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College President

Yuba Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2023

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College President

Location: Woodland Community College - Woodland, CA

Job Description:

The Governing Board and Chancellor of Yuba Community College District are seeking an equity-minded, dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as College President of Woodland Community College. The College President will be responsible for providing effective leadership and administrative management for all instructional and student services at the college. The full job description can be accessed here. The President Search web page can be accessed here.

Essential Duties Summary:

Woodland Community College (WCC), a Hispanic Serving Institution and one of two colleges in the Yuba Community College District, began in 1975 as an outreach center of Yuba College in 1975. However, because of the growing demand for college programs and services in Yolo County grew, by 1981 the California Postsecondary Commission officially designated the outreach site an Educational Center. In 1985, the Yuba Community College District Board of Trustees secured a 120-acre site for permanent facilities which were completed in 1990. In 2008 Woodland Community College was accredited as the second college within the Yuba Community College District.

Today, WCC has two additional instructional sites: the Lake County Campus in Clearlake and the Colusa Center. For many years, the courses were offered at the Lake County Campus, which was an outreach center of Yuba College; but in 2016 a District realignment made the Lake County Campus a Woodland Community College teaching site. Additional facilities at this Campus have been expanded over several decades to include a new student services center, which includes a new library, computer labs, and an array of student services, as well as facilities also for a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room for the Culinary Arts Program and new instructional spaces for the sciences and Early Childhood Education courses.
Today at the Lake County Campus, students can complete two years of pre-transfer work or satisfy their General Education requirements as well as major preparation courses for many degrees (e.g., Accounting, Automotive repair, Business Administration, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Income Tax Preparation, Drinking Water/Wastewater, and Welding). The Colusa County Campus of Woodland Community College, located at 99 Ella Street in Williams, opened in January 2011. Course offerings include a variety of general education transfer classes, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Career Education (CE) programs of study. A variety of student services are also available at the campus, including the College's TRIO programs, which is a federally funded college opportunity program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.
With three instructional sites located in three counties (i.e., Colusa, Lake, Yolo), Woodland Community College's service area is both vast and diverse. WCC's students are residents of cities and towns in the region, which include, but are not limited to, Arbuckle, Clearlake, Colusa, Davis, Lakeport, Lower Lake (CDP), Maxwell (CDP), Middletown (CDP), West Sacramento, Williams, Winters, and Woodland. These communities, which are spread over a large geographic area, represent the rich social, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity of the upper Sacramento Valley.

  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI): WCC has been granted the HSI designation and has been awarded significant grant funding to support student success and achievement.

  • Commitment to Student Success: Student-centered faculty and staff provide high quality instruction and student support services that foster student success for diverse and engaged students. In the words of one student, "not just words, but actions... everyone shows you that they truly care about you."

  • Educational Pathways: The College has strong alliances with feeder high schools and higher education intuitions, including a robust and growing dual enrollment and middle college programs.

  • New Performing Arts and Culinary Services Facility: A new $42 million, 35,300 square-foot facility is close to completion and includes a 450-seat performing arts theater, classroom space for theatre arts, music, art, agriculture, culinary arts, and other programming.

  • Racially, Ethnically, and Linguistically Diverse Communities: The institution is deeply committed to identifying and reducing opportunity and outcome gaps among different student populations by providing access to high quality programs, removing barriers to student success, and addressing structural inequalities in programs and support services at all sites and modalities.

  • Outstanding Programs: WCC has a variety of high-quality instructional programs and excellent support services. The location of three campuses in neighborhoods where students live provides access to campus life and the College has recently added an intercollegiate soccer program to address student’s desire for more opportunities to participate in athletic programs, artistic and cultural events, and volunteer activities.

  • Enrollment and Scheduling: Like most California community colleges, WCC has experienced an overall decline in Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES), a trend which began prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, but which accelerated during the pandemic crisis. From 2017-2018 to 2020-2021, the College experienced a decrease in full-time equivalent students of 13%. However, since fall 2022, enrollments at WCC have been increasing but remain below pre-pandemic levels. WCC has an opportunity to take a more student-centered approach to scheduling to better meet student demand and enhance student progression.

  • Slowing Population Growth: The Woodland Community College service area grew substantially between 2010 and 2020 (e.g., Arbuckle 15%, West Sacramento 11%, Woodland 10%, Clearlake 9%, Williams 8%, Winters 7%, Colusa 7%). However, WCC Service Area is projected to only grow by 1.9% between 2019-2024 (slightly slower than California’s rate of 2.5% over the same period).

  • Digital Divide: While the majority of residents in service area counties have access to computing technology and broadband internet, there remains a significant number of people who are without these resources, which are critical to economic, social, and civic life in the 21st century.

  • Income and Poverty: Median household income in all three counties is below the California average of $80,440: Yolo County $71,417, Colusa County $59,401, Lake County $47,138. Through partnership and program development there is an opportunity to provide greater access to high wage employment in the WCC service area.

  • Community Engagement and College Image: While there are strong community connections, there is an opportunity to enhance the College's image in the community through high visibility, involvement, and advocacy.

  • Resources: The Yuba Community College District is collaboratively developing a new Resource Allocation Model (RAM). College leadership is critical to effective design and implementation of the RAM. Moreover, new partnerships, grants, and other external revenue streams are needed to support new program development and there are opportunities to support the YCCD fundraising efforts in the WCC service area.

ESSENTIAL DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES: The District is seeking a College leader who possesses the following essential leadership competencies.

  • Deep Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism: The College President will collaborate with College and District personnel to develop strategies for hiring and retaining high quality employees, especially from under-represented groups. The College President will address gaps in student outcomes, develop opportunities for disproportionately impacted groups, and mobilize the College to improve results.

  • Deep Commitment to Student Access and Success: Under the direction of the Chancellor, the College President is responsible for improving the quality of life and economic well-being of our citizens and communities by improving access to a quality-learning environment and fostering high levels of success for all students.

  • Team Building: The College President and his/her team will foster among faculty, staff, and administrators a culture of innovation and effective implementation driving towards common goals of improving student access and success.

  • Willingness to Take Significant Risks to Advance Student Success: Under the direction of the Chancellor, the College President will identify identifying gaps in student success and identify new resources and reallocate existing resources for the College to improve results.

  • Establishes a Sense of Urgency: The College President will work to establish and maintain among leaders, faculty, administrators, and staff a healthy sense of urgency and motivation to improve student access and success.

  • The Ability to Create Lasting Change within the College: Under the direction of the Chancellor, the College President will have strong strategic ability to plan for change in ways that ensure broad buy-in and action that significantly improves student access and success; and will be committed to collaborative activities addressing the identified gaps in student outcomes based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and then collaborate with college stakeholders to improve results.

  • Strategic Vision for the College and Its Students, Reflected in External Partnerships: Under the direction of the Chancellor, the College President will collaborate with other departments to pave the way for ongoing student access and success by forging partnerships with outside entities, including community-based organizations and employers.

  • Results-oriented: The College President will develop and ensure effective implementation, routine assessment of progress and data-informed improvement to build a culture of inquiry and evidence to support a results-oriented approach across the District.

  • Effective Communicator: The College President will have strong interpersonal and public speaking abilities that support effectively communicating and listening, strategically communicating in ways that foster strong relationships, developing shared priorities, and inspiring trust and action.

  • Raise and Allocate Resources in Ways Aligned to Student Success: Under the direction of the Chancellor, the College President will collaborate with other Student Services departments, developing resources to achieve significantly improved student outcomes by implementing well-designed institutional changes at scale, and ensuring they are embedded for the long term.

    Entrepreneurship: The College President will work to identify and raise resources that support strategies for improving student access and success.

    Leading Beyond College Boundaries: The College President will reach beyond the district to guide the College to achieve broader aims for student success by establishing and strengthening partnerships with the communities served and with local and regional businesses and industries. In addition, the President will be expected to provide leadership for district-wide programs or initiatives.

  • Crisis Management: The College President will collaborate with College personnel, District personnel, and the community to manage and recover from crises (e.g., COVID-19, wildfires, other natural disasters).

Required Qualifications:


  • Possession of a master's degree;
  • Three years of administrative experience in higher education; and
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and employees.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Five years of executive-level leadership experience in increasingly complex positions in higher education and demonstrated experiencing in championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism are strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse workplace, including experience and success working with
  • Spanish speaking populations.
  • Experience working in a multi-college district.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to building equity-focused practices into student support programs of an academic institution.
  • Experience with State and Federal Law and other regulations governing education.
  • Successful experience working with disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities.
  • Experience with fundraising and resource development.
  • Experience in creating consortia and partnerships.
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Knowledge of national and state initiatives (e.g., Student Equity, College Promise, Strong Workforce
  • Programs, Guided Pathways, Online Education Initiative, and Adult Education)

Physical Demands:
  • Perform duties in a typical office environment.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations.
  • See to read a variety of materials.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Lifting light objects.
  • Alternatively, performance of all essential functions with a reasonable accommodation.

Range/Step: Range 50, Management Salary Schedule

Salary Range: $172,922 - $210,686 per year (Step 1-9)

Benefits Information:
Additional Resources:

WORKING CONDITIONS: In accordance to Board and Administrative 3570 Policies, In the interest of public health, Yuba Community College District is a smoke and tobacco-free environment.

WORK DAY, WORK WEEK, and WORK YEAR: The District has the right to establish work day, work week, work year; hours of positions within the District may vary.

Posting Number: AS727P
Open Date: 08/21/2023
Close Date: 9/29/2023
Review Start Date:
Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit the following by September 29, 2023 (5:00pm PST):
  • A completed Yuba Community College District application.
  • A letter of interest that addresses how the applicant’s skills and experiences align with the desirable qualifications, the opportunities, and the essential leadership competencies listed above (not to exceed 5 pages).
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes educational background, professional experience, professional activities, and any other experience pertinent to the position.
  • A list of eight (8) professional references with mobile phone and email contact information. Include two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty, and two community members.
  • A personal diversity/equity/EEO statement.
  • Unofficial Transcripts of all college work (official transcripts required if selected for position).

Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

The President Search web page can be accessed">here.
The job description can be accessed">here.

For general inquiries regarding the application process and technical assistance, please contact:

Jake M. Hurley, Esq.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of People and Culture (HR) (for fastest response)

For all inquiries, nominations, and more information regarding the position and search process, contact the District's search consultants. All inquiries and nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.

Willard 'Will' Lewallen, Ph.D.
Community College Search Services

Joan Smith, Ed.D.
Community College Search Services

We welcome nominations, referrals, and confidential inquiries.

To apply, visit

EEO Statement
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Yuba Community College District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Yuba Community College District will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

The Yuba Community College District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

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