Interim Vice President of Administrative Services

  • VP/VC Admin/Business Services
  • San Mateo, CA
  • December 26, 2023

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Interim Vice President of Administrative Services

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141658S
Department: Administrative Services CSM (DEPT)
Location: College of San Mateo
Position Number: 4A0026
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: other
If other, please specify: Through June 30, 2024
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $189,840 (annual)
Max Salary: $243,876 (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 team at San Mateo County Community College District, 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, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
College of San Mateo is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 15,000 students each academic year. College of San Mateo has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that is 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 in our return to campus and always find a way to get to yes as one team to better serve our communities. We have recognized the need to do more and we recognize that 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 College President, the Vice President, Administrative Services serves as chief financial administrator for the College and is responsible for the overall design, development, organization, delivery, supervision, evaluation, and fiscal management of a comprehensive College business services program including fiscal services, budget development and management, expenditure control, purchasing liaison and control, cashiering functions, facilities rental, emergency preparedness, mailroom services, switchboard, and contract services. In coordination with District central services, the Vice President shall also be responsible for College maintenance, operations, capital construction and facilities modification, as well as safety and security.

In addition, the Vice President, Administrative Services will assume a primary role in interpreting and analyzing complex budget and financial information and data, including information from the State Chancellor’s Office, the Governor’s Office and Legislature, and will provide this information to the College community in a clear and informative manner. As a member of President’s Cabinet, the Vice President of Administrative Services works closely with the College President, the Vice President of Instruction, Vice President of Student Services, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Economic Development, Deans, and other President Cabinet members, management, and administrative staff to oversee the College’s effectiveness in meeting students’ needs. The Vice President, Administrative Services is also responsible for conceptualizing, developing, recommending, and implementing the College’s strategic plan as it relates to College administrative services functions as well as fulfilling the role of a senior College administrator by participating in long-range and comprehensive planning, and in providing expertise and counsel on ongoing management issues across all administrative units of the College.

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.Develop, direct, coordinate and supervise the programs, personnel, operations, and activities of all College business services programs and ensure compliance with District policies, Education Code, Title 5, and State and Federal regulations.
Coordinate the development and preparation of the College’s annual operating budgets and provide expenditure and purchasing control.
Serve as a member of and provide leadership to the College President’s Cabinet and management team in the areas of fiscal and operational issues, strategic planning, college and facilities safety issues, disaster/crisis action planning, and other logistical responsibilities.
Confer with college administrators and others regarding management issues involving administrative services of the college, including recommendations for new or revised policies and procedures; assure that all administrative services interface effectively and appropriately support the college’s educational programs and services.
Serve as contract administrator for major College commercial contracts.
Prepare regular financial reports for the College President, College budget committees, and other appropriate groups.
Work collaboratively with the Academic Senate and adhere to academic professional matters regarding 10+1 policy.
Regularly communicate the administrative services priorities of the campus using a variety of channels including directly through instructional deans, updates at Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Students of CSM, and communications to the larger CSM community.
Work with Director of Equity, Ombudsperson, Classified Senate, and Associated Students of CSM to understand and improve the student experience.
Work with Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Economic Development to develop and negotiate partnerships with corporations, businesses, community agencies, and educational institutions at all levels.
Provide leadership in strategic planning, policy development, and resource allocation.
Provide leadership to align programs and staffing with community needs and student demographics and demand.
Provide leadership in responding to accreditation standards and college priorities.
Help guide the campus in developing short and long-term fiscal plans for instructional areas and student services programs.
Be proactive and sensitive in the hiring and retention of culturally diverse classified staff, faculty, and administrators as a business practice and equity practice.
Serve as a lead in enrollment sustainability and growth planning.
Serve as a member of the District’s budget leadership team and provide expertise in strategic planning, operational planning and program review to facilitate attainment of institutional goals in accordance with its educational master plan and the District’s strategic plan in coordination with the leadership of other District entities as appropriate.
Coordinate with District Facilities Maintenance and Operations regarding the maintenance of College buildings and grounds, and custodial services.
Coordinate with District Public Safety regarding campus safety and security issues as well as emergency preparedness (SEMS) and training.
Coordinate with Human Resources to ensure the college’s effective hiring practices, compliance with applicable regulations, and strategic staffing planning.
Direct and supervise the College emergency and disaster preparedness plans and procedures.
Develop and maintain communications with community agencies, including local police and fire departments having jurisdiction over the College campus, and other agencies providing emergency response services.
Establish internal and external consensus and bring together divergent groups, building teams, and creating an environment that supports innovation and risk taking.
Provide oversight for the use and identification of needs for college facilities.
Administer the College’s facilities rental program.
Organize, coordinate, and facilitate College-level construction planning for new facilities and facilities modifications, and coordinate with District staff and contractors during the construction and/or modification of College facilities.
Assure all facility project modifications proceed toward established goals and these activities do not conflict with or unnecessarily interrupt college programs and services.
Direct and supervise all cashiering services for the College and provide full bookkeeping services for the Associated Students.
Lead or participate in District-wide or college committees, initiatives, teams or ad-hoc groups.
Serve as College liaison to District and Campus Department of Public Safety.
Serve as College liaison to District and Campus Auxiliary Services including bookstore, cafeteria, and athletic club operations.
Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action, meet schedules, and adhere to multiple deadlines and timelines.
Serve as key emergency prevention, preparedness, and response personnel as assigned.
Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree or above in business administration or a closely related field OR equivalent OR a licensed CPA
Two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment
Ability to authentically care, connect, and interact with students, classified employees, and administrators, especially during a time of remote learning and operations and a “students first” and equity-focused mindset
A well-formed leadership philosophy, demonstrated listening skills, and experience as a successful leader who can deliver on desired outcomes
Demonstrated experience in aligning college values and priorities to resource request process and budget allocations
Demonstrated experience as a leader in implementing diversity, equity, and social justice actions
Understands and has experience in shared governance consultation and collaboration among college constituency groups and associated campus committee, such as Institutional Planning Committee, Curriculum Committee, Educational Equity Committee, Guided Pathways
Demonstrated fiscal prudence and accountability
Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
Knowledge of and/or experience with federal regulations, Title 5/Education Code, California regulatory agencies, accreditation requirements, and collective bargaining practices

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires sitting for extended periods of time, pushing and pulling, and visual acuity. The ability to type, use phone, stand intermittently, walk, bend and stoop, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight, work at a computer, including sitting and viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse or other control device, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard, ability to communicate and provide information to others; ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive to off campus locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to function as an effective leader in the administration of a comprehensive community college while expanding community outreach and improving student recruitment and retention.
Skill in serving as a visionary in finding ways to address through new technology, programs, and services the rapidly changing needs of students.
Ability to function as an equity minded leader in the administration of a wide variety of programs at a comprehensive community college.
Ability to assess programs and services that serve minoritized students.
Ability to motivate and encourage others to work constructively and cooperatively to achieve and sustain a student-centered learning environment.
Knowledge of principles and practices of California school budgeting, accounting, auditing, and internal cost controls, particularly related to community colleges.
Knowledge of fund accounting, risk management, and forecasting economy changes.
Skill in complex budget planning, management and analysis.
Ability to use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Skill in demonstrating authentic care, creativity, and innovative leadership in all areas of administrative services.
Ability to work collaboratively with campus and district-wide administrators, faculty, staff, and constituency groups.
Knowledge of participatory governance, teambuilding, and collaborative decision-making processes.
Highly developed analytical and organizational skills.
Ability to delegate effectively while leading with inclusive strategies.
Demonstrated skill in effective written and oral communication.
Skill and ability to work effectively with members of an academic community in an inclusive manner.

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. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ 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: 09/22/2023
First Review Date: 10/06/2023
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)

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) 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 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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