SJCC President Search
​Opportunity Type
​Position Title
​Posting Number
​Close/First Review Date
​President's Office
​Work Location
​San Jose City College
​Position Status
​Full Time
​Salary Range
​Salary Range $229,089 - $265,198 Annual Salary (Executive 2017-2018 Salary Schedule). Starting salary placement is generally at Step 1.
​Benefits Summary
​Salary and benefits are competitive, initial step placement is generally $229,089. District-financed benefits include a comprehensive health plan, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents, and life and disability insurance for the employee.
​Position Description
San José-Evergreen Community College District – San José City College President

Committed to Access, Opportunity, Equity, and Social Justice for all and through the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students, the San José-Evergreen Community College District (SJEVCCD) and San José City College (SJCC) are recognized as leading providers of educational opportunities, economic development, workforce training, and business alliances. While we at San Jose City College are proud of our reputation, what is most important to us is our commitment to student success. Our District Mission, Vision, Values and Student Success Policy specifically outline our commitment and belief in the education of the whole student, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Who We Are

Opening its doors in September 1921, San José City College is one of the oldest community colleges in California. SJCC has delivered its educational mission with integrity and vitality, growing into a world-class institution serving more than ten thousand students each semester. In 2021 SJCC will celebrate 100 years of service to our students and communities.

Located in California’s Silicon Valley, SJCC offers all the benefits of being close to the world’s hub of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. The College currently serves San José, Milpitas, and other surrounding communities in Santa Clara County.

As a District and College, we believe educating the whole student to be the true definition of success. Student success is everyone’s responsibility: classified professionals, faculty, administrators, and community. To help our students at SJCC excel in all areas of their lives, we encourage holistic self-discovery and through this process, our students learn to collaborate, participate in responsible decision making, and evaluate their options through an ethical lens. We believe they must have the education and skills required to help them become better individuals, workers and/or citizens. We infuse this belief—aligned with our vision—into all that we do so that when our students leave us, they are not only productive members of society, they are also champions for Opportunity, Equity, and Social Justice.

At San José City College we focus on assuring that our curriculum and classroom rigor always keep pace with industry. Yet, while surrounded by high-tech companies and the perceived wealth they bring to our area, we also focus our mission on those who must face each day with strength and tenacity in order to survive the challenges connected to poverty and the realities of life for the socio-economically challenged.

Institutional equity, in terms of educational achievement, is a critical value at San Jose City College. As such, in addition to providing educational opportunities to the under-represented and socioeconomically challenged, we also provide life-long learning opportunities that ensure that residents in our community stay competitive in this innovation society.

Mission Statement

The mission of San José City College is to serve our students and the community by offering high quality, relevant, and innovative instruction for career pathways, university transfer, basic skills and life-long learning.

We strive to accomplish this by awarding certificates and associate degrees to eligible students taught in a multicultural environment where student achievement, successful learning and social justice are highly valued, supported, and continually assessed.

Vision Statement

The Vision of San José City College is to be an educational institution of excellence through:
  • The guiding principles of opportunity, equity, and open, equitable access for student success and achievement. 
  • An exceptional learning environment that challenges and empowers students through teaching excellence, robust student support programs, innovation, and state-of-the-art technologies that prepare students with the knowledge, relevant transferable skills, creativity, ethics and values to succeed and thrive in a dynamic healthy global environment.  
  • A culture of inquiry and evidence that is characterized by the commitment of faculty, staff, and students to be accountable for learning excellence through the assessment of measurable and meaningful learning outcomes that lead to improved learning, and to inform data-driven decisions that foster adaptability in programs and services. 

Our Students

Our students come to us from all walks of life. Some are the first in their families to attend college; are single parents struggling to balance work, parenting, and education; are from outside our state or country seeking better futures for themselves and their families; or they are 4.0 high school graduates. Regardless of their circumstances, they have chosen SJCC to help them on their educational journey. We take this responsibility seriously.


From extensive input from SJCC faculty, students, staff, administrators and the community, the following are the highest priority qualities we seek in our next President. 

The next President of San José City College must:
  • Have a clear understanding of the District’s and College’s firm commitment to Opportunity, Equity and Social Justice.  
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and embrace the multitude of cultures in our District and ensure educational opportunities are available to our richly diverse student population.   
  • Be knowledgeable of and have respect for the unique challenges and needs of students in our region.  
  • Support and continue the good work that has been done at SJCC, yet have a vision that will encourage innovation and quality in the programs and services offered to our students and communities.  
  • Work in partnership with our local communities and industry to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents and to develop a pipeline that ensures a sustainable workforce for the future.  
  • Advocate for partnerships and curriculum to create relevant programs and to strengthen our communities.   
  • Serve as an advocate for SJCC at the District level, in our community and throughout the region and state.  
  • Believe in personal and institutional accountability and advocate for the development and use of quantitative and qualitative institutional metrics to evaluate on an on-going basis the effectiveness of programs and services.  
  • Provide leadership in the development of strategic planning initiatives focused on ensuring student access, success and equity.  
  • Communicate with a clear and articulate voice to advocate for the changes necessary internally and externally to accelerate improvement in student equity, learning and achievement outcomes.  
  • Demonstrate, through good and challenging times, confidence and courage in taking informed risks to lead in the expansion and management of high quality services and programs for students.  
  • Demonstrate leadership with a strong heart.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to shared governance and to working with the entire College community in a creative and innovative manner to advance student readiness, access, and success.  
  • Serve as a leader who is highly visible on campus and accessible and approachable to all staff, students, and community.   
  • Know how to work in a collaborative and supportive manner with faculty, students, staff and administrators during times of stress and significant change.  
  • Serve as an effective and open communicator who listens, is open, honest and transparent in decision-making.  
  • Demonstrate respect, empathy and integrity in working with all at the College and advocate for a campus culture of equity, civility and respect for all.  
  • Be knowledgeable of the California Community Colleges and the significant impacts of current initiatives, trends and programs.  
  • Have a sense of humor to keep difficult issues in a healthy perspective.
​Required Qualifications


Master’s Degree from an accredited institution, earned doctorate preferred.

Evidence of Expertise

A combination of academic and acquired credentials that demonstrate expertise in leadership areas such as “team” leadership, servant leadership, transparency, cultural competency, noted capabilities to ensure a positive tone on campus while embracing the rich diversity of perspectives and opinions.

A combination of professional experience and development to demonstrate expertise in administrative areas such as management of a complex organization with competing needs and conflicting priorities, fiscal management, technology leadership, mastery of the accreditation process that ensures institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement, institutionalizing excellence, data-driven decision making, and significant familiarity with the California Community College Governance Model


An exceptional record of advancing the student success agenda through achieving measurable outcomes, practicing participatory governance and collaborative decision making, understanding and prioritizing the needs of the College in budget decisions, building public-private partnerships, maintaining the platform for community involvement and engagement and continuing to advance the institution’s strategic goals


Internal – significant and successful administrative experience in a community college, California Community College preferred; in teaching and learning, classroom experience preferred; in working in culturally diverse and complex organizations, with labor relations, with faculty academic and professional matters, and policy governance.

External – in building strong community connections where groups are diverse in profile and priorities, with the socio-economic challenges of underserved populations and demonstrating “making a difference” in the lives of students, and local experience that provides sufficient familiarity of the region, and policy governance.

​District’s Diversity Requirements

  • ​Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.
  • Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District’s hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.
​Desired Qualifications
​An earned Doctorate from an accredited institution of higher learning.
​Foreign Degree

For positions that require a degree or coursework:

Degree(s) must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.

All degrees and credits earned outside of the United States must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course) of the transcripts and must be submitted with the application.
Degrees earned outside of the U.S. without a U.S. credential evaluation attached, will not be considered.

​Working Environment
​Typical Office Environment

About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

As of fall 2018, with enrollment of approximately 18,631 students per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 44%, Black/African-American 4%, Asian/Pacific Islander 33%, American Indian/Native American 0.4%, White/Caucasian 9%) attaining educational goals reflecting 46% – AA Degree and Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District’s emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse group of managers, supervisors and confidential staff consisting of 37% Hispanic/Latino, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% Black/African American, 26% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.

​Important Information

​San José-Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.


Employment Services,
Human Resources, SJECCD 
40 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 270-6414 
Employment Website:
District Website:


The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than September 6, 2019. This is a confidential search process.

Please submit your documents to:

Position #S19041, First Review Date: September 6, 2019 – Open Until Filled

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

1.  A letter of application that succinctly addresses background, knowledge and experiences that have prepared the candidate to serve as President of SJCC. Leadership and personal qualities and characteristics that would serve as underpinnings for the candidate’s service as the next President.   (Not to exceed 5 pages).  
2.  A current resume  
3.  A list of references that is to include the following (at the minimum, at least one of the following):

•  supervisor 
•  direct administrative report 
•  faculty member 
•  staff member 
•  student 
•  community/external agency representative

Upon hire the successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.

For CONFIDENTIAL inquiries or further information, contact:

John Romo
Community College Search Services
Telephone: 805-698-7987

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
1. * Describe your knowledge and experience in providing leadership in instructional programs and student Services that provide equity in student success outcomes. Please provide specific examples. (Please limit response to 2500 characters).  
 (Open Ended Question)

2. * Describe your experience in enrollment management, including strategies you've implemented for increasing enrollment. (Please limit response to 2500 characters).

(Open Ended Question)

3. * Explain how you would build innovative partnerships in the community to strengthen workforce preparation for San Jose City College students. (Please limit response to 2500 characters).

(Open Ended Question)

4. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
      • SJECCD District Email
      • SJECCD Website

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

1. Letter of Application
2. Cover Letter
3. References

Optional Documents

1. Other/Optional Documents - (We DO NOT accept letters of recommendation).

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