President, West Valley College

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Position TitlePresident, West Valley CollegeHow many positions are you recruiting for?CampusWest Valley College Position Summary Information



West Valley College, one of two colleges in the West Valley-Mission Community College District, was founded by the voters of the Campbell, Los Gatos-Saratoga, and Santa Clara high school districts. The college offered its first classes in September 1964 at the remodeled Campbell Grammar School site. That same year, 143 acres in the beautiful city of Saratoga were purchased. In 1968, the college offered classes for the first time on the Saratoga site. In its 55-year history, the college has graduated over 100,000 students who have gone on to change the business, cultural, and civic life in California, the nation, and indeed the world.

West Valley enrolls over 7,900 credit and 1700 non-credit students who reflect the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas in Silicon Valley and our service area. The college is a statewide leader in Associate Degrees for Transfer. Students benefit from a full array of student support services that are well integrated with the instructional programs. The college is a statewide leader in its social justice approach with first of their kind programs addressing food and housing instability, community grant tuition waivers, study abroad, and service to veterans.

Our college has diverse educational and career programs that address the needs of a dynamic community and workforce. West Valley has one of the highest transfer rates to four-year colleges and universities in the state, offering 120 degrees and certificates in well recognized, high quality, career and vocational programs, many taught by nationally-recognized faculty. West Valley is celebrated for its popular distance learning course offerings. The college also offers a wide array of non-credit programs that are equally vital to our commitment to serving the community. The Vikings represent a proud, championship athletic tradition at WVC with teams competing in 12 intercollegiate sports.

West Valley College has added seven new or renovated buildings pursuant to its publicly-financed bond campaigns, and will be adding major upgrades to the colleges infrastructure in the coming years, including a new state of the art wellness center, new library and fine arts centers, and a new STEAM complex courtesy of our Measure W bond. The college has also benefitted greatly from its Community Support funding model (Basic Aid) and from the largest period of philanthropic support in its history coupled with a legacy of strong community partnership and engagement.

The College’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in 2014.


The West Valley College community supports students along their pathways to reach transfer and career goals in an environment of academic excellence.


Santa Clara County, home of the Silicon Valley, is a world-renowned center for high technology and an important business and financial center. It is also the Bay Area’s most populous county, with almost 2 million residents, and the site of California’s third largest city, San Jose. West Valley and Mission Colleges serve an area of approximately 350,000 residents. The West Valley-Mission Community College District is one of the largest employers in Santa Clara County.

The Colleges are actively involved in corporate training, economic development, community education, and partnerships with community agencies and businesses on and off-campus. Grant development and foundations provide innovative fundraising and financial support to the colleges.


This is an executive position with an anticipated start date in January 2020. 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 President and her/his/their dependents; life insurance for the President; vacation; and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications


The minimum qualifications for the position include:

  • Any combination equivalent to: Master’s degree in education, public administration or related field;
  • Five years of increasingly responsible management experience providing administrative leadership across at least 2 of the following organizational areas: Student Services Division, Academic Affairs Division, Fundraising/Advancement Division, or Business/Finance/Administration Division; and including at least 1 year of experience serving a California community college or district at the Vice President, Vice Chancellor, or President level; and
  • Demonstrated understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, politics, philosophy, disability and religious background of all students, faculty and staff.
Desired Qualifications


The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

  • Educational preparation from an accredited institution in the form of an earned doctorate.
  • Experience as a faculty member in a community college or other segment of higher education.
  • Previous professional experience managing college construction programs or a facilities bond.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing student equity and social justice outreach programs.
  • Demonstrated expertise in fundraising and experience engaging in community outreach, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing a comprehensive intercollegiate athletics program.
  • A demonstrated history of innovative, visionary planning leading to achieved goals.
  • High professional standards and a personal code of ethics characterized by honesty, Integrity, openness, and fairness.
  • A positive outlook with effective critical thinking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and team-building skills.
  • Experience in pursuing new revenue opportunities to support the college’s overall operation and future development of programs and services.

In addition, leading candidates for the position of President of West Valley College will have:

  • Excellent communication skills with an open-door, trust-building leadership style, a commitment to fairness and equity, and a willingness to learn from others as well as sharing his or her own experience and knowledge;
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with participatory governance;
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovative teaching strategies and programs;
  • Investment in student-centered learning in a climate that embraces diversity;
  • Appreciation for the history and culture of the college and the contributions and talents of the faculty, staff, students, and the community;
  • Knowledge and support of the increasing role of technology in higher education; and
  • Personal qualities that include flexibility, enthusiasm, creativity, empathy, listening skills, friendliness, humor, and the ability to facilitate change when needed.
Knowledge and Abilities

Opportunities and Challenges

West Valley College has invested time, energy, and personnel to address challenges and opportunities necessary for leadership in the 21st century. The West Valley Educational and Facilities Master Plan and College 2020 goals provide impetus for moving forward. More specifically, the following opportunities and challenges have been identified by the search committee:

  • Effective Leadership and College Governance
    • Provide visionary leadership with a high degree of energy and creativity to create an effective, systemic approach to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the college.
    • Foster inclusive and collaborative leadership that respects the ideas and needs of all stakeholders by appropriately supporting the college’s participatory governance system.
    • Promote a strong relationship between the two colleges and the District.
    • Attract and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators, and motivate them to achieve high standards in pursuit of academic excellence.
  • Program and Service Excellence
    • Support and enhance innovative teaching and learning in a student-centered, student-focused culture.
    • Effectively implement the Guided Pathways Initiative and Chancellor’s Vision for Success to ensure that students attain goals set in their Educational Plans.
    • Foster faculty and staff development to meet the needs of future program, course development, and student support services.
    • Promote seamless partnerships between student support services and instruction to enhance student learning.
  • Fiscal Accountability and Facilities Development and Planning
    • Ensure the fiscal health of the college, while staying competitive with surrounding academic institutions.
    • Lead the continued redevelopment and construction of college facilities and the campus environment.
    • Pursue new revenue opportunities to include resources for the implementation of the Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
  • College and Community Relations
    • Be accessible to students and adaptable to the ever-changing diversity of our student population.
    • Articulate the philosophy of a positive campus community while promoting a culture of relationship building.
    • Promote positive relationships and build bridges with the communities served by the college, and establish a visible and prominent presence in the community.
    • Strengthen partnerships with other educational institutions to promote program, student, and educational excellence.
Examples of Duties and ResponsibilitiesWorking ConditionsOther DutiesPhysical DemandsApplicant Information

1.A Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

2.A cover letter (3 pages or less) outlining how your background and experience will serve the future needs of the college and the community that we serve.

3.Supplemental Question:

Describe your experience creating an environment where all involved felt safe, welcomed, supported, included and valued by the institution and each other.

4.Comprehensive Reference List
At least one from each group (References from either current or former Institutions are acceptable)

  • Supervisors
  • Direct reports (including one support staff member)
  • College Board Member
  • Community Member
  • Faculty Member
  • Student Leader

Please be sure to include names, titles, business and home phone numbers, and email addresses for each reference. Note: References will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission.


  • Submission of complete electronic application documents to Human Resources is the applicant’s responsibility.
  • Incomplete documents will not receive committee consideration.
  • Application documents will not be sent to applicants nor received by Human Resources via fax.
  • All materials in your file become District property, will not be returned, and will be considered for this vacancy only.
  • Applicants who, due to a disability, require accommodations to complete the application, testing, or the interview, should contact Human Resources at (408) 741-2174 to arrange assistance.

Nominations and applications will continue to be accepted electronically until the position closing date of November 1, 2019. Submissions are encouraged prior to that date.

For nominations and confidential inquiries contact:
Albert M. Moore
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Telephone 408-741-2060

Selection ProcessSpecial Instructions to the Applicant Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberFY19/20-917FTOpen Date09/17/2019Close Date10/31/2019Open Until FilledNoRequisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Candidates interested in this position are required to upload a cover letter outlining (in three pages or less) how their background and experience will serve the future needs of the college and the community that we serve.
    • I will upload this requested cover letter.
  2. * Describe your experience creating an environment where all involved felt safe, welcomed, supported, included and valued by the institution and each other.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Response to Supplemental Question
  4. List of References
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 9/18/2019
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