President, Mission College - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under direction of the Chancellor, envision, plan, organize, coordinate, direct, administer, review and evaluate the programs, services, resources and activities of an assigned community college campus; provide leadership to the District’s faculty, certificated administrators, classified staff and administrators in the areas of instruction, student services and general administration; represent the College to the Board of Trustees and the community at large; promote and develop partnerships, cooperative functions and effective relationships with community business leaders, related organizations and others involved in educational services and vocational training.

Work closely with the Chancellor and the Board to facilitate achievement of goals and objectives consistent with the District’s educational master plan; formulate, develop and implement instructional, administrative and student services programs, systems, policies, standards and activities in compliance with a variety of federal, State, local and District laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; select, train, direct and evaluate performance of key College administrators.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the highest level administrative position on a community college campus, reporting directly to the Chancellor. An incumbent must have broad experience in managing major segments of an educational institution with a wide variety of instructional programs, resources and facilities. The President serves as the executive leader for academic and classified staff on campus and must have the ability to direct, motivate and mentor personnel in developing new approaches, methodology and concepts in the field of education and related support activities.


100% of full time, minimum of 40 hours per week, 12 months per year. Schedule may occasionally include some evening or weekend hours, as needed.

Work location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, public administration or related field; AND
  • Five years of increasingly responsible management experience in managing major segments of an educational institution, including instructional experience.

Desired Qualifications

In addition, the College is seeking a President who embodies the commitment, skills and enthusiasm to lead as evidenced by:

  • Visionary leadership that sets strategic direction for the future;
  • Strong advocacy for the College both internally and in the surrounding communities;
  • Data-driven decision-making based on the long-term stability and the best interests of the College;
  • Inspirational and skillful management of change with the ability to motivate, and empower students, faculty and staff through effective team building;
  • Support of and participation in student-centered learning and student success;
  • Effective fundraising capabilities and proven track record;
  • An ability to develop positive relationships with business, education and community leaders;
  • Demonstrated personal and professional ethics of trustworthiness, integrity, and principled moral standards;
  • Professional style that is consistent, fair, flexible, personable and people-oriented;
  • Excellent oral, written, listening and interpersonal communication skills, with an open-door, trust-building, leadership style, and a commitment to fairness and equity;
  • Comfort with a multi-college district environment;
  • Demonstrated advocacy for diversity and inclusion;
  • Integrated view of student services and instructional programs;
  • Respectful and collaborative approach to shared governance;
  • An understanding of facility planning and construction;
  • An understanding of California Community College funding that allows a balance between the business of the College and its core mission, student educational success; and
  • An ability to leverage resources and relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations, including the Silicon Valley technology community.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Provide executive direction and leadership to the instructional, administrative, and student services functions, programs, operations and activities on an assigned community college campus; formulate, develop, implement and review a broad variety of policies, standards and outcomes to assure that students are afforded optimum opportunities in academic and vocational fields.
  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s executive staff and participate in establishing and achieving institutional goals in accordance with the District’s educational master plan; direct the development of short- and long-range plans for all campus functions in coordination with the leadership of other District entities.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the management staff of the College and District toward the achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the College and District.
  • Recommend and implement techniques to improve department policies and practices, increase efficiency, take advantage of opportunities and maintain state-of-the-art practices, keeping abreast of current trends and practices in the field.
  • Maintain effective public relations with the larger community.
  • Assure smooth operations within the areas of responsibility.
  • React to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Immediately report known or likely fraud, illegal acts, violation of provisions of contracts or grant agreements to the appropriate parties.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of campus administrators responsible for instruction, administration, student services, vocational education and other key programs, services and functions; promote an environment of cooperation and mutual support among all campus staff.
  • Attend Board meetings and make oral presentations concerning all aspects of College instructional and administrative activities; confer with College administrators and members of executive staff regarding Board agenda items and management issues involving programs and services of the College and District, including recommendations for new or revised policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with faculty in developing, modifying and enhancing College curriculum; review and evaluate curricular recommendations and encourage expansion of the instructional program to meet the diverse needs of students in the community, including new, transfer, re-entry and high school advanced placement students.
  • Represent the College to local, State and federal governmental bodies and agencies; solicit and obtain financial support and other resources for new and enhanced instructional programs and services; represent the College to the community including other educational institutions, business interests and service organizations.
  • Assure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and restrictions related to instructional programs, student services, College operations and expenditure of funds; assure that the highest legal and ethical standards are maintained and clearly communicated to College personnel, the Board of Trustees and the community.
  • Review and evaluate effectiveness of key personnel, programs and services; assure development and implementation of programs and services which are efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of the community and College; recommend operational changes and improvements as appropriate.
  • Direct the efforts and activities of various College committees, task forces and work groups; delegate responsibility to administrators for representing the College’s interests in the local community and at State or national meetings; review and evaluate information, factual summaries and recommendations from work groups and team leaders.
  • 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.
  • Work with faculty to encourage the assessment and improvement of instructional methodology, technology and materials; develop and implement programs and services to facilitate academic and vocational instruction; assure that information concerning College programs and services is available to the community and local organizations.
  • Assure optimum services to students in all areas of student life, including maintenance of student records, academic and personal counseling, recreational and sports activities, health services, student government and other clubs and organizations, tutorial services, financial aid, and assistance programs for students with disabilities.
  • Prepare and administer annual budgets for assigned area; review and approve expenditures according to established District policies and procedures.
  • Participate in preparation of state and federal grant applications.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories and practices of public administration specifically related to higher education.
  • Instructional program development and implementation at a community college.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, management and supervision.
  • Sound fiscal management policies as related to a community college.
  • Local, State and federal laws governing a community college district.
  • District organization, operations and objectives.
  • Budget administration for large, multi-faceted instructional programs.
  • Programs and services of a community college district.
  • General trends in academic, vocational, community and contract education.
  • Local economic conditions and student enrollment trends.
  • Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles of management, training and supervision.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies within and outside the College.
  • Plan, organize, direct, administer, review and evaluate all functions of the College including instruction, student services and administration.
  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s executive staff.
  • Participate in developing recommendations to improve College programs, services and activities.
  • Provide leadership and direction to College administrators, faculty and classified staff.
  • Analyze complex financial, statistical and narrative data regarding all aspect of District instruction and operations.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the educational and vocational needs of the community.
  • Confer with community business leaders and others regarding funding sources and cooperative instructional relationships.
  • Develop, implement and promote innovative student services and supportive learning resources as an integral part of the instructional program.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility to subordinates effectively.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary Negotiated.
  • Additional compensation: $1,500 for doctorate added to base salary annually, to be prorated on a monthly basis.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental, vision for employee and dependents including children, spouse, or domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long-term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • State and Federal holidays plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • CalSTRS retirement.

Application Information

To apply, complete an online application and attach the following required documents:

  • Letter of Application – Should address the identified challenges & opportunities, as well as the Presidential Profile described on recruitment website;
  • Current resume; and
  • Eight references – Include at least one from each group: Supervisors, Direct reports, Colleagues, Faculty, & Student leaders.

Additional Application Information:

  • To be considered in the first round of review as an applicant for this position, all materials requested in this job announcement must be received no later than the first-review deadline.
  • DO NOT SEND unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • President, Mission College
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Presidents & Chancellors
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume