• CEO/Chancellor
  • San Mateo, CA
  • August 8, 2024

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141700S
Position Title Chancellor
Location District Office
Department Chancellor’s Office DIST (DEPT)
Position Number 1A0048
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year 12
If other, please specify
Min Salary
Max Salary $404,250 (annual)
Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The College and the District
Who We Want
The Position
The Chancellor reports to the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees and oversees the entire district, which includes Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College, located in Redwood City, San Mateo, and San Bruno, respectively. The Chancellor plays a critical role in the overall success of the San Mateo County Community College District and provides leadership and guidance for the following members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet: Presidents of the three colleges; Executive Vice Chancellor, Administrative Services; Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Planning; Executive Director, Communications and Marketing; and Chief Diversity Officer and Ombuds.

Link to: Executive Search Profile

Duties and Responsibilities
Minimum Qualifications
    • Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited college or university or the equivalent
    • A track record of progressively responsible leadership roles, including experience in a senior executive position
    • Demonstrated ability to excel in an institution or system with a collaborative, participatory governance, and collective bargaining structure
    • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
    • Expertise in financial management, budgeting, and strategic resource allocation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Screening Committee and the Board of Trustees will consider the following seven desirable characteristics in their selection of the next SMCCCD Chancellor.

Commitment to Student Access, Success, and Equity

    • A leader whose philosophical commitment to student access and success has been demonstrated through changes in institutional strategies and policies that resulted in improved student achievement, and overall, the advancement of equity.
    • A leader who uses data analysis and evidence to identify and remove systemic barriers that inhibit student success.
    • A leader who supports addressing students’ basic needs, mental health support, and the District’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.
    • Values and welcomes student voices in decision-making processes.
    • A leader who is committed to identifying gaps in student outcomes based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and then mobilizing the District to improve results.
Ability to Assess and Take Strategic Risks
  • A leader who works to establish and maintain among District leaders, faculty, and staff a healthy sense of urgency about uniting the District’s varied competing interests to accomplish the common goal of improving student outcomes.
  • A leader with a vision to help SMCCCD evolve beyond COVID-19.
  • A leader who creates a culture that encourages exploring new possibilities and innovative approaches that have significant potential to advance the District.

Development of Effective External Partnerships
  • An effective leader in establishing a positive institutional presence and image in the community while forming partnerships with various constituencies in business, labor, and community groups.

Build a Healthy Organization
  • A decisive and pragmatic leader with strong collaborative decision-making skills who will advocate for and apply the principles of collegial consultation to create a common commitment to and focus on students.
  • A leader who is guided by ethics and honesty, is committed to transparency and inclusiveness in decision-making, and promotes the application of ethics across a large multi-campus District.
  • A leader who promotes cohesiveness and respect among all District constituents: resolves controversial issues and problems in a timely manner using input from constituent groups, and is sensitive to the effects of decisions on students and the campus communities.
  • A consensus builder who uses and promotes an open, approachable management style that is inclusive, collaborative, and enthusiastic.
  • A leader who understands the vital importance of employee well-being—career, financial, physical, social, and community—and acknowledges their contributions and cultivates employee potential.
  • An approachable leader who supports and nurtures a positive campus climate throughout the District and appreciates each college’s uniqueness.

Champions Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism (DEIA)
  • A leader who has demonstrated results leading to and fostering diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and an anti-racist environment for students and employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the District/Colleges’ efforts to increase faculty and staff diversity, to address student achievement gaps, and to create a welcoming and inclusive work and educational environment.

  • A politically proactive leader with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of recent local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.
  • A compassionate leader willing to address such issues for students as housing insecurity, food insecurity, and mental health.
Effective Relationship with the Board of Trustees
  • An effective executive officer who understands and appreciates the role of the Board of Trustees and who is committed to maintaining a solid CEO/Trustee relationship.
  • An executive officer who demonstrates regular and effective communication with Trustees and supports their professional development.
  • A leader who communicates with the Board of Trustees in ways that ensure shared goals and a common understanding of the District’s progress toward achieving strategic directions.
Physical Requirements
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.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 12/05/2023
First Review Date 01/25/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
For further information on the position, please visit our Executive Search Profile or contact:

Mr. Jesse Thompson
Senior Consultant
(617) 901-4880

Dr. Greg Thomas
Senior Consultant
(813) 390-9718

RH Perry & Associates
206 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 785-1394

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.
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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