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Riverside Community College District
The new president will enter office during a historic period, with Riverside City College (RCC) celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2016. In July, the College received reaffirmation of its accreditation and is one of three separately accredited colleges within one of Southern California’s largest community college districts. Work continues as Riverside Community College District (RCCD) matures as a multi-college system, but critical organizational components are operational including college-based strategic planning, resource allocation, general obligation bond funding, and a budget allocation model.
PAST & PRESENT
Founded in 1916, RCC is the seventh oldest community college in California. It is located in the City of Riverside, which is the county seat. RCC is a comprehensive institution offering more than 100 transfer associate degrees and certificate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, nursing, performing arts, and career and technical education. The College's operating budget is in excess of $65 million. Over 19,000 full-time and part-time students attend classes each semester, placing RCC among the 50 largest community colleges in the United States and creating a vibrant college environment that reflects the dynamic surrounding communities: 51% Hispanic, 25% Caucasian, 9% African American, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, and the remaining 7% represented by mixed ethnicities. Full- and part-time faculty and staff number 976. The College enjoys strong support from the community, and generates more than $800 million a year in benefits to the local economy.
Strengthened by a history of strong fiscal management and excellence, the College is well positioned for growth. A $350 million local bond measure (2004) enabled RCC to complete several new facilities including a new School of Nursing and Science/Math Building modernization and renovation of the historical A.G. Paul Quadrangle, the Riverside Aquatics Complex (a college/community partnership), Wheelock Gymnasium earthquake retrofit and modernization, and a multi-level parking structure. By leveraging Measure C against state funding and building public/private/community partnerships, RCC is proceeding on schedule with construction of the Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts and a Culinary Arts Academy in a prime downtown location known as Centennial Plaza and a new Student Services/Administration complex on campus.
Riverside City College is located in a large, affordable and dynamic city 60 miles east of Los Angeles in one of the fastest growing regions in Southern California. In the past 15 years, the city of Riverside has been selected as one of the Top 30 most livable communities in the United States, an All-American City, the 2012 Most Intelligent Community, and the 8th Coolest City in America. Riverside is a thriving arts, legal, and financial community with convenient access to Southern California’s beaches, mountains, and desert resorts.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
The successful candidate for the Riverside City College presidency will have an outstanding record of academic leadership, student success, business acumen, and financial stewardship in a multi- college district or higher education system. Finalists will have demonstrated in their previous positions the vision, passion, discipline, and skills to advance RCC in pursuit of its mission. The new president will have a proven record of guiding and advancing his or her institution while successfully dealing with the challenges and opportunities associated with a large single-college district or a multi-college system in terms of accreditation, funding, program support, intra-district collaboration, governance, growth, community relations, and fundraising. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in building and maintaining excellent relations with all constituencies within the college community. Additionally, knowledge and experience with strategic planning and institutional effectiveness are becoming increasingly important to a president’s success. Candidates must also bring effective experience in building partnerships with local K-12 districts that increase access to college and result in student success.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
The president of Riverside City College will articulate RCC’s position as one of three independently accredited institutions within the District. The president shall maintain the traditions of the College while working with the college community to shape the future of the institution. In this regard, prior knowledge of and experience in the region may be considered favorably. The president shall work:
1. To provide leadership and work effectively within a shared governance environment.
2. To further strengthen the College’s involvement and partnerships with the community.
3. To maintain high academic, career development, student success and strategic planning standards appropriate to a distinguished community college.
4. To address the needs of the College as defined in the physical plant master plan in a manner that meets the unique needs of a comprehensive, historical campus committed to principles of sustainability.
5. To identify new sources of private and public funding in order to advance the institution.
6. To recruit and retain a qualified, diverse full-time and part-time faculty and staff.
7. To support career development programs which consider the community’s workforce needs and address the aspirations of a growing population of first-time and re-entry students with needs ranging from basic skills development to post-baccalaureate workforce preparation.
8. To initiate and foster professional development for staff, faculty, and managers.
EXPECTED QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Competitive candidates will possess personal and professional characteristics and experiences consistent with the following profile. RCC’s next president should have a/an:
1. Strong academic background and a commitment to educational quality evidenced by a substantial record of undergraduate and graduate study in subjects commonly taught in community colleges.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the successful implementation of new metrics for college success and completion being advanced by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
3. A demonstrated record of success working in a shared governance college environment.
4. Ability to initiate and implement a campus strategic plan, and to maintain active oversight of the College’s operational and investment budgets.
5. Aptitude for developing partnerships with business, industry, pre-K-12, and institutions of higher education across the region.
6. Interest in developing innovative and creative ways to serve students, and a record of implementing new ideas and best practices to increase the effectiveness of community colleges in responding to community needs.
7. Experience in maintaining collaborative relationships while working with collective bargaining units. Significant experience in solving problems at the lowest possible level while administering and enforcing collective bargaining agreements. Temperament to advocate effectively for the College within a multi-college environment, while supporting the shared mission of the District and its three colleges.
8. Experience in and a commitment to promoting equitable and fair treatment of all constituency groups across an ethnically and culturally diverse institution.
9. Success in addressing the needs of transfer, career technical education, and basic skills programs.
10. Demonstrated enthusiasm and success in fundraising and major gift solicitation.
11. Accessible leadership style, visible within the College and throughout the community.
12. Record of strong, active presence in the community and the development of positive town-and-gown relationships.
13. Strong commitment to the long-term furtherance of the college's and community's mission and goals.
14. Commitment to the institution’s academic, student, arts, athletic, and community traditions.
15. A commitment to the value of international study, travel, and cross-cultural programs for community college students.
16. Demonstrated personal commitment to ethical conduct, transparency, and institutional democracy.
• Masters required. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution of education preferred.
• A minimum of five years teaching experience in higher education.
• Significant financial and organizational management experience.
• Senior administrative experience in progressively responsible positions, with previous tenure as a college president desirable.
• Experience in public colleges and universities, or California community colleges, is desirable.
Nominations and applications will be accepted between November 12, 2014 and January 7, 2015.
The Presidential Search Committee will begin its review of applications January 2015. This is a confidential search process. Following that review, successful candidates will be invited to interview with the search committee through a videoconference. Finalists will then be invited to visit the college and participate in final interviews and public forums in 2015. The Board of Trustees is expected to make its selection by spring 2015.
To apply, please submit these four (4) documents:
1. A letter of application that succinctly addresses the Opportunities/Challenges and Qualities and Characteristics identified in this profile, specifically how your experience and professional qualifications prepare you to serve the needs of the College (not to exceed five pages).
2. A current resume including an e-mail address and cellular telephone number.
3. A reference list with the names, home and business telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references: supervisors, direct reports, faculty members, and staff from current or former institutions.
4. A certification and release form.
These four documents will be the only application information presented to the Screening Committee.
Electronic copies of the application package should be sent to: Sylvia Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org or a hard copy mailed to:
Interim Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Human Resources Riverside Community College District
450 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside CA 92508
To be considered in the first screening, all application materials should be received by January 7, 2015.
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