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West Valley-Mission Community College District

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The Board of Trustees of the West Valley-Mission Community College District invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of the District. The Chancellor is the CEO of the two-college district and reports to a seven-member publicly elected Board of Trustees. The Board seeks a dynamic, effective leader who loves learning and teaching, and is committed to: high educational standards, meeting the educational needs of the area, building consensus about the direction of the District and Colleges within a framework of shared governance, and providing visionary leadership within the fast-paced culture of the Silicon Valley.


West Valley-Mission Community College District is located in Silicon Valley, home to San Jose, California's third largest city, and the tenth largest city in the nation.

The District is composed of two colleges: West Valley College in Saratoga and Mission College in Santa Clara. Together they enroll more than 17,375 students with diverse backgrounds. Courses are taught during day, evening, and weekend hours, in addition to online courses and distance learning. More than 1,525 faculty and staff work for the District, which has a budget exceeding $135,287,206. The service area includes the cities of Santa Clara, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno; and parts of San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Cruz County.

The District mission statement is: The West Valley-Mission Community College District is committed to achieving student success through innovative and effective lifelong education and career opportunities, which include associate degrees, certificates, transfer, occupational programs, workforce development, pre-collegiate, global, and community education programs.


The Chief Executive Officer of a two-college District, the Chancellor reports to a seven-member publicly elected Board of Trustees. Additionally, the student body elects two advisory members.

The Chancellor works closely with a district-wide Foundation. The Mission-West Valley Land Corporation also provides capital from leasing commercial property located next to Mission College.

The Chancellor oversees the District's ambitious capital improvement program, made possible by the passage of a $698,000,000 general obligation bond in the recent 2018 November election. This is the third bond measure ever passed by the District.

This is an executive position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime.

Salary and Benefits:


Commensurate with experience. Generous fringe benefits include paid medical, dental, and vision for the Chancellor and her/his/their dependents; life insurance for the Chancellor; vacation; and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:


West Valley-Mission Community College District seeks a Chancellor with the qualifications, the demonstrated professional capabilities, and the personal qualities that, in effective combination, will enable him or her to lead the District in successfully addressing the challenges and pursuing the opportunities outlined below.

Education and Experience

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, employees and residents of the communities served by the District.
  • At least six years of increasingly responsible experience in managing major segments of an educational institution, preferably including instructional, student services and administrative programs.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

For more information on this position and to apply, please visit our website at the following link:

Applicants who, due to a disability, require accommodations to complete the application, testing or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (408) 741-2174 to arrange for assistance.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 1/29/2019
Application Due: 4/1/2019
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