President, Bakersfield College

Kern Community College District

President, Bakersfield College

Kern Community College District

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Type:

Job Number: FY22-2300197

Location: Bakersfield, CA

Basic Function

The President of Bakersfield College shall be responsible to the Chancellor of the Kern Community College District. As chief administrator of the College, the President has major responsibilities that include maintaining the policies, procedures, and regulations as set forth by the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the California Education Code, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the general laws of California and of the United States. Major responsibilities also include assuming leadership in promoting the best interests of Bakersfield College and the Kern Community College District and help to formulate district policies and administer district programs. The President shall have the authority to delegate areas of responsibility as permitted by law.


Embraces the Mission of the Community College in CaliforniaExhibits awareness of the California community college and has management experience in navigating relevant issues. Implements policies and practices guided by the diverse needs of students and the community; and promotes rigor that results in high student achievement to advance the mission of the community college.

Collaborative LeadershipHas a clear commitment to a collegial environment and inclusion in important decision-making processes. Exhibits a collaborative leadership style with all constituent groups to accomplish critical institutional objectives.

Values DiversityEmbraces diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms as a District-wide value. Focuses on meeting the needs of underserved student and community populations. Seeks diversity in employee positions.

Effective Organizational LeadershipUnderstands how instruction, student services, academic support services, business and administrative services, and technology interface to effectively support student learning and other institutional processes. Is aware of the complexities of a multi-college district and exhibits an ability to foster cooperation between district colleges and allocate resources equitably and effectively.

Effective Fiscal and Resource ManagementUnderstands the role of finances in planning, budgeting, assessing, and leading continuous improvement. Effectively manages all resources to advance the purposes of the college.

Courage to Lead in Difficult TimesHas the courage and perseverance to address challenges and confrontations. Is deliberate in assessing diverse and conflicting perspectives; brings those perspectives to consensus and successful outcomes. Is an effective, data-informed decision maker and manager of change. Is action- and results-oriented, innovative and creative, and responds to situations in a timely manner, particularly in periods of uncertain funding or disruption.

Effectively Motivates OthersInspires trust and confidence through strong motivational skills. Exhibits outstanding communication skills, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the work of the organization. Is a successful team builder with a proven ability to motivate members of all constituent groups to perform at their best.

Highest Ethics and IntegrityExhibits personal/professional ethics and integrity in all behavior and relationships with a strong sense of transparency, fairness, and equity in all decision making.

Advancing External RelationshipsMaintains high visibility and has successful experience in cultivating and maintaining external relationships at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Commits personally and supports others in seeking external forms of resources through formal organizations, such as foundations, and community partnerships.

Positive Labor Group RelationsUnderstands the California collective bargaining environment and the need to work effectively with all formal employee groups. Has relevant experience addressing the successful achievement of negotiations outcomes.

Effective Leadership in a Multi-College District EnvironmentUnderstands the President’s role within the authority structure in a multi-college district. Engages with authority in a creative, innovative, and respectful manner. Engages appropriately with the Chancellor and Board of Trustees and other college leadership.

Representative Duties

• Assume direct responsibility and accountability for carrying out the general policies of the District and recommending District policy.

• Provide overall leadership to College instructional programs and student services with emphasis on student access and student success in transfer, occupational, and developmental programs.

• Responsible for the assignment of all staff.

• Examine critically the purposes of the College and make changes and modifications to meet the educational, academic, and workforce needs of the College community.

• Make recommendations for the employment, retention, and dismissal of all management, faculty, and classified personnel.

• Direct the efforts of the College toward a realization of its functions and promote its relationship with the communities served by the College

• Represent the College at the District, county, State, and federal levels.

• Provide leadership for development of recommendations to the Chancellor for budget, curricular, support services, facility, and personnel requirements essential to the effective operation of the College.

• Provide leadership in developing leading edge instructional technology.

• Develop a planned annual budget and monitor expenditures accordingly. Develop, coordinate, and administer all fiscal matters for the College in conjunction with District policies and procedures.

• Serve as the College’s representative and spokesperson with officials at the local, state, and federal levels, the Chancellor’s Office, other governmental agencies, and community entities, and professional organizations.

• Provide leadership in developing business, industry, and public agency partnerships with the College focusing on College participation in community economic development and workforce preparation.

• Make Chair, Director, and Coordinator appointments according to District policy.

• Appoint administrative representatives to standing and ad hoc committees and designate chairs of college-wide committees.

• Actively participate in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Community Colleges League of California, and other appropriate associations to share the best thinking of those organizations with the faculty and students of Bakersfield College.

• Cooperate with the administration of area high schools and elementary schools in the development of best practices leading to the College best serving their student needs and to the appropriate joint use of facilities.

• Achieve FTES targets with effective enrollment management for all College sites.

• Serve as an ex-officio member of all college committees and all College related organizations.

• Create every opportunity to remain up-to-date in the field of educational and community college leadership by actively pursuing research, writing, publications, public speaking, and any other means by which to exercise institutional leadership.

• Provide leadership for proficiency in institutional finance and fund-raising.

• In conjunction with the District architect, seek funding and develop working drawings for the improvement of College facilities.

• Performs other duties related to the administration of the College and District as directed and delegated by the District Chancellor.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s Degree from an accredited college/institution.

• Teaching or student services experience.

• Recent, successful, senior-level administrative experience.

• At least one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.

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


• Doctorate Degree

• At least 3 years of senior-level administrative experience.

• Both instruction and student services experience at the community college level.

• Participation in community activities and partnership development.

Knowledge and Abilities

• Ability to work with the diverse populations present in today’s college and community.

• Knowledge and understanding of the distinctiveness of the California Community College system and knowledge of related statutes, regulations, and issues.

• Knowledge of school finance, budget methods and procedures.

• Ability to mobilize community and staff support for the College.

• Ability to create an environment that supports innovation and risk taking.

• Ability to communicate effectively.

• Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations affecting community colleges.

• Ability to formulate policy and procedures

• Ability to work in an environment of participatory governance and team building.

• Working knowledge of information technology systems and related applications.

• Competence in fiscal and organizational management.

SALARY RANGESalary negotiable; based on experience and qualification.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS First Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by January 31, 2023 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point. Completed application packet must include:

• Completed Online Application for Employment form

• Current resume

• Letter of interest (Cover Letter)

• Copy of legible transcripts (Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment)

• List of five (5) professional references – Listed on application form

• Minimum of five professional references

• Supervisors, direct reports, faculty members, support staff, community members and peers.

• Must provide name, title, preferred email addresses, and preferred phone numbers.

For confidential inquiries, contact:

Dean Colli PPL Incorporated
Telephone: 619-517-6133

Jim Riggs PPL Incorporated
Telephone: 209-559-6550

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It is the applicant’s responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

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