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San Juan College is one of the largest two-year comprehensive community colleges in New Mexico. Located in Farmington, NM, in the Four Corners area, the College offers two-year degree and certificate programs, non-credit community learning classes, business and industry training, cultural activities, and on-going educational seminars and workshops. The College also partners with state universities to offer both baccalaureate and master’s degrees on campus. San Juan College was among the first colleges to be selected for the AQIP accreditation process.
• An earned Ph.D / Ed.D / doctorate / terminal degree from an accredited university is preferred.
• Demonstrable leadership skills
• 5-10 years of progressively responsible higher educational administrative experience
• Demonstrable participation in community activities
• Demonstrable cultural and ethnic sensitivity
• Demonstrable experience and understanding of higher education budgeting
• Demonstrable commitment to continuous quality improvement and practices that support ongoing assessment and improvements
• Administrative experience in a community college
• Teaching experience at a higher education institution
• Experience in a business environment or with economic development
• Experience with long range strategic planning
• Experience with higher education finance and resource development
• Experience with state political structures and legislative relationships
Primary Job Functions
The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the College. The President is charged in the Community College Act, in the rules and regulations of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and in the policies of the San Juan College Board with carrying out the policies of the Board and with administering the College efficiently and effectively. The President is directly responsible to the Board for the operation of the College and is expected to provide overall leadership in the achievement of the mission and strategic goals of the College, as adopted by the Board. The Board consists of seven elected Trustees.
• Develop and periodically review and revise recommendations to the Board for comprehensive, long-range plans for the development of the College, setting forth mission, strategic goals, programs of study, resources, and facilities.
• Provide leadership in the recruitment and selection of appropriate faculty, professional, and support staff personnel as needed to implement the mission of the College.
• Shall represent, in cooperation with the board, the College to students, and the general public, media, and community organizations.
• Develop and implement administrative policies and procedures consistent with Board policies and applicable laws, as appropriate for effective operation of the College.
• Represent the College in its dealings with governmental and regulatory agencies and be responsible for the formation of all reports required by local, state, and federal agencies.
• Assist in the development of local, state, and national policies that are supportive of the College that serves a rural and diverse culture.
• Provide the Board with needed and appropriate information regarding the College, including annual updates of strategic goals.
• Prepare and distribute an agenda and supporting materials for all Board meetings and submit minutes for adoption by the Board.
• Maintain official records of all Board meetings and other College records as required by law.
• Submit an annual budget to the Board and make recommendations to the Board for budget changes.
• Working with the San Juan College Foundation, solicit major gifts, raising funds from special constituencies, and obtaining corporate support from local industry to strengthen the financial future of San Juan College.
• Advocate on behalf of the College with local, state and national elected officials, agencies, and organizations that may impact or influence the College’s programs and resources (public school districts, NM Commission on Higher Education, and NM Legislature).
• Provide citizens the opportunity for input into the College’s operations. Be responsible for the release of all public information pertaining to the College and delegate the necessary authority to the Marketing and Public Relations Director to carry out that responsibility. This officer, in cooperation with appropriate staff, shall implement a program which will achieve the College’s public information objectives.
• Maintain advisory councils that are established for each of the College’s occupational programs, which are comprised of community/business entities and instructors. The councils’ function is to advise College personnel regarding the adequacy of instructional programs designed for a particular trade, craft, or occupation.
• Be accessible and visible to students, staff and the community.
• Develop and maintain a collaborative, participative decision making structure within the college.
• Commitment to integrity and ethical practices.
• A sense of humor.
• Ability to represent the College in community, state, and national arenas.
• A strong community college philosophy.
• A strong student-oriented philosophy of education.
• Open to innovation and risk taking.
• Possess an entrepreneurial and visionary spirit.
• Open and accessible to all students, faculty and employees.
• Superior written and oral communication skills.
• A collaborative, inclusive, consistent, transparent, and respectful management style.
• Ability to develop relationships with employees, faculty, students, and the Board based on trust.
• Understanding and appreciation for scholarly achievement.
• Knowledge of current trends in higher and public education.
• Active engagement with community leaders, businesses and organizations.
• Active participation in the economic development of the community.
• Collaborate with four-year universities in meeting the educational needs of the community.
• Support the arts and cultural programs.
• A meaningful compensation and relocation package will be developed for the successful candidate.
* To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter, preferably in MS Word format, to Kelly Engleka at firstname.lastname@example.org
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