Southwestern College
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Southwestern College

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: Superintendent/President

District Values
Established in 1961, Southwestern Community College District is one of 116 public community colleges in CA and the only public institution of higher education in the southern portion of San Diego County. SCCD has empowered students to achieve their education goals for over 50 years. The SCCD is a single college district providing higher education in Chula Vista, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, National City and Coronado. SCCD’s strategic south San Diego County locations position the College to provide exceptional service to a binational community on the U.S.-Mexico International Border. SCCD is one of 20 initial CA Guided Pathways colleges and is known for its excellent learning communities. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, the College values equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive andragogy for all students. Other designations for the SCCD include its classification as an AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Institution), Veteran-Friendly College and a Dreamer Center.

SCCD currently enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually. The District is comprised of 69% Hispanic students, 10% Caucasian students, 8% Filipino students, 5% African American students, and 3% Asian students. Approximately 63% of the College’s students are under the age of 24 with 23% between the ages 25-39. Students’ gender demographics are represented by 55% female and 44% male.

Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

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The Governing Board (GB) of Southwestern Community College District (SCCD) invites applications & nominations for the position of Superintendent/President (S/P). The S/P is the Chief Executive Officer of the College District & reports to an elected 5 member GB. The SCCD GB seeks applications from all qualified individuals. It is a continuing goal of SCCD to hire & retain people who reflect the rich diversity of the District & its student body.

The position requires an individual with a record of proven leadership skills combined with a passionate commitment to a 21st century comprehensive community college mission & the ability to plan resource allocation to meet these goals during a period of dynamic change. The primary responsibilities of the S/P are to ensure the success of the students of Southwestern College while inspiring confidence & trust throughout the College community & District as well as being responsible for the overall administration of the District operations.

The next S/P will lead the District's engaged & enthusiastic faculty & staff who are committed to equity, race consciousness & social justice providing a culturally responsive environment that provides outstanding educational opportunities for all students.

The S/P of SCCD will be expected to provide strong visionary leadership with a high degree of commitment & personal integrity to address the following over the next five to seven years:

  • Continue to build upon the College District's image & community relations through activities & partnerships with educational, civic, business organizations & underrepresented groups within the service area
  • Serve as an effective advocate for the College District & articulating the Mission of SCCD & the CA Community College system in the community, region & state
  • Provide leadership in the changing world of educational pedagogy/andragogy
  • An educational leader that considers the use of technology, accreditation standards, guided pathways & student success & access issues
  • Be an equity-minded leader committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, student & community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps
  • Propose strategies for hiring & retaining high quality, faculty, staff & administrators, especially from under-represented groups
  • Provide & support District employees with the opportunity to successfully achieve high standards in their work
  • Build upon the proven experience of participatory governance at SCC, by strategically engaging all consultation groups—students, faculty, staff & administration—early in the decision-making process
  • Provide leadership to the SCC Foundation as well as strengthen external funding
  • Propose strategies & provide leadership in strengthening the planning & resource allocation process
  • Continue to manage the impact of current & post COVID-19 issues

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    Education and Experience:

    Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)
    A Master’s Degree from an accredited institution is required. The required degree must be completed at the time of filing an application.

    Two (2) years of successful senior administrative experience at the college level in instruction, student services, and/or business services is required.

    Demonstrated commitment to equity-focused leadership, responsiveness, and sensitivity to every aspect of human diversity and actively promotes an inclusive educational and working environment.

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

    The GB of SCCD will evaluate a candidate’s educational background, professional experience & accomplishments, reputation & character in its search for a new S/P including the following:
    • A strong educational leader with a collaborative decision-making style based on participatory governance
    • Exp leading through the lens of equity & race consciousness; a leader who possesses the ability to lead a complex organization & make a long-term commitment to the College & all those that are served by the SCCD.
    • An unwavering commitment & dedication to supporting & growing a culture of equity, diversity & inclusion throughout the College community
    • An equity-minded educational leader who is sensitive to students’ needs & focuses on the holistic development of the student
    • A S/P who is willing to have & can facilitate courageous conversations that lead to action, accountability & growth
    • A leader who can articulate a vision & extend the understanding & implementation of the comprehensive community college mission to all the SCCD constituencies
    • A student-centered leader that supports the comprehensive community college & understands the competing priorities of transfer, career technical education, college readiness, basic skills, noncredit & community education & understands the role of technology as it relates to all areas of the institution & its application to teaching & learning within the guided pathways framework

    This is an executive position that offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is to be negotiated with the Governing Board.

    Start Date

    As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

    Screening Deadline
    This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than November 19, 2020 11:59 p.m. PST. The position will remain open until filled.

    Work Schedule:

    Additional Information:
    We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

    A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

    It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

    Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

    As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

    The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, 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.

    Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

    If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

    The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

    This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC Police Department.

    Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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