West Hills College at Lemoore — College President

Deadline: 10/11/2021 11:59 AM Pacific

Complete job description and application available online at: https://westhillscollege.com/lemoore/president-search/

The Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a visionary and forward-thinking president of West Hills College Lemoore, committed to a 21st century comprehensive community college mission.  The new leader of the College must have a track record of demonstrated, culturally competent leadership skills necessary to carry on the institution’s tradition of outstanding service to the economically and ethnically diverse region and rural communities that comprise the College service area. The College is in an area rooted in the early history and many cultures of California, and while also at the forefront of the future economic vitality of the State.

Position Duties
Duties and Responsibilities

  • The College President, under the direction of the Chancellor, shall plan, organize, coordinate, administer, review and evaluate programs for the assigned college and assigned center(s); provide leadership to the college’s faculty, administrators, classified staff and student services; represent the college to the community at large; promote and develop partnerships and effective relationships with community business leaders, related organizations and others involved in educational services.
  • The College President is responsible for providing leadership in program and course development, modification, and elimination. The College President is also responsible for assisting all staff in developing new approaches, methodology and concepts in the field of education and related support activities that increase the opportunities for student success.
  • The College President shall engage the campus in a continuous dialogue concerning the pursuit of student success, ensuring that the college resources are appropriately aligned to maximize efforts to continuously improve the success of our students.
  • The College President shall see that district policies, collective bargaining agreements, and federal, state and local rules and regulations are adhered to. They shall select, train, direct and evaluate the performance of key college administrators as directed by the Chancellor.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s executive staff and participate in establishing institutional goals in accordance with the district’s strategic educational plan.
  • Formulates and recommend new or revised policies and procedures for the operation of the college requiring approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • Work with legally constituted campus organizations.
  • Submit for study and recommend the annual budget for the College.
  • Using the existing college and district program review process, supervise the educational programs of the college on a regular basis and recommend modifications which will improve the scope and quality of the college offerings and related services.
  • Work with administrators and faculty in developing, modifying and enhancing college curriculum that improves student success
  • Review and evaluate curricular recommendations and encourage expansion or contraction of the instructional program to meet the needs of students in career, transfer and contract education, in order to align curriculum with employer needs and university transfer requirements.
  • Review reports related to the college’s financial resources; assure that human and financial resources are allocated efficiently and effectively; direct the timely and accurate preparation of enrollment and revenue projections and consolidation of budgetary reports to facilitate attainment of short and long-range plans.
  • After appropriate consultation, make necessary appointments to the various college committees and councils.
  • Maintain awareness of legislative matters affecting the college and district.
  • Serve, as necessary, on all negotiation committees with academic and classified staff.
  • Promotes a positive environment for staff and student diversity.
  • Represent the college in all appropriate local community activities and engage with community members and alumni to cultivate and maintain a positive stewardship of friends of the college.
  • Utilize regular and appropriate means to communicate to staff and students those matters under consideration and decisions made which will affect the college.
  • Provide leadership and support in the development of Student and Institutional Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the determination of their effectiveness in helping students achieve their desired learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology in performing instructional and non-instructional duties, delivering education using 21st Century tools.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories and practices of public administration specifically related to higher education.
  • Instructional program development and implementation at a community college.
  • Sound fiscal management policies as related to community colleges.
  • California Education Code as is pertains to community colleges.
  • Local economic conditions, student data, and enrollment trends.
  • Needs, interests, and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • State and national student success agenda for community colleges.

Ability to:

  • Provide oral and written communication, preferably in more than one language.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies within and outside the college.
  • Analyze data and make recommendations regarding all aspects of college operations.
  • Confer with community business leaders and others regarding training needs, resources and cooperative partnerships.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

Educational/Experience Requirements 

  • Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity minded practices.
  • Possession of a Master’s Degree, Doctorate preferred.
  • Five years of progressive administrative experience in education, defined as an executive position reporting directly to a governing body or chief executive officer or the equivalent and being responsible for a broad operational segment of the organization with significant fiscal and programmatic oversight (e.g., academic affairs, student services, administrative services, college campus)
  • Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals

Desirable Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Community College senior administrative experience (vice president or vice chancellor level)
  • Faculty experience in teaching or student services, or other professional experience providing support for the role of faculty that demonstrates a strong understanding of the teaching/learning process
  • Demonstrated leadership experience providing support for the comprehensive student experience
  • Proven record of successful management of resources, including integrated planning and budget development, during both increasing and decreasing budget cycles
  • Demonstrated experience to effectively navigate the complexities of the community college policy, legal and accreditation environment or equivalent
  • Successful external resource development experience, including pursuit of grant funding and community support through partnerships and foundation
  • Skilled in the use and application of technology including video conferencing and virtual meeting platforms, appropriate office software, applicable learning management systems (LMS), and the application of data analysis and reporting technology
  • Bilingual preferred

Supplemental Information
The following required material must be submitted with the online application:

  • A cover letter not to exceed six-pages addressing why you are the ideal West Hills College Lemoore President. Your letter should provide specific examples that demonstrate how your vision, experience, contributions, and skills align with the desirable qualifications and the professional and personal characteristics sought for the President at West Hills College Lemoore.
  • A current and complete resume of educational, professional, and community leadership and operational experiences and accomplishments relate to this position. 
  • Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of eight persons familiar with your work: 2 supervisors; 2 subordinates (including one support staff member); 2 faculty members (1 classroom instructor and 1 student services faculty member); and 2 community members. 
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Please do not submit additional materials that are not requested. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications and all materials will be accepted electronically only. You can apply at our Employment Opportunities page. 

Salary, length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment will depend on experience and will be competitive with those of similar districts in the Central Valley.

West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.