College President

  • CEO/Chancellor
  • San Mateo, CA
  • May 6, 2024

Website San Mateo County Community College District

College President

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141683S

Department: President’s Office CSM (DEPT)

Location: College of San Mateo

Position Number: 4A0017

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

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Salary Range:

Min Salary: $262,404 (annual)

Max Salary: $326,640 (annual)

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

The Position:

Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the President is the chief executive officer of the College of San Mateo and a District team member on the Chancellor’s cabinet. The President provides visionary leadership for the college and is responsible for the delivery of educational and other services provided by the college and for the supervision of the senior administrative staff and educational programs and services of the college. The President provides high-level direction regarding the overall operation of the college and delegates to the Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and other management staff the supervision of other administrative, teaching, and classified staff.

The President’s Executive Team includes the following direct reports: Vice President of Administrative Services; Vice President of Instruction; Vice President of Student Services; Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Economic Development; Dean of Planning, Research, Innovation, and Effectiveness; Director of Community Relations and Marketing; and Director of Equity.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

• Plan and develop the overall academic direction of the college and District in conjunction with the Chancellor

• Plan and recommend instructional and student services programs, college budget, and organizational structure of the college

• Collaborate with District and college staff in strategic planning of short- and long-range goals and objectives, policy development, and resource allocation

• Administer the overall development, evaluation, and improvement of the college curriculum and student services programs, services, and activities

• Oversee the collaboration of instructional and student services managers to provide and enhance a student-centered model of education

• Provide leadership for the implementation of policies and procedures that ensure and enhance equal opportunity for college students and staff

• Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the activities of the college pursuant to District and college mission and goals as set forth by the Board of Trustees

• Provide leadership for sound fiscal planning in the development and management of the institution’s budget and externally funded initiatives

• Conduct administrative staff meetings and councils

• Participate in participatory governance consultation and collaboration with faculty, staff, and student group representatives ensuring all constituent voices are heard and influence decisions and outcomes

• Provide guidance to and receive advice from faculty organizations on matters relating to the instructional and student services programs

• Establish and enhance communication between college, students, communities, businesses, and District

• Provide leadership for the development of outreach activities and partnerships that strengthen college viability

• Represent the college as chief executive officer at community and business events, and meetings with government and other agency representatives

• Recommend the selection, retention, promotion, and termination of college personnel

• Provide staffing recommendations in compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity principles and guidelines

• Lead and coordinate innovative efforts for staff development and the improvement of instructional and student services programs

• Promote and participate in the application of computer technology to college and District programs and services

• Coordinate projects and activities related to program and college accreditation, articulation, and matriculation

• Provide for the safety of students, staff, and the general public at the college

• Support the implementation of safety training programs and services for students and staff

• Oversee college facilities to ensure that they are functional, energy-efficient, and safe

• Perform other related duties as assigned by the Chancellor

Minimum Qualifications:

• Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited college or university or the equivalent

• The equivalent of three years of progressively responsible experience (equivalent to the level of a division dean or higher in an accredited college or university)

• Proven ability to be successful in a team-oriented and collaborative environment

• Proven management and leadership skills

• Demonstrated commitment to participatory governance

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

Physical Requirements:

Physical and other requirements for the presidency include the ability to travel to a variety of off-site locations; the ability to exert 10 to 25 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing 35 pounds or less; the ability to operate standard office equipment, including keyboard, mouse, and phone with or without adaptations; ability to communicate and provide information to others; and the ability to read printed material and computer monitor to perform essential functions of the job.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• An educator who has a vision of academic excellence who is guided first by student and community needs in decision-making

• A person with a demonstrated, deep commitment to equity and enacting justice for others

• An academic leader with successful college teaching and/or student services experience or equivalent

• An excellent communicator who welcomes ideas from all segments of the college community, provides constructive feedback, and keeps all informed through a variety of effective mechanisms

• A reflective leader who is open to suggestions and critical feedback, and who can admit to mistakes

• A leader who promotes equitable, inclusive collaboration within the college, throughout the District, and with the community

• A commitment to active listening and ensuring all voices are heard and respected in a way that allows constituents to influence decision-making

• Demonstrated ability to lead by example and collaborate effectively with others

• Demonstrated respect for constituent groups’ areas of expertise

• Possession of strong interpersonal communication skills and team-building skills

• A future-oriented, systematic thinker who has proven experience in setting institutional priorities, making good decisions, articulating the rationales that inform decisions, assessing the efficacy of decisions, garnering support of others, and following through with initiatives that enhance the performance, image and appeal of the college

• Demonstrated success as a fiscally responsible manager who utilizes budget policies and procedures as well as student outcomes and related research to inform strategic planning, and who can work effectively with District Office staff and sister college executives in a complex multi-college organization

• A willingness to support innovation and encourage collaborative and creative responses to state mandates

• Demonstrated commitment to professional development

• Ability to oversee improvements in the infrastructure of a college, including the physical facilities and information technology systems

• Knowledge and/or experience with higher education regulatory agencies and accreditation standards

• Knowledge of and/or experience with the collective bargaining process, relevant labor laws and regulations, and the critical and historic role of labor unions in education; a demonstrated respect for workers’ rights to organize; and a commitment to the collaborative, inclusive resolution of conflicts

• Thoughtful resolution of grievances for all constituent groups that follows District policies and procedures

• Demonstrated ability to build a team, build trust, motivate others, set a strategic course of action, hold staff accountable, and make difficult choices among strong competing interests

• Demonstrated experience as a community leader who strengthens relationships with other educational institutions, such as K-12, and four-year colleges and universities

• A balanced interest in, experience with, and understanding of vocational education, transfer education, community education, basic skills education, student services, and statewide learning community initiatives

• Demonstrated positive relations with business, industry, and community-based organizations

• Demonstrated knowledge of working with and supporting categorically funded programs

• Demonstrated successful experience as a leader in fundraising

• A demonstrated commitment to and a proven track record in diversity hiring at all levels, fostering a learning environment that celebrates its diversity and being sensitive to the demographics of the service area

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 11/15/2023

First Review Date: 01/19/2024

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

For further information on the position, please visit our or contact:

Mr. Jesse Thompson

Senior Consultant

(617) 901-4880

Dr. Greg Thomas

Senior Consultant

(813) 390-4790


206 East Chestnut Street

Asheville, NC 28801

For general inquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

David Feune

Director of Human Resources

(650) 358-6775

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


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