Yosemite Community College District
President of Columbia College
The Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of the Yosemite Community College District invite applications for the position of President of Columbia College.
With a variety of natural wonders nearby, the College is ideally situated for outdoor recreational activities through all four seasons. Tuolumne, Calaveras and Stanislaus counties are known for their informal and family friendly atmosphere.
A county profile is available at www.tuolumnecountyprofile.org
The Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) includes two comprehensive, two-year colleges (Columbia College and Modesto Junior College) and a Central Services unit. The District includes all of two counties (Stanislaus and Tuolumne) and parts of four others (Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin and Santa Clara). In the 2012-13 academic year, 16,134 Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) were enrolled. The District employs a staff of over 1,500 individuals with an annual budget of just under $135 million. YCCD is one of 72 community college districts in the State of California. YCCD’s two colleges (Columbia College and Modesto Junior College) are part of a 112 community college system which is the largest system of public higher education in the world.
The District is governed by a seven member elected Board of Trustees and the Chancellor who serves as the Chief Executive Officer. College Presidents report to the Chancellor and serve as the Chief Administrative Officers and academic leaders on the campuses. Columbia College and Modesto Junior College are comprehensive community colleges with excellent reputations for serving their communities.
Columbia College Mission Statement
Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.
Adopted by Columbia College Council on February 3, 2012
Approved by the Yosemite Community College District Board of Trustees on March 14, 2012
Founded in 1968, Columbia College is one of the two colleges forming the Yosemite Community College District. Modesto Junior College, the larger college in the District, was founded in 1921 and is located in the City of Modesto 60 miles from Columbia College.
Columbia College is located in the foothills of the picturesque Sierra Nevada. Serving all of Tuolumne County and parts of Calaveras and Stanislaus Counties, the College is located on 280 acres of forestland in California’s historic Mother Lode gold country. Columbia College has been described as one of the state’s most beautiful community colleges. In addition to the main campus, the College maintains off campus sites in Oakdale, East Sonora, and Angels Camp.
Columbia College serves approximately 3,500 students (2,300 FTEs) and employs approximately 200 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, with a general operating budget of $12 million. Columbia College is nearing completion of several major facility projects after the successful passage of a district-wide bond measure.
Columbia College offers a comprehensive program of academic and career-technical education. The College’s general education courses prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and its career-technical education programs enable students to compete for a variety of positions ranging from entry level to management In addition to traditional course offerings, the College offers several signature programs that are unique to the College.
Please visit our website at www.gocolumbia.edu
Desirable Personal and Professional Characteristics
The Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District and the Columbia College Presidential Search Committee will consider a candidate’s educational background, professional experience and accomplishments, reputation and character in its search for a new president.
Criteria and Qualifications for the position include:
• Strong decisive leadership experience and a collaborative decision-making style based on participatory governance which seeks to empower others; evidence of accountability for decisions.
• Demonstrated management skills in resource development, financial management, strategic planning, team building and labor relations.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills while maintaining high visibility and an enthusiastic approach to internal and external responsibilities.
• Sensitivity to diversity issues and a documented ability to lead an institution which values differences.
• Demonstrated educational leadership experience with a focus on learning, teaching excellence, student success and student support services.
• Understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive community college with support for transfer, career-technical, basic skills and lifelong learning.
• Ability to work cooperatively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members within an innovative unique organizational structure which supports student learning.
• Ability to articulate a vision of community college education and a strong set of values.
• Successful leadership in program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment with demonstrated ability to motivate members of the college community to pursue excellence.
• Demonstrated success with advocacy with an understanding of key issues affecting small rural colleges, higher education and society.
• Evidence of effective leadership in establishing a positive institutional presence and image in the community while forming partnerships with various constituencies including business, labor, public schools and community groups.
• Evidence of a working knowledge of and a proactive approach to the implementation of technology in academics, administration and/or management environments.
• A passion for education and excellence and the ability to communicate that passion to learners, the community and the college family.
• An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university is required. An earned doctorate is preferred.
• Successful senior-level administrative experience and teaching, counseling and/or other faculty experience.
Challenges and Opportunities
The President of Columbia College, under the direction of the Yosemite Community College District’s Chancellor, will be expected to provide strong visionary leadership with a high degree of commitment and personal integrity to address the following issues in the next five to ten years:
• The achievement of educational excellence leading to overall student success.
• The expansion of programs and services designed to address student and community needs.
• The promotion and facilitation of collegiality, civility and respect among all of the College constituencies.
• The ability to increase the cohesive relationships between the College, its multi-campus facilities, the District Office and Columbia College.
• The integration of technological advancements, academically and administratively.
• The expansion of partnerships with educational, business, industry, government and other community organizations.
• The support and nurturing of a campus climate.
• Leadership of the Modesto Junior College Foundation and the enhancement of the resources available to the College.
• Completion of facility projects funded by the District’s general obligation bonds and upgrading college facilities through scheduled maintenance.
Salary & Benefits
The salary and comprehensive benefits package will be competitive. Employment will begin on February 1, 2014 or a mutually agreeable date.
To Be Considered
This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout its various stages. Candidates are asked to respect the confidential nature of the search. Review of applications will begin on Friday, November 1, 2013. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit early in the process. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Applications must include:
1. Cover letter: Individuals interested in this position will state in a (seven pages or less) letter of application specifically why they are interested in the position, how they meet the criteria and qualifications and how they would address the challenges and opportunities identified in this brochure.
2. Resume: Applicants will also submit a current resume of professional experience, accomplishments, educational background and other pertinent information.
3. References: The names and business and home telephone numbers of nine references: two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, one student and two business or community leaders. (Applicants from sectors other than higher education will submit comparable references.) References will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission. Candidates will be required to sign a release form to authorize reference checks. Employment history, degrees obtained and other certifications/accomplishments will also be verified.
4. Salary history.
5. Confidential Data Sheet (available on Ralph Andersen & Associates’ website at www.ralphandersen.com).
Interested candidates may apply as follows:
Via U.S. Mail
Ralph Andersen & Associates
5800 Stanford Ranch Road, Suite 410
Rocklin, California 95765
An electronic version of all submittals is strongly encouraged. Submittals not containing all of the required documentation will be deemed incomplete. Due to the high level of importance placed on candidates’ presentation of qualifications and submittal, Ralph Andersen & Associates is under no obligation to assess, comment or inform individuals as to the completeness of submittals. Ralph Andersen & Associates will conduct the initial evaluation of submitted materials to determine the best overall match with the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment profile. Review of qualified individuals by the Search Committee will begin November 1, 2013 with only the most highly qualified candidates invited to continue on in the selection process.
The Search Committee is expected to interview the semi-final candidates the week of November 18, 2013, and the finalists will be interviewed by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees during the week of December 2, 2013. It is expected the President will join the District in February 2014. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please call Stan Arterberry or Heather Renschler at (916) 630-4900. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.
The Board of Trustees of Yosemite Community College District assures that all employees and applicants for employment will be provided equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or veteran status.