Reedley College President

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Posting Number AA2018-0633 Title Reedley College President Campus Location Reedley College Start Date 06/03/2019 Essential Functions of Position

The chancellor and board of trustees of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) are seeking a president for Reedley College, which also operates centers in Madera and Oakhurst. The president will provide unifying and participatory leadership to a dynamic, complex, and diverse rural college. The president will build upon the college’s strong legacy of achievement and leadership in the community.

The president will be a creative, dynamic, and collaborative leader who is committed to advancing student access, equity, and success for our diverse student body and will lead the college in the development and implementation of new programs that address the unique workforce needs of the community. The president will build strong partnerships with community businesses, organizations and educational institutions.

The president will collaborate with their dedicated team of professionals to ensure that the college maintains its strong integration of student equity and success, while working towards achieving Reedley College’s mission and strategic goals.

Reedley College is known for its pioneering spirit and positive climate. The faculty, staff, and leadership are innovative, responsive, collegial and focused on student success. The chancellor and board of trustees are seeking a leader who can facilitate and nurture this climate, even as the campus grows and changes.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under administrative direction of the chancellor and in accordance with provisions of the California Education Code, the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the policies and administrative regulations of the district, the president of Reedley College performs the following duties:

  • Serves as the chief executive officer of the college;
  • Leads the development of the college’s strategic plan and evaluation of the achievement of the college’s goals and objectives;
  • Advocates for the college using a collaborative, collegial leadership style that also supports the district’s strategic plan and achievement of the district-wide goals and objectives;
  • Develops and utilizes procedures to effectively allocate the resources of the college to optimize the achievement of the college goals and objectives;
  • Establishes and implements procedures that enhance the college’s administrative and governance processes and college-wide communications;
  • Leads the evaluation of college’s programs and services and ensures the use of research and evaluation data in institutional planning;
  • In collaboration and with assistance of the college’s faculty and staff, leads the development of educational specifications for facilities required to support the college’s programs, and leads the improvement in college programs and services;
  • Ensures adherence to the institutional accreditation policies, standards and eligibility requirements;
  • Leads the development of the college’s budget and ensures management of the college’s financial affairs in conformity with district fiscal policies and procedures;
  • Encourages and supports the development of college public relations, service to the community, and student outreach;
  • Promotes articulation among the college and other P-12 schools, colleges, and universities locally and nationally;
  • Approves all job assignments, duties and responsibilities of academic and classified personnel;
  • Chairs the president’s cabinet, participates as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet, and participates in meetings of the Board of Trustees;
  • Keeps the chancellor informed of the college’s programs and services, as well as the needs and accomplishments of the college;
  • Represents the college at meetings of appropriate educational agencies and organizations;
  • Ensures the college’s compliance with federal, state and district policies on equal employment opportunities, and shall endeavor to protect students, employees, and members of the community from all discrimination, including sexual harassment; and,
  • Ensures that all employees work within the duties and responsibilities described in job descriptions, and ensures all employees follow all policies, rules, regulations, bargaining agreements, and procedures of the state and the district, including the requirement that access to privileged information be carefully protected.

Opportunities and Challenges
The president will provide unifying and participatory governance leadership to enhance the institutional effectiveness of a dynamic, complex, and diverse campus community. Reedley College students are served by faculty, staff, and administrators committed to student achievement and academic excellence. The next president must build upon a strong campus legacy, lead the college to higher levels of excellence, and continue to fulfill a prominent leadership role in the community. The president will be expected to:

  • Provide leadership and support to the campus president and the Madera Community College Center through the accreditation process;
  • Commit to and advocate for academic excellence and student support services that lead to student access, equity, success and completion;
  • Foster and support a campus climate that values diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Promote a sense of unity and pride within the multicultural college community;
  • Encourage and support innovation among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Provide leadership that supports professional development opportunities;
  • Strengthen collaborations and partnerships with local community groups, governmental agencies, P-12, colleges and universities, and business and industry locally, nationally, and globally;
  • Elevate the profile of the college as the primary local workforce provider;
  • Attract external resources to the college through grants, public-private partnerships, and fundraising to support the continued growth of the district foundation;
  • Promote the new performing arts center through fundraising and community programs;
  • Ensure the guided pathways goals are accomplished and or adapted, as necessary;
  • Through collaboration, ensure the college’s compliance with Assembly Bill 705;
  • Provide leadership ensuring that educational planning is integrated with resource planning processes and allocations to achieve student learning outcomes; and
  • Be a highly visible and accessible community leader while maintaining a strong presence within the campus.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned master’s degree from an accredited higher education institution;
  • Successful senior administrative-level experience in progressively responsible, reasonably related executive positions; and,
  • All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice.
Desirable Qualifications

The Selection Advisory Committee and Chancellor will consider the following desirable qualifications and characteristics in their selection of the Reedley College President


  • Earned doctorate from an accredited higher education institution;
  • Teaching and/or student services experience in higher education;
  • At least five years of successful, progressively responsible management experience in a community college or a post-secondary institution;
  • Successful experience as a leader in the use of technology to facilitate learning;
  • Understanding of the Guided Pathways framework and how it relates to the college’s mission and vision;
  • Ability to provide guidance and leadership on Guided Pathways implementation and assessment;
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching/learning and the vision of a learning-centered institution and community;
  • Rural and agricultural experience including but not limited to higher education, community outreach, and fundraising;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support of participatory governance;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and establish and maintain partnerships with all levels of educational institutions, including governmental entities, business, industry and labor, civic organizations, and diverse community and student groups;
  • Demonstrated strong record of achievement that includes community outreach with educational institutions, business, industry, government and/or non-profit organizations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and evidence of leadership with honesty and integrity;
  • Evidence of accountable, decisive, ethical and visionary leadership;
  • Demonstrated effective communication, collaboration and delegating skills;
  • Positive and dynamic human relations skills;
  • Effective communication and responsive listening skills with sensitivity to the needs of the college, encouraging trust, mutual respect and collegiality;
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the importance of community workforce and economic development partnerships;
  • Successful experience in a multi-ethnic, pluralistic environment and in responding to the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students;
  • Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusions of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one’s relational practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;
  • Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the institution’s vitality and growth; and,
  • Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals.


Committed to Student Access, Success, and Equity

  • A leader who champions exemplary innovation in instruction and student support services that lead to student success and completion rates that close the equity achievement gap;
  • A leader whose philosophical commitment to student access, success, and equity has been demonstrated through changes in institutional strategies and policies that resulted in improved student achievement;
  • A leader who has demonstrated the ability to work effectively as an executive team member committed to collaborative integration of instruction, student services, and business services to enhance the learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff;

Takes Strategic Risks

  • A leader who is willing to take significant data-informed risks and inspires changes in how everyone across the college thinks and acts to improve student outcomes;
  • A leader who is committed to identifying gaps in student outcomes on the basis of factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and then mobilizes the college to improve results;
  • A leader who has demonstrated experience and knowledge of data driven decision-making related to enrollment management and student retention;

Builds Strong Teams

  • A visionary, progressive, and transformational leader;
  • A decisive and pragmatic leader who has successfully developed collaborative relationships with a diverse college constituency, fosters cohesion and establishes a sense of pride in working together for the good of the students;
  • A leader who is guided by ethics and honesty, is committed to transparency and inclusiveness in decision-making, and promotes the application of ethics across the college and district;
  • A leader who promotes cohesiveness and respect among all the college and district constituents; resolves controversial issues and problems in a timely manner using input from constituent groups, and who is sensitive to the effects of decisions on students, the college, and the district;
  • A consensus builder committed to faculty and staff diversity who uses and promotes an open, approachable management style that is inclusive, collaborative and enthusiastic and who values and supports staff development, motivates employees, and acknowledges their contributions;

Plans Lasting Internal Change

  • A thoughtful leader who uses an integrated planning process to ensure that the college develops and implements master plans, strategic plans, and student equity plans that significantly improve student access and success;
  • A leader who ensures fiscal stability through expert management and the acquisition of new revenue through a variety of strategies to address unmet college needs;
  • A leader with a track record of fiscal integrity, responsibility, and accountability;
  • A leader who ensures that the college follows an integrated planning process that complies with accreditation standards by including effective implementation of plans, routine assessment of progress, and continuous data-informed improvement;
  • An educator with a results-oriented approach who promotes a culture of inquiry and evidence, and aligns plans and implementation efforts to measurable objectives;

Communicates Effectively

  • An educator who possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and uses those skills to foster strong relationships; to develop shared priorities; and to identify and resolve problems with leadership;
  • A leader whose communication and management style is effective in the college’s multicultural/multilingual environment, a style that instills confidence and trust, and a style that has the impact of calming difficult situations;
  • A leader who will advocate for the college at the local, state, and national levels;

Develops Effective External Partnerships

  • A leader who uses the college’s influence and resources to pave the way for ongoing student access and success by forging partnerships with outside entities, including P-12 school districts, four-year colleges, community-based organizations, and employers;
  • A leader who actively participates in community organizations for the sake of establishing and strengthening college/community relationships.
Conditions of Employment 223 duty days and 22 vacation days for a total of 245 days. Salary and Benefits

State Center Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, sick leave, vacation benefits and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Salary and other benefits are highly competitive and negotiable, and depend upon experience and qualifications.

Selection Procedure

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

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To be included in the first screening of applications, submit the following application materials by 11:55 p.m. on November 14, 2018.

  1. A State Center Community College District application, which can be accessed at SCCCD Career Opportunities;
  2. A letter of application, preferably no more than seven (7) pages, that describes how your education and experience address the Desired Qualifications and Characteristics identified in this position announcement;
  3. A current resume of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information; and,
  4. A list of eight references: two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty (or equivalent), and two community members. Include primary telephone, business telephone, and e-mail addresses for each.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make a confidential inquiry about the Reedley College President search, please contact our Associate of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Search Consultants:

Helen Benjamin, Ph.D.
(510) 701-1553 (mobile)
[email protected]


Debbie DiThomas, Ed.D.
(951) 961-6533 (mobile)
[email protected]

If you have any questions regarding the submission of application materials online, please contact:

Sareang Nhim
SCCCD Human Resources Technician
(559) 244-5986
[email protected]

Applications will initially be screened by Human Resources to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents, a search advisory committee will screen the application packets and determine the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications. Those candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 17th and 18th.

The search advisory committee typically includes faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members.

Finalists will be invited for additional interviews and public forums at Reedley College. These interviews and forums will be held on or about January 28, 2019. The chancellor will also interview the finalists. The new president will be expected to assume duties on or about June 3, 2019.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office, 1525 E. Weldon Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704, (559) 244-5900. For more information on Reedley College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at Please refer to Position No. 3542.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant’s responsibility and must be submitted through the District’s online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond, as best as we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty and administrators we work with in the District.

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For more information about the District, the College and its Centers, the surrounding communities, and the feeder school districts, please see below.




Additional Information about the Position

About the Region
Reedley College is located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California in the city of Reedley, which has a population of approximately 25,000. Known as “The World’s Fruit Basket,” Reedley is in one of the richest agricultural regions of the world. Reedley is also within an hour’s drive of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Nestled alongside the Kings River, which provides sandy beaches and opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing, the river also provides a learning laboratory for Reedley College students and faculty. Reedley College is proudly supported by several other surrounding communities including but not limited to Kingsburg, Sanger, Selma, Fowler, Dinuba, and Parlier.

About the College
Reedley College was established in May 1926 as Reedley Junior College and has affected many lives since then. In its 92 years, Reedley College has developed into a crucial component of higher education in the central San Joaquin Valley, offering over 153 degrees and certificates in 37 areas of study taught by approximately 140 full-time faculty and 225 part-time faculty. The college is one of 11 community colleges in California to offer students on-campus housing.

The college currently enrolls over 10,000 students, many of which are first generation college students. The demographics of the student population is 73% Latinx, 5% Asian, 2% African American, 17% White, and 2% multiracial. Reedley College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the college has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

The campus offers instructional opportunities that range from traditional classrooms and high-tech science laboratories to unique classroom settings on the campus’ 300-acre farm and nearby 800-acre forest at Sequoia Lake. In June 2018, Reedley College was named by the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association as having the most outstanding, post-secondary agricultural/natural resources program in higher education in the State of California. Construction for the agriculture modernization and expansion project will begin late 2020. In addition, within the next two to three years, the college will begin construction on a math, science, and engineering expansion as well as on a new center for fine and performing arts.

Students have a choice of earning associate degrees, associate-transfer degrees and certificates of achievement, certificates in specific programs, transferring units to a four-year college or university, developing or improving job skills or enjoying personal enrichment. In addition, Reedley College currently offers a strong dual enrollment program with 15 local and surrounding area high schools.

Reedley College was selected to be one of the 20 California Community Colleges to participate in the groundbreaking California Guided Pathways Project. Reedley was chosen in part due to its strong focus on student success and equity. Guided Pathways is a transformational framework that focuses on reviewing and revising college policies, procedures and practices with the goal of designing with the student in mind. Reedley has embraced Guided Pathways with the college’s goal in mind, “We motivate and inspire students to succeed”. The project is designed to significantly increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree at a California Community College.

Reedley College also has two centers: Madera Community College Center (MCCC) and Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC).

About the Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers
MCCC provides an affordable, quality education for residents of Madera County and nearby communities. The center opened in 1996 on a 114-acre site donated by local landowners. MCCC offers comprehensive, innovative programs in transfer/general education, occupational education, and developmental education. Distance learning courses are also a priority, providing online courses and linking the Madera Center with other district sites.

The center is scheduled to break ground on its new center for agriculture and technology building on October 2, 2018. In addition, MCCC just started the design phase for the academic village expansion with construction projected to begin late 2019.

The expected completion date for the center for agriculture and technology is Fall 2019 and the academic village expansion, Summer 2021.

MCCC is seeking candidacy for initial accreditation as an independently accredited community college and hopes to achieve that status in approximately two years. The District is also in the process of recruiting for a campus president for MCCC who will report directly to the president of Reedley College and indirectly to the chancellor of SCCCD.

The Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC) is a satellite campus of Reedley College and is located just 20 minutes from the South entrance to Yosemite National Park and just minutes away from the Sierra National Forest. OCCC will become a center of Madera once it becomes an accredited college. The campus provides opportunity and access to higher education for a geographically isolated population in Eastern Madera County. The campus currently serves Oakhurst, Mariposa County, Coarsegold, North Fork and the surrounding communities with over 75 courses in a variety of study areas. The center is slated to open a new permanent campus in Fall 2021.

At OCCC, students have the opportunity to receive an affordable, quality college education right in their own local mountain community. Facilities include traditional classrooms, distance learning, computer lab, science lab, and student success center. Day and evening classes, traditional face-to-face, online, hybrid, and two-way video conference distance learning are offered.

Reedley College Mission
Reedley College motivates and empowers students to be successful by providing high-quality, innovative educational opportunities. We inspire a passion for learning to meet the academic and workforce goals of our diverse communities. Our associate degree programs, career technical education, transfer level, and basic skills courses are offered in an accessible and safe learning environment.

Reedley College Vision Statement
As an exemplary educational institution, Reedley College cultivates professional, well-prepared individuals who will enrich our ever changing local, regional, and global communities.

About the District
Reedley College is one of three colleges comprising State Center Community College District, which also includes Fresno City College and Clovis Community College. The District serves approximately 1.7 million people, 22 unified, and high school districts in more than 5,500 square miles of urban and rural territory. Total District enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester was approximately 39,612 students. The 2018-19 total operating budget for the District is $319.5 million.

Open Date 10/01/2018 Close Date 11/14/2018 Closing Time 11:55 pm Open Until Filled No Quick Link Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess degree(s) earned from an institution outside of the United States? NOTE: If yes, you will be required to upload an evaluation service assessment (foreign transcript evaluation). A list of some available assessment agencies can be found at under the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Academic Credentials section. Please upload under Optional Evaluation Service Assessment. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application.
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Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts (Unofficial copies accepted - must indicate conferred degree(s) that support the minimum qualifications)
  2. Evaluation Service Assessment
  3. Additional Documents
  4. Letters of Recommendation




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