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(Archived) President (Clovis Community College)

Last Updated: 8/10/22

Job Description

President (Clovis Community College)

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 8/1/2022 at 11:55 PM

Campus Location: Clovis Community College

Start Date: 06/13/2022

Essential Functions:
The Chancellor and Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) are seeking a president for Clovis Community College (CCC). The president will provide unifying and participatory leadership to a dynamic, complex, and diverse college. The president will build upon the college's strong legacy of achievement and leadership in the community.The president will be a student-focused, dynamic, kind and collaborative leader who is committed to advancing student access, equity, and success for our diverse student body and will lead the college in the development and implementation of new programs that address the unique workforce needs of the community. The president will expand existing relationships with community businesses, organizations and build upon strong partnerships with educational institutions to advance the economic and social mobility of our students.The president will collaborate with their dedicated team of professionals to ensure that the college maintains its strong integration of student equity and success, while working towards achieving Clovis Community College's mission and strategic goals. The President is responsible and accountable for all college operations, fiscal stewardship, strategic enrollment management and for providing steadfast leadership to the college's faculty, classified professionals and administrators.Clovis Community College is known for its innovative spirit, positive climate, high transfer rates, and dedication to closing equity gaps. The faculty, staff, and leadership are creative, caring, collegial, and collaborative and focused on student success. The Chancellor and Board of Trustees are seeking a leader who will facilitate and nurture this climate, as the campus grows and evolves.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesUnder administrative direction of the Chancellor and in accordance with provisions of the California Education Code, the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the policies and administrative regulations of the District, the president of Clovis Community College performs the following duties:

  • Serves as the chief executive officer of the college;
  • Leads the development of the college's strategic plan and evaluation of the achievement of the college's goals and objectives;
  • Advocates for the college using a collaborative, collegial leadership style that also supports the district's strategic plan and achievement of the district-wide goals and objectives;
  • Promotes a culture of trust and respect across all employee groups and facilities a caring community within the college;
  • Develops and utilizes procedures to effectively allocate the resources of the college to optimize the achievement of the college goals and objectives;
  • Establishes and implements procedures that enhance the college's administrative and governance processes and college-wide communications;
  • Leads the evaluation of the college's programs and services and ensures the use of research and evaluation data in institutional planning;
  • In collaboration and with assistance of the college's faculty and staff, leads the development of educational specifications for facilities and subsequent staffing required to support the college's programs, and leads the improvement in college programs and services;
  • Ensures adherence to the institutional accreditation policies, standards and eligibility requirements;
  • Leads the development of the college's budget and ensures management of the college's financial affairs in conformity with district fiscal policies and procedures;
  • Assures the assessment of college processes for organizational effectiveness;
  • Encourages and supports the development of college public relations, service to the community, and student outreach;
  • Promotes articulation among the college and other P-12 schools, colleges, and universities locally and nationally;
  • Approves all job assignments, duties and responsibilities of academic and classified personnel;
  • Chairs the President's Council, participates as a member of the Chancellor's cabinet, and participates in meetings of the Board of Trustees;
  • Keeps the Chancellor informed of the college's programs and services, as well as the needs and accomplishments of the college;
  • Represents the college at meetings of appropriate educational agencies and organizations;
  • Ensures the college's compliance with federal, state and district policies on equal employment opportunities, and shall endeavor to protect students, employees, and members of the community from all discrimination, including sexual harassment; and,
  • Ensures that all employees work within the duties and responsibilities described in job descriptions, and ensures all employees follow all policies, rules, regulations, bargaining agreements, and procedures of the state and the District, including the requirement that access to privileged information be carefully protected.

Minimum Qualifications:
All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices;

AND• Earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;

AND• Five (5) years of successful senior-level administrative experience in progressively responsible, reasonably related executive positions.

Desirable Qualifications:
Desirable Qualifications
The Selection Advisory Committee and Chancellor will consider the following desirable qualifications in their selection of the Clovis Community College President:
    • Earned doctorate from an accredited higher education institution;
    • Teaching and/or student services experience in higher education;
    • At least five years of successful, progressively responsible management experience in a community college or a post-secondary institution;
    • Successful experience as a leader in the use of technology to facilitate learning.

Ideal CharacteristicsThe Selection Advisory Committee and Chancellor will consider the following ideal characteristics in their selection of the Clovis Community College President:
  • Experience and skill incorporating elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all areas of responsibility;
  • Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes;
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one’s relational practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students;
  • Understanding of the Guided Pathways framework and how it relates to the college’s mission and vision; ability to provide guidance and leadership on Guided Pathways implementation and assessment;
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching/learning and the vision of a learning-centered institution and community;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support of participatory governance;
  • Demonstrated strong record of achievement and ability to work successfully and establish and maintain partnerships with all levels of educational institutions, including governmental entities, business, industry and labor, civic organizations, and diverse community and student groups;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and evidence of leadership with honesty and integrity;
  • Evidence of accountable, ethical and visionary leadership;
  • Demonstrated effective communication, collaboration and delegating skills;
  • Positive and dynamic human relations skills;
  • Effective communication and responsive listening skills with sensitivity to the needs of the college, encouraging trust, mutual respect and collegiality;
  • Commitment to and knowledge of the importance of community workforce and economic development partnerships;
  • Successful experience in a multi-ethnic, pluralistic environment and in responding to the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students;
  • Knowledge of the community college and its mission and goals;
  • Knowledgeable of accreditation standards and practices;
  • Evidence of a leader who excels at building and maintaining a team spirit;
  • Visible, accessible and approachable in the college and in the community;
  • Evidence of being active with students and supportive of building a climate that encourages student engagement;
  • Evidence of decisive leadership and the ability to be flexible;
  • Experience partnering with numerous community representatives, including education, business and industry, government and non-profit organizations;
  • Demonstrated effective fiscal and enrollment management;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the institution’s vitality and growth; and
  • Evidence of an entrepreneur who acquires non-traditional resources for the college.

Conditions of Employment:
223 duty days and 22 vacation days for a total of 245 days.

Salary and Benefits:
State Center Community College District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, sick leave, vacation benefits and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) or Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS). Salary and other benefits are competitive. Starting annual salary is $217,128 – $235,026, dependent upon experience and qualifications. The successful candidate should be available for service no later than January 3, 2023.

Selection Procedure:
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

Application materials will only be accepted electronically.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To be included in the first screening of applications, submit the following application materials by 11:59 p.m. on August 1, 2022.

A State Center Community College District application, which can be accessed online at SCCCD Job Opportunities.

    1. A State Center Community College District application, which can be accessed online at SCCCD Job Opportunities.
    2. Transcripts, unofficial copies accepted – must indicate conferred degree(s) that support the minimum qualifications.
    3. A cover letter, of six (6) pages or less, that succinctly address to what extent the candidate meets the minimum and desired qualifications sought for this position and addresses the opportunities and challenges identified. Candidates should cite specific examples from their professional qualifications and experience to demonstrate they possess the knowledge and expertise necessary to serve as the President of Clovis Community College.
    4. A current resume or curriculum vitae of no more than six (6) pages, describing professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information.
    5. A list of eight (8) references: including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty members (or equivalent), and two community members. Include a contact number and e-mail address for each individual.

Note: References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission.


The executive search firm, ACCT has been retained to assist with the search. For confidential inquiries and nominations, please contact:

Dr. Debbie DiThomas
ACCT Search Consultant[Register to View]


Dr. Jill Board
ACCT Search Consultant[Register to View]

For questions about the application process, please contact:

Paola Lopez
Senior Human Resources Technician
State Center Community College District
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Selection Process
Applications will initially be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents, a search advisory committee will screen the application packets and determine the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications. Those candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 17.

The search advisory committee typically includes faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members.

Finalists will be invited for additional interviews and public forums tentatively planned for the week of October 10.

The new president will be expected to assume duties on or about January 3, 2023.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant’s responsibility and must be submitted through the District’s online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond, as best as we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty, staff and administrators we work with in the District.

Additional Information:
Opportunities and Challenges

1. Addressing COVID-19 pandemic issues regarding remote instruction and work, and institutional processes, including a safe return to classroom instruction and in-person support, while assuring a proper mix of in-person and remote instructional options that optimizes educational outcomes for students.

2. Championing racial equity and social justice, remedying identified systemic racism and bias at CCC, and implementing strategies to increase diversity of the CCC workforce in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and intersectional identities, while fostering mutual respect and a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff across the College with steadfast commitment to student success, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

3. Taking necessary proactive steps to ensure enrollment recovery and growth, increased revenues, and financial stability in preparation for full implementation of the state Student Centered Funding Formula and the elimination of the state funding hold-harmless provision for fiscal year 2025 -2026.

4. Reducing equity gaps by collecting student identity data and implementing strategies to address disproportionate impacts in enrollment, course success and student retention thus increasing the number of students acquiring degrees and certificates, achieving transfer, and becoming employed in their field of study.

5. Expanding and supporting the delivery of successful online instruction and services to provide the opportunity for CCC to increase the number of students locally and statewide who successfully take and complete CCC distance education classes.

6. Developing and aligning career technical education programs to meet the interests of students, the needs of regional businesses, and address the emerging and dominant industry sectors in the Central Valley region.

7. Maintaining exemplary instruction, student services, and academic support services to meet the College’s goals.

8. Examining the organizational structure and size, to fit the changing enrollment and fiscal realities of the College; hiring high quality, diverse faculty, staff, and administrative personnel necessary to meet the College’s mission.

9. Advancing the College’s mission, vision, core values, and goals which prioritize principles of equity-mindedness and anti-racism while maintaining the College’s commitment to an attractive, student-friendly, safe, and secure campus.

10. Responsibly managing new construction, renovation projects, and facilities maintenance within the limits of local bond funds and state resources and in fulfillment of the priority objectives of the College’s Facilities Master Plan.

11. Inspiring a committed faculty and staff to optimize the student experience at CCC by deepening engagement with other community colleges in the district. Foster a culture of collaboration to include faculty, classified professionals, and administrators.

12. Participating in activities and partnerships that strengthen the relationship with the SCCC Foundation as well as educational, civic, and business/corporate entities that will help bring new revenue sources to the College and enhance the College’s image and reach.

13. Advocating for solutions to the rising tide of poverty, food and housing insecurity.

14. Developing and strengthening partnerships with local school districts, universities, business, and civic leaders.

Professional and Personal Qualities and Characteristics:

The president will provide unifying and participatory governance leadership to enhance the institutional effectiveness of a dynamic, complex, and diverse campus community. Clovis Community College students are served by faculty, staff, and administrators committed to student achievement and academic excellence. The next president must build upon a strong campus legacy, lead the college to higher levels of excellence, and continue to fulfill a prominent leadership role in the community.

Embraces the Mission of the California Community College System and Clovis Community College Is equity-minded, anti-racist, student-centered; supports the comprehensive community college mission with a heightened focus on equity in experiences and outcomes; understands the complexity of credit, noncredit/adult education and services and the competing priorities of transfer, career technical, college-readiness skills, noncredit/adult education, dual enrollment, and community services offerings; and provides proactive and innovative ideas for addressing issues.

Effective Organizational Leadership
Knowledge and evidence of leadership experience in higher education with a demonstrated understanding of the complex dynamics of a large multi-college district, including efficient and streamlined processes and procedures in fostering a campus climate that normalizes anti-racism and equity for racially minoritized students and students with intersectional identities.
Experience in leading fiscal management, budgetary processes, strategic planning, human resources development, collective bargaining, curriculum and instruction, enrollment management, student services, facilities management, and fundraising a large multi-college district.

Understands the importance of the College President’s role within the authority structure in a multi-college district. Engages in a creative, innovative, and collaborative manner with District and College leadership.

Accesses and assimilates information through collection and use of quantitative and qualitative data for decision-making, planning, mobilizing resources, and motivating individuals to creatively overcome challenges facing the College and to make continuous improvements in operations, programming, procedures, and services.

Passion to Lead in Difficult TimesHas the resilience and perseverance to address challenges and confrontations. Is deliberate in assessing diverse and conflicting perspectives; brings those perspectives to consensus and successful outcomes. Is an effective, data-informed decision maker and transformational leader who is committed to data-driven, positive change. Is action- and results-oriented, innovative, creative, and responds to situations in a timely manner.
Leadership in Dynamic Times
Provide visionary and strategic leadership and guidance as the College adjusts to changing landscapes with a focus on advancing and maintaining educational quality within a College-wide culture of equity-mindedness and anti-racism, increasing access, and student success during and after the current pandemic crisis. This will include building back enrollments and outreach efforts and adjusting instructional and support services delivery modalities to better meet the needs of students and communities served by the College.

Community MindednessMaintains high visibility and has the aptitude to cultivate and maintain external relationships throughout the College service area and region; demonstrates evidence of understanding the varying diverse needs of the communities served by CCC and is active and visible in the greater Clovis/Fresno communities; commits personally and supports others in seeking external forms of resources through formal organizations, such as foundations, and community partnerships.
Understands that CCC is a growing suburban college that also serves the needs of the rural communities. CCC is active and visible in the Greater Clovis/Fresno communities, building strong coalitions and working with leaders of local school districts and the Cities of Clovis and Fresno, non-profits, and community service organizations, increasing philanthropic support and CCC’s brand recognition and positive reputation. Values the arts and music curriculum and the opportunities created through those areas to engage students and the community.
Embraces and appreciates the unique cultural and dynamic environments of the many diverse local communities throughout the College service area. Values the strengths each of the areas contributes, and at the same time serves as a catalyst for change by engaging stakeholders through actively addressing barriers associated with generational poverty and systemic racism which have existed for decades throughout the region.

Collegial Consultation and Participatory GovernanceHas a clear commitment to collegial consultation and inclusion in the decision-making process. Exhibits a collaborative leadership style with all constituent groups to accomplish critical institutional objectives. Understands the philosophy and practices that are the foundations of AB1725. Works diligently to maintain and increase the environment of engagement and collaboration that is central to the new College governance structure.
Values Diversity, Equity, and InclusionHas strong cultural competency and has experience in leading a successful Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) student experience and promotes a College-wide culture and climate that is welcoming and inclusive for students, classified professionals, faculty and administrators including but not limited to background and identity factors such as socio-economic, age, gender, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, LGBTQ+, and disability status.

Collaborative LeadershipUnderstands, appreciates, and follows the principles of community involvement and partner engagement in the advancement of the College mission and goals; builds and fosters mutually beneficial partnerships with K-12 school districts and baccalaureate granting institutions to advance student access and success.

Student Success, Equity and Engagement Demonstrates strong student-centered leadership by addressing institutional barriers and creating a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging environment that provides multiple pathways to success for all students at the College with a heightened focus on closing the achievement gaps for racially-minoritized and marginalized populations at the College.
Highest Ethics and IntegrityExhibits personal/professional ethics and integrity in all behavior and relationships with a strong sense of transparency, fairness, and equity in all decision making.
Effectively Motivates OthersInspires trust and confidence through strong motivational skills and authentic engagement. Exhibits outstanding communication skills, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the work of the College. Is a successful team builder with a proven ability to motivate everyone to perform at their best by recognizing the potential in others. Demonstrates the experience necessary to develop high-performing leadership teams.

Effective Leadership in a Complex Educational EnvironmentUnderstands the College President’s role of finances in planning, budgeting, assessing, and leading continuous improvement within the authority structure in a multi-college district. Effectively manages all resources to advance the purposes of the College. Engages in a creative, innovative, and respectful manner with District and College leadership and external stakeholders. Knowledge of California and federal polices, laws and regulations governing community colleges and accreditation expectations.

Personable and ApproachableIs aware of own cultural background and how it influences perceptions, values, and practices and effects and shapes the relationship to students and staff. Holds self, and others, accountable, admits mistakes and learns from them.

Communication Skills Communicate effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies while using interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and diplomacy. Actively seeks feedback to improve effectiveness.
About the College
Clovis Community College is the second largest college in the State Center Community College District, and one of the newest colleges in the California Community College System. The college provides the advantage of a medium-sized community college campus in a friendly and contemporary setting, and serves more than 13,000 students from the Fresno, Clovis and foothill communities with a variety of higher education learning opportunities. Clovis Community College provides a broad range of transfer and CTE curricula to meet the individual educational needs of our students and our community.

In response to the tremendous growth in the northeast Fresno and Clovis areas, the new 110 acre Clovis Community College opened for the 2007 fall semester. The 80,000 square-foot academic center one (AC1) includes a state-of-the-art open computer lab, multi-media labs, classroom facilities, art studios, assembly hall, and a variety of offices and student services.

Clovis Community College opened a second 80,000 square-foot academic center in July, 2010, that houses allied health, physics, and science laboratories, fitness center, dance studio, library/learning center, student services, offices and classrooms.

A $6 million licensed child care facility is available to students taking child development and pre-teaching courses. Funding was secured to construct the state-of-the-art Early Childhood Education Center through collaboration with the State of California, Clovis Unified School District, and State Center Community College District.

The campus has a bookstore and café for student and staff convenience. The college also includes the Clovis Community College, Herndon Campus, located approximately 4 miles from the main campus to provide additional classroom space and better access for community members who live closer to that location.

The College is currently building a 68,500 square-foot Applied Technology building that will provide additional classroom and lab space. It will include several science labs, classrooms, a state-of-the art digital media center and open computer lab, mechatronics, occupational therapy assistant, a large lecture hall/performance room, a large meeting room, and a variety of office and student study space.

Comprehensive Programs Designed to Help Students Meet Their Goals
A large number of students attend Clovis Community College to fulfill their general education requirements and prepare for transfer to four-year institutions. In addition, the college offers a variety of career technical programs leading to certificates and associate degrees reflecting the most current job skills and local employer demand.

Honors and AwardsClovis Community College has been honored statewide four years in a row as a Champion of Excellence for excelling in the number of associate degrees for transfer (ADTs) earned (based on enrollment). The college was also named a 2021 Equity Champion for its exemplary work in awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer to Latinx student at our campus. Clovis Community College was recently named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Campus-wide English Enrollment for our success in enrolling 100% of Latinx and 100% of Black students directly into transfer level English coursework. The College was also selected to compete for the 2023 Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Award.

Creating Opportunities – One Student at a Time

    • We honor diversity and serve all students of our community.
    • We promote opportunities for success and wellness through full access to programs and services, and we provide comprehensive student support to achieve equity.
    • We foster critical, creative, and engaged thinking through education based on integrity, generosity, and accountability.
    • We support student success along pathways to certificates, degrees, and transfer programs, preparing students for thriving futures.
    • We build community partnerships to enhance student learning and success, thereby advancing economic vitality in the community.
    • We engage in reflective research and innovation focused on learning and student success.

Clovis Community College is the college of choice for academic excellence, innovation, and student achievement.

CCC Institutional Research Site
About the DistrictClovis Community College is one of four colleges comprising State Center Community College District, which also includes Fresno City College, Reedley College and Madera Community College. The District serves approximately 1.7 million people, 38 unified and high school districts in more than 5,743 square miles of urban and rural territory. Total District enrollment for the Fall 2021 semester was approximately 34,453 students. The 2020-2021 total operatingbudget for the District was $226 million.
About the CommunityClovis and Fresno residents enjoy a robust combination of rural and cosmopolitan living. With a population of over one million residents, Fresno County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, boasting a diverse population.Less than an hour from the Sierra Nevada mountains, Clovis and Fresno are the only cities in the nation that offer easy access to three national parks: Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite. Seven nearby lakes offer sailing, fishing, boating, water skiing and relaxing nearly year-round. Living in the Clovis and Fresno area allows winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding to be day trips or weekend getaways.

Clovis and Fresno’s unique central location offers its residents the opportunity to live within short driving distances of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.Art enthusiasts can enjoy ten theater groups, an opera association, a philharmonic orchestra, eight museums and numerous art galleries. Sports enthusiasts can benefit from year-round golf and plenty of well-maintained hiking and biking trails. Tennis courts and recreational parks are strategically placed throughout the city. Farmers markets abound with the fresh just-picked produce grown in the area. Baseball fans can cheer on Fresno’s baseball club, the Fresno Grizzlies. With a Mediterranean climate that is conducive to outdoor relaxation, cultural and social enjoyment, the Clovis/Fresno community will welcome you into its heart.Clovis Unified School District has five comprehensive high schools and a charter high school called the Center for Research and Technology that is shared with Fresno Unified School District. Clovis Unified School District has the highest student test scores in the Central Valley and Clovis Community College has a variety of dual enrollment and transfer partnerships with our local educational partners.

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