Dec 07, 2020
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College


Kern Community College District

Position Number: 03160

Posting Date: 12/04/2020

Position Closing Date:

Initial Screening Date: 01/22/2021

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Management


Work Week:

Minimum Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and negotiated with the Board.

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 CalPERS retirement system and Social Security benefits for Classified and Management employees. Employees covered under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), are vested 100% after five years of full time service credit.

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.
Benefits Website

College/Site: District Office

Location: DO-KCCD Bakersfield Downtown

Basic Function:

The Kern Community College District (KCCD) was established in 1968 to provide leadership and educational resources to the three colleges serving communities in over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties in southern California. KCCD is geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States and serves more than 40,000 students through the programs of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College. All three colleges are members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The district is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who passionately pursue excellence in programs and services to develop student potential and create opportunities for their communities.

KCCD's students represent a diverse population of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational goals. The KCCD colleges also have education centers and sites in a variety of communities throughout the district, offering convenient, localized instruction for residents who do not live near the main college campuses. Additionally, KCCD's commitment to distance learning and technological advances has increased the opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals throughout their broad service area and beyond. The Kern Community College District's overarching mission is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to their diverse students and communities.

KCCD will continue to unify its three colleges and the District Office into an integrated system that operates cooperatively, efficiently, and effectively in serving a diverse service area and student population.


The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the District. All functions of the District are directed by the Chancellor in keeping with policies established by the Board of Trustees.

The Chancellor's powers and duties shall be initiatory and executory. The Chancellor shall act both as a professional advisor of the Board in the formulation of policies for governing the District and as chief executor of the policies adopted by the Board. All powers and duties delegated to the Chancellor are to be executed in accordance with the policies adopted by the Board, and all acts performed by the Chancellor which are classed in law as discretionary are subject to review and to final approval by the Board unless the Board specifically authorizes such acts to be executed in a particular manner.

The Chancellor as Chief Executive Officer of the Board shall have specific powers and duties and shall be directly responsible to the Board for their proper exercise. The listing of specific responsibilities, however, shall not be interpreted to exclude all those powers and duties not mentioned but which are integral to the position of Chancellor.

The Chancellor shall attend all meetings of the Board. The Chancellor may be excused from closed sessions of the Board at the time when personal salary and tenure of the Chancellor are being considered. The Chancellor shall have the right to speak at Board meetings on all matters before the Board.

The control of the District shall be unified under the Chancellor, and all employees of the District shall be responsible to the Chief Executive Officer through the District line and staff organization.

The Chancellor shall nominate or recommend employees, and the Board shall employ from those who have been nominated or recommended by the Chancellor. It shall be the responsibility of the Chancellor to employ and retain well-qualified, competent staff members. The Chancellor may authorize interim employment prior to Board action to accommodate payroll processing, however, Board action is required to ratify employment at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

The recommendation for assignment and promotion of all employees of the District shall be made to the Board by the Chancellor.

The suspension or dismissal of an employee of the District shall be made by the Board on the Chancellor's recommendation. The Chancellor may suspend an employee at any time until the next meeting of the Board under provisions of the law.

The Chancellor shall direct all matters relating to personnel including salary status, professional development, professional records, minimum qualifications, recruitment, staff allocation, and approval of absences and leaves.

The Chancellor shall oversee the planning and administering of a continuing staff development plan for employees of the District.

The Chancellor shall recommend to the Board the purchase of all supplies and equipment.

The Chancellor shall direct the preparation of the annual budget and submit it to the Board for approval.

The Chancellor shall have control and supervision of all District buildings, grounds, and equipment.

The Chancellor shall approve and recommend to the Board all plans for the construction of buildings, landscaping of property, and repairs or alterations to existing property, and shall see that all plans adopted are properly executed.

The Chancellor shall have power to make rules and regulations to govern routine matters.

The Chancellor shall inform the public regarding activities of the Colleges and the District.

The Chancellor shall make an annual report on the condition and the progress of the District and such other reports as the Board may request from time to time.

The Chancellor shall hear any complaints against the District and shall act as judge in matters of controversy between the various District employees, and between District employees and students, parents of students, or patrons, when the controversies relate to District affairs. The Board will not deal with such matters except on appeal from the Chancellor's decision or at the Chancellor's request. The Chancellor is charged with the enforcement of the rules, regulations, and decisions of the Board of Trustees and shall be responsible for the dissemination of all general orders adopted by the Board relating to all District employees.

The Chancellor is authorized by the Board of Trustees to accept the resignation of any employee. The Chancellor may delegate this responsibility by written designation to District Officers or College Presidents.

The Chancellor shall be responsible for the general efficiency of the District and for the development of the teaching, administrative and support staffs, instructional programs and services, and for the growth and welfare of students.

The Chancellor may delegate, subject to approval by the Board, any of the powers and duties which the Board has entrusted to the Chief Executive Officer but in every instance shall continue to be responsible to the Board for the
execution of the powers and duties delegated.

The Chancellor serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent
  • Five years of senior-level administrative experience in education, defined as an executive position reporting directly to a governing body or chief executive officer and being responsible for a broad operational segment of the organization with significant fiscal and programmatic oversight (e.g. academic affairs, student services, administrative services)
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

  • Doctorate degree from regionally accredited institution
  • Presidential experience
  • Community college leadership experience, ideally in a multi-college district
  • Faculty experience in teaching or student services, or other leadership experience providing support for the role of faculty that demonstrates a strong understanding of the teaching/learning process
  • Proven record of successful management of resources, including effective budget development and oversight
  • Demonstrated experience to effectively navigate the complexities of the California community college policy, legal and accreditation environment or equivalent
  • Successful external resource development experience, including pursuit of grant funding and community support through partnerships and/or a foundation

Note: Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

Note: The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.
Discrimination Free Work Environment

Knowledge and Abilities:

Embraces the Mission of the Community College in California
Exhibits awareness of the California community college and has management experience in navigating relevant issues. Implements policies and practices guided by the diverse needs of students and the community; and promotes rigor that results in high student achievement to advance the mission of the community college.

Collaborative Leadership
Has a clear commitment to a collegial environment and inclusion in important decision-making processes. Exhibits a collaborative leadership style with all constituent groups to accomplish critical institutional objectives. Understands the philosophy and practices that are the foundations of AB1725.

Values Diversity
Embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms as a District-wide value. Focuses on meeting the needs of underserved student and community populations. Seeks diversity in employee positions.

Effective Organizational Leadership
Understands how instruction, student services, academic support services, business and administrative services, and technology interface to effectively support student learning and other institutional processes. Is aware of the complexities of a multi-college district and exhibits an ability to foster cooperation between district colleges and allocate resources equitably and effectively.

Effective Fiscal and Resource Management
Understands the role of finances in planning, budgeting, assessing, and leading continuous improvement. Effectively manages all resources to advance the purposes of the district.

Courage to Lead in Difficult Times
Has the courage and perseverance to address challenges and confrontations. Is deliberate in assessing diverse and conflicting perspectives; brings those perspectives to consensus and successful outcomes. Is an effective, data-informed decision maker and manager of change. Is action- and results-oriented, innovative and creative, and responds to situations in a timely manner, particularly in periods of uncertain funding or disruption.

Effectively Motivates Others
Inspires trust and confidence through strong motivational skills. Exhibits outstanding communication skills, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the work of the organization. Is a successful team builder with a proven ability to motivate members of all constituent groups to perform at their best.

Highest Ethics and Integrity
Exhibits personal/professional ethics and integrity in all behavior and relationships with a strong sense of transparency, fairness, and equity in all decision making.

Advancing External Relationships
Maintains high visibility and has successful experience in cultivating and maintaining external relationships at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Commits personally and supports others in seeking external forms of resources through formal organizations, such as foundations, and community partnerships.

Positive Labor Group Relations
Understands the California collective bargaining environment and the need to work effectively with all formal employee groups. Has relevant experience addressing the successful achievement of negotiations outcomes.

Effective Leadership in a Multi-College District Environment
Understands the Chancellor’s role within the authority structure in a multi-college district. Engages with authority in a creative, innovative, and respectful manner. Takes and gives authority appropriately with the Board of Trustees and both District and campus leadership.

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 Friday, January 22, 2021 are assured consideration. The District reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Chancellor Search Website

The District shall reimburse reasonable travel expenses to those invited to the first level interviews and finalists who are invited to an interview with the Board of Trustees.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts (Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment.)
  • List of professional references to include:
    - Minimum of six professional references.
    - Supervisors, direct reports, faculty members, support staff, community members, and peers.
    - Must provide name, title, preferred email addresses, and preferred phone numbers.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
EEO Plan 2018-2021

For confidential inquiries, contact:

Dean Colli
PPL Incorporated
Telephone: 619-517-6133
E-mail: [email protected]

Jim Riggs
PPL Incorporated
Telephone: 209-559-6550
Email: [email protected]

For additional inquiries please contact:

Dena Rhoades
Interim, Director of Human Resources
Kern Community College District
Telephone: currently working remotely, please contact via email
Email: [email protected]

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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