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San Diego County - Grossmont College

Transforming lives through learning isn't just the vision of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. It happens every day with our 30,000 students who take the first step in their higher education, become trained for a new career, or learn knowledge that transforms their world perspective.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District honors a diverse academic community and fosters equity mindedness across our institutions. As such, the District is committed to eliminating achievement gaps among different student groups by promoting a culture of appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice, and continuously examining our processes and practices through an equity lens.

The District provides an excellent health and welfare benefits package to its employees. We take care of our employees and have continued to offer medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible employees and their dependents at no charge for any of the plans we offer.

Become a part of this dedicated team in beautiful San Diego County!

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Job Summary
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST

NOTE: Application materials that are submitted on the last day of application and are timed out will not be accepted.

Department: President's Office

Location: Grossmont College

Months worked out of the Year: 12 months

Work hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Days & Hours may vary

Compensation: Length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment are competitive with those of similar California districts.

Initial interviews: April 6 - 8, 2021 via Zoom
Desired start date: July 1, 2021

Please read the entire job announcement. Important application requirements are noted at the end of the announcement.

Job Description


For almost six decades, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has played a vital role in the social and economic development of San Diego's East County by providing world-class, affordable education. The district's service area spans 1,138 square miles from the City of San Diego east to Imperial County and south to the Mexican border. Together, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges serve more than 26,000 students with an operating budget of more than $134 million.


The Grossmont College President, under the direction of the Chancellor, leads the College in providing an exceptional learning environment that improves the quality of life and well-being of its community members and fosters high levels of access and success for all students. This visionary leader will provide robust and collaborative leadership through equity and anti-racist frameworks by:

  • Leading the college in its current online and remote environment, through its recovery and stabilization, and into a reimagined future.
  • Guiding the college to understand and adjust to the Student-Centered Funding Formula.
  • Supporting a Guided Pathways (GP) framework and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative
  • Preparing for a likely economic downturn through fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  • Allocating resources to support and assure the quality of the college's programming.
  • Implementing effective uses of technology to improve administrative processes and enrich teaching and learning for students, especially in the current remote teaching environment.


With an over-arching focus on promoting student access, diversity, and success, the President fulfills the following duties:

Institutional Leadership - Exercises strong, dynamic leadership to advance the College's mission and values.

District Leadership - Serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet providing leadership for the District's overall mission and strategic direction.

College Relationships - Works with all segments of the college community to ensure effective and respectful relations.

Multi-College District Relationships - Facilitates communication and understanding between the College community and the Chancellor, Cuyamaca College, District Services, and Governing Board.

Community Relationships - Fosters strong partnerships with area schools, universities, employers, community organizations, city, and government entities.

Shared Governance - Promotes a positive climate for and practice of collegial participatory governance.

Budget - Provides oversight for the development and management of the College budget to ensure fiscal integrity and strategic alignment with goals and priorities.

Learning- Ensures that the College meets the educational and training needs of the community and promotes learning for all students.

Accreditation - Leads the College in maintaining continuous compliance with accreditation standards.

Fundraising - Helps lead District advancement efforts and creatively seeks public and private funding resources to support the College's goals.

Long-Range Planning -Works with all segments of the College, District and community to create a bold, strategic framework for the College's future.

Organizational Leadership - Organizes and focuses College resources to maximize student and organizational success; motivates employee engagement and accountability; promotes leadership at all levels.

Other Duties - Performs other duties assigned by the Chancellor.

  • Grossmont College is seeking a visionary leader who is empathetic, equity-minded, and committed to supporting anti-racist practices. The future President will be a visionary and strategic individual who will build upon a tradition of collaboration in pursuit of student success. The Search Committee, Chancellor, and Governing Board will evaluate potential candidates based on the following competencies and commitments.

Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Student Access, and Success
  • Leads with cultural and racial competence and is responsive in creating and sustaining a welcoming and safe environment that supports teaching and learning.
  • Effectively uses data to identify equity gaps in student outcomes and then mobilizes the college to ensure the identified students have the appropriate resources to succeed.
  • Facilitates an environment of social justice, racial equity, and meaningful inclusion for all students, employees, and the broader community.
  • Makes evident a high level of understanding for students' basic needs beyond academic support, such as food, housing, and mental health.
  • Implements strategies for hiring and retaining high-quality faculty, staff, and administrators, especially from under-represented groups.

Financial and Operational Accountability
  • Serves as a leader who will establish a campus culture of fiscal accountability and stewardship.
  • Understands the statewide Student-Centered Funding Formula as it relates to a multi-college district, so that the college can maximize opportunities for funding.
  • Knows how to leverage and allocate existing resources to benefit students and the campus and lead collaborative efforts to improve efficiencies.

Communication, Teamwork and Relationship Building
  • Recognizes all constituency groups' values and unifies and directs that energy toward service to students.
  • Has a track record of developing faculty, classified staff, and administrators, and providing resources for professional growth.
  • Supports a partnership between academic affairs, student services, and administrative services.
  • Understands and is committed to shared-governance and transparency in decision-making.
  • Is willing to listen and learn
  • Practices an open, approachable, and accessible leadership style that respects and values the contributions and ideas of college constituencies and collective bargaining units.
  • Works with constituent groups to develop and communicate a clear vision for the college to inspire, motivate and engage others.

  • Is a forward-thinking leader who will develop innovative ways to recruit, retain and support students, taking into account the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Is a dedicated education activist and transformational leader.
  • Is proactive with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.
  • Is a visible and approachable presence on campus.
  • Is an innovative problem solver and effective leader in managing multiple responsibilities and issues simultaneously.
  • Is a proud and assertive advocate for the college on campus and in the community.
  • Is aware of student issues on campus and seeks out student representation in decision making.

  • Is an ethical and trustworthy leader, who will serve as a role model for the college, students, and the community.

Community Engagement
  • Appreciates and supports the Grossmont College sense of community, both within the college and between the college and the surrounding communities.
  • Facilitates continuing and enhancing collaborative efforts with the K-12 districts and the surrounding communities to advance student access and success, particularly for underrepresented groups in higher education.
  • Forges partnerships with outside entities such as local governments, private companies, and community-based organizations to enhance student access and success.
  • Engages the College, the community, and its partners to increase enrollment and the College's visibility throughout the service area.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of management experience, including three (3) years upper level administrative experience in a community college/higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural environment.
  • Significant prior responsibility for budget and organizational planning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of all facets of a comprehensive community college: instruction, student services, administrative services, and community engagement.


A master's degree or higher, earned doctorate degree preferred, from accredited institutions.

Additional Information


Applicants may find it helpful to refer back to the job posting, specifically the special instructions, while applying. Consider saving the job description or opening a new browser window.

Having the following materials prepared and ready to attach BEFORE beginning the application may make the application experience more seamless.


1) A current and complete resume/Curriculum Vitae of educational, professional, and community experiences and accomplishments, particularly related to this position.

2) A letter of application that specifically relates your professional experience and personal commitment to the specified competencies and commitments. Please limit your letter to no more than five (5) pages.

3) As part of the online application, three (3) professional references are required. Finalists will be asked to provide additional references.

4) Unofficial academic transcripts. Official transcripts will be required for employment.

Online position brochure available at:


JacQueLine Osborne, Senior Recruiter, GCCCD
[email protected]

Alyssa Brown, Director Human Resources, GCCCD
[email protected]

All inquiries and applications will be held in confidence until interviews with selected final candidates are confirmed.

Under Federal Law, employers are required to verify that all new employees are eligible for employment in the United States. Prior to appointment to a position, you must present acceptable proof of your identity and authorization to work in the United States.

GCCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX employer.

Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and who require accommodations for completing the application process or interviewing should notify the Human Resources Department by calling (619) 644-7679.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful fingerprint clearance. A processing fee plus Live Scan fee will be required.

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The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district in eastern San Diego County, has been providing a high-quality education to the region since Grossmont College opened its doors in 1961 and Cuyamaca College began operating in 1978. The district is tied closely to the suburban and rural communities that it serves, providing a $1 billion economic impact to the region through its payroll, purchasing, and spending by students and alumni.

The district has a strong commitment to diversity and equity with a student population representing a broad variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, cultures and abilities. The district strives to provide an educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding, and respect that ultimately also benefits the global community.

The colleges offer more than 150 degrees and certificates in a wide range of programs. Both colleges have signature programs that have become well-renowned. Grossmont College is recognized for its top-notch Administration of Justice, Culinary Arts, Nursing and Allied Health and Theatre Arts programs, while Cuyamaca is known for its Automotive Technology, Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Health and Safety and Water/Wastewater Technology programs.

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Posted: 12/2/2020
Application Due: 1/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time