President, Contra Costa College
- Contra Costa Community College District
- Location: San Pablo, California
- Category: Executive-President and Chancellor
- Posting Date: 04/08/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position TitlePresident, Contra Costa College
Special Instructions to Applicants
The Application Process
• Please be sure to read the detailed CCC President profile posted on our main website at www.4cd.edu for more information. To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete online application (references to résumés or other uploaded documents within the on-line application will be considered an “incomplete” application; if any section does not apply, please enter “N/A”). The following document(s) should be assembled prior to completing the online 4CD Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):
• 1. Letter of Application (described subsequently) 2. Page Statement (described subsequently) 3. Current Résumé/CV 4. Professional References 5. Unofficial Transcripts
• In a Letter of Application, not to exceed five pages, a candidate will succinctly state how s/he would address the opportunities and challenges, and desirable qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates should cite specific examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter of application should indicate to what extent personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the desirable characteristics sought for this position.
• In a two to three page statement, explain how you would hold yourself and the College accountable for closing equity gaps and improving student outcomes in an atmosphere of limited resources, shifting State funding models, and unpredictable conditions as we transition from remote instruction back to face-to-face teaching and student services. Please upload this document in the attachment section under “Written Statement”.
• Professional references must be uploaded in the attachment section of the online application. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s permission. Candidates must provide seven professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following:
1 management level colleague;
1 reporting support staff member;
2 faculty members;
1 student leader; and
1 community member.
• Application Deadline: To be considered in first review, applications must be submitted online (www.4cdcareers.net) with all requested documents by April 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time) for selection committee’s reading. Please review the posting in its entirety and allow time to upload requested documents. Only complete online applications will be reviewed by the committee.
• All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
• Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc.). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.
• Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.
• Note that correspondence may be sent to you via e-mail. Interview invitations will be via personal phone calls.
Dr. Brice W. Harris, who is working with the Chancellor and Governing Board of 4CD, will be supporting CCC and 4CD in the search and selection process. Any questions or confidential inquiries about 4CD, CCC, or the search process may be directed to:
• Dr. Brice W. Harris, 916-715-7272 or email@example.com
For questions about the status of the process, or technical issues related to the application process, please contact:
• Dr. Sophia Lever, Recruitment and Classification Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chancellor's Vision for Social Justice
The Chancellor’s Vision for Social Justice
We are seeking people who recognize the critical role community colleges play in social justice, who have ability in this space, enthusiasm for this work, ideas and vision to improve our approaches, and a commitment to achieving equitable academic success for the 50,000+ students attending our five beautiful colleges and centers. Our social justice work calls for employees who have a sense of social responsibility, interest in our community and world in which we live.
The intention of social justice work is to strengthen humanity by understanding that every person deserves the benefits of fully participating in our society and institutions.
Academic researchers have illustrated that crucial social justice principles are a compilation of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, engagement, environmental sustainability and human rights. These complex principles are challenging to operationalize in higher education; yet, we are steadfast in our diligence to forge ahead to advance this vital mission.
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of social justice. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds; students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families.
The idea of promoting social mobility through education is unconditionally and uncompromisingly embraced by community colleges. This is an exciting role, and it comes with a heavy responsibility. Simply put, we need to create environments where our students achieve greater academic success, so much so that we close our persistent equity/opportunity gaps.
If you are committed to social and racial justice and if you are interested in joining a community dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.
Recruitment Type:Open (Internal and External applicants)
LocationContra Costa College
# of Openings1
Overtime StatusExempt (not eligible)
If temporary, employment duration:N/A
# of Hours Scheduled Per Week40
Work Schedule By Day and Work Hours
Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm
Shift Differential %N/A
# of Months12
EEO Job CategoryExecutive/Administrative/Managerial
The President is the chief executive at the college. The President reports to the Chancellor and is responsible for the delivery of educational and other services provided by the college and for the supervision of the administrative staff and all educational programs and services of the college. The President provides high level direction regarding the overall operation of the college, its outreach locations and centers. The President delegates to the Vice President, Deans and Directors the supervision of other administrative, teaching and classified staff.
The President provides visionary leadership and understands and promotes the roles of the community college in a changing society. The President independently performs assigned critical and highly complex senior management level duties with an entrepreneurial spirit and effectiveness, speed, and accuracy. The President is responsible to foster a dynamic college atmosphere conducive to academic excellence and optimal functioning. The President is a district team member on the Chancellor’s cabinet.
Examples of Duties/Essential Functions
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: Develops and maintains channels of
communication with staff members regarding all aspects of college operations including curriculum; instruction; business administration; finance; planning; construction and maintenance of physical facilities; personnel; student services; and educational planning. Maintains the college as a community institution by serving as the chief interpreter of the needs of the students and service area of the college, and promotes the development and implementation of needed programs and services. Provides leadership for the college as whole, including, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of educational and fiscal programs of the college. Assures compliance with college and District policies, state and federal regulations and requirements of accreditation agencies. Provides administrative direction in the development and initiation of college policies and procedures, as well as the organizational structure, which affect curriculum, instruction, student services and activities, and other college operations. Presides over the decision-making process and participates in the governance structure of the college to ensure that final decisions and campus policies are in accord with the general Districtwide policies and decisions officially adopted by the Governing Board. Oversees the preparation of the annual college budget and directs operations of the college within the provisions of the budget once it is approved by the Governing Board. Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the general activities of all college administrators, and delegates to them such authority and responsibility as is required to perform their assigned duties. Advises the Chancellor on matters related to District planning, policies, and operations as they affect the college. Participates in hiring, training and evaluation of diverse faculty and staff highly qualified to achieve college goals. Encourages professional excellence among faculty, staff and administration to achieve the college’s mission and goals.
Maintains a highly visible leadership role in the communities served and develops strategic partnerships between educational institutions, corporations, businesses, civic and cultural organizations. Serves as an advocate for the college and articulates the mission and vision of the college and the California Community Colleges locally, statewide and nationally. Performs related duties as required.
An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. A minimum of five years of senior-level management experience, preferably in a community college environment. Three years of full-time teaching or student services experience. Current or prior experience as a college president or equivalent may be used in lieu of other management, teaching or student services requirements. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the workplace and educational environment.
Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
The goals of shared governance; principles and practices of administrative organization and management, planning, supervising and evaluating the work of others, employee motivation and training; applicable federal, state, local, District and college rules and regulations, laws, policies and procedures, and collective bargaining contract provisions; report and presentation writing; the relationship and interaction of a community college and the varied communities, special-interest groups, and public agencies it serves; the purposes, goals and philosophy underlying the delivery of education in a community college setting; budget development and management; interest-based approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.
Minimum Qualification-Ability To
Successfully manage people, major college-wide programs and initiatives; effectively oversee college change efforts, problem-solving, short and long-term planning processes that affect educational programs and college facilities; and financial resources; manage personnel resources of a college, including motivating, developing and directing people; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; use personal computers utilizing typical office software applications, including the Internet; work effectively in a participatory governance environment to accomplish the goals and objectives of the college; communicate effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; understand and support interest-based approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; manage fluctuating resources to minimize disruptions; collaborate effectively with the college and District in enrollment management activities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.
• Demonstrated accomplishments supported by data in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace and educational environment.
The President will be a leader who:
• is passionately committed to the mission of the comprehensive community college;
• is a consensus builder with a management style that is collaborative, enthusiastic, inclusive of all constituency groups, and who values, supports, motivates and develops employees, acknowledges their contributions, and who is an open, transparent, approachable and accessible leader;
• embraces the unique nature of CCC, including the challenges faced by the communities and students it serves (including part-time students; non-native English speakers; adult and reentry students; formerly incarcerated students; single parents; students impacted by housing and food insecurity; veterans; Dreamers; emancipated fosters; dual-enrolled high school students; lifelong learners);
• is visible, approachable, and active at CCC and in the surrounding community, building relationships that increase opportunities and success for students;
• practices cultural proficiency and moves comfortably in numerous and varied communities as a leader who builds strong relationships with grassroots, community-based, faith-based, and local government organizations;
• recognizes the value of functional, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds;
• has significant experience creating workforce development programs that proactively meet the needs of local business and industry, and supports community economic development programs and services of CCC;
• has knowledge and experience in the use of technology in higher education in promoting student learning and administrative efficiency;
• models high standards of performance, honesty, integrity, caring and compassion, and inspires and expects the same from classified professionals, faculty, and administrators;
• has experience with interest-based bargaining and a demonstrated commitment to transparency and regular communication with all college constituencies in an union environment;
• works with college leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely manner utilizing input from constituent groups;
• engages with students and supports student development activities;
• demonstrates effectiveness and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity;
• engages in restorative college-wide conversations around racial justice as it relates to collegiality, hiring practices, and student-facing interactions and collaborate with the campus community to implement equitable, anti-racist practices;
• understands and actively fights systemic racism through policy and procedure changes;
• builds coalitions between affinity groups and promotes collegial courageous conversations that lead to increased tolerance, inclusion, and unity;
• has successfully led an institution of higher education through the integrated planning and accreditation processes.
Job Open Date:02/25/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement:
In accordance with the Human Resources Procedure 3050.05, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. You must upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position to be considered. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date. The candidate bears all responsibility and costs associated with obtaining the evaluation.
About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 50,354 students a year, in 2019-20 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 9% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 35% Hispanic/Latino; 26% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
Insurance: The District offers health, vision, dental and life insurance for monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors and their eligible dependents. Monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors covered by another health medical plan may waive District coverage and receive a monthly cash stipend.
Retirement: Most employees are members of the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System). Faculty employees and Academic Managers are members of the STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Police Service employers are members of Safety Public Employees Retirement System.
Deferred Compensation: The District offers two optional deferred compensation plans. Eligible employees have a choice of the 457, 403b plans and a selection of savings and investment options.
Leave Allowance: The District offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors a generous vacation and sick leave benefits as well as 20 paid holidays annually (which can vary based on length of winter break).
Additional Benefits: The District also offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors educational reimbursements, employee assistance programs, a travel assistance plan, longevity compensation, retiree benefits, employee discounts on health memberships and a comprehensive wellness program.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50.
For further information regarding benefits eligibility and details please refer to the following documents available on the 4CD website:
Classified Employees Local 1 Contract (Article 20-Benefits):
Managers/Supervisors/Confidential Personnel Manual (Section 8-Insurance Benefits):
POST OFFER PRE-PLACEMENT EVALUATION PROGRAM (PEP)
All job offers of employment are conditional upon the applicant’s satisfactory results of the Post Offer Pre-Placement Evaluation Program. This involves a physical strength test to demonstrate a minimum level of strength to perform the essential duties of the job. There is no charge for this service. Please do not make an appointment for testing until you have received notification from the Human Resources Department after a job offer is extended. The positions we currently evaluate are: Building Maintenance Worker, Custodian I and II, Lead Custodian, Cook, Food Services Assistant, Food Services Supervisor, Food Services Supply Clerk, Food Services Coordinator, Grounds Worker/ Gardener I and II, Senior/ Lead Grounds Worker/Gardener, Lead Maintenance Mechanic, Senior Equipment Maintenance Worker. If you are not hired in a listed classification, you may disregard this notification.
In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to email@example.com. For administrative purposes, requests must be made at the time of application.
It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.