel to the campus at their own expense. Candidates invited to finalist interviews will be reimbursed for appropriate travel expenses, consistent with Board Policy and Procedures.
For more information and to apply, visit our website at: http://www.taftcollege.edu/ where an array of information is available with links to numerous other college and community sources. EOE