President, American River College - American River College in Sacramento California

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American River College

Sacramento, California 95841

United States


Detailed Job Description

Los Rios Community College District
President, American River College

The Institution:

Located in California's capital, the Los Rios Community College District serves a growing population of 1.8 million within a 2,400 square mile service area. With more than 80,000 students enrolled in credit programs, Los Rios is the second-largest community college district in the state and the fourth largest in the nation. It is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees.

The district includes four colleges: American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City. It is recognized as a leader in developing partnerships with business, industry and government. The district operates a Small Business Development Center, a Center for International Trade Development and The Training Source, a division that provides employee training for private business and government agencies.


American River College is the largest of the four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District and is one of the largest in California. Founded in 1955, the lovely main campus is located on 153 oak-studded acres in suburban Sacramento. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in comprehensive academic and vocational programs or in courses leading to occupational certificates. Approximately 755 permanent faculty and staff are employed by the college. It prides itself on its collegial atmosphere, positive culture and excellent employee relations within a shared-governance structure. The college mission statement emphasizes its commitment to students' learning and success. To that end, the college has developed an array of partnerships with community agencies, business and industry. The college has an outstanding record of academic excellence and is among the top community colleges in transferring students to the state's university systems. Its occupational programs emphasize emerging technologies and enjoy high placement rates. The college has been recognized repeatedly for its leadership in community college education and has established itself as a leader in planning and programs for student success.


Sacramento is the capital of the most populous state in the union and the hub of California's political and economic life. The area enjoys a year-round temperate climate, and its central geographic location gives easy access to San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe and the Mother Lode country.

The area also offers many cultural and social opportunities. Sacramento has outstanding theaters, art galleries, professional sports, outdoor recreation and a restored Old Sacramento, home of the annual Sacramento Music Festival.

Advanced educational opportunities are readily available at local universities such as: the University of California, Davis; California State University, Sacramento; Drexel University and McGeorge School of Law.

Sacramento is a leading growth area with expanding industries in biotechnology, clean/green technologies and health care. It offers many attractive residential areas and regional parks.

Position Summary:
The President serves as the educational leader and the chief administrative officer of the college and reports to the Chancellor of the District. Reporting directly to the President are: the Vice Presidents of Instruction and Student Learning, Student Services and Enrollment Management, and Administrative Services; the Dean of College Planning and Research; Director of College Advancement; and the Public Information Officer.


- Is a visionary leader who understands and promotes the role of the community college in a changing society and who will build on the college's tradition of innovation and excellence.
- Possesses strong interpersonal skills that enhance a commitment to community and collaboration within the college and throughout the four-college district; will work well and collaboratively with the Chancellor and other college presidents, college faculty and staff, students, other district personnel, and with business and community leaders.
- Demonstrates successful administrative experience in resource development, fiscal planning and management and strategic and long-range planning.
- Understands the dynamics within the multicultural community the college serves.
- Demonstrates understanding of, and support for, the interrelationship of instructional programs and student services.
- Is committed to the concept of shared governance and is known for integrity and honesty in personal and professional interactions.
- Understands and supports academic freedom in a college learning environment.
- Understands and supports Interest-Based approaches to problem and conflict resolution.
- Is entrepreneurial and is experienced and supportive of fundraising from private and public external sources.
- Actively develops relationships with community partners.
- Strongly supports a comprehensive staff development program and has respect for the professional abilities of all staff and enhances staff morale.
- Demonstrates expertise in enrollment management.
- Takes a personal interest in students' academic success, involvement in governance and extracurricular activities.
- Encourages and maintains open lines of communication with students and all levels of staff; encourages free exchange of ideas and is visible and accessible.

Additioinal Responsibilities:

- Build on an established tradition of excellence in an environment of changing needs.
- Manage fluctuating resources so as to minimize disruptions.
- Collaborate effectively with the college and the district in implementing and enhancing a facilities master plan.
- Provide for college success within a multi-college district.
- Strengthen ARC's identity as an intercultural institution of higher learning in all its programs and services.
- Enhance participation in governance and personal development among all segments of the college.
- Effectively build ARC enrollment on campus and at regional centers.
- Identify and promote the development of new and emerging programs that address the economic development needs of the area.
- Provide leadership in incorporating student learning outcomes at institutional, program and individual class levels.
- Maintain a leadership position in technology programs and services.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Possession of an earned doctorate* from an accredited institution completed by January 2, 2014; OR, a master's degree plus experience that would justify waiver of the doctorate.
2. Senior administrative experience in higher education.
3. Successful recent leadership experience in educational planning, fiscal management, personnel relations and community relations.
4. Teaching or student services experience in higher education is desired.
5. Have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences in learning styles.

*Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications of a faculty discipline at the college. To review the minimum qualifications for faculty disciplines, refer to Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges, which can be found on our website at; select "Job Openings", then "Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges."

Application Instructions:
To receive full consideration applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College District posting are required to submit:

1. The Los Rios CCD Administrative application.
2. Resume.
3. Two letters of recommendation (optional).
4. Letter of Interest (include strengths).

- Unofficial transcripts and/or evaluation of foreign transcript* will be required from the finalist. "Graduate advising documents and grade reports" will not be accepted as unofficial transcripts.
- Los Rios employees are also required to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.
- Do not submit additional materials that are not requested.

* Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.

All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 days of hire.

Administrative/Executive/Faculty Positions: Contingent on funding and eligibility, successful candidates selected for an interview may be eligible to apply for partial reimbursement of travel expenses.

Administrative/Executive Positions: Administrative positions may be subject to the District's Conflict of Interest Code, and a statement of economic interest is required within thirty (30) days following appointment to the position. Management/Executive positions are exempt from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Additional Salary Information:
No additional salary information to note

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LRCCD embraces diversity as one of the core values of the organization.

The Los Rios Community College District is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief, or marital status.


Keyword Phrases

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: At least 1 years
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume