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Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa
Date Posted 03/17/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees seeks a professional, dedicated, authentic, creative, and innovative leader committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities that promote the college's betterment through its mission, vision, and values.

The new President will be responsive to the needs of the college, students, staff, and the communities served by building partnerships and fulfilling what it means to be Laker Proud.

Iowa Lakes has campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake and is near the attractive Iowa Great Lakes region, known for its agriculture, diverse business and industry, tourism, recreation, and quality of life. The administrative office is located in Estherville, Iowa.

The Board of Trustees seeks a person with the following experience and background:

  • Five or more years in a Higher Educational Leadership role
  • Diverse experience and knowledge of the operations of a Community College, including student services, academics, budgets, and departmental collaboration
  • A record of having developed strong partnerships with K-12 schools, area education agencies, four-year institutions, and business/industry
  • Experience in attracting high-quality faculty and staff
  • Experienced leadership in major fund-raising activities
  • Experience and proven ability to work with a Board of Trustees, employees, and communities
  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education or related field required, Doctorate preferred

Position: President
Classification: Administration
Department: President’s Cabinet
Report to: College Board of Trustees

General Job Summary:

This is a full-time Chief Executive Officer position located in Estherville, Iowa reporting directly to the College Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for all operations of the College at all campuses and locations.

  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer to the Board of Trustees except as otherwise provided by law. Develop and carry out all administrative rules in accordance with federal and state law and Board policy. Decide all matters of administrative and supervisory detail in connection with the operations and maintenance of the College.
  • Prepare annual Presidential goals and exercise leadership initiating new procedures for accomplishing them.
  • Initiate and develop policies for the Board’s approval and delegate such responsibility to associates and subordinates as deemed necessary.
  • Attend all meetings of the Board unless otherwise indicated by the Board.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board members by phone, email, text, and regular Board informational letters.
  • Coordinate annual Board Workdays.
  • Recommend the appointment, assignment, transfer, promotion, demotion, discharge, and/or suspension of all employees of the Board as provided by law and the policies of the Board. The College President shall recommend all appointments, promotions, demotions, and suspensions to the Board.
  • Direct all employees of the College. Through supervisory staff, the President shall direct, assign, and assist all employees in performing their duties; classify, assign, and control the promotion of the students; and perform other duties as the Board determines. The President shall make such reports to the Board, including an annual report to keep the members properly informed concerning all aspects of the College.
  • Direct the work of the professional staff in the evaluation of the education programs, and upon the basis of the findings, shall recommend revision, if needed, to the Board, including implementation or discontinuance of instructional programs and services within the institution that meet or no longer meet the needs of the student body and the citizens of Iowa.
  • Maintain a plan of articulation between the College and other educational institutions, both secondary and post-secondary.
  • Assume responsibility for the overall financial planning of the College. Establish and maintain a monitory program of fiscal control and direct the preparation of an annual budget showing the estimated financial needs of the ensuing fiscal year and the anticipated income from all sources and submit the budget to the Board in accordance with the requirements of law.
  • Provide for the control and supervision of all buildings, grounds, supplies, and equipment; provide for property inventories and for the security of and accountability for the property.
  • Oversee the negotiation of the Master Contract with the faculty association and present to the Board recommendations for final approval.
  • Represent the College as its Chief Executive Officer in all dealings with other professional entities, including negotiating for external funding from other agencies.
  • Maintain a College information system designed as an overall public relations program as well as a system to market and promote the educational programs and services of the College.
  • Initiate and conduct research that will lead toward more effective operations of Iowa Lakes Community College.
  • Provide overall leadership throughout the institution and assume responsibility for the total institution including those delegated to associates and subordinates.
  • Make periodic on-site visits to all campuses and properties.
  • Communicate regularly with College employees, including a monthly employee newsletter.
  • Enforce all College laws of the Code of Iowa, including the rules and regulations of the State Department of Education, in accordance with the authority delegated by the Board.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively with strong oral, written and listening communication skills including listening skills.
  • Experience in dealing with controversial issues and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
  • Represent the College in a positive manner to employees, students, visitors, and the general public.
  • Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual with strong organizational skills.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with other administrators, instructional staff, students, support staff, and colleagues.
  • Possess strong leadership and human relations skills and have the ability to effectively relate to faculty and staff.

Special Demands

Sedentary to light work. Position involves sitting most of the time; exerting up to 20 pounds of force, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, and pulling occasionally (10-33%). Walking, lifting, and grasping frequently (34-66%). Talking, hearing, viewing various types of close visual work, and repetitive motion constantly (67-100%). Required to travel utilizing personal vehicle. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualificaiton

Master’s Degree in Higher Education or related area required, Ph.D. preferred. Five or more years in a Higher Educational Leadership role are required. Preference for experience, longevity, and advancement in administrative roles showing a depth and breadth of experience including student services, academics, budgets and departmental collaboration.

Fringe Benefits

Paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays. Paid family health, dental and vision insurance. Paid Employee life and disability insurance. Employee retirement plan.

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