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President, Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College

Job Description

President, Santiago Canyon College

Location : Orange, CA

Job Type : Cabinet

Division : President's Office/SCC

Job Number : AC22-00363

Closing : 10/14/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Start Date : January 3, 2023

Site : Santiago Canyon College

2022 Cabinet Salary Range : $222,342.13 - $312,857.71/year

Job Description


Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is one of two colleges in the Rancho Santiago Community College District and serves approximately 16,000 students annually. A dynamic, award winning institution located in Southern California, SCC offers 221 degree and certificate programs (including 28 associate degrees for transfer). The college has been ranked among the “50 Best Community Colleges” in the U.S. by College Choice, recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For”, and boasts awardwinning, dedicated faculty, high-quality and student-centered education, and an excellent university transfer rate supported by transfer guarantee programs.

Santiago Canyon College is located in Orange County, approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The picturesque region draws visitors from across the country, and is home to multiple national entertainment venues, scenic parks and beaches, cultural opportunities at museums and performing arts centers, and the historic district of Old Towne Orange.


Santiago Canyon College is an innovative learning community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth. Our purpose is to foster student success and to help students achieve these core outcomes: to learn, to act, to communicate and to think critically. We are committed to maintaining standards of excellence and providing the following to our diverse community: courses, certificates, and degrees that are accessible, applicable and engaging.


  1. Provide forward-thinking leadership and develop innovative ways to recruit, retain and support students, taking into account the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Further promote and foster diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels throughout the College and advocate on behalf of the diverse student population.
  3. Align academic majors and professional certifications to serve the needs of the community and local employers.
  4. Advocate for fair, equitable and transparent allocation of District resources and enhance the strong brand identity for SCC.
  5. Transform program delivery, degree and certificate offerings, technological access, and student services to help all students at the College achieve their goals.
  6. Thoroughly assess and strengthen SCC’s tradition of close and collegial collaboration across faculty, classified professionals, and administrators by empowering all employees in striving to effectively serve students.
  7. Foster a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, particularly while some students are receiving significant online instruction.
  8. Serve as a visible leader on campus and in the community, become deeply vested in the long-term interests of the College and highlight the value of SCC throughout the community.
  9. Continue to build upon collegial consultation processes and maintain honest and open dialogues and relationships with faculty, classified professionals and students.


  1. Evidence of collaborative, empathetic, approachable, honest, and energizing leadership, ready to move the College forward through shared implementation of strategic plans including enrollment management, facilities, technology and other related plans.
  2. Highly effective and transparent communicator with strong interpersonal skills that prioritizes openness and transparency in decision-making.
  3. Demonstrated abilities of a strong understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, and their importance to the success of the College.
  4. Demonstrated experience in crisis management leadership and an ability to successfully lead the College through the current pandemic and other crises with compassion, guided by the best interests of students, faculty, and classified professionals.
  5. An experienced fundraiser who has developed multiple revenue streams to support the campus and community at large.
  6. Provide evidence of building effective community outreach and industry connectivity, and facilitate strategic engagements to expand partnerships that align with career education programs.
  7. Track record of respecting faculty and campus professionals, and dedicating institutional resources to professional development.
  8. Demonstrated experience of successfully implementing a Guided Pathways framework.
  9. Decisive leader capable of working effectively and respectfully with all constituents to advance student success.
  10. Critical thinker who will support the implementation of innovative approaches that foster enrollment, and promote degree and certificate programs aligned with student and community needs.
  11. Strong experience analyzing and supporting academic and, workforce, credit and non-credit programs, and making strategic decisions in partnership with faculty to best move our institution forward.
  12. A student-centered leader who is visible within the campus community, interacts with students to understand their needs, and solicits, listens to, and incorporates the student voice.
  13. Demonstrated experience working with collective bargaining units and knowledge of collective bargaining agreements.


The President serves as the chief executive officer of the campus with overall responsibility to the Chancellor for all aspects of the leadership, planning, funding, staffing, facilities, and delivery of all educational programs and institutional services in the Orange service area, personnel services and employer-employee relations, student services and activities, student performance and conduct in the service area. Responsible for the safety, security and preservation of human and fiscal resources. Recommends and executes Board policy, rules and regulations of the district, and performs other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

Job Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications: The position requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution, demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and substantial and current administrative experience in higher education.

Desired Qualifications: A doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution with experience as a faculty member and senior-level administrator in a community college and/or other accredited, post-secondary institution.

Required Skills: Ability to plan, organize and provide leadership for all aspects of the College’s programs and services. Serve as an advocate for the College and District at the local, state and national levels.


The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Application Screening
In addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socio-economic community
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview.
Meeting the minimum requirements of the position does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed most competitive amongst the applicant pool to proceed.
Applicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Successful teaching, problem-solving or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The district will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance.
Application Procedures
This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than October 14, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.
Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:
  1. A letter of application (not to exceed five pages) briefly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate's experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Santiago Canyon College, RSCCD.
  2. A current resumé includes an e-mail address and cellular telephone number.
A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  1. RSCCD Online Application
  2. Letter of application
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – details all relevant education, training, and other work experience
  4. Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted)
The position is open until filled. It is anticipated that screening activities will be conducted as follows:
  • Screening Begins: Late October 2022
  • Initial Interviews: Early November 2022
  • Final Interviews: Late November 2022
  • New President Assumes Office: January 03, 2023
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence. Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting established district criteria. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.
Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service.
Conditions of Employment
Selected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  1. Submit official transcripts - Based on Minimum Qualifications
  2. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in Human Resources)
  3. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  4. Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense and clearance must be received prior to the first day of employment)
  5. Provide a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Card

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