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Job ID: 142234

Deputy Chancellor
College of the Canyons

Date Posted May 28, 2020
Title Deputy Chancellor
University College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, CA, United States
Department senior educational administrator
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Administration - Executive

The Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons is seeking a full time Deputy Chancellor. The ideal candidate is a leader possessing a strong grounding in academic and student services programs and a thorough understanding of the primary mission of the community college, as well as supporting our college’s commitment to educating the more than 32,000 racially and socioeconomically diverse students we enroll each year. Currently, our student body is approximately 45.4% Latinx/Hispanic, 32.2% White, 6.3% Asian, 5.5% African-American, 4.5% Pacific Islander, 2% multi-ethnic, and less than 1% Native American. The college was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2015, reflecting our focus on enhancing the educational attainment and economic well-being of the community we proudly serve. As one of 20 community colleges in the state selected for the California Guided Pathways Project, we are focused on enhancing equity and implementing policies and practices that help all students achieve successful academic outcomes while fostering a culture of completion, transfer, and job preparation.
Deputy Chancellor

Educational Administrator
Review Date: Search Extended
Open until Filled

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The Deputy Chancellor reports to the Chancellor and is the senior educational administrator who serves as the Chancellor’s lead executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of the District. In the absence of the Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor serves as Acting Chancellor.
The Deputy Chancellor must possess strong grounding in organization, higher education, community interaction, and a thorough understanding of the primary missions of the community college, which include transfer and career and technical education, workforce development, as well as basic skills preparation, adult education and community service programs.

The Deputy Chancellor must:

  • Understand the higher education landscape, the role of a suburban community college and the dynamics operating within the communities college district it serves;
  • Possess advocacy skills and a knowledge of government organizations;
  • Be an astute leader with demonstrated expertise in the complexities that impact community college finances and operations, including collective bargaining, federal and state programs, and legislation;
  • Be a highly visible executive leader who can represent the college at the local, state, and national levels.
    Within the scope of this position new components may be added or deleted based on district or community needs.

The Deputy Chancellor reports directly to the District Chancellor and serves collaboratively as part of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet. Their essential duties include the following:

  • Provides leadership for the District.
  • Serves as advisor to the Chancellor in all matters in the District.
  • Assumes major responsibility for negotiations and partnership development and represents the District in collective bargaining activities related to compensation, benefits, and areas requiring financial resources.
  • Initiates, pursues and supports the development of possibilities and partnerships, statewide initiatives, and grants.
  • Participates in Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet, advises the Chancellor on policy matters, involving the programs and services of the District, including recommendations for new or revised policies and procedures.
  • Represents the District with the Community College Chancellor’s Office, State Department of Finance, Community College League of California, Legislative Analyst’s Office, elected officials and federal offices, and with private/public sectors regarding development, construction and/or partnerships activities.
  • Attends and/or chairs districtwide committees, task forces, and meetings; represents the District at local, State, or national meetings, serves as District representative on related committees, commissions, and organizations as appropriate.
  • Represents the District through community contacts and membership in community and state organizations.
  • Maintains community partnerships and strategic collaborations between the district and the fire department, sheriff’s department, city and county.
  • Reviews and recommends legislation which could benefit the District and its population/clientele; maintain liaison with appropriate government agencies and national organizations.
  • Supports innovation of new programs, emerging disciplines, and continuing education.
  • Advocates for equity and inclusion principles and practices for students and employees.
  • Provides administrative leadership to support the Chancellor by working with, administrators, faculty and staff to determine and clarify policy and emerging initiatives.
  • Organizes and meets with staff to plan, develop, and implement effective programs/support services in designated areas of responsibilities.
  • Maintains open communication with staff and the community to assure a free flow of ideas throughout the district.
  • Helps to inspire and create a climate and structure that encourages staff development in formulation of job objectives and provides for staff participation to achieve the goals and objectives for assigned services.
  • Reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of assigned personnel, programs, and services; assures the development and implementation of corrective action, improvements, or additional programs and services as necessary.
  • Assures the initial development of the impact of the processes and coordination between planning process in the District.
  • Provides leadership to develop professional staff development for all employees.
  • Defines and implements strategies to maximize the District’s resources.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Doctorate or Ph.D. in educational leadership preferred. (See our website for evaluation requirements for units and degrees earned at foreign institutions); AND
Possession of a minimum of five (5) full-time equivalent years of experience at a senior executive administrative level at an institution of higher education. 


  • Possession of a Master’s degree in leadership, public policy, public administration, or a related field;
  • Experience teaching at the college or university level (community college teaching experience preferred);
  • Experience as a negotiator, advocate, and policy maker.
  • Experience advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion practices and principles for staff and students.
  • Experience representing and advocating for organizations by providing leadership at the community, regional, state and federal levels.
  • Experience working cooperatively and developing partnerships with business, industry, government, schools and colleges and/or other agencies in the planning and implementation of educational programs as well as efforts to meet other agencies needs.
  • Experience analyzing issues and preparing complex board agenda items as well as substantial interaction with the Chancellor of the district.
  • Experience working with multiple agencies, community groups and academic departments to initiate and implement programming.
  • Experience providing leadership to college-wide budgeting and planning efforts.

The successful candidate needs to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively and be a dynamic speaker, presenter, and facilitator.
  • Develop effective processes and plans.
  • Supervise and evaluate staff effectively as required in District policies and procedures and collective bargaining contracts.
  • Represent the District on appropriate District, college, State and other committees in areas of responsibility.
  • Foster a sense of teamwork among colleagues, subordinates and superiors.
  • Work effectively and demonstrate current knowledge of computers and specialized technology utilized in accounting, data analysis and strategic planning.
  • Lead and manage employees from a diverse background, levels of expertise and perspectives.
  • Tolerate ambiguity and maintain composure in pressure situations.
  • Plan for the future.
  • Innovate, Take risks, experiment and embrace change.
  • Lead and develop employees, fostering a commitment to continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse constituencies. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Have fun, be positive and kind, maintain perspective, and not take yourself too seriously.
  • Plan, organize, direct, administer, review, and evaluate programs and services and formulate program policy recommendations to implement the Plan’s goals in accordance with local, State, and federal laws.
  • Operate computers and business-related software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.


  • Every administrator with the College is expected to be:
  • A creative, innovative, energetic leader, a technologically sophisticated professional who is skilled in various technology applications;
  • A leader who possesses interpersonal skills and qualities, including a can-do optimistic attitude, creativity, ambition, sensitivity, honesty, integrity, fairness, flexibility, a sense of humor, an entrepreneurial nature, and a tolerance for ambiguity;
  • An experienced academic committed to continued improvement; a visible, accessible and collaborative educator who encourages and acknowledges the contributions of others, who is willing to be a risk taker and create an environment that is open to new ideas;
  • A supporter of consistent and on-going professional development initiatives, in pursuit of the college’s strategic goals;
  • A fair-minded, ethical, dependable and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility;
  • A leader knowledgeable of management theories and practices, learning theories and practices, and community college finance;
  • A capable planner who can systematically allocate resources to further institutional goals, evaluate the results of the allocations, and develop strategies for continued development; and
  • A skilled leader adept in planning for the emerging needs of the District and successful in resource generation and partnership development.

This twelve (12) month per year position will be on an individual contract. Salary placement will be Range 26 of the Administrative Salary Schedule. Initial salary placement will be based on education and experience. An excellent benefit package, including medical, vision, dental, life and Section 125 is offered.

Position is a stationary position and requires use of a computer for extended periods of time plus frequent periods of movement from one area to another, which may include traversing to different floors of a building; operating a computer and related equipment; communicating and providing information to others; working with various materials and objects; frequently exert 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; may be exposed to occasional contact with dissatisfied individuals; and travel from site-to-site. In the event of an emergency, employees will be relied upon to serve as emergency workers.


  • Successful completion of background fingerprint clearance,
    pre-employment physical examination (disabilities not related to the physical job will not affect the application process) and TB screening.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.
  • Official, sealed transcripts are required upon offer of employment.
  • Position is contingent upon funding and is subject to change.

Santa Clarita Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications online. Please visit our website at
administration/humanresources. If you require assistance, please call the Human Resources office at (661)362-3427 or for the hearing impaired TTY/TDD Line at (661)362-5178. Applicants may check the status of their application online and may expect to be notified within approximately 4 -5 weeks following the Review Date as to the status of their application.
All application materials must be uploaded online or received in the Human Resources office by the end of the day on the Review Date in order to assure consideration for this position.
Postmark is not acceptable for this purpose. Separate application materials must be submitted for each position applied for. Materials submitted become property of the District and will not be returned, copied, or considered for other openings. The Human Resources office is located in the University Center, Suite #360 at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.
The following application materials are required for your application to be complete:
A District Academic application.
A list of six (6) references with their names, titles, business and home telephone numbers. The list should include two (2) current and two (2) former supervisors, one (1) subordinate, and one (1) community or business representative. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s knowledge.
A current detailed resume, summarizing education and experience.
Letter of interest (cover letter). In your letter, please address your qualifications and experience as they pertain to the job duties, the demonstrated knowledge, and the abilities section of this announcement. Provide specific details and examples of your direct leadership in achieving the list of minimum and desirable requirements for this position.
Copies of complete and legible college transcripts clearly indicating all college units earned and any degree awarded. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts for application purposes. Copies of diplomas are not acceptable in lieu of college transcripts. Please see our website for the requirements for evaluation of transcripts from foreign colleges or universities.
Confidential Recruitment Source Information (Voluntary Survey). This is voluntary and is part of the online applicant profile separate from the application.
Supplemental Questionnaire. Complete the Minimum Qualifications & Supplemental as part of your application packet.

Please note:
Skills evaluation of candidates for interview may be required.
Travel and relocation expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
Hiring committees review all complete, qualified application packets. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
A presentation will be required for those candidates selected for an initial interview.
Current COC employees who are applying for this position: Please be aware that materials from your personnel file are not included as part of the application file; therefore, please provide the same requested application materials as any other applicant.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you need assistance with the application process, contact:
Human Resources Office (661) 362-3427
TTY/TDD (661) 362-5178 * Or visit our website at
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted. All materials submitted are for this position only and become the property of the District. Materials will not be returned, copied or considered for other openings. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of the official application form.

Position is offered contingent on funding. We reserve the right to withdraw, extend the filing date, reopen, or delay filling this position. Recruitment may continue until the position is filled.

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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