College President – Cuyamaca College

  • CEO/Chancellor
  • El Cajon, CA
  • April 21, 2023

Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District

College President – Cuyamaca College


San Diego County – Cuyamaca College

Transforming lives through learning isn’t just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: President’s Office

Months worked out of the Year: 12 months

FTE: 1.0

Work hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (hours vary)

Shift Differential: None

Starting Salary Range:
Confidential Administrator – Chancellor’s Cabinet: $18,905 (Step A) or $19,662 (Step B) or $20,449 (Step C)
Based on education and experience.
Length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment are competitive with those of similar California districts.

Anticipated Start Date: July/August 2023

Job Description

Cuyamaca College seeks talented and dedicated candidates to apply for our leadership positions who share our strategic vision focused on student success, social justice, and equity. We especially seek candidates with a high level of cultural humility who will lead the college’s work in cultivating a culture that utilizes antiracist practices to foster collaboration, inclusion, diversity, equity, and access so that all students, employees, and members of our external community are valued and empowered.

Situated on a tree-studded, 165-acre oasis, Cuyamaca College is among the most picturesque campuses in beautiful San Diego County. Built in 1978, the college is home to a remarkably diverse community and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Cuyamaca College is proud to be recognized for its equity-minded and innovative approaches that facilitate clear educational and career pathways for our students. For more information about Cuyamaca College, please visit:


The College President, under the direction of the Chancellor, leads the college in providing an exceptional learning environment that improves the quality of life and well-being of its community members and fosters high levels of access and success for all students.


With an over-arching focus on promoting student access, diversity, and success, the President fulfills the following duties:

Institutional Leadership – Exercises strong, dynamic leadership to advance the college’s mission and values.

District Leadership – Serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet providing leadership for the District’s overall mission and strategic direction.

College Relationships – Works with all segments of the college community to ensure effective and respectful relations.

Multi-College District Relationships – Facilitates communication and understanding between the college community and the Chancellor, Grossmont College/Cuyamaca College, District Services, and Governing Board.

Community Relationships – Fosters strong partnerships with area schools, universities, employers, community organizations, city, and government entities.

Shared Governance – Promotes a positive climate for and practice of collegial participatory governance.

Budget – Provides oversight for the development and management of the college budget to ensure fiscal integrity and strategic alignment with goals and priorities.

Learning – Ensures that the college meets the educational and training needs of the community and promotes learning for all students.

Accreditation – Leads the college in maintaining continuous compliance with accreditation standards.

Fundraising – Helps lead District advancement efforts and creatively seeks public and private funding resources to support the college’s goals.

Long-Range Planning – Works with all segments of the college, District and community to create a bold, strategic framework for the college’s future.

Organizational Leadership – Organizes and focuses college resources to maximize student and organizational success; motivates employee engagement and accountability; promotes leadership at all levels.


• Advise the Chancellor on college issues, programs, and services; recommend policy and implementing procedures for Governing Board-adopted policies and/or procedures.

• Implement and administer Governing Board policies in accordance with procedures and guidelines distributed by the Chancellor.

• Plan, develop, organize, and administer instructional offerings, curriculum, co-curricular activities; student services, including counseling, financial aid, student governance, student activities, and job placement.

• Direct and implement rules for student safety, health, discipline, and conduct.

• Participate at districtwide, local, and State levels of community college planning and articulation of instruction; represent the college at social, professional, and political events which have a direct influence on the course of the college’s development.

• Plan, develop, and direct the maintenance of a continuous community relations program in accordance with established policies; develop and maintain a communication network with all college personnel regarding all aspects of operations.

• Maintain the college as an internal part of the community by developing, implementing, and promoting needed programs and services; plan, develop, and direct community service programs.

• Supervise, coordinate, and evaluate general activities of college managers, deans, or other administrative personnel; assign, supervise, and evaluate personnel allocated to the college; evaluate staff performance and review evaluations; analyze staff utilization needs.

• Promote and encourage in-service training and professional improvement for staff, both certificated and classified, to achieve maximum effectiveness.

• Establish and maintain employee performance records and make recommendations to the Chancellor regarding employment retention, advancement, and dismissal of staff.

• Review and recommend legislation to benefit the District and the college.

• Plan, direct, analyze, and review campus facilities; recommend additions, remodeling, repairs, and allocation of portable buildings and provide for upgrading of equipment; plan and direct, within policy, the maintenance of existing facilities and development of new plant, buildings, and grounds.

• Direct the establishment of safety procedures and practices in use of plant and equipment to protect staff, students, and the public.

• Direct development and submission of the college budget for Governing Board approval and direct operations within provisions of approved budget; review procedures and audit trails relative to college budget development and administration.

• Provide administrative direction to the implementation of procedures for appropriate record retention.

• Implement Equal Opportunity Program for students and employees.

• Performs other duties assigned by the Chancellor.


Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Antiracism: A persistent drive to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and antiracism as evidenced by long-term work to create sustainable change.

Taking Strategic Risks: The willingness to take data-informed risks, such as identifying gaps in student access and success, and reallocating resources that show a commitment to student-centered institutional change.

Building Strong Teams: The capacity to develop and maintain outstanding leadership teams, foster innovation and professional development, and engage the college community to improve student access and success.

Establishing an Urgency for Improvement: An understanding of how to make the case for change so that the entire college is motivated and has a healthy sense of urgency to improve student outcomes.

Plan Sustainable Internal Change: The ability to articulate a vision and strategically lead planning processes that result in significant college outcomes.

Results Oriented: Success ensuring implementation, assessment of progress, and an institutional culture of data-informed improvement.

Communicate Effectively: An articulate communicator and active listener who builds and maintains strong relationships, develops shared priorities, and inspires dialog, trust and action.

Financial and Operational Ability: Proven experience to ensure the fiscal strength and sound operation of the college.

Entrepreneurial Fundraiser: Experience raising resources from multiple sources and the ability to align fundraising to strategic goals.

Develop Effective External Partnerships: Ability to forge and sustain partnerships to access resources, reach underserved populations, and respond to business and community needs; help the college achieve student success; and improve college access, workforce preparation, transfer, and employment.



• Budget preparation and control.

• District operations, organization, policies, and objectives. Goals of the District’s educational master plan.

• Governance systems for California community college districts. Information technology and other emerging technologies.

• Public sector funding opportunities as such relate to educational opportunities and programs. Legislative issues and media perception.

• Local, State, and federal laws governing programs/services of community college districts. Operation and use of computers and basic software applications.

• Principles of management, leadership, supervision, and public administration. Student enrollment trends and demographic trends of the community.

• Trends in academic, vocational, adult, continuing, and higher education and the educational needs of a multi-cultural community.


• Assure conformance of community college operations to applicable federal, State, county, and local laws and regulations.

• Commit to shared governance, collaboration, and District goals and missions. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Delegate responsibility effectively.

• Demonstrate interpersonal skills, including tact, patience, and courtesy.

• Develop an efficient network of media communications within the District and the community.

• Develop and evaluate programs responsive to the constantly changing needs of multi-faceted and multi-ethnic communities.

• Develop and manage an institutional budget and offer clear fiscal leadership.

• Enhance and improve the institution’s image as a leader in community college educational offerings, community services, and other programs suitable for diverse cultures and different socioeconomic groups.

• Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others. Formulate policy, procedures, and priorities.

• Implement the District’s mission, goals, and objectives. Lead, manage, direct, supervise, and train personnel.

• Operate computers and business-related software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

• Promote and maintain high standards for personal and organizational integrity, honesty, and respect for people.

• Provide consistent efficient leadership and motivate others to work constructively.

• Research, analyze, develop, and interpret policies and procedures impacting assigned areas of responsibility.

• Work with administrative systems and databases.

• Work with students and staff with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds, and disabilities.


Any combination of training or experience equivalent to:

• five (5) or more years of recent achievement in administration and/or management, preferably at a community college in a decision-making, supervisory, and policy recommending role in finance, educational planning, and personnel management, including three (3) years upper-level administrative experience in a community college/higher education environment.

• significant prior responsibility for budget and organizational planning.

• demonstrated understanding of all facets of a comprehensive community college: instruction, student services, administrative services, and community engagement.

The following are also required for this academic/educational administrator assignment:

• Master’s degree (doctorate preferred) from a regionally accredited institution, AND

• One (1) year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s assignment, AND

• Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

Experience in teaching in a public community college desirable.

Additional Information


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A current and complete resume of educational, professional, and community experience and accomplishments, particularly related to the position.

A letter of application that specifically relates your professional experience and personal commitment to the principles outlined in Cuyamaca’s Mission, Vision, and Values Statement ( as well as the Leadership Qualities and Personal Attributes listed in this position announcement (limit 5 pages).

Official or Unofficial transcripts from an accredited college or university

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.

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