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Job ID: 113286

Reedley College President
State Center Community College District

Date Posted Oct. 2, 2018
Title Reedley College President
University State Center Community College District
Department N/A
Application Deadline 11/14/2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Fresno, CA
    United States
  • President/Provost/Chancellor
  • Administration - Executive
    Administration - Academic Unit

Reedley College President

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 11/14/2018 at 11:55 PM

Campus Location: Reedley College

Start Date: 06/03/2019

Essential Functions:


The chancellor and board of trustees of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) are seeking a president for Reedley College, which also operates centers in Madera and Oakhurst. The president will provide unifying and participatory leadership to a dynamic, complex, and diverse rural college. The president will build upon the college's strong legacy of achievement and leadership in the community.

The president will be a creative, dynamic, and collaborative leader who is committed to advancing student access, equity, and success for our diverse student body and will lead the college in the development and implementation of new programs that address the unique workforce needs of the community. The president will build strong partnerships with community businesses, organizations and educational institutions.

The president will collaborate with their dedicated team of professionals to ensure that the college maintains its strong integration of student equity and success, while working towards achieving Reedley College's mission and strategic goals.

Reedley College is known for its pioneering spirit and positive climate. The faculty, staff, and leadership are innovative, responsive, collegial and focused on student success. The chancellor and board of trustees are seeking a leader who can facilitate and nurture this climate, even as the campus grows and changes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under administrative direction of the chancellor and in accordance with provisions of the California Education Code, the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the policies and administrative regulations of the district, the president of Reedley College performs the following duties:

  • Serves as the chief executive officer of the college;
  • Leads the development of the college's strategic plan and evaluation of the achievement of the college's goals and objectives;
  • Advocates for the college using a collaborative, collegial leadership style that also supports the district's strategic plan and achievement of the district-wide goals and objectives;
  • Develops and utilizes procedures to effectively allocate the resources of the college to optimize the achievement of the college goals and objectives;
  • Establishes and implements procedures that enhance the college's administrative and governance processes and college-wide communications;
  • Leads the evaluation of college's programs and services and ensures the use of research and evaluation data in institutional planning;
  • In collaboration and with assistance of the college's faculty and staff, leads the development of educational specifications for facilities required to support the college's programs, and leads the improvement in college programs and services;
  • Ensures adherence to the institutional accreditation policies, standards and eligibility requirements;
  • Leads the development of the college's budget and ensures management of the college's financial affairs in conformity with district fiscal policies and procedures;
  • Encourages and supports the development of college public relations, service to the community, and student outreach;
  • Promotes articulation among the college and other P-12 schools, colleges, and universities locally and nationally;
  • Approves all job assignments, duties and responsibilities of academic and classified personnel;
  • Chairs the president's cabinet, participates as a member of the chancellor's cabinet, and participates in meetings of the Board of Trustees;
  • Keeps the chancellor informed of the college's programs and services, as well as the needs and accomplishments of the college;
  • Represents the college at meetings of appropriate educational agencies and organizations;
  • Ensures the college's compliance with federal, state and district policies on equal employment opportunities, and shall endeavor to protect students, employees, and members of the community from all discrimination, including sexual harassment; and,
  • Ensures that all employees work within the duties and responsibilities described in job descriptions, and ensures all employees follow all policies, rules, regulations, bargaining agreements, and procedures of the state and the district, including the requirement that access to privileged information be carefully protected.

Opportunities and Challenges

The president will provide unifying and participatory governance leadership to enhance the institutional effectiveness of a dynamic, complex, and diverse campus community. Reedley College students are served by faculty, staff, and administrators committed to student achievement and academic excellence. The next president must build upon a strong campus legacy, lead the college to higher levels of excellence, and continue to fulfill a prominent leadership role in the community. The president will be expected to:

  • Provide leadership and support to the campus president and the Madera Community College Center through the accreditation process;
  • Commit to and advocate for academic excellence and student support services that lead to student access, equity, success and completion;
  • Foster and support a campus climate that values diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Promote a sense of unity and pride within the multicultural college community;
  • Encourage and support innovation among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
  • Provide leadership that supports professional development opportunities;
  • Strengthen collaborations and partnerships with local community groups, governmental agencies, P-12, colleges and universities, and business and industry locally, nationally, and globally;
  • Elevate the profile of the college as the primary local workforce provider;
  • Attract external resources to the college through grants, public-private partnerships, and fundraising to support the continued growth of the district foundation;
  • Promote the new performing arts center through fundraising and community programs;
  • Ensure the guided pathways goals are accomplished and or adapted, as necessary;
  • Through collaboration, ensure the college's compliance with Assembly Bill 705;
  • Provide leadership ensuring that educational planning is integrated with resource planning processes and allocations to achieve student learning outcomes; and
  • Be a highly visible and accessible community leader while maintaining a strong presence within the campus.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned masters degree from an accredited higher education institution;
  • Successful senior administrative-level experience in progressively responsible, reasonably related executive positions; and,
  • All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice.

Desirable Qualifications:

The Selection Advisory Committee and Chancellor will consider the following desirable qualifications and characteristics in their selection of the Reedley College President

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited higher education institution;
  • Teaching and/or student services experience in higher education;
  • At least five years of successful, progressively responsible management experience in a community college or a post-secondary institution;
  • Successful experience as a leader in the use of technology to facilitate learning;
  • Understanding of the Guided Pathways framework and how it relates to the colleges mission and vision;
  • Ability to provide guidance and leadership on Guided Pathways implementation and assessment;
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching/learning and the vision of a learning-centered institution and community;
  • Rural and agricultural experience including but not limited to higher education, community outreach, and fundraising;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support of participatory governance;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and establish and maintain partnerships with all levels of educational institutions, including governmental entities, business, industry and labor, civic organizations, and diverse community and student groups;
  • Demonstrated strong record of achievement that includes community outreach with educational institutions, business, industry, government and/or non-profit organizations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and evidence of leadership with honesty and integrity;
  • Evidence of accountable, decisive, ethical and visionary leadership;
  • Demonstrated effective communication, collaboration and delegating skills;
  • Positive and dynamic human relations skills;
  • Effective communication and responsive listening skills with sensitivity to the needs of the college, encouraging trust, mutual respect and collegiality;
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the importance of community workforce and economic development partnerships;
  • Successful experience in a multi-ethnic, pluralistic environment and in responding to the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students;
  • Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusions of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  • Willingness to examine and remediate ones relational practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;
  • Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the institutions vitality and growth; and,
  • Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals.

Committed to Student Access, Success, and Equity

  • A leader who champions exemplary innovation in instruction and student support services that lead to student success and completion rates that close the equity achievement gap;
  • A leader whose philosophical commitment to student access, success, and equity has been demonstrated through changes in institutional strategies and policies that resulted in improved student achievement;
  • A leader who has demonstrated the ability to work effectively as an executive team member committed to collaborative integration of instruction, student services, and business services to enhance the learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff;

Takes Strategic Risks

  • A leader who is willing to take significant data-informed risks and inspires changes in how everyone across the college thinks and acts to improve student outcomes;
  • A leader who is committed to identifying gaps in student outcomes on the basis of factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and then mobilizes the college to improve results;
  • A leader who has demonstrated experience and knowledge of data driven decision-making related to enrollment management and student retention;

Builds Strong Teams

  • A visionary, progressive, and transformational leader;
  • A decisive and pragmatic leader who has successfully developed collaborative relationships with a diverse college constituency, fosters cohesion and establishes a sense of pride in working together for the good of the students;
  • A leader who is guided by ethics and honesty, is committed to transparency and inclusiveness in decision-making, and promotes the application of ethics across the college and district;
  • A leader who promotes cohesiveness and respect among all the college and district constituents; resolves controversial issues and problems in a timely manner using input from constituent groups, and who is sensitive to the effects of decisions on students, the college, and the district;
  • A consensus builder committed to faculty and staff diversity who uses and promotes an open, approachable management style that is inclusive, collaborative and enthusiastic and who values and supports staff development, motivates employees, and acknowledges their contributions;

Plans Lasting Internal Change

  • A thoughtful leader who uses an integrated planning process to ensure that the college develops and implements master plans, strategic plans, and student equity plans that significantly improve student access and success;
  • A leader who ensures fiscal stability through expert management and the acquisition of new revenue through a variety of strategies to address unmet college needs;
  • A leader with a track record of fiscal integrity, responsibility, and accountability;

  • A leader who ensures that the college follows an integrated planning process that complies with accreditation standards by including effective implementation of plans, routine assessment of progress, and continuous data-informed improvement;
  • An educator with a results-oriented approach who promotes a culture of inquiry and evidence, and aligns plans and implementation efforts to measurable objectives;

Communicates Effectively

  • An educator who possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and uses those skills to foster strong relationships; to develop shared priorities; and to identify and resolve problems with leadership;
  • A leader whose communication and management style is effective in the colleges multicultural/multilingual environment, a style that instills confidence and trust, and a style that has the impact of calming difficult situations;
  • A leader who will advocate for the college at the local, state, and national levels;

Develops Effective External Partnerships

  • A leader who uses the colleges influence and resources to pave the way for ongoing student access and success by forging partnerships with outside entities, including P-12 school districts, four-year colleges, community-based organizations, and employers;
  • A leader who actively participates in community organizations for the sake of establishing and strengthening college/community relationships.

Conditions of Employment:

223 duty days and 22 vacation days for a total of 245 days.

Salary and Benefits:

State Center Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, sick leave, vacation benefits and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). Salary and other benefits are highly competitive and negotiable, and depend upon experience and qualifications.

Selection Procedure:

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To be included in the first screening of applications, submit the following application materials by 11:55 p.m. on November 14, 2018.
A State Center Community College District application, which can be accessed at SCCCD Career Opportunities;

A letter of application, preferably no more than seven (7) pages, that describes how your education and experience address the Desired Qualifications and Characteristics identified in this position announcement;

A current resume of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information; and,

A list of eight references: two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty (or equivalent), and two community members. Include primary telephone, business telephone, and e-mail addresses for each.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to make a confidential inquiry about the Reedley College President search, please contact our Associate of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Search Consultants:

Helen Benjamin, Ph.D.
(510) 701-1553 (mobile)


Debbie DiThomas, Ed.D.
(951) 961-6533 (mobile)

If you have any questions regarding the submission of application materials online, please contact:

Sareang Nhim
SCCCD Human Resources Technician
(559) 244-5986

Applications will initially be screened by Human Resources to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents, a search advisory committee will screen the application packets and determine the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications. Those candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 17th and 18th.

The search advisory committee typically includes faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members.

Finalists will be invited for additional interviews and public forums at Reedley College. These interviews and forums will be held on or about January 28, 2019. The chancellor will also interview the finalists. The new president will be expected to assume duties on or about June 3, 2019.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office, 1525 E. Weldon Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704, (559) 244-5900. For more information on Reedley College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at Please refer to Position No. 3542.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicants responsibility and must be submitted through the Districts online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond, as best as we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty and administrators we work with in the District.

Additional Information:

Candidate Resource

For more information about the District, the College and its Centers, the surrounding communities, and the feeder school districts, please see below.


State Center Community College District

SCCCD Board of Trustees


Reedley College


Reedley Middle College High School

City of Reedley

Reedley Chamber of Commerce

Kings Canyon Unified School District

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District

Dinuba Unified School District

Fowler Unified School District

Parlier Unified School District

Sanger Unified School District

Selma Unified School District


Madera Community College Center

City of Madera

Madera Chamber of Commerce

Madera County

Madera County Superintendent of Schools

Madera Unified School District

Oakhurst Community College Center

Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce

Yosemite Unified School District

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