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College President (3 positions)

Seattle Colleges
Seattle, Washington State
$216,000 to $261,000 annually, depending on experience
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

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Position: College President (3 positions), North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College


Employer: Seattle Colleges


Location: Seattle, Washington


Salary Range: $216,000 to $261,000 annually, depending on experience


Position Type: College chief executive officer, under the supervision of the district chancellor




Seattle Colleges is Washington state’s largest community college district with approximately 30,000 students enrolled each year and 2,000 employees. It is composed of North Seattle College near Northgate, Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill, South Seattle College in West Seattle, and five specialty training centers across the city. Seattle Colleges offers more than 130 workforce education and training programs including bachelor’s degrees in high-growth industries, associate degrees in various disciplines, and transfer degrees to universities throughout the United States, as well as numerous certificate programs. For more information, visit



Job Details:


Seattle Colleges is a district composed of three colleges and several specialty training centers. We have a unique opportunity to hire three presidents—one for each of our three colleges, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College.


Each of these three positions requires a committed, energetic leader focused on increasing stability, growth in classroom engagement, and restoring campus-based learning in our post-pandemic environment. Prospective candidates will be experienced leaders and innovators who possess higher-education knowledge, sound management principles, and a spirit of collaboration and collegiality.


These presidential peers will work together with the chancellor and board of trustees of Seattle Colleges to foster diverse, inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning communities that prepare our students for success.


Note to prospective applicants: If you are interested in applying for more than one presidential position, please apply to each position (North, Central, South) for which you want to be considered.


Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services, and contracts. For our full non-discrimination statement, visit


Position Overview:

The president serves as the college’s chief executive officer, under the supervision of the district chancellor. The president is responsible for providing overall leadership and management oversight for all aspects of college operations, and does so in collaboration with faculty, exempt and classified staff, and college leadership teams. The president serves as an integral part of a collaborative team of leaders including the college presidents within the district and the chancellor. The president serves on the chancellor’s Executive Cabinet, providing input on district policy and operational matters and leadership on districtwide initiatives, and also serves as executive sponsor in district-wide efforts when assigned by the chancellor.


The president is the lead college advocate and representative both within the district and externally among organizational partners, community groups, legislators and with educational partners. The president also serves their college community through effective and authentic engagement with students, faculty and staff.


Key Responsibilities:


Administrative Leadership


  • Prioritize the success and positive learning experience of students in all programs of South Seattle College.
  • Provide visionary leadership to take the College to a new level of excellence as an exceptional higher education institution.
  • Implement the Seattle Colleges Strategic Plan to make steady gains on college community-generated and board-adopted goals and measures in equitable student retention, completion, transfer, and graduation.
  • Affirm and advance College and District Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
  • Work closely with the chancellor and members of the chancellor’s Executive Cabinet to strengthen student experience and organizational excellence through district-wide system improvements, while advocating for and maintaining the College’s unique strengths and traditions.
  • Establish and maintain among leaders, faculty, and staff a healthy sense of urgency to improve student access and success.
  • Work closely with faculty and staff implementing the Guided Pathways model, both on campus and across the District, that leads to improved student retention and student experience.
  • Take significant data-informed risks to inspire changes in how everyone at the College thinks and acts to improve student outcomes.
  • Strong strategic ability to plan for change in ways that ensure broad buy-in and action that, in turn, significantly improve student access and success.


Community Development


  • Reinforce the College’s reputation as a quality, relevant, and responsive provider of transfer education and workforce development by strengthening existing partnerships with educational institutions and industry partners, and proactively developing new partnerships as well.
  • Work collaboratively with Seattle College’s chief human resources officer and employee union groups to recruit, hire, and retain diverse faculty, staff, and administrators that reflect the communities the College serves.
  • Be visible locally and statewide to forge meaningful and effective partnerships with government, business, education, labor, and civic groups.
  • Build a cohesive and unified team of administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Staying current on national trends and best practices and applying them locally.


Compliance and Accountability


  • Dedication to supporting faculty and staff professional development and innovative teaching and learning.
  • Lead and support innovation and integration of best practices in instruction, student support services, and administrative services that lead to improvement in organizational excellence.
  • Maintain fiscal stability and sustainability through disciplined and expert management of financial resources, engaged and transparent resource allocation practices, and innovative generation of new revenue.
  • Develop and implement strategic enrollment strategies that lead to enrollment growth and retention gains.
  • Develop a culture of inquiry and evidence to support a results-oriented approach across the College.
  • Model effective leadership and inclusive communication.


What you bring as a candidate:
(Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience) 


At minimum, an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Significant senior leadership experience in higher education.

Demonstrated knowledge and direct experience leading in the context of diverse communities and equitable education practices.

Significant leadership experience working and negotiating with labor partners in a complex organization.

Proven ability to bring major initiatives and complex projects to completion.

Proven results in improving student success and achieving equity for underserved student populations.

Superior communication and interpersonal skills

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with elected officials at all levels, and business, labor, and civic leaders

Experience with successful fiscal management and budget planning

Strong record of working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, in particular, underserved populations of the latter.

Strong commitment to making the college a premier institution, renowned nationally and internationally for equitable teaching, learning and academic innovation.

Commitment to data-informed and evidence-based decision-making.


Benefits at a Glance:


As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will gain access to a great benefits package including:  


  • Competitive Pay Rates  
  • Promotional Opportunities  
  • Great Medical, Dental, and Retirement plans  
  • Paid Sick and Vacation Leave  
  • Transportation benefits  
  • Tuition Waivers 
  • PEBB Wellness Plan  
  • Washington State Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) 


Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice, including committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.


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