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Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Institutional Research - Central Services

Yosemite Community College District
Modesto, CA

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Job Title:

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Institutional Research - Central Services


Yosemite Community College District/Central Services

Salary Range/Other:

Executive Salary Schedule (2023-2024) Range E3: $16,344 to $19,733 monthly / $16,564 to $19,953 monthly with Doctorate. Stipend is provided for an earned doctorate.

Benefits :

The District currently pays for a health option for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Scope of Assignment:

DEFINITIONUnder the direction of the Chancellor, and as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the VC of IT and IR will oversee the strategic application of all aspects of academic and administrative technology at YCCD. The VC of IT and IR provides vision, leadership, oversight and management of the District’s information technology services, institutional research, infrastructure, hardware, and software while closely collaborating with users across the Colleges and throughout the District. The Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Institutional Research provides strategic vision, technical acumen, and strong communication and interpersonal skills as the Yosemite Community College District builds upon the existing IT and IR services that support teaching, learning, planning, research, operations, administration and other YCCD services.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISEDThe Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Institutional Research reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.Provides direct supervision over managers, directors and administrative support staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:The combination of education, experience and/or training that provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. The pattern that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities is:

  • Education: Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, educational administration, or related field. An earned doctorate or other equivalent terminal degree is preferred;
  • Experience: Seven (7) years of demonstrated successful leadership experience in academic administration, institutional planning and research, or information technology; Five (5) years in an administrative management capacity (Vice President, Senior Director or equivalent position). Management experience in higher education preferred.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of management and supervision.
  • Principles, practices, procedures and maintenance of information systems including computer programming analysis and optimization.
  • Network, application, and information security principles.
  • Backup and disaster recovery planning and implementation.
  • Technical aspects of industry standards of computer hardware, documentation, and security.
  • Principles and practices of organizational administration, supervision, and training.
  • Research, analysis, and design techniques related to computer programming, system
  • development methodology and maintenance.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Data governance practices.
  • ITIL Service Management framework.
  • Project management and business analysis methodologies (PMP, PMBOK, BABOK, Project+, Six Sigma, etc).
  • Community College organizational functions, policies and procedures

Ability to:
  • Provide leadership to all IT teams, including academic technology, administrative applications, data center, desktop support, service desk, media services, networking, operations, programming, telecommunications, and other related technology areas.
  • Ensure the preparation, coordination, and prioritization of data requests for state and federal compliance reports, as well as data for program review, research, and planning purposes.
  • Provide leadership in staff development and training, staff evaluations, mitigating personnel issues, resolving conflict, and facilitate teamwork.
  • Ability to engage in the participatory governance process and work cooperatively with students, staff, corporate partners, local businesses, government agencies, and other educational partners and professional organizations.
  • Demonstrable strong, open, collaborative leadership style in supporting interpersonal and group relationships.
  • Sensitivity to and knowledge of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds within the California community college environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, presentation skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.

Example of Duties:


  • Provide senior leadership for the District’s Information Technology (IT) organization, which includes district-wide academic computing, administrative computing, service desk, infrastructure, IT security, media services, networking, telecommunications, technical services, web services and IT operations.
  • Responsible for the strategy, oversight and management of the District’s Information Technology through the application of industry best practices, knowledge and analysis of key initiatives and projects.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of advanced data analysis models for better predictive measures in key areas of the institution with the goals of maximizing student achievement and eliminating student achievement gaps.
  • Ensures coordination between Information Technology and Institutional Research to maximize institutional effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Develop a collaborative IT strategic planning and implementation process within the District that will fully leverage current and emerging technologies.
  • Provide overall leadership, mentoring, and direction to department of over 40 FTE staff and a number of student employees and outside service providers. Maintain a high level of performance through effective recruitment, selection, training, professional development and evaluation of staff.
  • Conduct on-going assessment of the current physical technology infrastructure and making recommendations as to next steps for replacement, upgrading, or outsourcing.
  • Provide leadership to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to analyze, plan, design, implement, maintain, and enhance network security systems, processes, and policies.
  • Plan, organize, and manage district-wide technology functions to facilitate and enhance the collection, management, manipulation, storage, reporting, and distribution of computerized data used for analysis.
  • Manage and review the existing and secure new contracts with vendors for the District’s academic, administrative and instructional technology systems, monitor module implementation, operational effectiveness, and system upgrades.
  • Ensure proper controls and procedures are in place for FTES and MIS reporting and documentation, including all related support for analysis, monitoring, preparation, and training.
  • Develop, maintain, and evaluate policies, procedures, and standards required to provide flexible and cost-effective information technology services essential to quality instruction, and administrative processes.
  • In collaboration with the CISO, review and enhance strategies for IT security, business continuity and disaster recovery processes for technology systems.
  • Maintain Total Cost of Ownership Plan and work with colleges to update college Technology Plans.
  • Lead the collaborative process to evaluate, develop, and manage technology use policies and procedures for the District.
  • Presents findings of data analysis to interested parties including but not limited to: Board of Trustees, Chancellor and cabinet, administration, faculty and staff (including constituent groups), and students.
  • Supports and collaborates with stakeholders in various operational areas on aspects of District research, data analysis, strategic planning, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with appropriate campus committees and managers to develop a program to maximize training, access, and use of technology.
  • Collaborate with both colleges and provide leadership regarding the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.
  • Work collaboratively with appropriate campus managers and committees to develop and maintain effective electronic research procedures and technology.
  • Contribute to the District’s achievement of accurate enrollment management.
  • Develop and promote opportunities for IT staff development and professional growth.
  • Review emergent technologies, and assess for suitability for YCCD consideration, to improve and strengthen IT services and support to students and employees.
  • Work closely with the District Leadership Team, develop, monitor, and manage the annual technology budget and maintain budget controls and required documentation for categorical expenditures to ensure that strategic IT initiatives can be appropriately funded and successfully implemented.
  • Prepare agenda items for the Board of Trustees relating to information technology and arrange for Board reports from the colleges/District regarding information technology.
  • In conjunction with the IT staff, establish and maintain relationships with outside service providers, vendors, agencies and consortia to ensure that the District receives superior service and competitive pricing.
  • Chair district-wide Information Technology related committees.
  • Supervise staff, participate in the selection of personnel; provide information for evaluations and performance appraisals; provide technical guidance and direction; assist in transfer, promotion and salary decisions for Information Technology.
  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s staff, cabinet, and other committees as designated by the Chancellor.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Licenses and Certificates:

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License

Physical and Mental Standards:

Physical and Mental Standards:

  • Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech; speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position

Typical Working Conditions
  • Work is generally performed in a standard office environment.
  • Work may require evening and weekend hours.

Additional Applicant Information:

To Be Considered:

Applications are accepted online only at:
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Please note: The District does not integrate with the third party service of Interfolio; therefore, reference letters must be submitted along with the application documents required.


  1. An online Yosemite Community College District Application.
  2. A personal letter of application (Cover Letter): Individuals interested in this position will state in a (four pages or less) letter of application specifically why they are interested in the position, how they meet the criteria and qualifications for the position (ideal characteristics, essential duties and responsibilities, knowledge of, and ability to), and how they meet the desirable characteristics (education and experience).
  3. Resume or Vita: Applicants will also submit a current resume of professional experience, accomplishments, educational background, and other pertinent information.
  4. References: Under Required Documents Area: The names and contact information of four references: two supervisors and two subordinates (including one classified or support staff). Applicants from sectors other than higher education will submit comparable references.
  5. Unofficial transcripts: Employment history, degrees awarded, certifications and other accomplishments will also be verified.
Applications will be reviewed by a screening committee, which will select candidates to be interviewed. After interviews, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees.
Appointment Information: In accordance with Board Policy, official offers of employment will be made by Chancellor or designee. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees

A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

The District may hire more than one applicant with this applicant pool.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.

In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:

District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Yosemite Community College District
2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358

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On behalf of everyone at the Yosemite Community College District Office, Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, we welcome you to our District. All of our employees throughout the District are dedicated to excellence in serving our students. Even with all the fiscal issues that we are facing within the State of California, our staff has been working miracles with continuously reduced budgets. We continue to serve our students well, and provide them with great opportunities and a quality education. As the Chancellor, I am very proud of their efforts and dedication.

One of my greatest challenges is to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability of our institutions. One way this is accomplished is through long-range planning. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Colleges of the YCCD - especially with all the construction and completion of our Measure E building projects. We are very grateful to the community for your support of these efforts. Students will benefit for years to come; we extend to you heartfelt thanks.

The Mission of the Yosemite Community College District is: "The YCCD is committed to responding to the needs of our diverse community through excellence in teaching, learning and support programs contributing to social, cultural and economic development and wellness." We take this mission statement seriously; it is the one key element that we base all our efforts on - it is our charge to provide excellent, meaningful service to the community.

As educators, we always focus on offering life-changing opportunities for our students; that is our business. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my 30 year higher education career has been witnessing lives changing right before my eyes as students graduate or achieve their educational goals. When they go on to create successful lives for themselves, their families and their communities I know we have done our job! This is the reward of the work that we collectively do at the Yosemite Community College District. I most cordially invite you to become more involved in our dynamic educational community called the YCCD.

Most sincerely,

Joan E. Smith, Ed.D.


Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.

Modesto Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in the state, was organized in 1921 to serve the first junior college district established under a State Legislature Enabling Act. Modesto Junior College was established to meet the needs of the community. Today the college strives to maintain the same objective—that of dedication and service to the community.

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