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Pima Community College
Tucson, Arizona (US)
Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 13, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Governing Board for Pima Community College (PCC) is seeking a dynamic, effective, and forward-thinking leader to serve as the next Chancellor. PCC will welcome its next Chancellor at a pivotal time in its history as the college seeks to continue to build on its excellent reputation, build pathways for increased student enrollment, strengthen community partnerships, and grow.

The Chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of PCC and is responsible for the executive management of the college’s operations. The Chancellor provides overall leadership in the planning and management of the academic, administrative, community outreach, fiscal, operational, and auxiliary enterprise missions of PCC. The Chancellor will continue to position PCC to better serve the critical needs of the community through community engaged learning opportunities.

The Chancellor must be prepared to lead this multi-campus institution into the future and must have a strong background in financial management, teaching and/or student success, community involvement, relationship building and resource development. The Chancellor must foster a culture of trust, collegiality, innovation, and creativity across all facets of the institution and the regional community.

PCC seeks an innovative and visionary leader who has:

  • Possession of the appropriate educational credentials. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution is preferred.
  • Extensive professional executive experience including successes leading complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and integrity in an academic and/or service environment.
  • An established record of forward-thinking vision and innovation with proven record of growth and success.
  • An alignment with the college’s values-based culture.
  • A commitment to and proven record of community partnership and interprofessional collaboration.
  • A commitment to engaging and collaborating with faculty, staff, and students.
  • A passion for community colleges and community college students. Also, the interest and passion to embrace the diversity of the communities the college serves.

The Chancellor is responsible for providing transformative leadership, focus, and strategic vision for PCC in collaboration with the college’s executive leadership team and the Governing Board. The primary duties and responsibilities of the position are:

  • Oversees the development, administration, and coordination of all operations and programs of the institution.
  • Establishes a clear vision for the institution and outlines appropriate strategic objectives and priorities, as well as the means to successfully achieve goals.
  • Serves as an academic leader for PCC, with support from the provost, to ensure that Pima College provides a high-quality educational curriculum and talented faculty for the benefit of its students and teaching mission.
  • Develops and implements plans and policies to ensure that Pima College remains in compliance with any accreditation requirements appropriate to the college.
  • Provides leadership in growing the college’s student enrollment and completion while maintaining excellence in teaching and advancing creative scholarship.
  • Champions innovative student learning and student success across the academic enterprise and college experience, including making meaningful, engaging connections with students.
  • Fosters a sense of belonging through a commitment to a diverse student body, faculty, and staff and promotes opportunity through social justice commitments and actions.
  • Actively works to ensure that the institution acquires the necessary public and private resources for successful achievement of the college’s goals and objectives.
  • Drives fundraising activities by cultivating and stewarding donors that increase the college’s philanthropic support and address the needs of PCC’s programs.
  • Works closely and fosters relationships with internal and external stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors, community leaders, and military and regional partners.
  • Understands the importance of the governmental process and possesses the skills to ensure that legislative goals on the local, state, and federal levels are identified and met.
  • Possesses the ability to work effectively in partnership with other university and college leaders, community organizations, and other partners.
  • Carries out other leadership duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Governing Board.
  • Cultivates partnerships with business, industry, labor, and K12; a demonstrated commitment to workforce development and Adult Education programs; proficiency in marketing an educational enterprise to a variety of groups and individuals, and an ability to utilize all communication methods available.
  • Ability to promote constructive and effective shared governance, including with employee organizations.

Traits and abilities that are key to the success of the Chancellor:

  • Ability to cultivate successful relationships with the Governing Board, full-time and adjunct faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
  • Unquestioned integrity, high energy, and demonstrated leadership and administrative abilities to shape, articulate, and implement the dynamic mission of the college.
  • Understands, embraces, and can represent the unique and ideal culture of PCC and the surrounding community.
  • Compelling and energetic personality with a demonstrated history of strategizing, charting a vision, engaging multiple stakeholders, setting appropriate and reasonable fundraising goals, and meeting those objectives with personal integrity and sound financial management.
  • Possesses an outstanding reputation for executive-level management with documented ability to administer and coordinate all operations and programs of the institution and to lead and manage change and growth.
  • Merits broad-based respect to inspire institutional accountability, efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and the ethical and effective performance of all leaders and divisions of PCC.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure efficient operations throughout the organization while fostering growth in enrollment, supporting creative and scholarly productivity, and upholding high academic standards.
  • Successful record leading a financially complex institution to ensure proper administration of the financial affairs of PCC.
  • Understanding of the workings of a large community college along with knowledge of and/or experience with the business operations of large and comprehensive organizations.
  • Innovative and forward thinking with the ability to bring the right people to the table, from all levels of the organization, to focus on successful achievement of common goals and objectives.
  • Possesses a sincere commitment to student engagement, student life, and student success.
  • Is a deliberate, approachable consensus builder with a broad vision, and the ability to move to action and be an active and engaged listener.
  • Superb communication skills and the ability to be a listener who is open to a variety of views both inside and outside the college.
  • Outstanding business and political acumen and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to advocate for the college to governmental, legislative, professional, and civic organizations.

Pima Community College is a comprehensive two-year, Hispanic Serving Institution serving learners and employers throughout Pima County in Arizona and beyond. PCC welcomes everyone striving to achieve a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Students have access to a broad range of high quality programs that prepare them with the skills needed by today’s employers and to transfer successfully into four-year programs. Students benefit from Pima’s lower tuition costs and thrive at the highest levels once they transfer.

Pima is in rapid transition to a high-tech institution serving the needs of our region’s growing aerospace, defense, and healthcare industries. Developing Centers for Excellence in key areas such as Applied Technology, Information Technology and Health Professions, Pima is focused on strengthening partnerships and expanding employer engagement to ensure that today’s students are prepared now and for the future.

PCC has five campuses. The Desert Vista Campus serves Tucson’s southwest neighborhoods and businesses. Located in the heart of the city, Downtown Campus is home to a number of business and industry programs, general education courses and a full range of support services. East Campus is home to the College’s Information Technology and Veterinary Technology programs and serves students in general education and transfer courses. The campus is home to the nation’s only community college-based live-fire cyberwarfare range, which gives Information Technology students experience seeing and managing actual threats in real time. Northwest Campus features the Colleges’ most modern science labs as well as high levels of technology in classrooms and laboratories. It is home to a number of STEM programs and pathways. Home to the Center of Excellence for Health Professions, West Campus provides state-of-the-art education opportunities in Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care. Dental Studies students have the opportunity to practice a patient-centered approach with hands on experience in the state-of-the art dental clinic as they work with community members and fellow students.

PCC welcomes, celebrates, and fosters the diversity and contributions of students, faculty, staff and administrators and strives to be a leader in promoting opportunity through social justice commitments and actions.

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submit materials to Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, JR Wheless, or Florene Stawowy at:

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a chancellor is selected, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Pima Community College is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity/Vet/Disability Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.


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