Santiago Canyon College
- Orange, CA
Santiago Canyon College is seeking a visionary leader who is empathetic and equity-minded who will build upon a strong tradition of collaboration in pursuit of student success. The new President will serve as a tireless advocate, make a long-term commitment to the College and develop a blueprint to strategically grow the college and programs to best serve the needs of the community.
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is one of two colleges in the Rancho Santiago Community College District and serves approximately 16,000 students annually. A dynamic, award-winning institution located in Southern California, SCC offers 221 degree and certificate programs (including 28 associate degrees for transfer). The college has been ranked among the “50 Best Community Colleges” in the U.S. by College Choice, recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For”, and boasts award-winning, dedicated faculty, high-quality and student-centered education, and an excellent university transfer rate supported by transfer guarantee programs.
Santiago Canyon College is located in Orange County, approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The picturesque region draws visitors from across the country, and is home to multiple national entertainment venues, scenic parks and beaches, cultural opportunities at museums and performing arts centers, and the historic district of Old Towne Orange.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
- Provide forward-thinking leadership and develop innovative ways to recruit, retain and support students, taking into account the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Further promote and foster diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels throughout the College and advocate on behalf of the diverse student population.
- Align academic majors and professional certifications to serve the needs of the community and local employers.
- Advocate for fair, equitable and transparent allocation of District resources and enhance the strong brand identity for SCC.
- Transform program delivery, degree and certificate offerings, technological access, and student services to help all students at the College achieve their goals.
- Thoroughly assess and strengthen SCC’s tradition of close and collegial collaboration across faculty, classified professionals, and administrators by empowering all employees in striving to effectively serve students.
- Foster a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, particularly while some students are receiving significant online instruction.
- Serve as a visible leader on campus and in the community, become deeply vested in the long-term interests of the College and highlight the value of SCC throughout the community.
- Continue to build upon collegial consultation processes and maintain honest and open dialogues and relationships with faculty, classified professionals and students.
- Evidence of collaborative, empathetic, approachable, honest, and energizing leadership, ready to move the College forward through shared implementation of strategic plans including enrollment management, facilities, technology and other related plans.
- Highly effective and transparent communicator with strong interpersonal skills that prioritizes openness and transparency in decision-making.
- Demonstrated abilities of a strong understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, and their importance to the success of the College.
- Demonstrated experience in crisis management leadership and an ability to successfully lead the College through the current pandemic and other crises with compassion, guided by the best interests of students, faculty, and classified professionals.
- An experienced fundraiser who has developed multiple revenue streams to support the campus and community at large.
- Provide evidence of building effective community outreach and industry connectivity, and facilitate strategic engagements to expand partnerships that align with career education programs.
- Track record of respecting faculty and campus professionals, and dedicating institutional resources to professional development.
- Demonstrated experience of successfully implementing a Guided Pathways framework.
- Decisive leader capable of working effectively and respectfully with all constituents to advance student success.
- Critical thinker who will support the implementation of innovative approaches that foster enrollment, and promote degree and certificate programs aligned with student and community needs.
- Strong experience analyzing and supporting academic and, workforce, credit and non-credit programs, and making strategic decisions in partnership with faculty to best move our institution forward.
- A student-centered leader who is visible within the campus community, interacts with students to understand their needs, and solicits, listens to, and incorporates the student voice.
- Demonstrated experience working with collective bargaining units and knowledge of collective bargaining agreements.
The President serves as the chief executive officer of the campus with overall responsibility to the Chancellor for all aspects of the leadership, planning, funding, staffing, facilities, and delivery of all educational programs and institutional services in the Orange service area, personnel services and employer-employee relations, student services and activities, student performance and conduct in the service area. Responsible for the safety, security and preservation of human and fiscal resources. Recommends and executes Board policy, rules and regulations of the district, and performs other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.
Minimum Qualifications: The position requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution, demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and substantial and current administrative experience in higher education.
Desired Qualifications: A doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution with experience as a faculty member and senior-level administrator in a community college and/or other accredited, post-secondary institution.
Required Skills: Ability to plan, organize and provide leadership for all aspects of the College’s programs and services. Serve as an advocate for the College and District at the local, state and national levels.
Friday, November 20, 2020