Job description


Saddleback College

Initial Screening Date    08/31/2018


Pay Range:  27 ($184,296 to $259,344) - Salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience and qualifications.


Classification Benefits:    

The District provides California State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), and offers a comprehensive package including holidays, sick, vacation, and personal necessity time; and, insurance benefits which include medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, a long-term disability income-protection plan, and a legal plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District.


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Summary Description:

To serve as educational leader and Chief Executive Officer at one of two community colleges in a multi-college district reporting to the Chancellor; assure the delivery of educational and other services provided by assigned college; provide visionary leadership in the overall administration of the college; develop an administrative organization which shall be the established authority on campus; develop and implement the district and college’s strategic plan and implement Board of Trustee policies and district administrative procedures; and serve as the final authority at the college level.


To report to the Chancellor and execute all powers and duties in accordance to rules and regulations of the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the laws of the State of California; serve as the institutional leader and implement board policies and administrative regulations as applicable to the position; serve under contract and establish annual goals, which are approved by the Chancellor; and advise the Chancellor on matters related to District planning, policies, operations, as they affect the diverse body of students and employees at the college.


To formulate and articulate a vision of the college’s future that addresses the evolving social, economic, and political forces that affect its mission and campus priorities, in which teaching, learning, student access and student success are central to the college mission.


To maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students, as well as on a district-wide basis with the other college and district services; and advocate for the community college using a collaborative, collegial leadership style that also supports the district’s strategic plan and achievement of the district-wide goals and objectives.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the district; lead by example; actively participate in and support district-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.



Receives direction and evaluation from the Chancellor. The President is a district team member on the Chancellor’s Executive Council and on other committees and councils directed and delegated by the Chancellor.


Provides leadership and direction to the academic Vice President for Instruction, the academic Vice President for Student Services, the Vice President for College Administrative Services, other academic administrator and classified management personnel and related support staff.


Knowledge of:    

• Budget administration for a large, multi-faceted community college.

• Contract negotiations and employee grievances at the community college level. 

• District organization, operations, and objectives.

• Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and diplomacy. 

• Local economic conditions, community leaders and service organizations. 

• Local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations related to public and community college administration, including the California Education Code and the California Government Code. 

• Oral and written communication skills. 

• Policies, objectives, procedures, organization, operations, guidelines, programs, and services applicable to the administration of a community college. 

• Principles and practices of community college administration. 

• Principles and practices of effective leadership, management, and supervision.

• Principles and practices of training, supervision, and performance evaluation. 

• Principles, theories, practices, methods, and procedures of public administration specifically related to higher education. 

• Programs and services of a community college district.

• Progressive discipline procedures and documentation. 

• Public speaking techniques. 

• Participatory governance at the community college level. 

• Sound fiscal management policies as related to public institutions. 

• Student enrollment trends and demographic statistics of the community. 

• The role of community colleges in economic development. 

• Trends in academic, career technical, community, and contract education.


Ability to:    

• Adhere to negotiated collective bargaining agreements as mandated for California Community Colleges. 

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. 

• Assure compliance with local, state, and federal laws related to community colleges.

• Assure the development, approval and administration of a consolidated and balanced annual College budget according to legal timelines. 

• Assure the preparation, maintenance, and retention of all required District reports, files, and data. 

• Be fiscally responsible, resourceful and creative in ways that will generate new revenue. 

• Be politically astute and communicate effectively with local, state, and federal legislators. 

• Build a sense of community within the College and establish viable linkages with external communities. 

• Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies within and outside the College. 

• Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

• Confer with legislators, community business leaders, and others regarding funding sources, cooperative instructional relationships, and other matters. 

• Create and maintain administrative and faculty environments that encourage and support innovation. 

• Delegate authority and responsibility to subordinates effectively. 

• Demonstrate dynamic, well-organized, and visionary leadership. 

• Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 

• Develop policy recommendations which will implement the district’s master plan and other goals and objectives in accordance with local, State and federal laws and the needs of the college community. 

• Develop and maintain a visible presence on the campus and in the community. 

• Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

• Envision, plan, develop, organize, administer, review, monitor, control, and evaluate all functions, programs, services and activities of the College including instruction, student services, and administration. 

• Establish and maintain a climate of trust and collegiality. 

• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

• Exercise initiative and work independently with little or no direction from the Chancellor.

• Identify needs and priorities and make decisions in a climate of competing interests. 

• Listen intently and communicate effectively with others in an inspirational, open, and responsive manner. 

• Maintain current knowledge of the educational and career technical needs of the community. 

• Maintain and establish positive relationships and partnerships on a district-wide level with the other college and district services.

• Maintain rapport with all personnel at both colleges and District. 

• Make effective public presentations. 

• Plan, organize, direct, administer, review, and evaluate all functions of the College including instruction, student services, and administration.

• Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations. 

• Provide executive leadership and direction to administrators, managers, supervisors, faculty, and support staff. 

• Recognize the important roles of all parts of the college and district (e.g. academic, student services, administrative services, library, facilities, human resources, etc.)

• Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural, and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy. 

• Review and analyze complex financial, statistical, and narrative data regarding all aspects of the District. 

• Select, train, lead, mentor, direct, supervise, and evaluate the performance of subordinates effectively. 

• Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s executive staff.

• Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

• Understand and implement mandated participatory governance. 

• Work effectively with diverse populations, maximizing the benefits of diversity.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, business, or public administration, or related field.



An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.



• At least five years of demonstrated and responsible administrative experience, preferably in a higher education environment, with a broad variety of instructional and student services programs, and physical, fiscal and technology resources.

• At least three years of experience managing a multi-million dollar budget in higher education.

• Experience in a participatory governance environment in higher education.

• Experience in and/or demonstrated knowledge of the role of the community colleges in economic and workforce development.


License or Certificate:    

A valid California driver’s license.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  






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Job No:
Posted: 7/17/2018
Application Due: 8/31/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $184,296 to $259,344 -Salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience