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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.
Desired Qualifications


The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • A doctorate degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution.
  • Five years of senior administrative/leadership experience in progressively more responsible positions with a strong record of achievement; having this experience at the higher education level.
  • Teaching, student services, or fiscal service experience in a post-secondary institution.
  • Experience working with local and/or state legislative bodies and governmental agencies.
  • Experience working in/with diverse communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural competence and its application in the community college setting.
Knowledge and Abilities

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Ensure that the entire District is working toward student access and the success of our diverse student body.
  • Maintain a leadership environment focusing on accountability and ethical conduct.
  • Strengthen internal policies, procedures, and operations within and between the District and the Colleges to ensure educational and fiscal accountability.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, the College Presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the community.
  • Provide guidance, leadership and direction for the facilities bond program to build and enhance an exceptional learning environment for student learning, access and success at both Colleges.
  • Oversee the completion and implementation of the Mission College and West Valley College Facilities Master Plans.
  • Oversee and guide the District’s Capital Improvement Program.
  • Guide the District’s budget development and ensure fiscally sound practices.
  • Support the review and revision of the two Colleges’ emergency preparedness plans that address the safety needs of the District community.
  • Understand the distinctive difference between the Colleges’ cultures, and the students’ needs, challenges and demographic differences.
  • Build an effective and collaborative leadership team with a common commitment to and focus on student access, success and support.
  • Foster, among District/College administrators, faculty and staff, a culture of innovation and risk-taking toward common goals to improve student access and success.
  • Advocate for and articulate an innovative vision of the District and establish strong working relationships with the educational, political, business and civic leaders of the local community, state and nation.
  • Work and set goals to ensure that District/College staff will represent the communities served by the District.

Community Leadership

  • Assume a highly visible leadership role in the community and build strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions and community-based organizations.
  • Advocate for the Colleges and District with voters, and legislative and governmental bodies at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Directly request and leverage resources from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community College system.
  • Identify new educational programs that respond to the changing needs of the students and the community.
  • Identify and participate in local community-based initiatives to build awareness of the Colleges’ and District’s goals, and to drive enrollment.
  • Develop and support utilization of community-based advisory committees made up of strategically selected local and regional stakeholders.
  • Encourage District and College leaders to engage with the community and represent the needs of the District/Colleges to the District’s service area.
  • Maintain and strengthen existing ties and/or develop new ongoing partnerships with business, industry, local communities, diverse organizations, K-12 and other colleges and universities within the District service area.
  • Engage and inspire community leaders, community-based organizations and civic leaders to support the District’s/Colleges’ programs and services.

Resource Management

  • Oversee the successful implementation of the District’s facilities bond program, completing the work of Measure C and implementing the 2018 voter-approved Measure W.
  • Support grant opportunities for faculty and staff.
  • Ensure that technology continues to enhance student learning, professional and personal development, and alternative delivery systems.
  • Ensure the District’s fiscal stability, securing sufficient resources to fund operations and providing adequate controls to prevent fiscal mismanagement.
  • Actively participate in the work of the West Valley-Mission Community College District Foundation, a 501 (c ) (3) dedicated to supporting the District’s two Colleges.
  • Understand Basic Aid funding (Community Support) and other state legislation and regulations impacting the funding and governance of the California Community Colleges.
  • Work district-wide, to ensure and align expenditures with strategies for student access and success, including resource allocation; and to support innovative uses of technology to expand services to students and District/College staff.
  • Work with industry technology leaders to leverage opportunities to enhance technology throughout the District to bring the most sophisticated technology available to the District/Colleges.
  • Evaluate internal processes to promote effective, efficient and economical operations in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  • Provide leadership that will provide ethical and transparent management of fiscal resources.

Professional Characteristics

  • Works collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, encourages the Board’s continuing development, and helps conduct effective meetings.
  • Serves as the ambassador of the District.
  • Is a visionary, innovative, inspirational risk-taker, who is bold, a good listener, ethical, fair, authentic, and a big picture thinker who leads by example, and exhibits passion for student access, student success, and the success of all District employees.
  • Is an effective communicator who communicates and listens in ways that foster strong relationships, develops shared priorities and inspires trust and responsible action.
  • Respects the California participatory governance process while maintaining the Board’s policy leadership and decision-making authority.
  • Operates within the statutory complexities of the California Community College System
  • Understands, is sensitive to and respects the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disabilities, genders, and sexual orientations of students, faculty and staff.
  • Skillfully communicates through active listening, taking multiple perspectives into consideration, writing effectively, and being an inspiring speaker in all forms and settings, small and large, public and private.
  • Practices the highest principles of ethics, is equity-minded, and respects academic freedom.
  • Motivates, inspires and empowers others.
  • Successfully builds effective teams.
  • Serves others while staying focused on the District’s values and integrity; and promotes leadership development amongst district employees.
  • Possesses broad experience with the major aspects of stewarding campuses, buildings and educational facilities including: funding, design, construction, renovation and maintenance. (This should include knowledge of and support for effective use of information technology throughout an educational system.)
  • Works within and leads a diverse community.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities Working Conditions

Duties are primarily performed in an office environment or in meetings at a District or community location. The incumbent is subject to frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with executive, management, faculty, members of the Board of Trustees, community and State leaders and the general public. Frequently must travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings and conduct work.

The working conditions described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties Physical Demands Applicant Information


This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout its various stages. Candidates are asked to respect the confidential nature of the search. Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2019. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit early in the process. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Final Filing Date and Time for First Consideration: March 15, 2019, at 5 p.m., PST (or open until filled). First screening date March 19, 2019.

Applications must include:
1.Cover letter: Individuals interested in this position will state in a letter of application (seven pages or less) specifically why they are interested in the position, how they meet the qualifications, the ideal characteristics, and personal qualities; and how they would address the opportunities and challenges, resource management and community leadership expectations identified in this brochure.
2.Resume: Applicants will also submit a current resume of professional experience, accomplishments, educational background, and other pertinent information.
3.References: The names, business and email addresses, and home/cell telephone numbers of nine references: two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, one student, and two business or community leaders. (Applicants from sectors other than higher education will submit comparable references.) References will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission. Candidates will be required to sign a release form to authorize reference checks. Employment history, degrees obtained, and other certifications/accomplishments will also be verified.
4.Confidential Data Sheet

An electronic version of all submittals is required. Submittals not containing all of the required documentation will be deemed incomplete.

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

Selection Process


Due to the high level of importance placed on candidates’ presentation of qualifications and submittal, West Valley-Mission Community College District and Arterberry Blue & Associates are under no obligation to assess, comment, or inform individuals as to the completeness of submittals. Arterberry Blue & Associates will conduct an initial evaluation of submitted materials for minimum qualifications and consult with the screening committee concerning the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment profile. Review of qualified individuals by the Screening Committee will begin March 19, 2019, with only the most highly qualified candidates invited to continue in the selection process.

The Board of Trustees is expected to interview the final candidates during the week of May 13-17, 2019. It is expected the Chancellor will join the District on July 1, 2019. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please contact Search Consultants: Stan Arterberry at (707) 567-4402 or [email protected] or
Dr. Deborah G. Blue at (707) 567-4401 or [email protected]

Confidential inquiries are welcomed. If you have additional questions about the District, please contact Mr. Albert M. Moore, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at (408) 741-2060 or go to


  • Successful completion of background and fingerprint clearance and TB screening.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS, if a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ a diverse workforce who will contribute to an inclusive and welcoming educational and employment environment. The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

Special Instructions to the Applicant Posting Detail Information

Posting Number FY18/19-857FT Open Date 01/28/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Candidates interested in this position are required to upload a cover letter that will state (in seven pages or less) specifically why they are interested in the position, how they meet the qualifications, the ideal characteristics, and personal qualities; and how they would address the opportunities and challenges, resource management and community leadership expectations identified in this job posting.
    • I will upload this requested cover letter.
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of References
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