College President

  • CEO/Chancellor
  • San Mateo, CA
  • February 3, 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
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $262,404 (annual)
Max Salary: $326,640 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The District’s Students First. Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo (CSM) is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is a Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 students each academic year. CSM has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateo’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

The President has called for the college community to be student-focused, always find a way to get to “yes” as one team and serve local communities to the best of our abilities. The college recognizes the need for all students to achieve their goals and recognizes that as an institution we are stronger together. To learn more about CSM’s antiracism and justice-centered efforts, please read our Solidarity Statement.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

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.

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:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

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.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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