Job was saved successfully.
Job was removed from Saved Jobs.

This job is archived

(Archived) President, Los Angeles City College

Last Updated: 3/19/23

Job Description

President, Los Angeles City College



The Board of Trustees of the
Los Angeles Community College District

Invites Applications & Nominations for

Los Angeles City College

An Equal Opportunity Employer

About the College
Los Angeles City College (LACC), branded “The City's College,” is one of the nine colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest community college district in California and amongst the largest in the United States. Founded in 1929 as Los Angeles Junior College and renamed in 1938, LACC is a comprehensive institution offering a full range of pathways in the liberal arts and sciences including transfer, associate degree, and certificate programs, as well as industry-targeted career technical programs. LACC is among the premier mid-to-large-sized colleges in the country, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and enrolls approximately 18,000 students each semester.

LACC is located on 48 acres that are readily accessible from all parts of the city. LACC's immediate service area is defined by the Mid-Wilshire Corridor, Los Feliz/Observatory District, Historic Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles. A vibrant college environment that reflects the dynamic and diverse surrounding communities; the ethnic enrollment is approximately 55 percent Latino, 18 percent Caucasian, 14 percent Asian Pacific Islander, and 8 percent African American. With mutual respect, student success and equity as guiding forces, LACC fosters a challenging learning environment. The faculty and staff understand the varied academic and social needs of their diverse student body and affirms the value of multi-culturalism, equity, diversity, and inclusion within many of LACC's program and services.

LACC has made several extraordinary gains in the past decade, including being designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is recognized for its outstanding student services programs for Veterans and Guardians Scholars (emancipated foster youth), undocumented/Dreamer students, and LGBTQ+ students. LACC also has nationally ranked academic programs, including a celebrated math team; an acclaimed music, theater, cinema and television production departments; an award-winning student newspaper; and sought-after programs in dental technology, radiologic technology, and nursing.

College Mission
As its primary mission, LACC offers post-secondary lower division liberal arts and sciences courses and career/vocational courses enabling students to complete:

  • Curriculum designed in preparation for transfer to a four-year university.
  • Associate degrees and workforce-ready certificates.

    The College affirms the essential role of basic skills instruction, English as a Second Language (ESL), and support services that are intrinsic to student success at the post-secondary level. LACC also provides educational and cultural activities that contribute to the general well-being of the communities it serves.

    The President
    The President provides leadership, vision, strategy, and advocacy for LACC. With an institutional understanding of LACC culture, goals and objectives, the President is responsible and directly accountable for all College operations and is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet. The successful candidate will have a strong grounding in academic and student services programs with a deep understanding of the community college system, which includes transfer and career technical education, as well as basic skills preparation, workforce and economic development, community services programs and contract education. The candidate must be able to embrace, thrive and effectively lead the college in a dynamic environment of instructional and service modalities. The candidate must thoroughly understand the core mission of amplifying student success within their leadership role in an urban community college and multi-cultural community. The College seeks a bold visionary leader who will lead the campus into the next decade.

    Desirable Qualities
    The Chancellor and the College Search Committee will evaluate potential candidates for the Presidency of Los Angeles City College based on the following desirable qualities:

    Committed to Student Access, Success, and Equity
  • A leader who has a proven track record of promoting and addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, with a commitment to amplifying student access and success. This guiding philosophy will be demonstrated through institutional strategies and policies that support all groups to achieve their personal and professional goals while creating community empowerment and social justice.

    Takes Strategic Risks
  • A deeply dedicated leader that makes data-informed decisions that lead to student success and the growth of the institution. This focused leadership will improve student outcomes, bolster college enrollments and nurture college culture. A leader who is committed to identifying, understanding and problem-solving ways to increase student outcomes based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender. Once gaps are identified, has the ability to mobilize the College to improve results.

    Builds Strong Teams
  • A leader who fosters an institutional culture built on trust, collaboration, accountability, and transparency. With an understanding of decision-making and shared governance across different constituency groups, will advocate for a common commitment among students.
  • A leader who is guided by ethics and is committed to transparent and inclusive decision-making processes.
  • A leader who promotes college-wide morale, cohesion, and respect among all College constituents, resolves controversial issues and problems in a timely manner using input from constituent groups, and is sensitive to the effects of decisions on students and the campus communities.
  • A consensus builder committed to faculty and staff diversity who uses and promotes an open, approachable management style that is inclusive, collaborative, and enthusiastic; and who values and suPports staff development, motivates employees and acknowledges their contributions.
  • An executive officer who understands and appreciates the roles of the Chancellor and Board of Trustees, and who is committed to maintaining productive and effective relationships across the large and complex District.

    Establishes Urgency for Improvement
  • A leader who works to establish and maintain among administrators, faculty, and staff a healthy sense of urgency about uniting varied interests to accomplish the common goal of improving student outcomes and bolstering college enrollments.

    Plans for Lasting Internal Change
  • A thoughtful leader who is willing to build a future with LACC to integrate a planning process to ensure that the College develops and implements the master plan, strategic plans, and student equity plans to significantly improve student access and success.
  • A leader who ensures that the culture of the College is built around the completion of valuable credentials for all students and continuous improvement in learning and growth for students, administrators, faculty, and staff.

  • A leader who is committed to following an integrated planning process that complies with accreditation standards by including effective implementation of plans, routine assessment of progress, and continuous data-informed improvement.
  • An educator with a results-oriented approach who promotes a culture of inquiry and evidence, stimulates innovation, leads the College to agreed-upon student outcomes, and aligns plans and implementation efforts to measurable objectives.

    Communicates Effectively
  • A visionary educational leader who possesses exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. This engaging approach fosters relationships that develop shared priorities to identify and resolve problems.
  • A leader who is politically proactive with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of recent local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.
  • A leader whose trustworthy communication and confident management styles are effective in the College's multicultural/multilingual environment to mitigate problems.
  • A leader who effectively engages with the College's internal and external stakeholders, strategically communicating in ways that advance student access and success, and workforce preparation and placement.
  • A leader who maintains communication with the Chancellor to ensure shared goals and a common understanding of the College's progress toward achieving desired student outcomes and institutional goals.

    Financial and Operational Ability
  • A fiscally competent leader who will ensure the College's fiscal stability, secure sufficient resources to fund operations, and provide adequate controls to prevent fiscal mismanagement.
  • An astute administrator with demonstrated expertise in the complexities of higher education that impact community college finances and operations, including collective bargaining, federal and state programs, and legislation.
  • A leader who aligns expenditures with strategies and provides prudent oversight for the completion of major capital facilities construction and renovation projects.
  • A leader who demonstrates fiscal integrity in the linking of planning to resource allocations.

    Entrepreneurial Fundraiser
  • An entrepreneurial and effective fundraiser with demonstrated capacity to secure resources that will support the highly successful LACC Foundation to raise revenue and develop resources to support programs and facilities. Will take on a highly-visible and influential role to engage stakeholders in the region through key partnerships to enhance the college's goals.

    Develops Effective External Partnerships
  • A leader who uses the College's influence and resources to advance ongoing student access and success by forging strategic partnerships with external entities, including K-12 school districts, four-year colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and employers. These partnerships will focus on the access and success of students, including first-generation, adult learners and those from historically underserved populations.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree or advanced degree of at least equivalent standard from an accredited college or university. The required degree must be completed at the time of filing an application.
  • One year of successful full-time experience in a senior leadership position in education, business, industry, or government, preferably as a college or university administrator.
  • A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of district faculty, staff, and students.

    Desirable Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • Teaching or student services experience, preferably at the postsecondary level.
  • Five years of experience in administrative positions with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably at the postsecondary level.

    General Requirement
    Health: After selection and prior to employment, a medical certificate indicating fitness to engage in administrative work is required for new employees, at the applicant's expense.

    Pursuant to LACCD Board of Trustee's Policy 2900, all employees must be fully vaccinated and complete a baseline test or have an approved exemption. LACCD employees are required to provide their vaccination status in compliance with the LACCD Board of Trustees' policy.

    The current salary range is $231,579 to $286,886 annually. Employee benefits include 15.5 paid holidays and 24 days paid vacation annually, comprehensive medical/hospital, dental, and vision care plans, and a $50,000 group life insurance policy.

    Evaluation Procedures
    Applications for the position will be screened by the Human Resources Division for minimum qualifications. A District Search Committee will review the eligible applications and select candidates for interview, and after interviewing the invited candidates, will recommend to the Chancellor at least three unranked candidates as finalists. The Chancellor will conduct background and reference checks and interviews and will forward these candidates to the Board of Trustees, along with his recommendation, if any, of which candidate is best suited for the position. The Board may conduct further background checks or interviews as appropriate.

    Filing an Application
    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to file the application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments. The application address is

    All applicants must submit the following:
    1. A completed LACCD application.
    2. A letter of application of no more than three pages is requested. The letter of application must describe skills and experiences to demonstrate how the applicant's knowledge and expertise relate to the position as described in this job announcement.
    3. A current resume of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information.
    4. A list of eight references with business and personal telephone numbers, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty instructors, and two community members.
    5. Copies of transcript(s) (official transcripts will be required if selected for an interview). Documentation from an approved foreign transcript evaluator is required for degrees received from other countries. For a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies, please go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

    The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after 03/20/23; however, applications may be accepted until the position is filled. To be considered in the first reading, applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on 03/20/23. If selected for the position, additional information, including official transcripts, will be required.

    Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications. LACCD reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time.

    The Los Angeles Community College District website is; the website for Los Angeles City College is

    For additional information regarding the application process, contact Sharmita Saha, LACCD Human Resources via e-mail at

    The executive search firm of CCSS has been retained to assist with the search. All confidential inquires and nominations should be directed to:

    Community College Search Services
    Mr. Stan Carrizosa
    Search Consultant cell: [Register to View]

    ADA Notice
    Applicants and nominees who believe they are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and require accommodation during any part of the interview or selection process must submit a written request with documentation at least five business days prior to the date of need of the accommodation via e-mail to: LACCD Human Resources at

    EEO Non-Discrimination Notice
    It is the Los Angeles Community District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of actual or perceived ethnic group identification, race, color, naturalization, ancestry, religion, creed, sex (including gender-based sexual harassment), gender identity and expression, pregnancy, marital status, cancer-related medical condition of any employee, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    The Board of Trustees commits the District to vigorous EEO in all aspects of its academic and classified employment programs, including recruitment, selection, assignment, retention, promotion, and transfer. The District strives to achieve a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state's population and is welcoming to all persons from all groups protected from discrimination to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational environment. Such an environment fosters cooperation, acceptance, democracy and free expression of ideas.

    Reference: LACCD Board Policies 7120, 7250 and Administrative Procedure 7120.

    Board of Trustees
    David Vela, President
    Nichelle Henderson, 1st Vice President
    Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D., 2nd Vice President
    Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D.
    Sara Hernandez, J.D.
    Andra Hoffman
    Steven F. Veres
    Kenneth-Alan Callahan, Student Trustee

    District Administration
    Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Chancellor
    Melinda A. Nish, Ed.D., Deputy Chancellor
    Nicole Albo-Lopez, Ed.D., Interim Vice Chancellor, Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness
    Jeanette L. Gordon, Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer
    Carmen V. Lidz, MS, Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer
    Maribel S. Medina, J.D., General Counsel
    Rueben C. Smith, D.C.Sc., Vice Chancellor/Chief Facilities Executive
    Katrina VanderWoude, Ed.D., Interim Vice Chancellor, Workforce Development and Adult Education
    Teyanna Williams, J.D., Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

    To apply, visit

    Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

    Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency


Company Details

Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Angeles City College is a public community college in East Hollywood, California. A part of the Los Angeles Community College District, it is located on Vermont Avenue south of Santa Monica Boulevard on the former campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.