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Orange Coast College (OCC) seeks an exemplary, experienced, and visionary leader, who embraces the Orange Coast College mission of serving the educational needs of our diverse local and global community.

The President is responsible to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees for fostering a respectful, supportive, participatory, and equitable campus climate of student engagement and academic inquiry; empowering students to achieve their educational goals by providing high quality and innovative programs and services leading to academic degrees, college transfers, certificates in career and technical education, mastery of basic skills, and workforce development to enable lifelong learning.

Ideal candidates for this position share OCC’s devotion to educating and improving the lives of our student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll approximately 22,000 students, the majority of whom are from racially diverse populations: 35% of OCC’s students are Latinx, 2% are African-American, 23% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 31% are White, and 6% are multiracial.

Is forward thinking and visionary. Exhibits strong problem-solving skills, courage and perseverance in addressing institutional and personnel challenges. Embraces change and adapts in the face of transformation.

Committed to being the public face of OCC and effectively marketing the College. Is an advocate for the College in pursuing innovative partnerships with business, educational entities and other governmental agencies. Is experienced and skilled at pursuing external resource development through grant funding, public and private community support, and a productive institutional foundation.

Experienced in shared/participatory governance, and encourages a free exchange of ideas, inclusivity and transparency. Visible and accessible to the campus and community. Practices openness in both decision-making and providing explanations for decisions.

Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, linguistic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of students and employees. Committed to academic, artistic, and cultural freedom. Practices and values inclusion in all its forms as an institutional imperative, both in achieving student access and success, and in the composition of all employee groups.

Projects a clear vision of the College’s mission and vision, both orally and in writing. Actively listens, shares priorities, and understands the value of effective communication protocols and strategies to both internal and external College constituencies. Fosters transparency, trust, and strong relationships with the campus community.

Is ethical and forthright in all circumstances. The ideal candidate facilitates transparency about how decisions are made.

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution and one year of formal training, internship or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • A combination of education and experience that is at least equivalent to the above.
  • A doctorate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Five years of demonstrated and responsible administrative experience, preferably in a higher education environment, with a broad variety of instructional and student services programs, and physical, fiscal and technology resources.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a participatory/shared governance community.
  • Three years of experience overseeing a multi-million dollar budget in higher education.
  • Five years full-time classroom teaching or student service experience at the collegiate level.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of an institution of higher learning, including management, faculty, classified professionals, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated understanding of collective bargaining in California higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the role of community colleges in economic and workforce development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of California Community College System.

Start Date: July 1, 2019

Pay Philosophy: Movement to the next step placement is contingent on receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation AND a recommendation by the Chancellor. An annual stipend of $3,000 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution.

The District provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee. The District also provides an annual mileage stipend of $3,480 for this executive level position.

  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
  • The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
  • The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is on file and will be provided upon request.

In order to receive consideration, applicants must submit a complete online application packet consisting of the following:

  1. Completed Online Application.
  2. Candidate Letter of Application (separate attachment, not to exceed 3 pages) that succinctly highlights career accomplishments that exemplify the identified “OCC President Characteristics and Competencies”.
  3. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (separate attachment, not to exceed 6 pages).
  4. Responses to Preferred Qualifications (must respond within online application “supplemental questions”, do not submit as a separate attachment, please limit responses to 2,500 characters each).
  5. Reference List (separate attachment) with the names, telephone number(s), and e-mail address of eight references: three supervisors, two direct reports, and three faculty members from current or former institutions.

Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

Disability Accommodations: Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4714 or 714.438.4716.
Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

  • Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.
  • All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned.
  • Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.
  • All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community.

Search and Selection Committee Liaison
Erlinda Martinez, Community College Search Services
Email: erlinda.martinez@ccss.solutions
Phone: 714-421-3235

The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

Benefits are available to regular permanent employees working 20 or more hours per week. Benefits are not available to temporary or short term employees.

We know that the health of our employees and their families is a priority. That’s why we offer extensive health care benefits to benefits-eligible employees. We offer the District’s PPO plan as well as two HMO’s, United Health Care and Kaiser Permanente. We also provide District-paid dental and vision insurance.

The District provides Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance benefits, underwritten by ING. This District-paid benefit is equal to one time your annual salary and remains in effect until age 70.

Coast provides both short and long term disability benefits for eligible employees unable to work because of disability due to illness, injury, or maternity.

A variety of voluntary plans are offered through the District to benefits-eligible employees such as Long Term Care, Hyatt Legal, and Section 125 compliant flexible spending accounts.

The District offers a variety of Professional Development programs for faculty and classified staff that encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from college degrees to formal coursework and conferences. We encourage lifelong learning that maintains and improves professional competencies, enhances career progression, and keeps our employees on the cutting edge of their profession.

Faculty members are encouraged to pursue professional growth leading to the development of increased competence and the improvement of instruction and/or redirection in their current teaching discipline. The District’s sabbatical leave program is designed to assist in this pursuit and is available on a semester basis after completing six consecutive years of service.

The Academic Senate is the governing body at each of our colleges for making recommendations to administration and to our Board of Trustees with respect to academic and professional matters. The Senate consists of elected faculty and has the responsibility for matters related to curriculum and general academic policy.

Classified, contract staff earn vacation days commensurate with years of service. Classified Management and Administrators earn 22 days vacation per year.

All contract employees earn sick leave as outlined in the CA Education Code. Sick leave may be carried over from year-to-year and, upon retirement, unused sick leave may contribute to your PERS and STRS retiree benefit.

The District observes 21 paid holidays per year.

Coast grants contract employees called to jury duty a leave of absence, without loss of pay, for the entire length of required service. Other available leaves include bereavement from 3-5 days and military leaves of absence in accordance with applicable state laws.

The District participates in the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) for contract employees. Non-contract employees participate in Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS) plan for the first 1,000 hours of their employment.
Additionally, it is the policy of the Coast Community College District that contract employees who retire from the District with ten or more years of service be afforded the same group insurance benefits until 70 years of age. A Medicare Supplement or GAP plan is available to retirees and their spouses after age 70.

The District maintains a program whereby qualified employees may request through Payroll to have a portion of his or her salary deposited under a tax sheltered annuity plan or an approved deferred compensation plan.

The Schools First Federal Credit Union is a federally insured, full service, financial cooperative that is a not-for-profit organization. Earnings are used to benefit all members to provide a full range of financial services and offerings.

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The Coast Community College District is committed to the concept and principles of providing equal opportunity in employment and education for all persons and prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, handicap, marital status, or Vietnam-era veteran status. This commitment applies to every aspect of education and personnel policies and practices in employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees, students and the general public.

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