• Tohono O'odham Community College
  • S-cuk Du'ag Mascamakud "Main Campus"
  • Dec 05, 2023
Full time General Business

Job Description

Job Title: President 

Reports To: Board of Trustees 

Status: Exempt 

Salary: Competitive - DOE 


Tohono O’odham Community College is seeking a dynamic and committed President who can  provide the leadership needed to guide the College on its future path and who can ensure the  College’s mission and purposes are realized on behalf of the students, the community, and the  Tohono O’odham Nation. 

TOCC is one of the younger tribal colleges, chartered by the Tohono O’odham Nation in 1998,  and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005. After years of slow and steady  growth, enrollment took off with the onset of the pandemic. There were 440 students in spring  2020 and there are 1,250 this fall semester 2023. 

The new president will lead a cadre of over 100 administrators, faculty, and staff to carry out  the College’s unique mission and vision and to meet the challenges of rapid growth. The  president will need to ensure TOCC can sustain a significant online footprint and simultaneously increase enrollment in face-to-face classes at our campuses east and west of Sells, and in our  sites in midtown Phoenix and San Carlos, Arizona. 

As TOCC has grown, some of its AA and AAS programs have doubled or tripled in size. Demand  for bachelor’s degree programs is growing. The College’s strategic plan calls for development of  a BA degree in science and another in Tohono O’odham Studies. TOCC’s President will need to  have passion for and understanding of higher education to effectively support those initiatives. 

The TOCC president needs to act as a public citizen, reporting to the eleven districts of the  Tohono O’odham Nation on a yearly basis, and from time to time, to the Nation’s Human  Resource and Development Committee and other Nation committees. The president is also a  member of the board of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and as such must  occasionally provide written and oral support for AIHEC initiatives to members of US  congressional delegations. She/he/they will also need to provide overall leadership to the  College and its partners in preparation for the next comprehensive evaluation by the Higher  Learning Commission in early 2026. 


Supervise and lead an administrative team that oversees the operation of the entire  College

Lead the College through the accreditation process with the Higher Learning  Commission, with a comprehensive visit scheduled for 2026 

Set the agenda, prepare for, and participate in monthly Board of Trustee meetings Directly supervise a staff of administrators responsible for the Education Division,  Student Services Division, Operations Division, Sustainability Division, Student Life  Department, and Finance Division 

Provide informed guidance to the College and the Board concerning the solicitation and  application for large federal and other grants 

Coordinate with the College divisions on the implementation of the strategic plan and  development of the College budget 

Lead the planning of construction needs for a growing College with several sites Collaborate with Tohono O’odham Nation, state, and national entities Represent the College to the community, to stakeholders, and to the broader public Carry out the direction for the College as set forth by the Board of Trustees Support the Himdag (culture, language, and lifeways of the Tohono O’odham) 


Minimum Qualifications 

Doctorate required 

Minimum of 5 years administrative experience in higher education 

Must Successfully pass background and credit checks 

Additional Consideration May Be Given To Individuals with the Following  Qualifications:  

Ability to speak and understand O’odham and/or Spanish 

Knowledge and understanding of the history and contemporary issues facing Native  peoples and tribal nations 

Experience working with Indigenous peoples 

Experience with tribal colleges and universities 

Knowledge of Indian education, and the tribal college movement 


TOCC is headquartered in Sells, Arizona, 60 miles west of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham  Nation, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. 


The College offers a comprehensive benefit package and 401(k).

HOW TO APPLY - TOCC Presidential Search

Completed applications are due no later than Friday, January 5, 2024. Complete applications received by that date will be given full consideration. It is anticipated that the President will assume the office by June 1, 2024.
Apply through the College’s Online Portal at: Include the following information and documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing how your experience and professional qualifications have prepared you to serve as the President of Tohono O’odham Community College (not to exceed five pages)
2. A current resumé
3. Three letters of recommendation
4. Contact information for six professional references including a telephone number and email address:
• Two Supervisors
• Two Subordinates - direct reports
• Two faculty members from current or former institutions
5. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the initial application; official transcripts will be required from selected applicants.
6. If claiming Indian Preference under Tohono O’odham Nation Ordinance 01-85, submit a copy of certification or enrollment card.
7. If claiming Veterans Preference, submit a copy of the DD-214 form.
For inquiries or additional information:
Aimee Farmer, Chief Human Resources Officer: or Joseph Renegar, HR Generalist: You can also contact HR through 520-479-2300