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Vice President Student Services (Santiago Canyon College)

Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana
Grade A: $170,892.58 - $229,012.40/year, $252,486.17 (top step effective 7/01/2023), $262,585.62 (top step effective 7/01/2024)

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Vice President Student Services (Santiago Canyon College)

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade A: $170,892.58 - $229,012.40/year, $252,486.17 (top step effective 7/01/2023), $262,585.62 (top step effective 7/01/2024)

Job Type: Full-Time Management - Academic Administrative Time

Job Number: AC23-00620

Location: Orange, CA

Division: Student Services/SCC

Closing: Continuous

Job Description

Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Student Services (VPSS) serves as the Chief Student Services Officer providing leadership for the Student Services Division. This college cabinet-level position serves as a leader and collaborator in the College's strategic planning and decision-making activities. Working collaboratively with college constituents, the VPSS is responsible for fostering a culture of student success by actively developing, implementing, and maintaining initiatives and core services that enrich student learning and advance the college's mission, vision, and goals. The Vice President serves as an advocate for student success and has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The VPSS will also provide leadership to the College Advancement Office and serves as the executive director of the college foundation. In this role, the VPSS directs and supervises college advancement staff; organizes and facilitates activities and meetings of the foundation volunteer board of directors and foundation committees. Assumes responsibility for coordinating and implementing programs and activities that generate community goodwill and financial support for the college.
As the chief student services officer, the Vice President is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the division of Student Services. The Vice President is responsible for the overall management planning, administration, and evaluation of the division's programs, services, personnel, policies and procedures development, facilities and budget. The VPSS, in accordance with the provisions of the Education Code, the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the policies of the District, performs the following functions:

Overall responsibility for the planning, staffing, supervision, and delivery of all student services and related programs provided at the college. Provides leadership in these program areas for efficiency and effectiveness in serving the needs of a culturally and socio-economically diverse community. Collaborates with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and other institutional leaders in college-wide initiatives.

Directs, supervises and evaluates assigned academic and classified staff and responsible for the immediate supervision and performance evaluation of all reporting administrators. Recommends all personnel transactions in areas of responsibility; ensures the hiring of highly qualified and diverse staff, faculty, and administrators. Responsible for developing an effective and cohesive leadership team with a common commitment to and focus on student access and success.

Develops programs that support inclusivity and success for the college's diverse student population. Responsible for reviewing, recommending and implementing district policies and administrative regulations pertaining to student services. Participates in district-wide Title IX initiatives and serves on the College's Title IX case management committee.

Responsible for the overall preparation, monitoring and accounting for all budgetary matters in areas of responsibility including general fund, categorical, auxiliary and grant funding. Seeks maximum state funding and alternative revenue streams for assigned programs and services.

Responsible for overseeing and enhancing the assessment framework for all student services areas, including annual student learning outcomes and service area outcomes assessment and triennial program reviews to ensure results-oriented program planning and budgeting. Supervises and coordinates the attainment of Student Services goals within the College's Educational Master Plan and the District's Strategic Plan. Additionally, monitor and guide the implementation of the Foundation Strategic Plan and annual goals.

Must be a highly visible educational leader actively engaged and participating in community, state, and regional organizations to enhance the presence and visibility of the college and to cultivate external resources. The VPSS will establish and maintain partnerships with external entities, including K-12 school districts, four-year universities, and community-based organizations to achieve student access and success.

Significant responsibility for advising, chairing or participating in college and district committees and task forces related to duties. Participates in and supports the accreditation process.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a master's degree; and, one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator's administrative assignment.

Preferred Qualifications: Possession of a doctoral degree; and, a minimum of five years of senior-level management experience preferably in planning, implementing, evaluating, and advocating for a wide range of student programs; and, possess the minimum qualifications to serve as a faculty member in the California Community Colleges.

Essential Qualities: The College seeks a student-centered, collaborative and innovative VPSS who can demonstrate the following:

Experience working with a diverse campus community and possess a commitment to equity and inclusion. Be a visible champion for student engagement and advocacy.

Experience in program planning, implementation, and administration, including management of budgets and personnel.

Experience and commitment to partner with various college stakeholders to build effective collaborative relationships, within a multi-college district.

A strong personal orientation toward collaboration, teamwork, transparency, accessibility, accountability and delegation.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with external constituencies, including K-12 school districts, four-year universities, and community based organizations.

Ability to engage in enrollment management initiatives that promote student recruitment and retention.

Excellent communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing; possess the ability to listen to all points of view, build consensus, and inform others of policies and decisions.

Demonstrated competence in a collective bargaining environment.

Demonstrated commitment to the principles of shared governance and transparency.

Demonstrated ability to analyze and apply laws, rules and regulations concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well as other state laws and district policies relating to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gender and interpersonal violence, and sexual assault. Ability to work cooperatively with Human Resources and District Safety & Security personnel.
Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. Located in the heart of Orange County, it is one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, based on the number of credit and non-credit students. RSCCD encompasses 25 percent of Orange County's total area and serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Tustin, and Yorba Linda. The District includes Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, as well as the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, Joint Powers Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, the College and Workforce Preparation Center, and the District Operations Center. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is committed to the concept and principles of staff diversity and equal employment opportunity by prohibiting discrimination based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.
Application ScreeningIn addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Educational experience - breadth and depth
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socio-economic community
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others

  • Based on the information presented in the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview.
    Meeting the position's minimum requirements does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed the most competitive in the applicant pool. InterviewApplicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
  • A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance. Application ProceduresThe position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on 6/2/2023. To ensure full consideration, all applicants must submit a complete online Rancho Santiago Community College District Online application that includes the items listed below no later than 6/1/2023. People & Culture will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.
    A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  • RSCCD Online Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume - details all relevant education, training, and other work experience
  • Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted)

  • Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service, must translate and evaluate Foreign transcripts.
    Conditions of EmploymentSelected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  • Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in People & Culture)
  • Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  • Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense, and clearance must be received before the first day of employment)
  • Submit official transcripts

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    Working at Rancho Santiago Community College District

    In the heart of Orange County lies Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges, Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. Centered in a growing and dynamic area, the district serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.

    Encompassing 24 percent of Orange County’s total area (193 square miles), the district maintains eight facilities. Rancho Santiago Community College District is home to two colleges and four continuing education centers throughout the Central Orange County area. In addition, the college district presents convenient community education courses in many other locations in cooperation with its education and community partners.

    Santa Ana College founded in 1915, is a comprehensive community college preparing students for the workplace as well as to transfer to four-year higher learning institutions. Students may earn an associate degree certificate. For those willing to commit to high academic achievement, honors courses are offered. The college also assists students in gaining basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals. It is located at the corner of West 17th Street and Bristol in Santa Ana on about 58 acres.

    Santiago Canyon College, one of the state’s newest community colleges, offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer as well as associate degree programs. Honors courses are offered to those with high academic achievement goals. In addition, the college provides community services, technical certificate programs, non-credit courses and basic skills instruction. Situated on 82 acres, the college is located in Orange at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Newport Drive.


    We are always seeking qualified, energetic and committed people to join the RSCCD team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for all students. Each job in this district is important to the learning process for all our students. Because we serve a diverse student body, we seek employees who possess a genuine interest in serving others. If you share this student-centered philosophy, we invite you to submit an application.

    RSCCD has a reputation as an excellent employer. Whether employees work at one of our college campuses, the district headquarters, or one of our off-campus education centers, employees feel a sense of connection to each other and work to achieve common goals as part of the "Rancho family."

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