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President - Cerro Coso Community College

Kern Community College District

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President - Cerro Coso Community College

Kern Community College District

Position Number: 03009

Posting Date: 01/06/2020

Position Closing Date:

Initial Screening Date: 03/13/2020

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Management


Work Week:

Minimum Salary: Negotiable based on experience

Maximum Salary:

Kern Community College District provides a rich health and welfare benefits offering to our employees, including Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Long-term Disability.

In addition to the above benefits, the District also offers a robust voluntary benefits selection:
  • Flex 125
  • Additional products and services through American Fidelity
  • Supplemental voluntary life insurance
  • Tax Shelter Annuities

The District participates in the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS) for faculty. Employees covered under the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS), are vested 100% after five years of full time service credit. All coverages begin on the first day of the month following the hire date.

Benefit Website Link:
Benefits Website

College/Site: Cerro Coso College

Location: CC-Main Campus, Ridgecrest

Basic Function:
The President of Cerro Coso Community College shall be responsible to the Chancellor of the Kern Community College District, as Chief Administrator of the College. The President maintains policies, rules, and regulations as set forth by the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the California Education Code, the Board of Governors of California Community Colleges, and the general laws of California and of the United States. Major responsibilities also include assuming leadership in promoting the best interests of Cerro Coso Community College and the Kern Community College District and help to formulate district policies and administer district programs. The President shall have the authority to delegate areas of responsibility as permitted by law.

Example of Duties
-Assume direct responsibility and accountability for carrying out the general policies of the District and recommending District policy.

-Responsible for the assignment of all staff.

-Responsible for the general administration of the College, utilizing the resources of the administration, faculty, and staff.

-Develop, coordinate, and administer all fiscal matters for the College in conjunction with District policies and procedures.

-Direct the efforts of the College toward a realization of its functions and promote its relationship with the communities served by the College and its two centers and online program.

-Examine critically the purposes of the College and make changes and modifications to meet the educational, academic, and workforce needs of the College community.

-Direct the continuous improvement of the instructional services of the College.

-Make recommendations for the employment, retention, and dismissal of all management, faculty, and classified personnel.

-Make recommendations in the appointment of College representatives to appropriate standing and special committees.

-Actively participates in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Community Colleges League of California, and other appropriate associations to share the best thinking of those organizations with the faculty and students of Cerro Coso Community College.

-Represent the College at the local, county, state, and federal levels.

-Cooperate with the administration of area high schools and elementary schools in the development of best practices leading to the College best serving their student needs and to the appropriate joint use of facilities.

-In conjunction with the District Facility Planning, seek funding and develop working drawings for the improvement of College facilities.

-Achieve FTES targets with effective enrollment management for all College sites.

-Develop a planned annual budget and monitor expenditures accordingly.

-Serves as Secretary to the CCCC Foundation.

-Serve as an ex-officio member of all college committees and all College related organizations.

-Create every opportunity to remain up-to-date in the field of educational and community college leadership by actively pursuing research, writing, publications, public speaking, and any other means by which to exercise institutional leadership.

-Performs other duties related to the administration of the College and District as directed and delegated by the District Chancellor.

To view more information about the Cerro Coso President search, please visit our President Website.

Education and Experience:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college/institution.
  • Teaching or student services experience.
  • At least one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

  • Earned Doctorate Degree
  • At least 3 years of senior-level administrative experience.
  • Both instruction and student services experience at the community college level.
  • Participation in community activities and partnership development.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the mission of the California community colleges.
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations affecting community colleges.
  • Ability to formulate policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge of school finance, budget methods and procedures.

Salary Grade:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
First Review of Applications:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on March 13, 2020 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Interested applicants should submit the following required application documents:
-Application Materials
-Cover Letter/Letter of Interest (no more than five pages)
-Current Resume
-Unofficial Transcripts
-List of references (maximum 8) to include phone and email contact information for:
  • One direct supervisor
  • One peer
  • One faculty member
  • One direct report
  • One member of a governing board or member of the community
  • One classified or support staff member

Key Dates
Completed applications received by March 13, 2020
First level interviews will be conducted June 16, 2020 & June 23-25, 2020
Final candidate forums and campus tours TBD
Final interview held TBD

The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees has engaged PPL. Inc., to assist its management of the recruitment, application, and selection process of KCCD’s next President of Cerro Coso Community College. For confidential inquiries and questions, please contact:
Dean C. Colli, Ed.D., PPL, Inc. - Vice President 619-517-6133 [email protected]
Lisa Sugimoto, Ed.D., PPL, Inc - Associate 619-517-6133 [email protected]

To view more information about the Cerro Coso President search, please visit our President Website.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Kern Community College District (KCCD) is committed to providing an academic and work environment free of unlawful discrimination. Discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation of any person, military and veteran status, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics is illegal and violates KCCD policy. KCCD will enforce all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. KCCD is committed to recruiting, training and providing advancement opportunities that will result in equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees.

Visa Sponsorship
The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield CollegeCerro Coso College and Porterville College. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens.

KCCD is geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, serving 26,000 students. Our students represent a diversity of religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities.

While the Kern Community College District was established as a separate entity in 1968 to respond to the changing needs of our communities, educational services have been provided to residents for many years: at Bakersfield College since 1913; at Porterville College since 1927; and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951 by what is now Cerro Coso College. All three colleges are proud members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Today, education centers and sites in Delano, downtown Bakersfield, the Mammoth/ Bishop area, Edwards Air Force, and the Kern River Valley offer additional convenient, localized instruction for thousands of residents. KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and other technological advances is creating increasing opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals across our broad service area and beyond.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.



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