President, Contra Costa College

President, Contra Costa College


Posting Number: 0001478
Location: Contra Costa College
Salary: Contract Position

Position Definition:
The President is the chief executive at the college. The President reports to the Chancellor and is responsible for the delivery of educational and other services provided by the college and for the supervision of the administrative staff and all educational programs and services of the college. The President provides high level direction regarding the overall operation of the college, its outreach locations and centers. The President delegates to the Vice President, Deans and Directors the supervision of other administrative, teaching and classified staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
The President provides visionary leadership and understands and promotes the roles of the community college in a changing society. The President independently performs assigned critical and highly complex senior management level duties with an entrepreneurial spirit and effectiveness, speed, and accuracy. The President is responsible to foster a dynamic college atmosphere conducive to academic excellence and optimal functioning. The President is a district team member on the Chancellor’s cabinet.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: Develops and maintains channels of
communication with staff members regarding all aspects of college operations including curriculum; instruction; business administration; finance; planning; construction and maintenance of physical facilities; personnel; student services; and educational planning. Maintains the college as a community institution by serving as the chief interpreter of the needs of the students and service area of the college, and promotes the development and implementation of needed programs and services. Provides leadership for the college as whole, including, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of educational and fiscal programs of the college. Assures compliance with college and District policies, state and federal regulations and requirements of accreditation agencies. Provides administrative direction in the development and initiation of college policies and procedures, as well as the organizational structure, which affect curriculum, instruction, student services and activities, and other college operations. Presides over the decision-making process and participates in the governance structure of the college to ensure that final decisions and campus policies are in accord with the general Districtwide policies and decisions officially adopted by the Governing Board. Oversees the preparation of the annual college budget and directs operations of the college within the provisions of the budget once it is approved by the Governing Board. Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the general activities of all college administrators, and delegates to them such authority and responsibility as is required to perform their assigned duties. Advises the Chancellor on matters related to District planning, policies, and operations as they affect the college. Participates in hiring, training and evaluation of diverse faculty and staff highly qualified to achieve college goals. Encourages professional excellence among faculty, staff and administration to achieve the college’s mission and goals.
Maintains a highly visible leadership role in the communities served and develops strategic partnerships between educational institutions, corporations, businesses, civic and cultural organizations. Serves as an advocate for the college and articulates the mission and vision of the college and the California Community Colleges locally, statewide and nationally. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. A minimum of five years of senior-level management experience, preferably in a community college environment. Three years of full-time teaching or student services experience. Current or prior experience as a college president or equivalent may be used in lieu of other management, teaching or student services requirements. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the workplace and educational environment.

Knowledge Of:
The goals of shared governance; principles and practices of administrative organization and management, planning, supervising and evaluating the work of others, employee motivation and training; applicable federal, state, local, District and college rules and regulations, laws, policies and procedures, and collective bargaining contract provisions; report and presentation writing; the relationship and interaction of a community college and the varied communities, special-interest groups, and public agencies it serves; the purposes, goals and philosophy underlying the delivery of education in a community college setting; budget development and management; interest-based approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.

Skill To:

Ability To:
Successfully manage people, major college-wide programs and initiatives; effectively oversee college change efforts, problem-solving, short and long-term planning processes that affect educational programs and college facilities; and financial resources; manage personnel resources of a college, including motivating, developing and directing people; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; use personal computers utilizing typical office software applications, including the Internet; work effectively in a participatory governance environment to accomplish the goals and objectives of the college; communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; understand and support interest-based approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; manage fluctuating resources to minimize disruptions; collaborate effectively with the college and District in enrollment management activities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Desirable Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications-

• An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.
• Demonstrated accomplishments supported by data in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace and educational environment.

Desirable Characteristics-

The President will be a leader who:

• is passionately committed to the mission of the comprehensive community college;
• is a consensus builder with a management style that is collaborative, enthusiastic, inclusive of all constituency groups, and who values, supports, motivates and develops employees, acknowledges their contributions, and who is an open, transparent, approachable and accessible leader;
• embraces the unique nature of CCC, including the challenges faced by the communities and students it serves (including part-time students; non-native English speakers; adult and reentry students; formerly incarcerated students; single parents; students impacted by housing and food insecurity; veterans; Dreamers; emancipated fosters; dual-enrolled high school students; lifelong learners);
• is visible, approachable, and active at CCC and in the surrounding community, building relationships that increase opportunities and success for students;
• practices cultural proficiency and moves comfortably in numerous and varied communities as a leader who builds strong relationships with grassroots, community-based, faith-based, and local government organizations;
• recognizes the value of functional, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds;
• has significant experience creating workforce development programs that proactively meet the needs of local business and industry, and supports community economic development programs and services of CCC;
• has knowledge and experience in the use of technology in higher education in promoting student learning and administrative efficiency;
• models high standards of performance, honesty, integrity, caring and compassion, and inspires and expects the same from classified professionals, faculty, and administrators;
• has experience with interest-based bargaining and a demonstrated commitment to transparency and regular communication with all college constituencies in an union environment;
• works with college leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely manner utilizing input from constituent groups;
• engages with students and supports student development activities;
• demonstrates effectiveness and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity;
• engages in restorative college-wide conversations around racial justice as it relates to collegiality, hiring practices, and student-facing interactions and collaborate with the campus community to implement equitable, anti-racist practices;
• understands and actively fights systemic racism through policy and procedure changes;
• builds coalitions between affinity groups and promotes collegial courageous conversations that lead to increased tolerance, inclusion, and unity;
• has successfully led an institution of higher education through the integrated planning and accreditation processes.

Special Instructions:
The Application Process

• Please be sure to read the detailed CCC President profile posted on our main website at for more information. To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application (references to résumés or other uploaded documents within the on-line application will be considered an “incomplete” application; if any section does not apply, please enter “N/A”). The following document(s) should be assembled prior to completing the online 4CD Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):

• 1. Letter of Application (described subsequently) 2. Page Statement (described subsequently) 3. Current Résumé/CV 4. Professional References 5. Unofficial Transcripts

• In a Letter of Application, not to exceed five pages, a candidate will succinctly state how s/he would address the opportunities and challenges, and desirable qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates should cite specific examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter of application should indicate to what extent personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the desirable characteristics sought for this position.

• In a two to three page statement, explain how you would hold yourself and the College accountable for closing equity gaps and improving student outcomes in an atmosphere of limited resources, shifting State funding models, and unpredictable conditions as we transition from remote instruction back to face-to-face teaching and student services. Please upload this document in the attachment section under “Written Statement”.

• Professional references must be uploaded in the attachment section of the online application. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s permission. Candidates must provide seven professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following:

1 supervisor;
1 management level colleague;
1 reporting support staff member;
2 faculty members;
1 student leader; and
1 community member.

• Application Deadline: To be considered in first review, applications must be submitted online ( with all requested documents by April 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time). Please review the posting in its entirety and allow time to upload requested documents. Only complete online applications will be reviewed by the committee following the deadline date.

• All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

• Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc.). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.

• Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

• Note that correspondence may be sent to you via e-mail. Interview invitations will be via personal phone calls.

Dr. Brice W. Harris, who is working with the Chancellor and Governing Board of 4CD, will be supporting CCC and 4CD in the search and selection process. Any questions or confidential inquiries about 4CD, CCC, or the search process may be directed to:

• Dr. Brice W. Harris, 916-715-7272 or

For questions about the status of the process, or technical issues related to the application process, please contact:

• Dr. Sophia Lever, Recruitment and Classification Analyst,

Job Close Date: 4/8/2021
Open Until Filled: No

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