Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7093051 (Ref.No. scj-12037)
Posted: January 27, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary Description:
The Chancellor of South Orange County Community College District (“District”) is responsible for overseeing all functions, programs, services and operations of the District’s two Colleges, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, (“Colleges”) as well as development of the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP), in accordance with federal and state regulations and policies adopted by the District’s seven-member Board of Trustees (“Board”). The Chancellor provides executive direction, supervision and leadership to the District’s academic and classified administrators and staff in all areas of administration, instruction, student services and other support services. The Chancellor has a primary leadership role for accreditation, ensuring that the District and Colleges meet or exceed eligibility requirements, accreditation standards, and commission policies at all times. The Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the fiscal health and prudent operation of the District. The Chancellor ensures that the District and its Colleges continually improve to meet the diverse and changing needs of students and are actively engaged in outreach to community stakeholders.
The Chancellor fosters a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; leads by example; actively participates in and supports District- wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourages professional excellence among the staff and promotes an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.

Knowledge of:
Budget preparation, control and administration for a large, multi-faceted public organization.

A collective bargaining environment and practices of shared governance.

Contract negotiations and employee grievances at the community college level.

Community college philosophy and an awareness of contemporary issues, trends and legislation in higher education.

Current management information systems, functions, operations and equipment, including hardware and software applications.

Instructional program development and implementation at the community college level.

Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Local economic conditions, community leaders and service organizations.

Local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations related to public and community college administration, including the California Education Code and the California Government Code.

Compliance requirements, including accreditation standards.

Needs, interests and concerns of various groups of community college students.

Oral and written communication skills.

Organizational development theory, strategic change management, human resources, facilities planning, informational systems management, community and legislative relations, short and long term strategic planning, and fiscal management.

Participatory governance at the community college level.

Policies, objectives, procedures, organization, operations, guidelines, programs and services applicable to the administration of a multi-campus California Community College District.

Principles and practices of community college administration.

Principles and practices of effective executive leadership.

Principles and practices of training, supervision and performance evaluation.

Principles, theories, practices, methods and procedures of public administration specifically related to higher education.

Progressive discipline procedures and documentation.

Public speaking techniques.

Roles of developing technologies in learning and administration.

Sound fiscal management policies as related to public institutions.

Student enrollment trends and demographic statistics of the community.

The role of community colleges in economic development.

Trends in academic, vocational, community and contract education.

Ability to:
Establish a strong and trusting partnership with the Board.

Create  an  atmosphere  of  mutual  respect,  and  open  communication  between  the  Board and constituencies.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Assure the development, approval and administration of a consolidated and balanced annual District budget according to legal timelines.

Assure the preparation, maintenance and retention of all required District reports, files and data.

Assure the timely negotiation of all collective bargaining agreements as mandated for California Community Colleges.

Use ethical principles that value integrity, honesty, open communication, transparency, humility, evidence-based, and flexibility in all District matters.

Be  goal  and results oriented,  employ  specialized  skills  required to  build  strong  teams, create institutional improvement and change.

Be trustworthy, approachable with excellent interpersonal skills.

Be fiscally responsible, resourceful and creative in ways that will generate new revenue.

Be politically astute and communicate effectively with local, State, and federal legislators.

Build  a  sense  of  community  within  the  District  and establish  viable  linkages  with external communities.

Build and lead a diverse and highly skilled leadership team, while promoting the development and advancement of all faculty and staff.

Communicate   clearly,   concisely   and   effectively,   both   orally   and   in   writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

Confer  with  legislators,  community  business  leaders  and  others  regarding  funding sources, cooperative instructional relationships, and other matters.

Develop and maintain a complex organizational structure that supports effective and efficient results, while encourage collaboration, creativity and innovation in a value added environment.

Create  and  maintain  administrative  and  faculty  environments  that  encourage  and  support innovation.

Delegate responsibility and authority while maintaining accountability. 

Demonstrate dynamic, well-organized and visionary leadership.

Demonstrate strong educational leadership skills which evoke the respect of students, faculty, staff, the Board, and the community.

Demonstrate leadership in advising a Board as policies are developed and reviewed, and interpreting these policies for staff and community.

Demonstrate creativity, innovation, forward thinking, flexibility, and persistence.

Demonstrate leadership role in economic development in expanding partnerships with business, industry, government, and other educational institutions.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Demonstrate a strong understanding of complex fiscal issues facing California Community Colleges and create strategic plans.

Pursue and successfully obtain government and grant funding, and other fiscal resources.

Develop and implement policy recommendations which will implement the District’s master plan and other goals and objectives in accordance with local, State and federal laws and the needs of the college community.

Develop and maintain a visible presence on the campuses and in the community. Earn the respect and confidence of others.

Encourage  professional  excellence  among  the  staff  and  promote  an  organizational  culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.

Envision,  plan,  develop,  organize,  coordinate,  direct,  administer,  monitor,  control,  review and evaluate all functions, programs, services and activities of the District including administration, instruction and student services.

Establish and maintain a climate of trust and collegiality.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Exercise initiative and work independently with little or no direction from the Board.

Exhibit excellent leadership ability, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

Exhibit a collaborative management style that is consultative and inclusive.

Exhibit decisiveness, energy, self-confidence, and accountability.

Identify needs and priorities and make decisions in a climate of competing interests. Listen intently and communicate effectively with others in an inspirational, open and responsive manner.

Maintain current knowledge of the educational and vocational needs of the community.

Maintain rapport with faculty and staff of the District’s Colleges.

Make effective public presentations.

Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

Provide leadership and executive direction to administrators, managers, supervisors, faculty and support staff.

Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socio-economic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

Remain student oriented, listening to and caring about students’ needs and concerns.

Review and analyze complex financial, statistical and narrative data regarding all aspects of the District.

Select, train, lead, direct, supervise and evaluate the performance of subordinates effectively.

Support, promote, invest, and nurture the teaching and learning process.

Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

Understand and implement mandated participatory governance.

Understand and support interest-based approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.

Work in a complex and large multi-college district with distinct organizational cultures and needs.

Work effectively with diverse populations, maximizing the benefits of diversity.

Work productively with an elected seven-member Board of Trustees.

Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration or related field.

At least five years of demonstrated senior level experience in directing major components of a large and complex organization, preferably a multi-campus higher educational institution with a broad variety of instructional and student services programs, technology support services, resources and facilities, including at least three years’ experience at the level of Chief Executive Officer, Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, College President, Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent in a system or organization of comparable complexity.  Experience working with a Board that has a diversity of opinions with an effective governance model.
Desired Qualifications

An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.

Experience in teaching, student services and/or support for the roles of faculty, instruction, student services, and a higher educational environment.

Experience and/or demonstrated ability to understand shared governance and collective bargaining in a collegial environment.

Experience in and/or demonstrated knowledge of the role of community colleges in economic and workforce development.

Conditions of Employment:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:
Duties are primarily performed in an office environment or in meetings at a District or community location. The incumbent is subject to frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with executives, administrators, faculty, members of the Board of Trustees, community and State and federal leaders and the general public. Frequently must travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings and conduct work. Must attend afternoon or evening Board meetings.

Physical Demands:
Typically must sit for long periods, walk short distances on a regular basis, see clearly to read normal and fine print and operate computer keyboard, speak clearly and distinctly to provide information in person or on the telephone, hear and understand voices over telephone and in person to exchange information and make presentations, use hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines, travel to various locations to attend meetings and conduct work and lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Must remember key information and concentrate for long periods of time.

Additional Position Information:

Interested applicants must complete the online application, apply for the position, and attach the specified “REQUIRED” documents.

To be considered, each section on the application must contain the requested information (do not state “SEE RESUME” or leave blank). Included on the application, applicants must provide (on the application) at least eight (8) professional references, preferably from current supervisors, previous supervisors (from the past five years), colleagues or coworkers who can address professional competency and appropriate practical skills, or other professional references. District Human Resources (DHR) may request additional references.

In addition to a full complete application, applicants are required to attach all “REQUIRED” documents. Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment.

Applicants bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their applications are complete and “REQUIRED” documents are attached prior to the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Any supporting documents submitted must reference the Job Opening ID numbers and may be attached online, faxed to 949-340-8007, mailed via U.S. Mail under separate cover, or hand delivered to the District offices.


For guaranteed consideration, a complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents are required to be submitted electronically by the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Applications submitted via facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.