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Jefferson Community College
Watertown, New York
Posted Date
Dec 11, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time

Jefferson Community College seeks confidential recommendations and nominations and expressions of interest for the College’s seventh President as it seeks talented leaders for consideration for the College’s seventh President. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and strategic thinker, a team builder and visionary leader who will lead the institution to greater heights as it continues to provide quality educational programs and services to the North Country region of New York. This individual will have excellent interpersonal, communication, advocacy and diplomacy skills, and be data-informed in making decisions that promote a strong, student success-focused, equity-minded agenda.

Jefferson Community College is located in the northern tier of New York State at the junction of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, bordering to the north the Province of Ontario, Canada – collectively, a region of rich history, abundant natural resources and unique culture. With a population of just over 119,000, the largest industry in Jefferson County is government, employing nearly 40% of the workforce, due in large part to the presence of Fort Drum located nine miles east of the County seat of Watertown. Agriculture and tourism are also significant sources of employment and economic growth in the County.

The College offers a new A.O.S. applied business studies curricula, 15 A.A.S. career curricula, 23 transfer A.A. or A.S. curricula, 9 certificate programs, and 10 microcredentials. Seven degree programs and three certificate programs are available entirely online and many other degree programs can be completed largely online. It is supervised by the State University of New York and sponsored by Jefferson County.

The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution and is responsible for administrative leadership for the College. Equally important is for the President to be a visible and community-focused leader who understands the important role the College plays in the lives of students, staff and faculty and in the surrounding community. The President must have an understanding of, and a commitment to, the mission of a comprehensive community college; knowledge of the issues and challenges facing community colleges; and, an understanding of challenges unique to a rural community college.

The College seeks a highly collaborative leader who has held increasingly responsible, broad administrative management roles, preferably in a community college or other higher education institution of similar scope and complexity. In addition, the incumbent will also demonstrate the proven ability to work effectively with various constituencies across campus and in the community. The new President must ensure that diversity, inclusion, and equity are woven into the fabric of the College. Success will require outstanding organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and strong consultative instincts combined with the ability to act decisively when necessary.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by January 13, 2023. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located here

RH Perry & Associates is assisting Jefferson Community College with this search. All confidential communications may be directed to our search team: Dr. John Hutchinson, Senior Consultant, at 217-737-0757, or Mr. Tom Darin, Senior Consultant at 585-451-9385, or Mr. Paul Doeg, President and Chief Operating Officer at 828-785-1394 or to

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