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Napa Valley College in Napa, California
Date Posted 03/02/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


The Governing Board of the Napa Valley Community College District invites applications for the position of Superintendent/President with the retirement of Dr. Ron Kraft, after 10 years of dedicated leadership as Superintendent/President.

The Napa Valley Community College District Superintendent/President serves as the leader and primary spokesperson of the College while being responsible for the overall administration of the District. The Superintendent/President reports to an elected Board, which includes seven members and a student representative.

The Board is seeking a collaborative leader who will continue a visible presence in the District’s community, ensuring excellence in education and service while inspiring confidence and trust on campus and throughout the District.

Napa Valley College is committed to hire and retain people who reflect the rich diversity of the District and its student body. Napa Valley College is looking for a clear-eyed leader who understands our challenges and is willing to work in partnership with all stakeholders to take advantage of our strengths to plan for the future. The Superintendent/President of Napa Valley College will be expected to make a long-term commitment to the College to provide strong visionary leadership with a high degree of commitment and personal integrity.

Superintendent / President Responsibilities:
  • Serves as the secretary to the Board of Trustees.
  • Represents the Board and the College before all constituencies and funding sources.
  • Provide executive support and leadership for programs and initiatives that support the success of students at Napa Valley College.
  • Provides leadership in developing plans and policies for the improvement of instruction, student services and the evaluation of existing programs.
  • Administers the College’s Budget.
  • Assures the operations of College-wide governance mechanisms involving all constituencies.
  • Recommends personnel actions to the Board of Trustees.
  • Assures the smooth operation of the College. Plans the future of Napa Valley College.
  • Plans the future of Napa Valley College.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
  • 3 years of successful higher education senior level experience
  • Experience working in a diverse academic and socioeconomic educational environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity-focused leadership, responsiveness, and sensitivity to every aspect of human diversity and active promotion of an inclusive educational and working environment.
  • A proven track record of successful senior management experience including sound business practices and a strong demonstrated experience in fiscal management, complex budget development (including position control, performance-based and zero-based budgeting) and financial resource development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and student success.


  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Five or more years demonstrated experience as a successful higher education senior administrator.
  • Postsecondary teaching experience, preferably in community colleges.
  • Experience in collegial consultation governance and demonstrated collective bargaining experience within a college environment.
  • Experience in economic development.
  • A strong background in instruction, student services, and/or business services


  • Understands economic development as an integral mission of the College and demonstrates experience in leading a college or organization in the creation of business and employment opportunities in the community.
  • Establishes mutually beneficial relationships with cities and unincorporated communities in the College to improve the social and economic well-being of the region.
  • Demonstrates successful external resource development experience, including pursuit of private, state, and federal grant funding.
  • Can develop community support for the College through fundraising, foundation activities, and community partnerships.
  • Can articulate a vision of higher education consistent with the mission of Napa Valley College, the role of the California Community College system, and the students we serve.
  • Has experience in creative solutions to educational problems through partnerships with business, industry, and community groups.


  • Exhibits sustained, genuine commitment to success for all NVC students.
  • Demonstrates sustained commitment to achieving equity in student access and success.
  • Can lead the institution to maintain academic standards and institutional effectiveness for continued accreditation of the College.
  • Demonstrates leadership, sensitivity, and a commitment to excellence in a highly diverse and changing environment.
  • Embodies a management philosophy and practices that are guided by the needs of students and community in all strategies, tactics, and decision making, focused on student access and success.


  • Understands and is committed to the philosophy and goals of the comprehensive community college.
  • Leads with a focus on continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness, grounded in clear visions, effective planning and budget prioritization, on-going assessment and improvement of student learning and other institutional outcomes.
  • Demonstrates experience in fiscal and resource management, complex budget development and financial resource development.
  • Interacts positively with faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • Respects and values the contributions of constituent groups and individuals.
  • Provides leadership in the integration of the principles of environmental sustainability throughout all aspects of the District from our educational mission to the management of our physical plants and purchasing.
  • Identifies opportunities for advancing the use of innovative technology in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment, student services and administration.
  • Expects accountability of self and others.
  • Is determined to monitor the campus climate on race and equity and can ensure progress in diversity in hiring that reflects the diversity of students served.
  • Understands the California collective bargaining environment and the need to work effectively with employee groups
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