President – Columbia College

  • CEO/Chancellor
  • Sonora, CA
  • October 25, 2021

Website Columbia College

Columbia College

President – Columbia College

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm

To apply, submit your application and required documents on-line via our applicant system at: http://50.73.55.13/counter.php?id=209235

The President serves as the educational leader and the Chief Executive Officer of the college. The primary responsibility of the President is to ensure an excellent education for the students of Columbia College. Consistent with educational excellence the President shall provide sound financial management of the College.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Reports to the Chancellor of the District.

Provides direct supervision to the Vice President of Instruction, the Vice President of College and Administrative Services, the Vice President of Student Services, the College Foundation, the Director of College Research and Planning, and the staff of the Office of the President.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Decisive leadership experience and a collaborative decision-making style based on participatory governance that seeks to empower others.
  • Evidence of accountability for decisions.
  • Management skills in resource development, financial management, strategic planning, team building and labor relations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High visibility management style with an enthusiastic approach to internal and external responsibilities.
  • Sensitivity to diversity issues with ability to lead an institution which values differences.
  • Leadership experience with a focus on learning, teaching excellence, student success and student support services.
  • Program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment experience with an ability to motivate members of the College community to pursue excellence.
  • Advocacy at all levels of government with an understanding of key issues affecting small rural colleges, higher education and society.
  • Proactive approach to the implementation of technology in academics, administration, and/or management environments.
  • Senior level administrative experience and teaching, counseling, and/or other faculty experience

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Education: An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university is required. An earned Doctorate is preferred.

Experience: Senior administrative experience in higher education, successful recent leadership experience in educational planning, fiscal management, personnel relations and community relations. Teaching or student services experience in higher education is desired.

Desirable Qualifications

Challenges and Opportunities

The President of Columbia College, under the direction of the Yosemite Community College District’s Chancellor, will be expected to provide strong visionary leadership with a high degree of commitment and personal integrity to address the following issues in the next five to ten years:

  • A strong commitment to provide long term stability to Columbia College.
  • The achievement of educational excellence leading to student success and completion.
  • A critical need, shared with most colleges in the system, to refill enrollment pipelines   impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The integration of a swiftly developing and vigorous distance education presence in a community acclimated to on-campus learning.
  • A focus on expanding promising enrollment pipelines, including college-in-high-school programs and programs for incarcerated persons.
  • A need to develop instructional programs and services that address the economic and labor-market conditions of the region, including the continued expansion of partnerships with educational, business, industry, governmental, and community-based entities.
  • The promotion and facilitation of collegiality, civility and respect among all of the College constituencies, and the support and nurturing of a positive and collaborative campus climate.
  • An emphasis on cohesive relationships between the College, the District Office and Modesto Junior College.
  • The support of a college community that is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Leadership of the Columbia College Foundation and the enhancement of the resources available to the College.
  • A rich and developing environment of integrated planning and data-driven decision-making.

Desirable Professional Characteristics

The Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District and the Columbia College Presidential Search Committee will consider a candidate’s educational background, professional experience and accomplishments, reputation and character in its search for a new president.

Criteria and Qualifications for the position include:

  • A passion for education and excellence and the ability to communicate that passion to learners, the community and the college family.
  • Strong and decisive leadership experience with a collaborative decision-making style that empowers others.
  • Experience with participatory governance models for organizational operation and decision-making and enthusiasm to interact with and represent a highly engaged constituency.
  • Evidence of accountability for decisions.
  • Ability to represent the College to the Yosemite Community College District, including its Board of Trustees and administrative leadership.
  • Awareness of and experience with regulatory and compliance matters not limited to state and federal oversight and college accreditation.
  • Dedication to, and direct engagement with the community that the college serves.
  • A champion of Columbia College and all it has to offer, at district and state levels.
  • Demonstrated management skills in resource development, financial management, strategic planning, team building and labor relations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills while maintaining high visibility and an enthusiastic approach to internal and external responsibilities.
  • Sensitivity to and support of diversity and equity, and a demonstrated ability to lead an institution that celebrates differences and values inclusion.
  • Demonstrated educational leadership experience with a focus on learning, teaching excellence, student success and student support services.
  • Understanding of and support for all types of learning pathways, including transfer programs, career-technical education, basic skills education, and lifelong learning.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members within an innovative and unique organizational structure which supports student learning and values shared governance.
  • Ability to articulate a vision of community college education and a strong set of values
  • Successful leadership in program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment with demonstrated ability to motivate members of the college community to pursue excellence.
  • Demonstrated success with advocacy with an understanding of key issues affecting small rural colleges.
  • Knowledge of key education initiatives and priorities in California; e.g. Guided Pathways, Student Success and Equity, Strong Workforce, etc.
  • Evidence of effective leadership in establishing a positive institutional presence and image in the community while forming partnerships with various constituencies including business, labor, public schools and community groups.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of – and a proactive approach to – the implementation of technology in academics, administration and/or management environments.
  • An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university is required. An earned doctorate is preferred.
  • Successful senior-level administrative experience and teaching, counseling and/or other faculty experience.

Example of Duties

  • Serves as the educational leader of the College.
  • Represents the College to the community and other educational and professional organizations.
  • Formulates immediate and long-range plans regarding all facets of the College.
  • Informs the College staff and constituencies regarding issues and trends affecting the College.
  • Directs the establishment of administrative procedures for the efficient conduct of operations of the College.

Licenses and Certificates

Possession of valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Physical and Mental Standards

  • Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job please visit yosemite.peopleadmin.com.