• San Mateo, CA, USA
  • Feb 13, 2020
Full time Education Management

Job Description


San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 2014879S

Department: Chancellor's Office DIST (DEPT)

Location: District Office

Position Number: 1A0023

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

Salary Range:

Min Salary: This is an executive position that offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is to be negotiated with the Board of Trustees.

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

The Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District invites applicants and nominations for the position of Chancellor. The Board of Trustees seeks an experienced leader that is responsible for all operations of the District and assures that the District is administered in accordance with the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Chancellor of the District reports directly to a five-member Board of Trustees who are elected by county voters every four years and governs one of the largest two-year systems in California.

As Chief Executive Officer of the District, the Chancellor reports directly to the Board of Trustees and supervises the College Presidents, Vice Chancellors and other departmental staff. The next Chancellor will lead three colleges and a district office of engaged and enthusiastic faculty and staff who are committed to providing a culturally responsive environment that provides outstanding educational opportunities for all students.

The Board of Trustees and the position calls for an individual with a record of proven leadership skills combined with a passionate commitment to the of the San Mateo County Community College District.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Please see Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

To fulfill the minimum qualifications for this position, the candidate must demonstrate that they satisfy all of the following:

• Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution or the equivalent

• Minimum of five years of documented successful experience in progressively responsible positions at the senior level

• Successful experience in a community college environment of participatory governance and collective bargaining or documentation of similar experience;

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:

This classification requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle to travel to a variety of off-site locations; ability to exert 10 to 25 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing 35 pounds or less; manual dexterity sufficient for operation of office equipment, including keyboard, mouse, and phone; ability to hear and speak to communicate and provide information to others; and vision to read printed material and computer monitor in order to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Desirable Characteristics:

The Screening Committee and the Board of Trustees will consider the following nine desirable characteristics in their selection of the next SMCCCD Chancellor.

Committed to Student Access, Success, and Equity

• A leader whose philosophical commitment to student access and success has been demonstrated through changes in institutional strategies and policies that resulted in improved student achievement.

• A leader who effectively and sensitively connects the institutional strategy of achieving high levels of student achievement with the operations of administrative and academic units.

• A student-centered educator who understands the complexity of credit, noncredit, and contract education programs and services; supports the comprehensive community college and understands the competing priorities of transfer, career technical, college-readiness skills, noncredit, and community education; and understands the role of technology as it relates to all areas of the institution and its application to teaching and learning.

Takes Strategic Risks

• A leader who is willing to take significant data-informed risks and inspires changes in how everyone across the District 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 mobilizing the District to improve results.

Builds Strong Teams

• A decisive and pragmatic leader with strong collaborative decision-making skills who will advocate for and apply the principles of collegial consultation to create a common commitment to and focus on 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 a large multi-campus District.

• A leader who promotes cohesiveness and respect among all 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 and the campus communities.

• 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.

• An executive officer who understands and appreciates the role of the Board of Trustees and who is committed to maintaining a solid CEO/Trustee relationship.

Plans Lasting Internal Change

• A thoughtful leader who uses an integrated planning process to ensure that the District’s four entities develop and implement master plans, strategic plans, and student equity plans that significantly improve student access and success.

• A leader who ensures that the culture of the District is built around the completion of valuable credentials for all students and continuous improvement in learning and growth for students, faculty, and staff.


• A leader who ensures that the District 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, leads the District to agreed-upon student outcomes, and aligns plans and implementation efforts to measurable objectives.

Communicates Effectively

• A visionary educational leader 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; and who has a sense of humor.

• A leader who is politically proactive with proven advocacy skills and solid understanding of recent local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.

• A leader whose communications and management style is effective in the District’s multicultural/multilingual environment, a style that instills confidence and trust, and a style that has the effect of calming difficult situations.

• A leader who effectively engages with the District’s internal and external stakeholders, strategically communicating in ways that advance student access and success.

• A leader who communicates with the Board in ways that ensure shared goals and a common understanding of the District’s progress toward achieving the desired student outcomes.

Financial and Operational Ability

• A fiscally competent leader who will ensure the District’s fiscal stability, securing sufficient resources to fund operations and providing adequate controls to prevent fiscal mismanagement.

• An astute administrator with a demonstrated understanding of the complex dynamics of a multi-campus district, including a collective bargaining environment, California community college finances, budgetary processes, construction programs, and federal and state programs and legislative issues as they affect California community colleges.

• A leader who aligns expenditures with strategies and provides prudent oversight for the completion of major capital facilities construction and renovation projects.

Entrepreneurial Fundraiser

• An entrepreneurial and effective fundraiser with demonstrated capacity to raise revenue and develop resources to support the District’s programs and facilities.

Develops Effective External Partnerships

• A leader who uses the District’s influence and resources to pave the way for ongoing student access and success by forging partnerships with outside entities, including K-12 school districts, four-year colleges, community-based organizations, and employers. Those partnerships will focus on helping large numbers of students, including those from historically underserved populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable Qualifications:

To fulfill the desirable qualifications for this position, the candidate must demonstrate that they satisfy the following strong preferred qualifications:

• Possession of a doctorate from an accredited institution

• Teaching, student services, or administrative experience preferably at the postsecondary level

• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and student success

• Understanding of the funding mechanism of California Community Colleges


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Close Date: 2/19/2020

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Applications and nominations will be accepted until February 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence. In order to receive consideration applicants must submit a complete application consisting of the following:

• A cover letter, preferably no more than seven pages, which provides examples from background and experience and addresses the Desirable Characteristics in this position announcement, including experience working with governing boards and/or elected officials, cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff;

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

• Transcripts of graduate course work (unofficial);

• A job description of your most recent position; and,

• A list of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates, two faculty (or equivalent), and two community members. Include telephone and email address for each.

In order to be considered for the position all application materials must be submitted online. Go to and follow the instructions to establish an account to submit your completed application packet.

For confidential inquiries, contact:

Dr. Joan Smith

Search Consultant

Community College Search Services

(209) 566-5421

Dr. Eva Conrad

Managing Partner

Community College Search Services

(805) 660-1527

For general inquiries regarding the application process, contact:

Jennie Elizalde

Senior Human Resources Representative

San Mateo County Community College District

(650) 358-6822

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.


5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2019 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2019 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2019 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2019 is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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