Dallas College — Campus President

Dallas College Campus President
Areas of opportunity: Mountain View Campus and El Centro Campus

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Dallas College in their search for two Campus Presidents, the El Centro Campus and the Mountain View Campus. 

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 7, 2020.

Dallas College, formerly known as Dallas County Community College District, has served the community for over 50 years operating as a district of seven independently accredited colleges. In 2020, those colleges united under a single name offering students a more streamlined, convenient experience. The seven original campuses live on as primary locations. 

This is a tremendous time to join the College and help to shape the ways in which Dallas College will continue to serve the community for the next 50 years.

This role is ideal for a cutting-edge, results-focused leader with a proven history of developing partnerships and collaborations, promoting student access and success, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion while inspiring teams to deliver exceptional customer service and student experiences.  The position requires an entrepreneurial fundraiser with the ability to develop external partnerships. The successful candidate is a proven change agent highly skilled and comfortable navigating in a fluid and dynamic environment. S/he is an engaging leader with a strong background in community engagement and development.

Job Summary:

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the campus and reports directly to the Dallas College Chancellor. The President is responsible for business and community engagement, advancement, campus culture, and the student experience. The President is a champion for removing barriers to success through student-focused actions and support of expanded comprehensive services to students. The President works closely with other Dallas College leaders including the Executive Vice Chancellor, Provost, Vice Chancellors, and the other campus Presidents.

The President is responsible for leading both campus and college-wide initiatives which contribute to the vibrancy, growth, and economic stability of Dallas County for future generations, with primary emphases in areas of:

  • Business and community outreach to extend partnerships, expand resources, and share capacity to advance and build Dallas College’s career connected learner network in support of current and future students. 
  • Campus culture, including the student experience and the employee experience.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion, working to ensure equitable outcomes for minority, low-income, and other underserved students.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  • An expertise in understanding challenges of a community, developing solutions for employer and problems, and starting innovative programs or initiatives. 
  • An entrepreneurial spirit in the development of partnerships – with and without funding – to expand the capacity of serving the population of Dallas County and beyond. 
  • An ability to engage and work collaboratively with business, education, and community leaders to develop and strengthen relationships and partnerships which leverage the talents, resources, and facilities to meet the needs of students and other stakeholders. 
  • A well-developed sense of the student population to be served and industry/community problems Dallas College can help address, based on consideration of broad input from both internal and external stakeholders.
  • An interest in, and a successful record of, strategic risk-taking, requiring the identification and elimination of barriers to the delivery of the required result. 
  • An ability to promote and support a campus culture that is responsive and nimble, innovative and effective, and results oriented. 
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse internal and external stakeholders and constituents within the Dallas College network in ways that inspire trust and action. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Ensuring that Dallas College achieves high and measurably improving levels of student success in the areas of learning, completion, four-year transfer, post-graduation success in the labor market, elimination of barriers to success, and closing gaps based on race and income. 
  • Building strong alliances among business and community leaders to articulate challenges, engage in problem-solving, and leverage available resources to support solutions.
  • Pursuing supportive resources – individual, programmatic, agency-based, public and private channels – to fund new and emerging program initiatives. 
  • Participating in a wide array of collaborative discussions and efforts with the Chancellor, other College leaders, and K-12 leaders to further the progress of Dallas College in achieving its goals. 
  • Inspiring a values-based campus culture that clearly aligns with and advances the Dallas College mission, values, and strategic priorities.  
  • Inspiring and facilitating engagement, accountability, professionalism, and continuous learning by all employees in a shared commitment to serving all students in an exceptional manner. 
  • Engaging in succession planning efforts by facilitating development of leadership skills within current employees.  
  • Developing collaborative leadership strategies to promote the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization in the areas of selection, training, coaching, development, and evaluation of Dallas College employees. 
  • Modeling effective communication that promotes transparency, professionalism, and respect. 
  • Making decisions which are data-informed and strategically sound for both short and long-term initiatives. 
  • Modeling a collaborative, non-competitive leadership approach beginning with the needs of students, employers, and the community, understanding that Dallas College students may be simultaneously learning on multiple campuses.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: 

Required: 

  • Earned Master’s degree.
  • Five years of management experience, including three years of upper level administrative experience in a community college/higher education environment or in a business environment which is related to or compatible with a career connected learner network approach to the delivery of educational services to meet the needs of students, employers and the community.
  • Demonstrated experience in oral and written communications confirming the ability to effectively research ideas, organize thoughts, and persuade diverse internal and external audiences. 

Preferred: 

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • Prior leadership experience.
  • Administrative experience in a comprehensive community college system.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and/or student services in an academic environment.

College Descriptions:

Each campus offers unique opportunities in size, setting, location and goals. However, each campus shares a common commitment to open access and offers opportunities for intellectual, professional and leadership development through credit and non-credit career, transfer and certificate programs. 

Both campuses are designated as an HSI. Additionally, the El Centro campus has realized Achieving the Dream (ATD) status. 

The El Centro campus desires a broad thinking leader comfortable interacting with top industry executives, raising funds and helping to drive the brand new downtown campus initiative to fruition. The El Centro Campus President must believe in the mission and see Dallas College as the solution to the challenges faced by companies today. The successful candidate is a passionate leader, ready to roll up their sleeves, interact with the community, local industry and ensure resources are in place to accomplish campus goals.

The Mountain View campus desires a passionate leader highly engaged with community members, families and donors. The Mountain View Campus President brings a commitment to student success and a passion for providing awareness and opportunity to students and families. The ideal candidate has a history of ensuring student success and providing the needed supports.

About Dallas College:

For more than 50 years, the Dallas County Community College District provided affordable, quality education to nearly 3 million people through seven independently accredited colleges in Dallas County. 

In June 2020, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the district’s plan to unify as a single institution, Dallas College. The new Dallas College encompasses Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland, which will now be referred to as campuses instead of colleges. 

By approving a comprehensive application detailing concrete steps on how the district would consolidate its colleges to better serve students, SACSCOC also granted the district a “level change,” allowing what is now Dallas College to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching, the first four-year degree offered by the institution.

About El Centro College:

El Centro College, located in the center of Dallas’ downtown area, is a designated HSI and Achieving the Dream campus serving over 11,000 students. El Centro will be breaking ground on a brand new downtown campus location as Dallas College develops an innovation center and maker space; partners with local four-year universities;  welcomes a hotel and conference center, as well as  others to create a collaborative teaching and learning environment with application tied to real world needs. 

El Centro was the first campus within the system to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-notch hospitals in the Dallas area. It is also the only campus that offers a Food & Hospitality Program. Signature programs include: Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality; Nursing; Fashion Marketing/Fashion Design; and Google IT Support Certificate.   

About Mountain View College: 

Mountain View College is an open-access public community college with enrollment of over 11,000 serving Oak Cliff and southwestern Dallas County since 1970. Mountain View programs prepare their community for in-demand, meaningful work. Signature programs include Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Welding and Mechatronics.  The surrounding area is comprised of urban, suburban, and industrial communities that include the southwest quadrant of the city of Dallas, and the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Grand Prairie.

Submitting Your Application
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. You may apply to one or both positions. Please do not email applications. You may apply directly through the following link:  https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjye9hvf

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with ACES: jennifer@Acesrch.com 

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 7, 2020.

Dallas College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Read the EEOC Statement here

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