President

The Rogue Community College Board of Education invites nominations and applications for the position of President of Rogue Community College.

 

Presidential Profile

Rogue Community College was named for the Rogue River, which starts as a spring bursting from the slopes of the Cascade Mountains on the west side of Crater Lake before flowing 215 miles to the Pacific Ocean. As the river leaves the Cascade Mountains, it winds its way through the Rogue Valley that comprises Josephine and Jackson Counties. The Rogue Valley is located midway between Seattle and San Francisco on the Interstate 5 corridor and extends to the Oregon-California border.

 

Rogue Community College was established in 1970 and serves over 312,000 residents in Jackson and Josephine counties at campuses and learning centers in Grants Pass, Medford, White City, and the Illinois Valley.

 

A public two-year community college, RCC offers multiple transfer degrees; more than 80 career and technical education degrees or stackable certificates; a variety of workforce and short-term training, academic skills, and continuing and community education classes; and services to the business community. The College's current general operating budget is $50 million, serving 3,973 students during fall term.

 

One of 17 community colleges in Oregon, RCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Three programs at the College have achieved the standards for specialized accreditation: Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, and Massage Therapy. RCC also is approved by the Veterans Administration as a veterans training institution.

 

The next president of Rogue Community College should be a passionate and innovative leader who will promote student success, is dedicated to the community college mission, and will make a long-term commitment to the region. In addition, the College is searching for a president who embraces the identified priorities of the College and demonstrates the ability to manage them for the benefit of the College and the community. The College is also looking for a candidate who will advance the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, encourage a culture of acceptance for diverse thought, and comfortably participate in and champion open dialogue on the importance of inclusion and equitable access.

 

Campuses & Learning Centers

  • Redwood Campus/ Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Table Rock Campus/ White City, Oregon
  • Riverside Campus-RCC/SOU Higher Education Center/ Medford, Oregon
  • Illinois Valley Center for Learning and Business Entrepreneurial/ Kerby, Oregon

 

Rogue Community College has several challenges and opportunities that require specific experience and skills in the next president. They are as follows:

  1. Commitment to increase student success and academic success by establishing, strengthening, and supporting initiatives that effectively and equitably serve diverse learning communities.
  2. Experience working with the community on career and technical education and workforce development programs and initiatives.
  3. Ability to develop and maintain partnerships throughout the region, including those with regional school districts, higher education institutions, as well as with business and industry. Connect with for and not-for-profit businesses and career-oriented organizations in our region.
  4. Commitment to shared governance and open communication.
  5. Ability to effectively work with a college foundation.
  6. Be forward-thinking, recognizing innovative opportunities and creative approaches along with the willingness to take strategic risks.
  7. Focus on strengthening professional development opportunities that will grow the campus leadership.
  8. Willingness to work with and to seek input from faculty, staff, and students regarding college policies, services, and planning.
  9. Dedication to fostering a collegial environment to enhance college faculty and staff morale.
  10. Commitment to encourage an environment of openness and transparency.
  11. Supportive of collaborative partnerships for delivery of hybrid or partner programs.

 

Expected Leadership Qualities

  1. An approachable leader who fosters a deep sense of community and belonging to encourage faculty and staff to be focused on achieving the College's mission.
  2. One who proactively addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion by actively promoting and supporting a learning and work environment that ensures social justice, mutual respect, and civility.
  3. An individual with the ability to truly listen and engage all parties.
  4. A leader who is a consensus builder while continuously advocating for the College at the local, state, and federal levels.
  5. One who possesses an understanding of the unique strengths and challenges facing a small, multi-campus, rural community college.
  6. A manager who can identify new and emerging technology and understands how it can strengthen the College's operations.
  7. A demonstrated ability to fundraise and work with local and state legislators to generate revenue for community colleges.
  8. Ability to effectively and efficiently manage current financial resources, while providing leadership in the face of competing financial priorities and funding shortfalls. Ensure the College is sufficiently resourced into the future, ensuring both near-term and long-term fiscal health and sustainability.
  9. Ability to uphold and strengthen the shared governance culture of the College, instilling transparency, integrity, accountability, and stakeholder participation in the annual budget process and collective bargaining.

 

President's Minimum Requirements

  1. A master's degree earned from an accredited college or university (doctorate preferred).
  2. Minimum of five years of senior executive and team leadership experience (preferably in an educational institution).
  3. Substantial commitment, experience, and involvement with strategic planning and courageous decision-making.

 

Only degrees received from an accredited institution will be accepted:  accreditation must be recognized by the office of degree authorization, US Department of Education, as required by ORS 348.609. Final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts for required degree.

 

President's Preferred Requirements

  1. Experience in community college classroom teaching and/or student services preferred.
  2. Experience in financial and budget management in a higher education setting and understanding of the economic environment of community colleges. A strong record of aligning budgets with strategic goals, allocating resources effectively, and setting financial priorities.

 

Compensation

This is a full-time Exempt/Chief Executive Officer position (100%, 246 days/year). Salary and benefits are competitive and will be negotiated upon offer of the position.

 

Benefits and Retirement

In addition to rewarding career opportunities, RCC offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents. The following core benefits are made available through the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB): complete employer-paid health insurance packages, employer-paid group life and AD&D insurance, optional life and AD&D insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, long-term care insurance, employee assistance program, individual offerings from AFLAC and Colonial, flexible spending accounts, and health savings accounts. Additional benefits include generous paid leaves, tuition waivers, and on-campus wellness activities. Qualifying employees will contribute to the Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) and have the opportunity to enroll in optional 403(b) and 457(b) deferred compensation plans.

 

Application Process

Screening of applications will begin on December 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after January 21, 2022 are not guaranteed review.

 

Candidates will be required to submit the following for review:

  • A completed application form submitted online (only online applications will be considered)
  • A current and complete resume of educational, professional, and community experiences and accomplishments, particularly related to the position
  • A letter of application that specifically relates your professional experience and personal commitment to each of the 9 Leadership Qualities and Characteristics listed in this position announcement (not to exceed five pages)
  • Professional references: Contact information for a range of professional references (five minimum) to include at least one (1) former supervisor, two (2) direct reports and/or support staff, one (1) faculty member or professional associate, and one (1) student or member of the community.
  • Unofficial academic transcripts included at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required for employment.

 

For more information and RCCs online application system, visit http://www.roguecc.edu/presidentialsearch.

 

Rogue Community College does not discriminate in any programs, activities, or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For further policy information and for a full list of regulatory specific contact persons visit the following webpage: www.roguecc.edu/nondiscrimination.