President, Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA
Jul 28, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Community College

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.

Position Title
President, Diablo Valley College

Diablo Valley College

Posting Number


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 Qualification-Education/Experience
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.

Minimum Qualification-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.

Minimum Qualification-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
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will be:

•A progressive leader with a clear and compelling vision of the future of Diablo Valley College who is ethical, open, accessible, and trustworthy.

•An effective communicator, facilitator, and listener who possesses exceptional interpersonal skills.

•An individual with demonstrated cultural competence who values, motivates and develops a diverse faculty, staff and student population.

•A transparent and inclusive leader, committed to consensus-building through participatory governance.

•A leader who demonstrates an understanding of the complexity and competing priorities of a growing diverse, comprehensive community college within a multi-college district.

•An individual who has successfully led an institution of higher education through the accreditation process.

•A leader with demonstrated expertise in the budgeting and resource management of a complex multi-campus college within a multi-college district.

•A student-centered leader, committed to offering integrated instructional and student services programs, who is sensitive to the effects of decisions on equitable student success and the larger community the college serves.

•An articulate and politically astute advocate, responsive to the needs of the community and business and industry, with a solid understanding of legislative processes and issues.

•A person who has successfully led facilities planning, development, renovation, and construction.

•A leader with demonstrated success in developing and motivating diverse faculty, staff and management to meet the needs of 21st century students.

Desirable Qualifications

•An earned doctorate or other equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a recognized discipline, or substantial progress in attainment.

•Senior-level management experience, preferably in a community college environment.

•Demonstrated experience in community involvement and institutional advocacy, including fund-raising or other resource development.

•College faculty experience in a classroom or non-classroom capacity.

Special Instructions to Applicants
The Application Process
• To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete on-line application (references to rsums 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 on-line CCCCD Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):
• 1. Letter of Application (described subsequently) 2. Current Rsum 3. Professional References 4. Unofficial Transcripts
• In a Letter of Application, not to exceed five (5) pages, a candidate will succinctly state how she/he would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at Diablo Valley College. 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 preferred qualifications sought for this position.
• Professional References (please upload a list of 7 professional references within the attachment section of the online application): Candidates must provide 7 professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following:
• 1 supervisor, 1 colleague, 1 reporting support staff member, 2 faculty members, 1 student leader, and 1 community member. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate's permission.
• Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted on-line ( with all requested documents by September 25, 2017 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time). Please review the posting in its entirety and allow time to upload requested documents. Only complete on-line 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.
PPL, Inc. is pleased to have been selected to assist the College and District in this important search and selection process. Any questions or confidential inquiries you or others might have about the Contra Community College District, or the Diablo Valley College President position may be directed to either of the following:
• PPL Consultant Robert Griffin, (408) 616-9282
• PPL Consultant Jos Ortiz,, (805) 598-5118
For questions about the status of the process, or technical issues related to the application process, please contact:
Sophia Lever, Recruitment & Classification Analyst,, 925-229-6854
Stephanie Morgado, Human Resources Generalist,, 925-229-6870
Candidates selected as finalists for this position will be asked to participate in a public college forum as part of the search process.

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.