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The Ventura County Community College District
invites Applications and Nominations for the position of President
at Ventura College
The President of Ventura College will uphold the tradition of commitment to students, faculty, staff, and the District’s community to promote educational excellence and service to a diverse student body.
Ventura College was founded in 1925 and is approaching its 88th anniversary. It earns the distinction of being one of the oldest community colleges in California. It is located approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Ventura College offers associate degrees in 33 majors and certificates of completion and proficiency awards in 61 areas of study. It ranks in the top tier of California community colleges as it relates to transfer curriculum. Its career and technology programs include nursing, paramedics, automotive, welding, and water science.
The College’s Accreditation was reaffirmed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in February 2013.
Ventura College is proud of the “Ventura College Promise,” a grant underwritten by the Ventura College Foundation that pays for the first year at Ventura College for newly graduated Ventura County high school seniors or GED recipients, regardless of family income or grade point average. It is a unique and outstanding way to support student access.
Ventura County is located on the beautiful California coast. Our Mediterranean climate is often described as the best in the world with average annual temperatures in the mid-70s. Ventura County’s mountains, valleys and seashore give the area six different micro-climates, more than any other county in the nation. Ventura is the gateway to Channel Islands National Park, one of only four designated national marine sanctuaries, composed of five islands, located just a few miles off the coast. The county has a diverse population with approximately 800,000 residents, including 10 incorporated cities (Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, Santa Paula, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks) as well as unincorporated areas.
College Core Purpose
Ventura College provides a positive and accessible learning environment that is responsive to the needs of a highly diverse student body through a varied selection of disciplines, learning approaches and teaching methods including traditional classroom instruction, distance education, experiential learning, technical education and co-curricular activities.
The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is a public community college district serving residents of Ventura County. The District’s three colleges provide a wide range of general education programs and services to students with a focus on our students’ educational interests. The District employs approximately 394 full-time faculty, 861 part-time faculty, 470 support staff and 49 managers.
For more information about the District, please visit www.vcccd.edu. The VCCCD vision is to become the leader in the development of high quality and innovative educational programs and services.
The primary mission of the VCCCD is to produce student learning in lower division level academic transfer and career/vocational degree and certificate programs. Effective and efficient student support services are offered to assist in the accomplishment of the District’s primary mission based on need and available resources. The VCCCD also works to enhance state, regional, and local economic growth and global competitiveness. In addition, the District provides English as a Second Language instruction, basic skills instruction, adult education and supplemental learning services that contribute to student success based on need and available resources.
VCCCD programs, services and activities operate within a framework of integrated planning and budgeting. The VCCCD engages in ongoing student learning outcome assessment and systematic program review to ensure district-wide excellence through sustainable and continuous quality improvement.
Our College culture and system of participatory governance embodies dedicated, committed, innovative, supportive qualities necessary to achieve our mission. Ventura College has invested time, energy and resources to address the current and evolving challenges of the 21st Century relating to institutional excellence, student success, access and completion. Specifically, the President is expected to:
- Provide strong and visionary leadership using a shared governance model to sustain and improve student, faculty, staff and community excellence that is imbued with a high level of energy, integrity, educational commitment and involvement.
- Assist the Chancellor in achieving the Board’s adopted goals and the mission.
- Commit to expanding business and industry partnerships in support of technical education and workforce development training.
Effective Leadership and College Governance
- Provide leadership with a high degree of integrity and energy to create an effective, systemic approach to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the College.
- Foster inclusive and collaborative leadership that respects the ideas and needs of all stakeholders by supporting and complying with the District’s and College’s participatory governance system.
- Attract and retain a diverse cadre of outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators.
Student, Program, and Service Excellence
- Support and expand teaching and learning in a student centered, student-focused culture.
- Foster and expand relevant faculty and staff development programs aimed at teaching excellence, student access, success and completion.
- Promote innovative partnerships between student support services and instruction.
- Implement ideas and strategies to expand college enrollment and FTES.
- Strengthen the economic status of the College through developing strong innovative partnerships with business and industries via workforce development and program excellence and relevance.
- Continue to work effectively with the Foundation to secure funding for campus and staff development and student excellence.
- Pursue new revenue opportunities to include resources for the support and recommendation of the College’s reaffirmed accreditation and its educational facilities and master plan goals.
College and Community Relations
- Be accessible to students and adaptable to the diverse population that attends the College.
- Articulate the philosophy of a positive campus community while supporting and promoting a culture of relationship building.
- Promote positive relationships and build bridges with the communities served by the College.
- Establish a visible and prominent presence in the community. Strengthen existing partnerships with other educational institutions to promote program, student, and educational excellence.
- Ability to work collegially with other educational leaders and college presidents within the District.
- Dedication to listening and addressing student needs and concerns. Knowledge of strategic planning.
- Commitment to the highest ethical standards in governance and management.
- Understand and value the role of a comprehensive community college and effectively manage the multiple priorities of transfer, career/technical, basic skills, non-credit and co-curricular programs.
- Inspire, facilitate, and recognize innovation in teaching, learning and student support services at all levels.
- Articulate a clear and compelling vision for the College that identifies emerging trends, embraces strategic planning, makes effective use of data-based evidence for decision-making and reflects meaningful participation from the campus community.
- Work effectively with diverse populations and embrace the benefits of a multicultural environment.
- Politically astute and able to communicate effectively with the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, and local and state leaders for the benefit of the College.
- Earned Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Three (3) years of formal training or leadership experience at the higher education level reasonably related to the President’s administrative assignment.
- Evidence of cultural competence and sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and disabilities of staff and students.
- Earned Doctoral Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A reputation for trusting and empowering employees, and encouraging innovation in a collegial environment.
- Strong oral and written communication, listening and public speaking skills.
- Demonstrated ability to build community relationships and partnerships including education, business/industry and workforce development.
- A reputation for effective decision-making.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising and the development of a philanthropic culture.
- Demonstrated community leadership and civic engagement.
- Have an understanding and respect for the history of the College and its vital role in the economic and educational life of its students and the region.
Salary and Fringe Benefits:
- This is a 12-month position.
- Ventura County Community College District provides excellent vacation, health benefits and participation in the CalSTRS/CalPERS retirement system.
- Annual salary is negotiable.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure initial consideration, you must apply by April 18, 2013. All application materials must be submitted electronically through the District’s online application system located at jobs.vcccd.edu. The following materials must be submitted for your application to be considered:
- Completed Application for Management Employment.
- Letter of application of five pages or less that addresses the responsibilities and the personal/professional competencies listed in the position announcement and your experience with the listed challenges and opportunities.
- Unofficial college/university transcripts (an official copy of your transcripts will be required if selected).
- Supplemental Questionnaire for Equivalency, if applicable.
- Names, business and telephone numbers of eight (8) references, including two supervisors, two subordinates, two staff members and two community members.
The screening committee will review and screen all applications. The committee will invite the most qualified applicants to an initial interview. Following the initial interview, the Chancellor will interview the candidates recommended by the screening committee for final consideration. Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process must inform The ELS Group, in writing, of the need for a reasonable accommodation no later than the application deadline. The request should include a description of the type and extent of the accommodation requested.
The Ventura County Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subjected to discrimination.
For nominations and confidential inquires contact:
All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence